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Pearson's MyLabsPlus Offers Powerful Teaching and Learning Support

Enhanced Version of MyLabs and Mastering Programs Features More Robust Administrative and Reporting Tools, Enhanced Customer Support

Boston, MA (via PRWEB) February 16, 2010 -- With more than 6 million student registrations in the last year alone, Pearson's MyLabs and Mastering programs have transformed the learning process for millions of students around the globe. These online homework and tutorial programs personalize learning for students and have proven effective at helping colleges and universities improve student performance.

And now, Pearson offers colleges and universities even more benefits with MyLabsPlus--an enhanced version of the MyLabs and Mastering programs, featuring more robust administrative and reporting tools and enhanced customer support, allowing departments to scale their programs to manage increasingly larger numbers of students across multiple sections and courses.

"Our MyLabs and Mastering programs have produced dramatic results helping professors increase their students' understanding of subjects from math and science to economics and finance. We've listened to their feedback and developed MyLabsPlus, an expanded teaching and learning experience with simpler registration for students, deeper diagnostic and assessment tools, increased reporting functionality, and additional service opportunities," said Jim Behnke, Chief Learning Officer at Pearson.

With the advanced reporting capabilities found in MyLabsPlus, instructors can review and analyze students' strengths and weaknesses by tracking their performance on tests, assignments and tutorials, while the customizable gradebook helps instructors manage results, calculate grades and plan remediation strategies.

For administrators, MyLabsPlus offers complete control over student enrollments and the ability to quickly analyze and monitor performance across multiple sections, courses or disciplines for a broad view of program performance. Pearson's experienced course developers handle the migration of the institution's programs onto the MyLabsPlus environment and provide 24-7 customer support to help departments ensure their courses run smoothly.

Pearson's MyLabsPlus also assists colleges and universities wrestling with the issue of college readiness and the growing demand for developmental skills courses. A number of Pearson's most popular MyLabs programs address this audience, including MyMathLab, MyReadingLab, MyWriting Lab and MyFoundationsLab (a combination of the math and English MyLabs). The MyLabsPlus versions of these products allow instructors and administrators to access far greater data on students' performance and customize their curriculum more appropriately to suit their needs.

At the University of Alabama, using MyMathLabPlus has helped the university improve student performance between 20 and 30 percent, while retention rates are up at least 10 percent over the past five years. The university has achieved these results while producing a cost savings of 28% over traditional courses.

"We have found that students are gaining a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts using MyMathLab in conjunction with instructor support," said Jamie Glass, who uses MyMathLabPlus at the University of Alabama's Mathematics Technology Learning Center. "Because of the broad range of learning tools, students with different learning styles can find the tool that works best for them. The fact that the learning aids are readily available as they work helps students get past roadblocks when working on difficult concepts."

MyLabsPlus is now available for MyMathLab, MyReadingLab, MyWritingLab, MyFoundationsLab, MyPsychLab, MyHealthLab, MyAccountingLab, MyEconLab, MyFinanceLab, MySocLab, MyNutritionLab and the Mastering programs for the sciences, including chemistry, biology, astronomy and physics.

For more information, visit www.mylabsplus.net.

About Pearson
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Contact: Susan Aspey, Susan.aspey@pearson.com, (800) 745-8489