Pearson MyMedicalTerminologyLab™ Helps to Improve Learner Outcomes, Receives Quality Matters (QM) Seal of Approval

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Online, Mastery-based Learning and Assessment Technology Delivers Measurable Results in Healthcare-related Fields of Study, and Meets Rigorous QM Standards for Online Courses and Components

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According to a report from Georgetown University’s Center for Education and Workforce, the healthcare industry is projected to produce more than five million new jobs by 2020. As more and more adult learners pursue healthcare-related careers, there is a growing demand for high-quality, effective and flexible educational and training opportunities. To demonstrate measurable outcomes for learners in healthcare career fields, Pearson announced today that data indicates a strong positive correlation between its MyMedicalTerminologyLab homework scores and quiz, exam, and course grades. In addition, MyMedicalTerminologyLab has received the coveted Quality Matters (QM) Certificate of Course Recognition for successfully meeting the Quality Matters Rubric standards.

At Zane State College, a two-year public college serving nearly 3,000 students in central Ohio, students who completed all or most MyMedicalTerminologyLab assignments as part of the Medical Terminology course, achieved 40 percent higher quiz grades and 23 percent higher exam grades than did students who skipped more assignments. Medical Terminology is a one-semester, two-credit course required of all health care majors, including physical therapy, occupational therapy, and health information management. The course provides a study of the vocabulary used by medical personnel with an emphasis on basic prefixes, suffixes, root words, and combining vowels.

MyMedicalTerminologyLab has successfully undergone the rigorous QM review and approval process, which considers and evaluates ease of access, clear objectives, and the availability and quality of support materials. The QM standards address the necessary requirements for quality online course design, assures that the online components of a course promote learner engagement, and provides students with the tools and information necessary to become successful learners. It also addresses the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) challenges, providing evidence that a course is user-friendly and accessible for students with disabilities. QM approval ensures that course material is consistent, that it has a standard template, and that it gives students a consistent view and access to online course content across different sections of the same course, campus-wide.

Nehal Rangnekar, professor at Dallas County Community College District said, “The QM recognition demonstrates that a course has been designed from a student's perspective. It shows that students are able to spend less time learning how to navigate a course, so that they can focus more on course comprehension.”

John Tweeddale, Pearson’s Senior Vice President of Efficacy and Quality, said, “We take pride in evaluating how our tools and services are meeting the needs of the learners we serve. Data-driven case stories like the Zane State College case study, that include defined, quantitative results, coupled with QM approval, demonstrate the fact that students are using Pearson’s MyLab™ & Mastering™ suite of products to improve learner outcomes. These tools are better preparing students for life after graduation."

Part of Pearson’s MyLab™ & Mastering™, the world’s leading collection of online homework, tutorial, and assessment technologies designed to improve learner outcomes, MyMedicalTerminologyLab is a comprehensive online program that gives students the opportunity to test their understanding of information, concepts and medical terminology to see how well they know the material. From the test results, MyMedicalTerminologyLab builds a self-paced, personalized study plan unique to each student’s needs. Remediation in the form of e-text pages, illustrations, exercises, audio segments, and video clips is provided for those areas in which students may need additional instruction, review, or reinforcement. Students can then work through the program until their study plan is complete and they have mastered the content.

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