In the wake of Apple and Google pitching augmented reality to schools, McGraw-Hill is stepping up its own augmented reality efforts for education.

On Tuesday, the publishing powerhouse announced a partnership with Alchemie, an educational app startup that gamifies learning, to develop augmented reality apps for college-level chemistry courses through a National Science Foundation research grant.

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“Today’s students want to engage with advanced technologies that make the learning experience more dynamic and effective,” said Scott Virkler, chief product and operating officer for higher education at McGraw-Hill, in a statement. “As a global leader in digital learning, we’re constantly searching for new ways to apply emerging technologies to drive more active learning and better learning outcomes.”

McGraw-Hill’s intended outcome of the partnership is to integrate the resulting software into its existing platforms for educational institutions, namely its McGraw-Hill Connect and ALEKS learning platforms.



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