McGraw-Hill Ed­u­ca­tion, AOU to make pow­er­ful dig­i­tal learn­ing ma­te­ri­als avail­able to stu­dents

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Anew agree­ment that ex­pands the col­lab­o­ra­tion among Arab Open Univer­sity (AOU), McGrawHill Ed­u­ca­tion and Grow­more will make McGrawHill’s high qual­ity dig­i­tal con­tent avail­able to stu­dents at AOU’s nine branches in the Mid­dle East and Africa. Stu­dents in all ma­jor first- and sec­ond-year course ar­eas will have ac­cess to McGraw-Hill Con­nect dig­i­tal course ma­te­ri­als, which re­search has shown help im­prove grades, pass rates and re­ten­tion.

Learn­ing science com­pany McGraw-Hill and Arab Open Univer­sity have a long­stand­ing re­la­tion­ship, hav­ing worked to­gether in re­cent years to­wards the dig­i­tal tran­si­tion of the univer­sity. The two or­ga­ni­za­tions have now de­cided to take a step fur­ther with a three-year agree­ment. McGraw-Hill will not only sup­ply cus­tom­ized McGraw-Hill Con­nect ma­te­ri­als spe­cially de­signed to meet the needs of AOU’s in­struc­tors and stu­dents, but will also act as a strate­gic part­ner in AOU’s mar­ket­ing and so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity ini­tia­tives.

McGraw-Hill Con­nect uses adap­tive tech­nol­ogy to per­son­al­ize the learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents and help in­struc­tors be­come even more ef­fec­tive. It is used by mil­lions of stu­dents glob­ally, and gives ed­u­ca­tors the flex­i­bil­ity to teach their course their way, while pro­vid­ing stu­dents with af­ford­able, en­gag­ing prod­ucts that help them achieve learn­ing out­comes. Grow­more, which is McGraw-Hill’s ex­clu­sive dis­trib­u­tor in Kuwait, is amongst the largest learn­ing so­lu­tions providers in the re­gion with 14 cam­pus book­stores serv­ing fed­eral and pri­vate higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions.

“Guided by the strate­gic vi­sion of HRH Prince Talal Bin Ab­du­laziz, Head of the Board of Trus­tees, and the other Board mem­bers, the AOU has been com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing qual­ity higher ed­u­ca­tion for stu­dents in all Arab coun­tries since its es­tab­lish­ment in 2001,” said Prof. Mo­hammed Al-Zakari, Pres­i­dent, AOU. “To ac­com­plish this, the Univer­sity adopts the no­tion of Open Learn­ing in­volv­ing high aca­demic stan­dards, em­ploy­ing state-of-the-art ed­u­ca­tional and in­for­ma­tion tech­nolo­gies and es­tab­lish­ing strate­gic part­ner­ships with highly rep­utable or­ga­ni­za­tions. This part­ner­ship with McGrawHill is a con­se­quence of such a strat­egy. The Univer­sity hopes that this re­la­tion­ship with McGraw-Hill will be con­ducive to strength­en­ing the qual­ity and value of the ed­u­ca­tional ser­vices the AOU pro­vides to its stu­dents.”

“One of the AOU strate­gic ob­jec­tives is not only to fig­ure out how to make the elec­tronic ed­u­ca­tional ma­te­rial scal­able and more widely af­ford­able at the AOU level, but also to adopt new tech­nolo­gies such as Adap­tive Learn­ing to en­hance the stu­dents’ en­gage­ment and re­ten­tion rates,” said Prof. Ashraf Hus­sein, Vice Pres­i­dent for Ed­u­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy, AOU. “Mean­while, we are aim­ing to pro­vide our tu­tors with a wide va­ri­ety of in­ter­ac­tive, dig­i­tal learn­ing tools to im­prove the per­for­mance of the aca­demic de­liv­ery. This part­ner­ship will stream­line the re­la­tion­ship be­tween AOU and McGraw-Hill, mov­ing fur­ther to achieve the afore­men­tioned ob­jec­tive.”

“We’re proud to ex­tend our re­la­tion­ship with Arab Open Univer­sity, which has be­come a sym­bol for in­no­va­tion and qual­ity ed­u­ca­tion in this part of the world,” said Mur­ray St Leger, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor, Eu­rope, Mid­dle East and Africa at McGraw-Hill In­ter­na­tional. “We work hard to create dig­i­tal con­tent and build course ma­te­ri­als in line with what we know about learn­ing science, tai­lored to the needs of in­sti­tu­tions and stu­dents whom we sup­port. We’re ex­cited that thou­sands more stu­dents will ben­e­fit from adap­tive tech­nol­ogy be­cause of the lead­er­ship of AOU.”

“Grow­more be­lieves in cre­at­ing a bet­ter fu­ture by de­liv­er­ing ef­fec­tive and af­ford­able learn­ing so­lu­tions to en­hance teach­ing and learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ences,” said Shailen­dra Sri­vas­tava, CEO of Grow­more. “We are ec­static that our ef­forts have re­sulted in bring­ing to­gether our strate­gic part­ners Arab Open Univer­sity and McGraw-Hill into a long-term part­ner­ship for dig­i­tal trans­for­ma­tion. Our col­lab­o­ra­tion will trans­form the way learn­ing re­sources dis­sem­i­nate and the re­gion will ex­pe­ri­ence a tec­tonic shift in the way ed­u­ca­tion is get­ting de­liv­ered.”

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