GradeGuru Wins Silver for 'Best Use of Social Media for Learning' in 2010 E-Learning Awards

By Mcgraw-hill Education Gradeguru, PRNE
Sunday, November 21, 2010

The Student Study Network Was Also Named "Website of the Year" at the 2010 Stevie Awards for Women in Business in New York

LONDON, November 22, 2010 - McGraw-Hill Higher Education's GradeGuru, the study network for
university students, has been awarded the silver medal for "Best Use of
Social Media for Learning" in the UK's 2010 E-Learning Awards. GradeGuru was
chosen for its innovative use of technology in developing a web 2.0 study
tool for student collaboration, peer-support and study note sharing. Emily
, founder of GradeGuru, and Fiona Comport, marketing associate,
accepted the award on behalf of McGraw-Hill Education.

Identifying a need for a collaborative study tool that addresses the
learning needs of today's born digital student, GradeGuru was launched in
2008 to provide an online platform for student collaboration and
peer-support. The social media tool is the web 2.0 version of a study group,
where university students can share their own - and find other students' -
class-specific study materials, provide feedback and support, and build their
academic reputations to earn rewards. Since its inception, GradeGuru has
become an intuitive social learning environment for thousands of university

Following the E-Learning Award recognition, GradeGuru was also
acknowledged as "Website of the Year" at the 2010 Stevie Awards for Women in
Business in New York City.

"With GradeGuru, we aim to foster productive collaboration and increase
student engagement with course concepts by leveraging technologies that are
very familiar and intuitive," said Sawtell, who is also senior director of
student innovations at McGraw-Hill Higher Education. "We're thrilled to have
been recognized by the E-Learning Awards and the Stevies for creating a
social media tool that really helps students and attribute this honor to our
efficacy research demonstrating the real impact GradeGuru is having on
students' confidence and commitment," she added.

Available in the US and UK, GradeGuru promotes online collaboration to
increase student engagement, support and pride in creating their own learning
materials. GradeGuru translates students' 21st Century social media skills
into constructive behaviors in an educational context. GradeGuru also
provides study tools to help students succeed including Citation Manager, a
tool that automatically generates citations and bibliographies, and Study
Tracker, available in the iTunes store, which allows students to set study
time and grade goals and track their progress in class.

About GradeGuru was created based on the findings of ethnographic research
into student study habits and motivations. It is the web 2.0 version of a
study group, where university students can openly collaborate, share their
own and find other students' class-specific study materials, engage in
peer-review and build their academic reputations to earn rewards and access
career opportunities. Please visit or contact for more information.

About McGraw-Hill Higher Education

McGraw-Hill Higher Education, a unit of McGraw-Hill Education, is a
leading innovator in the development of 21st century teaching and learning
digital solutions for postsecondary and higher education markets worldwide.
Through a comprehensive range of traditional and digital education content
and tools focused on improving student learning outcomes, McGraw-Hill Higher
Education empowers and prepares professionals and students to connect, learn
and succeed in the global economy. McGraw-Hill Education, a division of The
McGraw-Hill Companies (NYSE: MHP), has offices in 33 countries and publishes
in more than 65 languages. Additional information is available at

About E-Learning Awards

Launched in 2005, the E-Learning Awards honor the best that e-learning
can offer - the programs, projects, teams, individuals and strategies which
have enjoyed the greatest success.

About the Stevie Awards

The Stevie Awards were created to honor and generate public recognition
of the achievements and positive contributions of organizations and business
people worldwide. Beginning with The American Business Awards in 2002, The
International Business Awards in 2003, The Stevie Awards for Women in
Business in 2004, and the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service in 2006,
our mission is to raise the profile of exemplary organizations and
individuals among the press, the business community, and the general public.
In short order the Stevie has become one of the world's most coveted awards.

    Media Contact:
    Tom Stanton
    McGraw-Hill Education

Tom Stanton, McGraw-Hill Education, +1-212-904-3214, Tom_Stanton at

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