McGraw-Hill Education has bought privately held Tegrity Inc., a lecture capture software company, as it continues to shift away from its traditional textbook publishing roots, Dow Jones reports. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed. Tegrity, with offices in Santa Clara, Calif., and Tel Aviv, sells software to schools allowing professors to record their lectures. Students then can search a database of lectures to review confusing topics or while completing assignments, watching short segments rather than fast-forwarding or rewinding through full classes. The company has sold the software to more than 200 schools, including the University of Alabama and University of Central Florida. It recently signed a three-year, $1.2 million pact with Washington state’s community college system. “It’s like a searchable DVR for your college courses,” said Vineet Madan, who oversees an education innovation lab at McGraw-Hill. McGraw-Hill first partnered with 10-year-old Tegrity in late 2007 and in 2009 began pairing the lecture-capture software with its own McGraw-Hill Connect digital learning platform, which offers online versions of its textbooks as well as supplemental reading material, interactive quizzes, and other tools. Tegrity will continue to be offered on a standalone basis, with schools able to add their own visual aides, or packaged alongside Connect…

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