A little bird told us…

…that it’s Customer Appreciation Month!

Thank you to all the instructors who inspire us with your hard work, passion, and dedication to your students and their learning. You and your students keep us striving to do our best and help us enjoy what we’re working toward each day.

We have to say…we must be doing something right, because you guys have said some pretty nice things about us! Here are some of your most recent comments that make us glow with pride and happiness. Hope you enjoy as much as we did, and thank you!

 

We’re one of the best places to work in SC!

Two women stand smiling and holding a plaque that names Hawkes one of the best places to work in the state.

Hawkes Learning was recently named one of the Best Places to Work in South Carolina! The eleventh annual program was created by SC Biz News in partnership with the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce and Best Companies Group.

This program identifies, recognizes, and honors the best employers in the state of South Carolina for benefiting the state’s economy, workforce, and businesses. The list is made up of 60 companies. Across the state, businesses entered the program to determine who gets to call themselves the best. We were presented with the prestigious award at a ceremony in Columbia, the state’s capital, on August 2.

We at Hawkes couldn’t agree more that we’re one of the best places to work in the state (and, to us, anywhere!). Mazen, a member of our video production team, said, “I love being able to have creative freedom and improve my skill set while working on professional projects.” Educational Courseware Specialist Jennifer explained why she loves working at Hawkes: “You can’t beat the company culture here at Hawkes. It is easy to enjoy your job when you have upbeat and enthusiastic colleagues working beside you every day!”

We’re so appreciative of this wonderful award.

Customers, we appreciate YOU!

Here at Hawkes Learning, we love our customers. April is Customer Appreciation Month, and we do our best to make every month feel that way! However, this month does get a special video highlighting how much we love working with you.

After all, not every company gets to work with inspiring instructors who strive to help their students attain success, give valuable feedback through insightful collaboration, and end up becoming more like friends than customers.

In honor of you, we’ve created this short video thanking you. Hope you enjoy!

Check out our NEW English courseware!

We’ve expanded into a new discipline with our brand-new courseware, Foundations of English! This courseware revolutionizes the world of online English programs.

English instructors from across the country created the lesson content to give students the exact information they need. Our user-friendly interface and built-in to-do list keep students organized and on track with their papers and other assignments.

The interactive questions and fun, game-like lessons engage students as they navigate topics ranging from understanding different learning styles to revising and proofreading their work. Plus, our peer-review tool and paper submission platform, SmartReview, makes peer and instructor editing easy and more streamlined.

Explore the courseware.

Foundations of English

Table of ContentsFoundations of English

  1. Study Skills
  2. Reading Skills
  3. Critical Thinking
  4. Grammar and Mechanics
  5. Style
  6. The Writing Process – Paragraphs
  7. The Writing Process – Longer Texts
  8. Research

Foundations of English brings our existing learning technology that has helped students succeed in math for more than 35 years to the field of reading and writing. Along with valuable remediation in introductory English skills, Foundations of English challenges students to apply the concepts they are learning to their academic, professional, and personal lives.

SmartReview

With our paper submission platform for peer and instructor review, SmartReview gives you the flexible options you need when students submit paper drafts.

With just one login, students access their writing assignments and a user-friendly writing space where they can type their papers directly or copy and paste from any word processor.

As an instructor, you have the ability to see who submitted their writing assignments on time, review the assignments, and assign peer review.

Reviewers utilize an advanced tagging system, customized comments, and instructor-created rubrics to provide writers with thorough and relevant feedback. The tagging system includes tags like Topic Sentences and Punctuation.

SmartReview uses a tagging system to identify common writing mistakes.

In the peer review, you can control how many tags students should add in order to guide the kind of feedback given. Students can choose from predetermined tags to help get the ball rolling on how they can best advise their peers. Instructors can critique papers as well!

Students can choose from a list of predetermined tags.

Interactive examples

This courseware keeps students engaged by providing interactive examples throughout the lessons. Students gain a greater understanding of how they learn and what methods are best to take when writing and studying.

Different learning styles are explained.

You can use the tables interspersed throughout the lessons as in-class activities. These tables can be printed so students can fill in their answers at their desks with your help and guidance.

One interactive example asks students to list out proper nouns.

Lessons contain click-to-select questions. While most online English programs offer multiple choice only, this question type directly tests students’ knowledge of grammar with specific sentence examples. Check out one below:

This click-to-select question asks you identify all indefinite pronouns on this sentence: Although many of us have planned the camping trip, anyone is welcome to come.

Additional materials

If you’d like something printed to give to your students, our English Print has all the Learn screens’ content in a convenient booklet!

In addition to the online program, we can include our free Quick Reference, a single handout for each student describing common grammar mistakes and how to fix them. If you can’t stand seeing another “your” when “you’re” should be used, then this reference guide may be the key to maintaining your sanity.

Foundations of English includes several videos interspersed throughout the lessons that cover the main content and ideas. Check out one of our videos, which explains how to proofread sentences for style, below!

Explore the courseware.

#hollyjollyhawkes

On Saturday the Hawkes family celebrated the holiday season at Charleston’s High Wire Distilling Company. The lights shone as brightly as our spirits as we laughed over a good meal, talked about our holiday plans with friends and family, and tapped our heels to catchy music provided by Weigh Station. All in all, we had a spectacular party! Check out the photos for proof.

Annual Hawkes Olympics

Every year, my colleagues like to have a little friendly competition in between answering phone calls, testing new content, and developing high-performance tools.

The Hawkes Olympics tests our skills in events like corn hole, trivia, bowling, crossword puzzles, and more. Now, it’s about having fun and testing yourself more than it’s about winning, but it’s safe to say that Anna Margaret came out as the main winner. She won…a lot.

Check out the Olympics below!