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New York Higher Education Institutions Improve Learning Outcomes, Using Pearson’s Technology and Content Solutions

Each higher education institution, course, and classroom is unique, yet instructors today face a series of common teaching and learning challenges. Institutions are using technology and content solutions to address these various educational challenges. Pearson released a report today highlighting five New York-based institutions that have made a positive, measurable impact on teaching and learning.

The 2014 Science and Engineering Efficacy Report shows that the Mastering technology platform engages students inside and outside of the classroom with personalized and continuously adaptive learning experiences. Mastering reacts to how students are performing, offering data-driven guidance that helps them better understand course material and difficult concepts.

Pearson’s Senior Vice President of Efficacy and Quality, John Tweeddale, said, “With the powerful combination of talented and dedicated teachers who are committed to their students’ success, and the use of effective educational technology, Pearson believes that education can and should have a measurable, proven impact on learners’ lives. Working closely with educators to address some of today’s most common academic challenges, we carefully measured and evaluated the results of each institution’s course to ensure that our products and services are truly equipping learners with the tools, resources and support they need to succeed.”

The Rochester Institute of Technology has been using MasteringBiology since 2009. This has enabled more active learning opportunities, promoted more-efficient lectures and office hours, and resulted in higher exam scores. Because students come to class better prepared, professors are able to implement more active learning in the classroom, making learning in a large lecture setting more engaging, more effective, and more fun.

“The results show a six to eight percentage point increase in exam grades as I required MasteringBiology assignments, increased the value applied to them, and included the program’s study-area content on my exams,” said Assistant Professor Sandra J. Connelly, Rochester Institute of Technology.

Other New York higher education institutions featured in the Science and Engineering Efficacy report, include:

  • University at Buffalo, State University of New York
  • State University of New York, College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Genesee Community College
  • Clinton Community College

To review the complete report, download the PDF.

Pearson’s 2014 Science and Engineering Efficacy Report showcases how each institution boosted learning outcomes with the use of Pearson’s Mastering technology. Institutions improved teaching and learning in a number of ways, including the ability to do the following: increase success and retention rates, enable early intervention, enhance critical thinking and problem-solving skills, improve completion rate of assigned reading and homework, improve test-taking skills, integrate personalized learning with Adaptive Follow-Up, reduce time- and labor-intensive homework grading, redesign multiple courses/change course format, and track and quantify learning outcomes.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, with 40,000 employees in more than 80 countries working to help people of all ages to make measurable progress in their lives through learning. For more information about Pearson, visit www.pearson.com.