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Students and instructors LOVE our new Achieve Read & Practice product. It has gotten higher marks from both groups than any software we have ever offered.


For a limited time, we are offering TWO popular trade books to anybody who meets with one of our specialists for an Achieve Read & Practice demo. Sign up HERE and in the notes and comments section of the sign up form simply type #AchieveRP .


Once you have completed your 20-30 minute meeting, we will send you your choice of two of these excellent and recent Macmillan popular books. Get your students reading and get some pleasure reading for you in the process!


THE SELLOUT (winner of the Man Booker as well as the National Book Critics Circle Award) by Paul Beatty




BEING MORTAL (NYT bestseller) by Atul Gawande


FACTFULNESS (Bill Gates and Barack Obama favorite) by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Rönnlund


FRESH COMPLAINT (new collection of short stories from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of MIDDLESEX and THE VIRGIN SUICIDES) by Jeffrey Eugenides


THE SUN DOES SHINE by Anthony Ray Hinton with Lara Love Hardin


ANNIHILATION by Jeff VanderMeer


THE GREAT ALONE by Kristin Hannah


FIRE AND FURY by Michael Wolff


THE FIELD OF BLOOD (the company's top trade history title this season) by Joanne B. Freeman


THINKING, FAST AND SLOW (NYT bestseller by a Nobel Prize-winning Economist) by Daniel Kahneman

At Macmillan Learning, we know that education is more than just finding the right book or using the best media; it’s about committed, passionate educators who build careers researching, publishing, and practicing the best way to teach students. In English composition, that means teaching students to read and write effectively, to communicate ideas that will shape not only their own lives and careers but also the national discourse.


To invest in this crucial outcome, we partner with new scholars who teach those students — and who are developing and publishing studies about new and better ways to teach them. In 2008, our English editorial team began the Bedford/St. Martin’s TA Advisory Board, now called the Bedford New Scholars Advisory Board. Each year we contact ten writing program directors across the country and invite them to nominate one of their outstanding graduate students to serve on an advisory board for the calendar year. This motivated group of graduate students share teaching challenges, assignments that work, and the research in the field that excites them. They also give our editorial team feedback on the direction of our new projects. In the process, Bedford New Scholars participants have the opportunity to foster lasting professional connections with other rising scholars and teachers in writing studies.


Want to know more about these Bedford New Scholars and their assignments? You’re in luck. Since they’re such an important part of our academic community, we’ve recently made them a featured part of our Macmillan English Community. The Bedford New Scholars page includes


Visit us — and the Bedford New Scholars — on the English Community here.


This year marks the 175th anniversary of Macmillan. What began as a bookshop founded by two brothers, Daniel and Alexander Macmillan, spawned a global publishing house with business lines ranging from literature, poetry, research, and of course, learning solutions. With no formal education, Daniel and Alexander launched their bookshop at the tender ages of 30 and 25, respectively.


Alexander Macmillan was renowned for his support for authors and for bringing thought leaders together from the fields of science, philosophy, literature, politics and the arts. His salons in the London offices of Macmillan, dubbed ‘Tobacco Parliaments’, formed the hub of conversation about books, writing and reading, which led to the development of friendships and new ideas, including the foundation of Nature and the publishing of Millicent Fawcett, Thomas Hardy, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling and Alfred, Lord Tennyson, in Macmillan’s Magazine.


Through our work with students and instructors, we honor the same values that have sustained Macmillan for 175 years: quality, innovation, independence, and a passion for learning and communicating the joy of discovery. The imprints and enterprises that make up Macmillan Learning each have distinctive origin stories—stories of individuals with unique ideas for producing educational materials using the latest technology, created in full awareness of what works best for teaching and learning.


"If a large tree grows from this small seed we shall be grateful."
Daniel Macmillan, London, 1843


We'll be posting more about #Macmillan175 throughout the year. Check back for updates and watch this fun video about our history: Macmillan 175th Anniversary - YouTube

You'll see us talking quite a bit about SXSWedu in the coming weeks. For those unfamiliar with SXSWedu: it's an awesome education conference held in Austin, TX each year. SXSWedu brings together a community of educators, entrepreneurs, and business folks to discuss the future of learning. At Macmillan Learning, we look at this conference as an opportunity to share our unique perspective on teaching, learning, insights, outcomes, student success, and much more!


The neat thing about SXSWedu is that the education community plays a significant role in the programming for the meeting. Voters (people like YOU!) can visit the PanelPicker page, peruse sessions and vote for the best sessions.

Check out our proposed sessions below! If you like what you see, click the thumbs up button on the session page! Voting is open through August 30th, 2018. Vote today and tell a friend!


How Digital Technology Efficacy Research is Failing Higher-Ed Instructors and Tools to Fix It


Speakers: Dr. Adam Black, Dr. Kara McWilliams


About this session: Instructors are flooded with choices as new digital learning tools enter the higher-education market. This talk shifts the conversation of educational technology efficacy away from research that is conducted in isolation, to research that is highly collaborative between researchers and educators so that findings are relevant and actionable for instructors in their courses. We outline an approach to measuring efficacy at all stages of a product development lifecycle that can be implemented by any educational software develop and that leads to useful and reliable findings. We also provide tools that instructors can use to evaluate what digital learning tools will work in their courses.


Affordability in Higher Education: A New Perspective on the Total Cost of Student Success


Speakers: Ken Michaels, Kara McWilliams


About this session: The mounting cost of higher education - including tuition, living expenses, and curricular materials - is a critical challenge that all stakeholders are grappling with. In fact, in many cases affordability is forcing students and their families to reassess the value versus the cost of a degree. Increasingly the focus on mitigating these costs is lowering the price of educational materials, but void is the discussion around whether this is occurring at the expense of learner outcomes. This talk will reframe the affordability discussion and present a perspective that encompasses the total cost of student success, including affordable teaching and learning solutions that are demonstrated to not only mitigate the high cost of higher education, but also influence positive instructor and student outcomes.  


Innovating in EdTech through Human-Centered Design


Speakers: Jeff Bergin, Jared Crane


About this session: Designing innovative technologies is becoming an increasingly human-centered activity, drawing on methods in design thinking, user research, and human-computer interaction. Designing educational technologies, however, has hidden complexities, as it often involves designing for two sets of users: students and instructors. This interactive session will examine several methods for conducting practical and effective human-centered design with students and instructors. It will also provide participants with a set of guidelines for beginning their own human-centered design practice.


Implementing Active Learning for Engagement and Effectiveness: An Interactive Panel


Speakers: Dr. Jeff Bergin, Dr. Chris Dede, Dr. Erin Dolan


About this session: Active learning is one increasingly common way to engage students in the learning process through interactive, collaborative, and constructive activities. Indeed, many of these activities are affordable, effective and relatively easy to implement, but few are built on research-based methods and measured for effectiveness and impact -- without which, active learning can be less effective or even counterproductive. This panel will begin by introducing common approaches to active learning. Then, the panel will share two pieces of research: an evidence-based active learning model and an impact study examining outcomes associated with the implementation of active learning techniques. Finally, the panel will discuss the pros and cons of implementing active learning methods in a variety of classrooms.



Voting is easy. Simply click the proposal links above and give our sessions a 'thumbs up.' Note: you must create a SXSWedu profile to vote; creating a profile takes 2-3 minutes.


Voting is open from August 6th- August 30th.


Vote today! Tell a Friend!


You talked and we listened. Your new Macmillan Learning Support Community is now live here!


It's now easier to find answers to your questions and get help from your Macmillan Learning
team. Key enhancements to the Support Community include:





Smarter Search Engine
Find answers and instructions using a new, robust search engine that now includes filtering options to narrow your search.




Clear Path to Contact Support
The three step process for contacting our support team can now be accessed easily from any page.



Simpler navigation

Sign up for training, view System Status, or access help articles for your product using quick links at the bottom of every page.


Please note that most links and URLs from our old support site will automatically redirect to the corresponding articles in the new Support Community, but we recommend updating any links you’ve bookmarked or shared with students in the past.


For a quick overview of what's new, click through a virtual interactive tour here.


Please continue to share your feedback on the new Macmillan Learning Support Community
to help us in our ongoing initiatives to improve our resources for you and your students. Thank you for your continued support, and Happy Teaching!


Check out our New Support Site now!

The pace of change in education is picking up speed with every passing moment. With the latest emerging technologies, we need to consistently reexamine our current methods while keeping an eye on potential upcoming trends. This is one of the many reasons why it’s so important to attend conferences like SXSWedu.

What is SXSWedu?

While SXSW is known for its cutting-edge innovation in the interactive, film, and music industries, SXSWedu applies the same cutting-edge principles to education. The goal of the conference is to foster “innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education.”

And at this year’s SXSWedu the Macmillan Learning team learned a lot—and we’re eager to keep the momentum going. One particular panel that received quite a bit of buzz was our Disrupting the Walled Garden discussion. This is a hot-button topic in the academic world and it’s one we’d like to continue the conversation on.

In fact, we’re inviting all the great minds in education to come together so we brainstorm innovative solutions to better the future of learning.

But before we do, let’s recap the panel. You can also watch the video of the panel here.

SXSWedu Recap: Disrupting the Walled Garden panel discussion

On March 7, Macmillan Learning’s general manager, Susan Winslow, with David Kim, founder and CEO of Intellus Learning, and Robert Lue professor of Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University led a panel discussion on the walled garden. These three education powerhouses discussed why the outdated information and learning model—what we’re referring to as the walled garden—no longer works in today’s world of academia.

Our goal was to bring together great minds in education, so we might, together, find new, innovative ways to improve the future of learning for students.

What is the Walled Garden?

Before the Information Age, universities and colleges were the gate-keepers of knowledge. They kept, maintained, and provided access to what was essentially a walled garden of information.

Today, however, information exists in a very different way. As Robert Lue put it during the panel discussion, “We are swimming in an ocean of information. And the previous walled garden of the university—our libraries, and our research labs, groups, and centers were holders of information—has now changed.”

Students can now get information from blogs, Twitter, YouTube, and open-source journals. This poses a challenge for universities as they’ve been designed to create, gather, and pass on knowledge. Today, publishers, universities, and professors are only one piece in a vast network of content.

Helping students navigate the future of information

So, how can we work together to curate, assess, and thread together information in a way that students can grasp?

Over time there have been many partners in higher education ecosystem that have worked together to make this happen.

The role of the publisher

Publishers have been long-standing academic partners to universities and institutions. Publishers collaborate with professors to publish their work and hold that publication to certain standards and criteria. Publishers pull together a package of important content and provide students with a coherent and beautifully threaded set of knowledge.

Publishers today continue to be critical partners, but how will this role change moving forward?

The role of tech

Professors and universities provide the knowledge, publishers weave that knowledge together, and tech solutions improve how students absorb and access that knowledge.

It was great to get the perspective Intellus Learning’s founder and CEO, David Kim, during the panel discussion. Kim offered a unique perspective on how and where tech fits into this puzzle, “Through our own conversations, open ways of looking at problem, we reinforce commonality here for students’ success. Where does converge align? What can we learn from each other that will create shared products and data that will speak to that end?”

The ed tech companies that are truly looking to transform the industry are partnering with both professors and publishers to create engaging, revolutionary products.

And how we can all work together

Universities, publishers, and tech companies should no longer be siloed—we need to find ways to help each other. This is currently an untapped market where we can leverage everyone’s efforts in more crowdsourced ways to create something that will improve how today’s students learn.

But we can’t do that alone.  

Join the conversation

Our SXSWedu panel scratched the surface of this important topic, but we want to go deeper.

We need to continue to collaborate, build, and evolve if we’re going to adapt to the pace of change in education. And to do so, your input is vital. Share your thoughts in the comments section below or reach out to our team via email:

Every February, major league ballplayers report to Spring Training for their first workouts. For fans the world over, it marks the beginning of a new season of baseball and with it the rush of memories from years past. As an avid Chicago Cubs fan, one memory persists: the place where I watched Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, a victory that led to the first World Series title by the beleaguered franchise in 108 years. To my luck, I was fixated on the big screens at the Home Team Grill in Richmond, VA, surrounded by Chicagoland diaspora, where I happened to be attending my first Open Education conference. My colleagues’ and my interest in Open Educational Resources (OER) began earlier, but OpenEd 2016 was the first time I spent so much time with members of the Open Education community, advocates in classrooms, libraries, and administrative offices, and many people like me, still trying to figure out what OER really is. Most importantly, it was the first time I was exposed to the values that underpin the Open Education community.


On a Path to Being Good Actors


Recently, Macmillan Learning (where I have been employed for seventeen years) launched Intellus Open Courses. I have been fortunate to play a role in their development alongside a team at Intellus Learning that has made great effort to ask questions, learn, and appreciate the values of the Open Education community in the context of the products and services that we might develop. As a commercial company, this is not an effort that is viewed without skepticism, nor is it something that we believe anyone will take for granted. It is nonetheless a commitment that we have made to ourselves.


To that end, we have taken steps that we believe put us on a path towards being good actors in the Open Education community, perhaps one day good citizens of it. Intellus Open Courses are one vehicle for that journey. First, let me say a few words about Intellus Open Courses and the Intellus Learning platform. Our mission with Intellus Open Courses is to support the advancement of learning through the adoption of high-quality, OER-populated courses. These courses are developed by expert curation from Macmillan editors and subject matter experts, supported by our implementation team, and advanced by engagement analytics. Intellus Open Courses leverage Intellus Learning, a platform that indexes over 60 content repositories aggregating over 5.4 million free and open resources for higher education with powerful search, discovery, and organizational tools to customize and develop courses. It provides transparency into licensing, accessibility, user-generated rankings, and source information. For institutional licensees of the platform, which is not a condition to adopt an Intellus Open Course, Intellus Learning can index and surface library content that has already been acquired by the institution (in addition to OER), and deliver it to the fingertips of instructors developing a new course or adapting an Intellus Open Course. Put together, an institution that uses Intellus Learning has a searchable system of record of OER and institution licensed content to efficiently deploy for instructors’ use in their classrooms.


No Walled Gardens When It Comes to OER


Intellus Open Courses and the Intellus Learning platform provide means to solve two of the biggest issues preventing widespread adoption of OER: finding high-quality resources that best serve an institution’s curriculum with the flexibility to support the way that each instructor wants to teach it; and evaluating the effectiveness of that content towards student outcomes of learning and engagement.


But supporting services that add value to OER means little if the OER content itself is walled off from use. Students and other instructors shouldn’t be restricted from accessing content in an Intellus Open Course that they could freely find elsewhere on their own. To that end, we are committed to taking steps that we feel will put us in better alignment with the values of the Open Education community.


  • We understand the importance of the 5Rs and to us it starts with being able to Retain, Reuse, and Redistribute content. Links to open content curated for Intellus Open Courses will be made available on our public website: no passwords, no paywall.
  • At the same time, we value agency to Revise or Remix content, even content that we create ourselves. Content that Macmillan Learning develops specifically for an Intellus Open Course will be shared under a Creative Commons-Attribution (CC-BY) license.


Our Mission Is Greater than Our Courses


With each day, it seems another commercial company is angling for entrance into the emerging marketplace for OER-related services; at Macmillan, we would like to be entrants into the expanding open education conversation. What will be the role of commercial companies in the Open Education community? Is there a path to citizenship or will they remain little more than tourists? What are the attributes of OER-enhanced products and services that warrant payment from an institution or student? How will we manage the integrity of assessment content under open licensing? In what ways can OER contribute to effective learning and at what scale? How can OER and complementary content and services contribute not only to access and affordability but demonstrably influence student success, advancement, and improve time to graduation? And how can we evaluate our assumptions with transparency? Candidly, much is still to be learned. But we will continue to engage with members of the Open Education community to inform us as we continue this journey. We know that citizenship is not acquired in a single day, it can only be earned over time.


Another season of baseball is ahead of us and like seasons before each team will have to prove itself day in and day out. There is no reason to think we won’t have to do the same at Macmillan Learning. Once again I look forward to concluding the season at the annual Open Education conference. Hopefully, come year end, Macmillan Learning and other commercial companies that are trying to align their efforts with the values of the Open Education community will have more to be excited about than perhaps another Chicago Cubs World Series title.




Charles Linsmeier is senior vice president, content strategy at Macmillan Learning, where he manages the social science, curriculum solutions, and high school programs. He has worked on various educational technology products, including Macmillan’s LaunchPad, Sapling Learning, and FlipIt; initiatives focused on assessment and student engagement, economic and science literacy, and evidence-based learning. A Cubs fan since his early years growing up in southeast Wisconsin, he joined Macmillan in 2000.

The Macmillan Learning team can't wait to head to Austin for #SXSWedu. We hope to meet and learn more about you while we're there!


For those who may not be familiar, the SXSWedu Conference & Festival is a part of the world-renowned SXSW family of conferences and festivals held annually in Austin, TX. SXSW is known for its cutting-edge innovation in the interactive, film, and music industries—and  SXSWedu is just as cutting-edge and enlightening. The education portion of the conference was created to foster “innovation in learning by hosting a diverse and energetic community of stakeholders across a variety of backgrounds in education.”


We’re eager to continue to lend our expertise and developments with a forward-thinking community that’s as passionate about the progress of education as we are. We have some must-see events you’ll want to check out. Here’s where you can find us throughout the conference:


Startup Spotlight

Tuesday, March 6th, 6-8pm

Hilton Austin, 4th Floor Prefunction


We’re hosting the SXSWedu Startup Spotlight this year. This networking event works to showcase the education startups participating at the conference. The cocktail-style reception will provide attendees the opportunity to demo products and offer valuable, real-time feedback in a fun and casual atmosphere.


#AchieveMore Party hosted by Macmillan Learning

Tuesday, March 6th, 7:30-11pm

Speakeasy, 412 Congress Avenue


Keep your SXSWedu momentum going with the Macmillan Learning team at the Speakeasy on Congress Avenue, just a few blocks from the Convention Center. Join us for live music (featuring all-female band, Tonic808!), bowling, pool tables, free food, and amazing downtown views from the rooftop bar. And don’t forget about the photo booth...bragging rights to the individual with the most creative photos at the party! Our first 100 guests will receive complimentary drink tickets. Door prizes will be given away throughout the evening. RSVP here.


Disrupting the Walled Garden panel

Wednesday, March 7th, 2-2:30pm

Hilton Austin, Salon G


Have you ever felt constrained in your role as an educator? How about that same feeling as an executive at a publishing company or founder of an edtech startup? Our speakers represent three distinct perspectives in the education community and will guide the audience through a discussion designed to uncover threads of understanding between actors in the education ecosystem. Participants will receive actionable insights and practical takeaways on how to best serve teachers and learners in a dynamic and ever-changing landscape.



SXSW Job Market

Saturday and Sunday, March 10-11th:

Palmer Events Center, Exhibit Hall 2, Booth #316


You can find us at stand #316 at the Job Market on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll be more than happy to share information on careers at Macmillan Learning, as well as details on the recruiting process and the education industry.

We’re looking forward to connecting with you at SXSWedu ! If you have any questions between now and then, feel free to  send us a note.


See you in Austin!

Got a big exam coming up but struggle with study skills? Have trouble keeping focus while taking your exam? Do nerves creep up before or during your exam? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then congratulations, welcome to the life of a hardworking student!


Life as a student can come with its pain points, but check out a few of our study hacks that are sure to get your synapses sparking, nerves crushed, and your exams aced.


Gum and Candy For the Win

Don’t put it under the desks folks, cause this minty savior could boost you a whole letter grade! Chewing gum or sucking on a piece of candy/cough drop can help alleviate your nerves during a test and stimulate your brain while taking your exam. This is scientifically proven, do some research! Your hippocampus will thank you for it.


Jog, Dance, Swim, Leap!

Work your brain by working your body! Take about 15 minutes to warm your body up by doing some form of stretches or exercises before your exam. Whether you jog, dance, yoga, swim, jump rope, the choice is yours. Getting your blood pumping will help wake you up and get your brain focused and ready for that big exam!


Puzzle Me This

Great for the early exams, solving puzzles such as Sudoku help center your focus and wake your brain up, especially if you’re not a morning person. Mental exercise is just as important as physical.


Put it in Song!

Get your vocal cords ready. There are scientific studies that show there is a direct relationship between music and memory. Playing music in the background or coming up with songs, jingles, or rhymes can help you remember fun facts like “in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” or how many elements are in the periodic table. Bonus points if you teach your classmates your song. Repetition is key in any form of practice!


What study tips and tricks do you rely on to get you through midterms? Comment below!

At Macmillan Learning we highly value the opportunities we get to spend with both instructors and students. It is integral to our design process to partner with those groups to refine our products and make sure they are meeting user needs. Working directly with students also gives us the opportunity to step back and get a fresh perspective on the work we do.


In November, the Macmillan Learning design team was presented with the opportunity to directly work with the second year master’s students in the Indiana University Human Computer Interaction Design program. Macmillan Learning provided these students with a design prompt and the students had 5 days to meet with us, ask questions, and create their final deliverable. We provided each team feedback and ultimately picked two of the projects as standouts -- exemplars of innovation in educational technology.


The Opportunity Space: A Vision for Learning in 5 Years

The Macmillan design team gave the students the following prompt to work with:


Education is rapidly changing all of the time, and we are constantly trying to understand how technology can facilitate better learning experiences. We want you to look 5 years into the future and create a vision of an ecosystem that leverages technology to support learning. AR, VR, AI, and other emerging technologies are on the table, so think big and create a vision for education in the future. Your team decides which mediums best support your ecosystem.


We had six teams participate, and each team had three or four members. The project was set up so that the students got the prompt on a Monday, had one meeting with us to ask questions, and had completed the challenge by the following Friday.


The Winners

The amount of work each team produced in four and a half days was extraordinary. While every submission we received was very well done, there were two teams in particular that excelled in all aspects of their deliverable -- from problem framing, research, design rationale, to final design -- and really stood out.


The SmARt Space Team

Emily Fath, Cecilia Gutknecht, Ryan Griggs

The smARt Space team was chosen as a top team due to their articulation of the interesting problem of how do we integrate technology into the classroom so that it is used and doesn’t get in the way. Additionally they delivered a detailed walkthrough of the their conceptual ecosystem. The team’s ecosystem consisted of a smart pen, table, and AI mentor. These 3 items worked together to create an atmosphere where students learned through the benefits of actually writing, their instructors could assist when needed, and the AI could interject to help students at any point.



The OmniLearn Team

Anchal Aggarwal, Brian O’Connor, Xiao Liang



The OmniLearn team did a very good job with their research to understand the opportunity space. They spent time looking into competitors and also did some co-design work with a Professor of Education who had expertise in pedagogy and instructional design. OmniLearn is a system that aims to use data to learn how to help a student learn most effectively. It can utilize a user’s interests to help them find the classes they need to fulfill requirements that will be the most interesting to them as a person. It can also provide tailored resources for the user’s classes based on their interests and learning style. All of this is meant to help a student be more engaged throughout all of their classes and perform better.   



As the Learning Insights company, we are passionate and scientific about helping students, instructors, and institutions to achieve their full potential. We use a unique combination of user-centered design, research from the learning sciences, and empirical insights from extensive data mining and impact research. We are always looking for opportunities to work with more instructors and students. If you are interested in participating in a co-design session or other research with us please contact us at

I’m so pleased to see Michael Feldstein reference codesign and learning research in his post (Good Enough vs. Better Enough). These are two important aspects of research-based educational product design. In fact, they are critical precursors to efficacy and driving better student outcomes. Codesign ensures that we are solving the right problems for students, instructors, and administrators and developing products that are highly empathetic. Learning research ensures that we are solving these problems in the right ways (in ways supported by empirical research). Together, codesign and learning research are a big part of Macmillan’s commitment to driving learner outcomes -- and we are proud to be leading the industry in this direction.

Learning opens doors and changes lives. And, student success is driven by great instructors.


That’s why we’re passionate about providing both with tools that realize potential - tools that are empathetic, impactful, grounded in learning science, leverage insights from data, and are systematically measured and refined. Given how high the stakes, “good enough” is not part of our lexicon.


We laid bare our approach in our White Paper, Unpacking the Black Box of Efficacy, and we’re delighted to see Michael Feldstein so thoroughly examine and extend the discussion.

Managing all of your college classes can be a full time job, but most college students have to balance their classes with extracurriculars as well. Spending time outside the classroom is a huge part of the college experience. Whether those experiences happen while playing on a sports field, in the chatter of a newsroom, or backstage of a play, it’s important to make time for extracurriculars during college, but the question is how exactly can you make that time?


Here are three tips for how best to manage your time and balance your coursework with your other activities:

Start a Calendar


1) Start a calendar. Take a moment at the beginning of the semester to sit down with all of your syllabi and your calendar. Get all of your midterms, papers, and major assignment due dates down off the bat. Be sure to add other big dates in there too, like game days or debate weekends. Now is the time to plan ahead — if any weeks look really busy, make sure to get started on things early. Get your readings and problem sets done ahead of time and stay ahead of the ball.

Avoid the Scroll


2) Avoid the scroll. More often than not, the first thing people do when they sit down to study is check their social media. Before you know it, you’ve spent half an hour not getting work done. Planning out when you’ll get assignments done is a crucial part of time management in college, but that only works if things go according to plan. Whether you're just getting started or taking a short break, avoid getting pulled into the never ending scroll of social media. Read about The Black Mirror Effect to learn how following this tip can help more than your just studies.

Use Your Resources


3) Use your resources.
 Everyone has classes they struggle with. If you know you have trouble finishing a class’s problem sets, understanding the lecture, or tackling a research paper, don’t be shy about asking for help. Take advantage of office hours or TA study sessions. The time you take to get your questions answered will be well worth the investment. You’ll be able to complete your assignments more quickly and with a lot less frustration.


For more student-related articles, check back to the Macmillan Community often. We will post regular updates throughout the term.

We’re delighted to announce the launch of our first combined user-centered design and learning science lab, in Austin, Texas. More than 100 people joined to celebrate the launch and to hear leading experts discuss how research is driving a transformation in the design of next-generation learning products. The lab reflects our commitment to learners and our focus on researching learning. Moreover, it enables us to put learners at the center of our daily research and design activities.


The Austin Learning Lab is the first in a series of new labs we are building to enable our learning researchers and human-centered designers to co-design and iteratively test with students and instructors to create learning products that are highly usable and impactful. The lab comprises an adjoining observation room, remote broadcast capabilities, and usability software. It is also designed to support neurological and biometrics technology and will expand to enable researchers to study affective, cognitive, and physiological responses to product designs.


The lab was designed based upon highly successful labs at IBM and the National Cancer Institute, principles of environmental design, and consultation with leading expert Dr. Robert Atkinson, the Director of Arizona State University’s Advancing Next Generation Learning (ANGLE) Lab. The new facility is designed to help us to:


Learn more about learners. The lab provides a research space where we can meet daily with students and instructors - one-to-one or in small groups - to really understand their aspirations, struggles, and needs. We can explore in depth the problems they’re trying to solve and how we can best help them as part of their daily lives.


Learn about learning. The lab provides a space in which we can simulate a learning experience -- with an individual or small group -- in a controlled setting. Combining this tightly controlled lab work with on-campus field research with partner instructors and institutions enables our researchers to compare how learning experiences work under a variety of conditions and to make refinements accordingly.


Learn about our products. The lab also provides a space where we can quickly, regularly, and iteratively test how students and instructors react and respond to product designs at all stages in development.


The lab is led by an interdisciplinary research council comprised of user and learning researchers and it will evolve with guidance from our Learning Research Advisory Board including Dr. Christopher Dede, Dr. Mark McDaniels, and Dr. Robert Atkinson. The lab reflects a key component of our end-to-end approach to learning science that blends learning research, human-centered design, impact research, and learning analytics.

To learn more about the Learning Lab and our approach to learning science & insights, visit our website.

We’re delighted to launch our Learning Science and Insights website and share with you our approach. We hope there’s something of interest here to all educators.


Improving learner success is a complex process with many influencing factors. The responsibility couldn’t be greater, and the benefits more profound. So, for our contribution, at Macmillan Learning we wanted to lay bare how we go about developing the most empathetic, effective, and impactful digital learning solutions.


We hope you’ll take a few minutes to read through the quick overview and be intrigued to dig deeper into a section of special interest to you - how we use design thinking to co-design with students, instructors, and institutions; how we leverage the best learning science and insights from data mining; how we iteratively design, test, and refine a solution and the surprises and insights into students we get along the way; and how we partner with colleges to execute rigorous studies to explore variations in how students, instructors, and institutions use a product and the outcomes they achieve.


We’re also delighted to share with you the generous and passionate experts who guide and challenge every step of our approach. We are continuously learning and improving, and aim to provide rigor and transparency in what we do.


We will be sharing regular findings In The News section of the website which we hope will be of interest and that you’ll check in regularly.