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McGraw-Hill and Wipro to Develop mConnect — an Affordable Mobile Learning Platform — to Reduce Skills Gap in Emerging Markets

DAVOS, Switzerland Jan. 26, 2011 India India Asia Africa

mConnect will offer low-income, rural or otherwise underserved students and workers personalized, adaptive education and assessment programs that can provide direct feedback in multiple modalities through cell phones, laptops and other mobile devices.  For students who want to establish and advance their careers by learning English, for example, mConnect will provide opportunities to hear conversations, review new vocabulary delivered via SMS and get personalized instruction that customizes the pace and presentation of material to match their learning needs.

Harold McGraw III Davos India India

Azim Premji Davos

India India

Specifically, mobile learning offers the ability to:

  • Bring learning directly to the student, thereby bridging the geographic distances between students and their schools
  • Allow learners to study anywhere and at anytime, improving their ability to balance work and study
  • Personalize and customize instruction by providing a means for teachers to provide relevant, individualized feedback to every student according to his ability to receive it both personally and technically
  • Encourage feedback and early intervention by teachers
  • Centralize curricula and ensure that content is continually updated
  • Create a more engaging, interactive experience, which has been shown to foster better learning outcomes

Ajit Rangnekar Indian School of Business Hyderabad

Amitava Bose

India

Additional Facts and Figures about Mobile Device Market:

  • There are 5.3 billion mobile phone subscriptions worldwide.  (Source: International Telecommunications Union)
  • Asia
  • By 2013, the number of smart phones worldwide will surpass PCs, 1.82 billion to 1.78 billion. (Source: Gartner Research)
  • China
  • India India

(1)  Trademark pending

About McGraw-Hill Education:

http://www.mheducation.com/

About The McGraw-Hill Companies:

McGraw-Hill is a global education and financial information company with leading brands including McGraw-Hill Education, Standard & Poor’s, CRISIL, Platts, and J.D. Power.  These brands share a commitment to creating a smarter, better world where everyone can succeed in the Knowledge Economy.  Around the world, the company is serving this mission by personalizing education around the needs of students, and by providing the financial and business information that markets need to grow.  With approximately 21,000 employees worldwide, McGraw-Hill has more than 280 offices in 40 countries.  Wherever the company operates, it is committed to responsible business practices that enhance the economic, social and environmental well-being of the communities where we work and live.

http://www.mcgraw-hill.com/investor_relations

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About Wipro:

India systems integration

Asia-Pacific Middle East India Mumbai

www.wipro.com

Contacts:

Jason Feuchtwanger                

The McGraw-Hill Companies          

212-512-3151                      

[email protected]

Rajan Kohli

Wipro Technologies

+41 792 012 843

[email protected]

SOURCE The McGraw-Hill Companies

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