More and more we are confronted by today’s learning environment – students are different, digital tools are changing, and instructors are continually asked to do more with less yet show better results. With the making of Many Europes, Choice & Chance in Western Civilization, (PDF) a completely integrated program, we recognize this altering environment and set out with the goal of better meeting the western civilization course tasks of improving student performance, critical analysis skills, and general comprehension in a continually evolving teaching and learning environment.
What does it mean – integrated program? Instead of a traditional narrative text that then has supplementary support material or supplements tacked onto it, Many Europes was built as a program. Every narrative section has clearly stated learning objectives that are tied to the digital tools which direct the program’s assessment. A key tool in driving knowledge is McGraw-Hill’s LearnSmart (not included in the sale), an adaptive assessment tool, which has proven outcomes of increasing student comprehension and overall course results. Up till now, we realize that while history instructors want students to know fundamental historical facts, the actual goal of the course is enhancing student’s critical thinking abilities. Our Critical Missions build analysis skills through the examination of primary sources, maps and the completion of a written argument. Furthermore, several other assignment types within McGraw-Hill’s Connect drive the development of analysis skills and are also linked directly to learning objectives.
What do we mean by Choice? Exceptional to this program, Many Europes discusses European history as a series of choices within a set of historical settings, driving greater critical analysis as college students realize that Europe’s fate was never unavoidable but rather was created by individuals with diverse voices and perspectives. Choice also means flexibility. Many Europes’ flexible content including a customizable documents collection available as print or digital as well as many user options from a completely digital experience to a hybrid print and digital experience, or if you must, an all print experience.
What do we mean by Chance? In history chance shows itself as a dropped letter, an unforeseen storm, or surprise turn of events. Chance can also show itself as a new way, path, or direction that allows for the expectation and anticipation of something better. Many Europes’ flexible content coupled with powerful digital learning tools and a customizable documents collection gives users a new choice for the teaching and learning of Western Civilization and also a better chance for enhanced student results and course outcomes.
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