Maximize the Connect® Experience in Your Classroom

Congratulations! You are on your way to a teaching and learning experience that will engage your students in empowering ways from day 1!

Check out some reasons why Connect is so beneficial to include in your course, as well as tips on how to best leverage it throughout the course term. Trust us, your students will thank you for it!

Instructor Satisfaction Tips and Tricks

To get you started, here are some quick tips and tricks on the favorite features of Connect from the 84% of instructors who use and require Connect in their courses.1

Quality of content and relevance to coursework

Satisfaction Rating: 81%

Tip: Make Connect at least 15% of the grade to ensure student engagement in your assignments. Connect gives you the flexibility to create learning assignments based on your specific class objectives, while consolidating all your course materials and assignments in one place.

Adaptive eBook access


Satisfaction Rating: 80%

Tip: Ensure all students have access to all course materials on Day 1 through Connect, including the reading. Assign and track SmartBook* reading assignments ahead of class so you know your students are reading the material and prepared for your time together.
*May not be available in all courses.

Ease of use (e.g. getting started, assignments, grading)

Satisfaction Rating: 77%

Tip: Set aside time in advance of the semester to familiarize yourself with Connect and set it up for your class. The good news is the time you put in now pays off as once you’ve created your course, you can just copy it for your other sections! Instructors who have used Connect for multiple terms say that once you’ve set it up once, it only takes 15 minutes to do for other classes.

Quality of quizzing/ assessment content & capabilities

Satisfaction Rating: 73%

Tip: When setting up your course in Connect, consider what activities you spend time on in class that you would like back, like quizzes. Assign these activities outside of class and focus more of your energy on teaching and monitoring student performance.​

Reporting analytics features/functionality

Satisfaction Rating: 71%

Tip: Pay close attention to data from Connect and SmartBook reports. This reporting gives you deeper insights into your students’ learning and performance in real-time, so you can gain insights to help you optimize your class interactions based on your students’ learning needs or to address individual student needs outside of class.

Intuitive user experience


Satisfaction Rating: 70%

Tip: Make a non-credit first-day-of-class assignment students can see how easy Connect is to use! Use the new Connect Orientation Videos narrated by students to aid in students quickly understanding how to use Connect to maximize their study time You can assign these short video clips from the Connect question picker.

Diverse types of learning or assignment content

Satisfaction Rating: 68%

Tip: When setting up Connect, assign your students different types of learning content to have them practice skills you’ll be asking them to apply on the exam. Use different question types for assignments, so your students aren’t always answering multiple choice questions, and let them digest course content in different ways through audio, video, and reading.

Content adapts dynamically based on concept mastery

Satisfaction Rating: 67%

Tip: Assign SmartBook as part of the grade so students complete this regularly. Within SmartBook in Connect, there is the “Practice” and “Recharge” functionality where your students answer assessment questions to reinforce their comprehension after reading. Students then have access to personalized reports to show them which topics they’re struggling with to study.

LMS Integration


Satisfaction Rating: 56%

Tip: If you haven’t already integrated Connect with your Learning Management System (LMS), check with your campus LMS admin to see if they have installed Connect. Then use our integration video if you need help pairing your course.

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Tips to Save Time Getting Started

You don’t need more hours in the day; you just need Connect! In fact, a majority of instructors of instructors who use Connect say that it saves them time when teaching.

The data shows that instructors who use Connect spend 72% less time on administrative tasks, and 90% more time on active learning experiences.2

  • Get Trained: Schedule time to get hands on with our Implementation Team to get started off right.
  • Plan Ahead: Set aside course creation time over the summer to get done before the beginning of semester stress starts.
  • Integrate with Your LMS: Integrate Connect with your LMS to add Connect assignments and record Connect assignment grades directly into your LMS workflow and gradebook.
  • Set Dates: Finalize assignment dates in your syllabus and add corresponding assignments to Connect up front or, if teaching the course for the first time, stay ahead of your students by a few weeks to learn and adapt as you go.
  • Get Familiar: Get to know the Connect interface and navigation from the student perspective so you are the expert – just click on the Student View button on your course home page and take some assignments (and see what you learn)!

Get the Most from Adaptive Learning

Personalize Your Students’ Learning with Connect & SmartBook


SmartBook presents students with questions related to course content, asking them to rate their level of confidence. This is where adaptive learning begins! The students' stated level of confidence is compared with the accuracy of their answers. SmartBook continuously reviews this information, helping students gain a deeper understanding of the concepts they know, and more importantly, the concepts they don’t know, helping to make study time more efficient and effective.

  • Assign Readings for Points Ahead of Class: In Connect, assigning “reading” and “practice” through SmartBook help students understand their knowledge gaps, allowing them to effectively prepare for class.
  • Leverage Reports to Shape Lectures: Connect and SmartBook offer a wealth of reports to help instructors gain a deeper knowledge of student performance. Data on baseline knowledge, student confidence, and user behavior (like time to completion) can help you shape class time to best address student challenges, skip over what they know, and take learning to a higher level.
  • Encourage Students to Use SmartBook Reports: Individualized data helps students understand where they are succeeding, where they are struggling, and everything in between. This data can help students make the most use of their study time. Likewise, by reviewing "Time Spent in LearnSmart" vs. "Student Performance" helps students see how their study time affects their performance.

  • Assign LearnSmart modules for Points Ahead of Class: In Connect, assigning “practice” through LearnSmart helps students understand their knowledge gaps, allowing them to effectively prepare for class.
  • Leverage Reports to Shape Lectures: Connect and LearnSmart offer a wealth of reports to help instructors gain a deeper knowledge of student performance. Data on baseline knowledge, student confidence, and user behavior (like time to completion) can help you shape class time to best address student challenges, skip over what they know, and take learning to a higher level.
  • Encourage Students to Use LearnSmart Reports: Individualized data helps students understand where they are succeeding, where they are struggling, and everything in between. This data can help students make the most use of their study time. Likewise, by reviewing "Time Spent in LearnSmart" vs. "Student Performance" helps students see how their study time affects their performance.

"Overall, Connect has allowed me to fine-tune my lecture. I am able to go into detail quicker in the lecture period since the students have completed their SmartBook modules and have an understanding of chapter topics... Students tend to generate more detailed questions now, specific to the topics discussed."

-Professor Vanessa Hörmann, professor of Biology, Broward College

Let Reporting Influence Your Course


Precision matters in today’s academic environment. For instructors, Connect offers a variety of reports to help assess performance by individual student or for the whole class. From progress on assignments, to metacognitive awareness, to identifying the most challenging learning objectives, Connect reports provide instructors with the deep insights they need to make informed decisions about their course, as early as the first assignment.

  • Use Connect Insight: This visual analytics dashboard provides easily digestible information on student performance by assignment, topic, or even time on task.
  • Use the "At-Risk Report": Identify students who might be vulnerable to dropping out of your class or are struggling to keep up. This early alert system allows you to be more proactive in reaching out to students to help them overcome their challenges.
  • Tailor lectures, class time, and office hours using reports: SmartBook reports provide insights on the topics that your students struggle with most, allowing you to refine lectures and class time to best address overall class needs while empowering you with student specific data for one-on-one time.
  • Encourage your students to use reports: Connect’s reports can help students track their own performance, allowing them to make more informed decisions about study time.

“The ability to tailor a student’s learning experience toward the things the student doesn’t know rather than what the student has already grasped is incredible, especially when there are huge numbers of students involved. This experience allows the course to be individualized for each student rather than offering a one-size-fits-all, 'canned' course experience.”

-Professor Tiffiny Guidry, University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa

New Features Available Now

We’ve got some exciting new features to make your students' learning experience even better!

eBook

  • Designed for reading in class, referencing, and offline reading
  • Search capabilities, enhanced note taking, and read aloud functionality
  • Easy accessibility on smartphone and tablet through new Read Anywhere App (available for c2018 titles only)

SmartBook

  • Adaptive, personalized learning
  • Assignable content
  • Designed for preparing for class, practicing, and studying
  • Reports available for instructors and students

eBook Read Anywhere App

  • Provides mobile, offline access giving students the ability to access to their c2018 eBook on their phone or tablet to study anywhere, anytime.
  • Notes and highlights made to the text will sync across platforms – so students don’t lose any work whether working in their mobile app or on their laptop.

Accessibility

Our new student interface includes significant accessibility enhancements, including:

  • Improved color contrast
  • Keyboard navigation capability (except Calendar and Gradebook pages)
  • JAWS screen reader capability
  • Keyboard navigation will also be functional in the Power of Process guided reading tool and EZTest for question types that do not include images, such as:
    • True/False
    • Multiple choice
    • Check all that apply
    • Fill in the blank
    • Questions built from our premium question banks

Please note that this is for students using the New Connect interface and may vary by discipline and content.

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Among instructors who tell their colleagues to use Connect, 89% have recommended it at least once.
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