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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!

 

These are just a few ways you can get your studying on, but we bet you can come up with some cool hacks yourselves. What study tips and tricks do you rely on to get you through midterms? We want to hear from you!  Tell us your best study tip in a creative and fun Instagram video for a chance to win a $500 gift card. Visit here to learn how to enter and for official rules.  Make sure to tag @macmillanlearning and use the hashtags #macmillansmart #contest in your entry!

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 mlcommunications@macmillan.com

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.

If you're looking for Automation Anywhere Interview Questions, you are at right place. There are lot of opportunities from many reputed companies in the world. According to research Automation Anywhere has a market share of about 0.3%. So, You still have opportunity to move ahead in your career in Robotic Process Automation. Mindmajix offers advanced Automation Anywhere Interview Questions that helps you in cracking your interview & acquire dream career.

Q: What do you mean by automation? What are its benefits?
It is basically a process to automate the tasks and process with the help of automatic equipment which are based on technology. It is helpful for the businesses to consider automation as it enhances efficiency and cut down the errors from several business processes and transactions. Also, the human interference can be avoided up to a great extent. A number of processes can be automated with the use of specific equipment and expertise. 

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Q: When exactly you will automate a test?
There are certain cases when we can consider the same. For example, repeating tasks. During such a scenario, automating a test saves a lot of time as well as Human efforts. In addition to this, test with more than one data set can be made more efficient through this approach. Also, regression test cases, as well as Smoke & Sanity tests are also the conditions when automating a test is a good option. However, the final decision is always based on Return-on-Investment.

Q: What do you know about the common steps that are involved in Automation anywhere process?
The very first thing is to select or consider the test tool. After this, the next step is to define the scope of automation anywhere followed by the steps planning, designing, as well as development. Next step is Testing execution and final step is maintenance. It is necessary to follow the steps in the defined sequence to eliminate confusion. 

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Q: What are the important factors that must be taken care of while planning Automation anywhere?
Before doing anything, the very first thing to pay attention to is selecting the Automation tool that is beneficial. It is necessary to pay equal attention to the framework in case it is present. The test environment setup is also necessary to e considered on priority. Another factor that matters a lot is identifying the test Deliverables. In addition to this, factors such as the timeline of the project and its execution are the other factors that must be taken care of during the planning phase.

Q: Is it possible to use Automation Anywhere testing for Agile method? What are the factors that can affect it?
Yes, it’s possible. However, there are conditions in which it is not useful. The very first thing is frequently changing the needs of Agile testing. In such a case, it is not possible to use it. Many times there is need of the complex level of documentation. In such situation also the testing for agile method is not useful. However, in case of continuous integration, it is possible to use it simply.

 

 

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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.

*This article, authored by Director of Content Standards and co-chair of the EPUB 3 Community Group, Rachel Comeford,

was originally posted to epubsecrets, but we asked for permission to re-post it here. 

 

I have a confession: I have never taken a class in accessibility; I have no professional certification for creating, remediating, or testing content; and I am not an expert in using assistive technology. Why would anyone ask me to write about being an accessibility advocate?

 

Because I am one. By accident.

 

Many years ago, I received a customer request to revise an activity and make it JAWS compatible. Here were my next steps:

  1. Search for “JAWS”
  2. Spend 20 minutes reading about Roy Scheider, star of the 1975 classic Jaws
  3. Remember I’m at work
  4. Search for “JAWS compatibility”
  5. Search for “Screen Reader”
  6. Ask a colleague how to make an activity accessible
  7. Have colleague tell me to add closed captioning
  8. Realize I might be missing something

 

After a career focusing on getting students better content and making sure that instructors get the best materials for their classrooms it was unnerving to discover that I was missing a large (and growing) portion of my audience. What was more unnerving was realizing how many of my peers and colleagues were also unaware.

 

We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

 

Teaching myself how to approach accessibility was, and still is, challenging. The more I learn, the more I realize, to quote the other Jaws, “We’re gonna need a bigger boat.” Accessibility is more than a checklist; as an advocate, I am responsible for embedding an understanding of accessibility into company culture, communicating clearly the needs of our whole audience, and generating enthusiasm for finding and implementing more accessible solutions. In working towards these goals, I have learned quite a bit but to get started, these are the 5 rules that I had accept and embrace.

  • Acknowledge that accessibility isn’t an afterthought.
    Picking through design and code that has been developed with speed to market in mind in order to make it accessible isn’t impossible, but it is time consuming, expensive, and, honestly, really annoying. It’s like extricating pieces of onion from a salad… there is always another one in there waiting to ruin your breath for the rest of the day.Accessibility shouldn’t be addressed after a product has been built any more than it should be scheduled as the last sprint in order to reach MVP. It should be a part of the development plan from the beginning, starting with researching UX/UI for your product with assistive technology (AT) users.

 

  • Educate yourself in order to educate others.
    This is obvious, right? Research the standards, familiarize yourself with the laws, and have (and be able to communicate with others) a basic definition of accessibility. As an advocate though, throwing around key terms is not enough. Accessibility is a conversation between learners, organizations that represent them, legal entities, software developers, and publishers among others. Advocates should be able to provide clarity where others might muddle ideas.For example, much like when my mother taught me about the difference between a coat and a jacket (which, to be honest, I still struggle with), I am going to ask you to stop using WCAGand 508 WCAG is a standard set by the World Wide Web Consortium. Section 508 is an element of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. There are more that you should familiarize yourself with both in the standards area (PDF/UA for example) and the legal area (such as IDEA). (As a side note: For legal updates in plain language, I’m a big fan of Lainey Feingold’s site.)

 

  • Learn from mistakes that everyone, including you, has made.
    Don’t be that guy on Tinder who posts selfies with tigersand then wonders why no one swipes right. (Same goes for shirtless bathroom/gym selfies in case you’re working on that profile right now. Hard no.) Many other people have been down this road before, looking for  accessibility solutions in all the wrong places.
    If you’re looking for non-Tinder related examples:
    Some will argue that the population this impacts is too small. In 2016 there was a 55 percent increase in the number of digital accessibility complaints filed with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) from 2015. There were about 6,000 accessibility complaints overall in 2016. The impact you are making with accessible products is huge, from the number of people using the product to the money you are going to save on legal fees.
    Some will offer an accessible version/a tutor/an alternate product for students with disabilities. Ask them this: You’re teaching a class on the 5th floor of a walkup building. You have 1 student in a wheelchair. Do you send that student to a different classroom to just read the textbook? Ask them to sit on the lawn while you lecture really loudly near the window? There won’t always be a solution as simple as a ramp and an elevator (see number 5), but it’s your job as an advocate to push for a single, born-accessible solution whenever it is possible.I tested this on a screen reader with my eyes closed, so I know it’s accessible. To clarify, what you have done is helped get a little further down the accessible development path but what you have NOT done is tested the usability of a product for AT users.

 

Become an expert in saying “I don’t know.”

 

  • Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
    Better yet, become an expert in saying “I don’t know.” There’s an art to being a beginner, and, when it comes to accessibility, expertise is hard-earned. You don’t need to have an immediate answer to every question, but what you do need is to build a network of relationships with other people asking the same questions. Check out the work that Benetechdoes, talk to PhET about STEM accessibility, and learn from real life experiences.

 

  • Accept that there isn’t always a “right” answer.
    This is the hardest part, in my opinion. I like being right, and like it even more when there is a clearly defined “wrong,” but accessibility doesn’t work that way. AT works differently with different operating systems or browsers. Some problems don’t have a universal solution yet. Others have a solution for some audiences and not others. New solutions for one group of users may introduce new problems for other groups. It’s a frustrating process and your role is to help the team get to the best available answer and then try to solve for the outliers.

 

Accessibility advocacy is not about being the sole source of expert knowledge or achieving fame and fortune (although I continue to dream about the fortune part). What it really does is bring you back to the basics: don’t shrink away from a challenge, don’t fall back on old (often offensive) tropes, and stop telling everyone on Tinder that you’re looking for a “partner in crime.” Be an accessibility advocate because you care about other people. Succeed as an accessibility advocate because you want other people to be successful.

 

 

BIO As the Director of Content Standards at Macmillan Learning, Rachel Comeford helps to implement and maintain industry and internal standards in content, platforms, and processes. As the co-chair of the w3c Publishing Community Group and participant in accessibility working groups at IMS GlobalBISG, and AMAC she asks lots of annoying questions, silently judges Tinder profiles, and is always looking for a bigger boat.

This article was co-authored with design researcher, Allison Abbott and originally published on medium.com. We were then invited to share it here on Macmillan News.  

 

Human-centered design — and the research that goes along with it — is an ambiguous world. The nuances of humanity are messy and hard to pin down; so how can we approach our work to ensure that we’re driving to solid product decisions? What can we do to ensure that we’re designing unique, transformational, and differentiated solutions that fit seamlessly into people’s lives? After having been around the block with excellent, mediocre, and sometimes flat-out bad teams, we realized there were two critical mindsets that made all the difference.

Mindset 1: Look for inspiration, not proof

We’re gonna go out on a limb here and say it: design research isn’t about finding proof — it’s about finding inspiration.

 

Don’t get us wrong. We absolutely realize there is so much value in the confidence we gain by seeing numbers at scale and the comfort we feel in statistical significance. But… the small nuances, the fascinating details, and the meaty stories are impossible to capture with hard data alone. Qualitative research can unlock a whole world of inspiration to draw from. It can open up a team’s eyes and hearts to things they may not have anticipated or even thought about before.

 

Unfortunately, in most organizations, there is a very different mentality. “Good research” is quantitative, metric-driven, and comes from survey-like methods with a goal of demonstrating significance and truth at scale. We get it — business is about profit, and that profit is better predicted when you have confidence in numbers. The business wants to know how much money is riding on any product decision you make.

 

Because of this, many design researchers feel pressure to prove their qualitative insights with hard data; but, we believe that such a goal misses the point. Running after numbers is not only distracting and time-consuming, but it causes design researchers to set aside unique and inspiring discoveries as merely anecdotal, just because they aren’t quantifiable (e.g. perspectives from extreme users). It also encourages the widely accepted notion that qualitative insights aren’t valuable until they are proven. Jon Kolko tells us that “an insight is a provocative statement of truth about human behavior that may be wrong.” Whether the “insight” is right or wrong, proven or unproven, is kind of beside the point, we think. The insight serves to provide the team the inspiration it needs to design something transformational.

 

Embrace the way your research makes you feel, not just what the numbers tell you. Give yourself permission to look for interesting anecdotal stories, even if they are “edge cases.” Not all of the people who ultimately use your product will have the same story; but they all may share a latent need hidden in the few stories that inspire you.

 

Caption: Your insights should lead you to new, transformational ideas along with a set of well-informed hypotheses that should serve as the metrics you’ll measure out in the world, at scale.

Caption: Your insights should lead you to new, transformational ideas along with a set of well-informed hypotheses that should serve as the metrics you’ll measure out in the world, at scale.

 

 

Mindset 2: Look beyond the thing you’re designing

 

The worst misstep one can make in design is to solve the wrong problem.

John Carroll

We would bet that most of the design research happening right now is focused on answering the question: How do we design this [pre-determined] idea? More often than not, this idea is a half-baked one, coming from an exec somewhere from above (sorry guys, it’s the truth). It’s probably focused on a blatant business need and lacks the depth of understanding of the ecosystem surrounding the problem.

 

If the design process starts here, a team’s circle of influence will be quite small. Their goals will be decided and they’ll take a reactionary approach, asking: What should this look and feel like? Is it usable? Does this design meet pre-existing requirements and constraints?

 

The design process, as a result, ends up being about how well they are designing the idea that was given to them — no matter how good or bad it was to start. While this may increase speed-to-market and bypass challenging discussions amongst the team and stakeholders, it isn’t so effective at answering bigger, more impactful questions like:

 

Is this the right idea to be pursuing in the first place?

What’s the real problem here?

What is the impact on people’s lives?

Who needs it, anyway?

 

The reality is, what you’re designing is going to be used in a messy, complicated world and it’s going to do something larger than itself. If you’re focused on glorifying and perfecting the idea alone, you’ll miss out on a wider understanding of what it is and could be. Good design research is proactive, not reactive. It shouldn’t focus solely on usability or validating the one idea, but instead on exploring the full range of possibilities to land on the best idea.

 

Always seek a way to be holistic and strategic. Gracefully redirect and realign the conversation. Dance between the who, what, why, and how. Have an open-minded skepticism about what is and what could be in the world. And strive to understand the problem before there’s even the first idea on the table.

 

We get that this is hard to do.

It is so deeply ingrained in our business culture to put anything with the name of “research” into a scientific box: proof-oriented, spreadsheet-friendly, and something that can be successfully done behind the screen of a computer. What we’re proposing here goes squarely against traditional business instinct. Adopting these mindsets can be exhausting and uncomfortable, and will probably upset some people once in a while.

But we think you should do it anyway.

It’s better for business. Think about how much crap is out there now because A) nobody took the time to get outside their own heads to understand the people they’re designing for, and B) they anchored to the most obvious pet project solution that customers don’t actually want or care about. Finding the solutions that are going to truly resonate will get you far ahead of your competition.

 

It’s better for your career. The results of your work will be much more compelling in your portfolio. I mean, which of these sounds better?

 

Our stakeholders told us that we’d get more market share if we built X feature, so we did this by…

 

…or…

 

We were inspired by this deeply painful problem and we leveraged our business’s technology to creatively solve it by…

 

Finally, it’s just more interesting this way. Design research is just as much art as it is science — in fact, we think that’s why we love it so much. With these mindsets, your work becomes a philosophical game. You and your team are like investigators, digging through human stories to solve the mystery and unlock the meaning behind it all. At this point, taking action is so much more fun.

 

Designer Sarah Calandro and Design Researcher Allison Abbott spent many a weekend morning (over Google Hangouts, coffee, and some welcome interruptions from two playful pups) hashing out what they think makes design research “good.” This is where they landed.

SXSWedu, the annual education conference that brings together educators, administrators, entrepreneurs, journalists, and policy makers, kicked off voting for session proposals today. The SXSWedu program centers around engaging talks from across the education spectrum, and is built (in part) with community votes.
 
This year, Macmillan Learning submitted three proposals. And we need your help voting for our proposals!
 
 
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Voting is open from August 7th-25th. Vote today! Tell a Friend!

In honor of National Intern Day on Thursday, July 27th, Macmillan Learning CEO Ken Michaels took an hour out of his day to talk to Macmillan interns across the country at one of the interns’ weekly Lunch & Learn meetings. The Lunch & Learn program has been ongoing throughout the summer, and gives participants the chance to meet with senior management to discuss their professional journeys and roles within Macmillan Learning. Thursday’s Lunch & Learn was held in the New York office, with interns from Boston, Austin, Los Altos, and Plymouth conferencing in via phone and WebEx.  

 

For Ken’s Lunch & Learn, the main focus was on personal and career development. Quotable snippets of advice kept interns’ pens busy as Ken began by sharing his own journey, starting with his days delivering newspapers and moving forward to an overview of how his career has progressed since. Ken then opened the floor up to questions, jokingly offering to fill the time with anecdotes if no one spoke up.

 

Some of the questions asked included what a day in the life looks like, what’s currently on Ken’s reading list (he recommended The Goal by Eliyahu M. Goldratt), and how to maintain a work/life balance. Michaels placed an emphasis on two major topics: Curiosity and improvement. He urged interns never to lose their sense of curiosity, to constantly dig into the who, what, when, where, why, and how of every assignment. According to Michaels, it is not enough just to do the task; you have to know the story behind the task, because only then will you truly be able to outpace expectation. He stressed that a job is only as boring as you allow it to be, and counseled interns to be constantly asking the question “What value am I adding?”

 

He also challenged interns to continuously seek ways to improve both themselves and their environment. Every intern walked away from the Lunch & Learn with both a piece of advice in one hand and a homework assignment in the other. The advice? “If you have to complain, turn it into a suggestion or a solution.” Likewise, the homework assignment was a simple yet somewhat daunting task for the end of the summer - to come up with one element of our current work environment that could be improved upon and send it in, preferably with a suggestion on how to improve it.


It was refreshing to benefit from the advice of a leader without having to frantically take notes on the minutiae of the way a business is run or the way a product is developed, particularly as many interns do not yet know what they want to do with their lives. Ken’s message during the Lunch & Learn emphasized that we will never know where our careers may lead, and that it doesn’t matter where we start out so long as we actually do something once we start. I believe I speak for all interns when I say that we walked out of that room with a more well-rounded perspective on career development than when we walked in.  It was like having a long talk with a good friend over coffee -- positive, lighthearted, and full of advice that, whether you know it yet or not, will help launch you into the next stages of your life.

 

New collaboration provides enhanced digital solutions

for a broader population of students

 

July 25, 2017.  Raleigh, NC.   Today Macmillan Learning, a premier educational content and digital solutions company, and VitalSource Technologies LLC®, the world leader in building, enhancing and delivering digital course materials, announced a new collaboration to provide students with greater access and an improved learning experience with Macmillan Learning’s digital products.

 

“At Macmillan Learning, we are working every day to create innovative solutions,” said Chief Operations Officer Ken Brooks. “Working with the VitalSource is enabling us to immediately broaden our reach. We will be able to provide more accessible digital solutions for all learners, as well as new solutions for the K12 market.”

 

Using VitalSource’s LearnKit application program interfaces (APIs), Macmillan Learning will offer content at a broader scale with mobile, responsive and accessible options for all learners, while maintaining the flexibility to meet the needs of today’s faculty and administrators.

 

“Macmillan has a long history of creating and curating great content and platforms,” said VitalSource Chief Operating Officer Pep Carrera. “While they have done a fantastic job with their digital offerings, this collaboration allows them to accelerate their efforts, while banking on VitalSource’s nearly 20 years of experience optimizing and delivering digital content to millions of students.”

 

“Customization for our customers is critical in today’s market as educators and learners strive for more personalized pathways,” said Brooks. “With this collaboration, we will be able to take individual slices of content to customize and integrate with pedagogical tools and assessment in new ways.”

 

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About Macmillan Learning

Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education continues to inform our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering, interactive tools. Through deep partnership with the world's best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visit our website or see us on Facebook, Twitter, or join our Macmillan Community

 

About VitalSource | www.vitalsource.com

VitalSource Technologies LLC, part of Ingram Content Group LLC, is improving the learning experience by making it easier to create and deliver effective and affordable content. The preferred choice among educational institutions and companies for digital learning materials, VitalSource® helps over 1,000 educational content providers create and deliver seamless interactive learning experiences through its exclusive Bookshelf® platform to millions of learners at 7,000 institutions. Bookshelf users opened more than 20 million digital textbooks last year and read more than 2.4 billion pages.

 

Tonight at 5pm PT in San Francisco, the winners for the 2017 CODiE Awards will be announced. The CODiE Awards are a peer-recognized program founded in 1986 that recognizes excellence in educational information, technology and software development. This year, Macmillan Learning is thrilled to have three products nominated for the awards: Sapling, Intellus, and FlipIt.

 

For Best Instructional Solution - which recognizes “the best instructional solution for science and health curricula and content for students in the PK-12 or higher education market” - the CODiE Awards nominated Sapling. CEO Ken Michaels describes the product as “probably the deepest most prominent, research-oriented way of prompting learning and learning pathways.”

 

For Best Social Sciences or Social Studies Instructional Solution, which recognizes excellence in social sciences content, CODiE nominated FlipIt. View a brief demo of this tool and review the research that supports FlipIt here.

 

And finally, for Best Digital Aggregation and Sharing Solution, Intellus has been nominated as of one of “the best digital platform[s] for educators to gather, describe, and share resources of all online sources and formats.”

 

All of these technologies serve as examples of how Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. We are delighted and honored to have our products nominated. See this link to watch the livestream of the ceremony tonight, and keep your fingers crossed! And whatever the outcome, it continues to be a privilege to provide today's students and educators with the tools to succeed!

 

About Macmillan Learning:

Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education continues to inform our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering, interactive tools. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visithttp://www.macmillanlearning.com or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN or join our Macmillan Community.

Follett’s 1,200 campus stores will offer students more affordable choices for Macmillan content to drive student preparedness and course success

 

New York, NY, July 19, 2017.   Macmillan Learning, a premier educational content and digital solutions company, today announced a new partnership with Follett Higher Education to provide more affordable rental options of popular Macmillan Learning solutions. Beginning this fall, some of Macmillan Learning’s popular textbooks and digital solutions will be available for consignment rental at more than 1,200 nationwide campus stores managed by Follett. This content, which will only be available to students to rent, will deliver significant savings for students compared with most rental pricing currently available or compared to the cost of purchasing a new textbook.  This partnership also enables Follett stores to offer students print plus digital bundles at substantially lower rental prices than previously possible.

 

Commenting on the partnership, Macmillan Learning CEO, Ken Michaels stated, “Affordability is a significant concern for students. At Macmillan Learning, we are evaluating everything we do to ensure we can provide students with access to the most affordable options for high quality course materials. This partnership with Follett enables us to offer lower priced options for content through all of their campus stores.”

 

Macmillan Learning's consignment rental program with Follett will not only provide students with direct savings, but also give them an option for continued  access to the digital content after the rental period ends at a substantially reduced price.

 

“Making college education more affordable and accessible to students by providing the widest range of course material options is our core mission at Follett, which is why we are pleased to offer Macmillan rentals at our campus stores,” said Clay Wahl, President of Follett Higher Education. “This partnership expands the number of physical and digital rental options available through Follett, the best source for students looking for course material solutions that match their individual learning and financial needs.”

 

“Central to Macmillan’s mission of improving lives through learning is to ensure that students can access the materials that they need to thrive,” said Mr. Michaels. “Until now, students have generally been forced to choose between inexpensive print rentals or grade-enhancing digital bundles. And that’s a shame because student’s success requires  a variety of resources and solutions to maximize learning. We’re pleased to launch this partnership with Follett to combine the cost savings of print rental with the learning outcome advantages of digital study aids and supplements.”

Both companies intend to expand this rental-only program and partnership in coming months. To learn more about all of Macmillan Learning’s affordable content and digital solutions, visit macmillanlearning.com. To learn more about Follett, visit http://www.follett.com.

 

About Macmillan Learning:

 

Macmillan Learning improves lives through learning. Our legacy of excellence in education continues to inform our approach to developing world-class content with pioneering, interactive tools. Through deep partnership with the world’s best researchers, educators, administrators, and developers, we facilitate teaching and learning opportunities that spark student engagement and improve outcomes. We provide educators with tailored solutions designed to inspire curiosity and measure progress. Our commitment to teaching and discovery upholds our mission to improve lives through learning. To learn more, please visit http://www.macmillanlearning.com or see us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIN or join our Macmillan Community.

 

 

About Follett Corporation:

For more than 140 years, Follett has been a trusted partner to preK-12 schools, colleges and campus stores, taking care of the critical details that make it easier for schools to run, teachers to teach, students to learn and fans to celebrate. A leading provider of education technology, services and physical and digital content, Follett currently works with 70,000 schools and operates more than 1,250 local campus stores and 1,600 virtual stores. With the 2016 acquisition of Baker & Taylor, LLC, Follett's reach also extends into the public library and global retail markets. Today Follett Corporation is the world's largest single source of course materials, books, entertainment products, digital content and multi-media for libraries, schools and retailers. To learn more visit www.follett.com.