Personalized Learning

New Digital Platform Focuses on Student Fatigue, Confidence Levels

McGraw-Hill has launched Connect Master, a new digital platform designed for presonalized learning. As the company unveiled the new product at the ASU + GSV Summit, it also announced that it has a first client, Arizona State University, which will begin using the platform in its math courses next fall.

McGraw-Hill Education representatives say the new Connect Master platform offers two features other similar learning platforms don't: an ability to measure students' sense of confidence and fatigue, allowing it to make adjustments to the customized content, and a focus on deeper concepts as supposed to simple problem-solving.

"Math can be one of the most challenging subjects to master, and it's easy for students to lose confidence in their abilities and fall behind," said McGraw-Hill Education Chief Digital Officer Stephen Laster. "Connect Master allows students to show their work and receive real-time feedback, which ultimately encourages critical thinking and boosts student confidence."

Other features of the new platform include:

  • A personal learning coach that can provide the student with real-time feedback;
  • Videos with real-world scenarios designed to lead to greater conceptual understanding;
  • A mix of question structures — multiple choice, matching and drag-and-drop — with the intention to reduce student fatigue and encourage longer periods of study;
  • An interactive "kaleidoscope" tool that shows math concepts in a variety of ways;
  • Metacognition tools designed to measure student confidence levels in their answers; and
  • Videos in Spanish to assist native Spanish speakers.

"One of the key things we learned is that, not only are there many ways to solve a problem," said McGraw-Hill Education Senior Fellow of Digital Learning Ulrik Juul Christensen, "there are multiple ways just to get from one step to another."

While ASU will begin using the math platform in its fall 2015 classes, Connect Master is also now available for economics and composition classes, with more subjects to follow.

About the Author

Michael Hart is a Los Angeles-based freelance writer and the former executive editor of THE Journal.

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