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When A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking came out in it’s 6th edition last fall, it’s LaunchPad got so much more than just a refresh. It’s a totally revamped experience for your students. Let’s check out all of the new features.


So that students can do all course work in one place, there is now an ebook built into LaunchPad for online reading. Or, if students do not have access to the Internet, they can read the mobile friendly downloadable ebook.


Having an ebook also means that our LearningCurve adaptive quizzing now as interactive links to the readings, rather than simply page numbers, as in the previous edition.


We also have a whole slew of new video options. Each Part has its own video that shows the concepts from the chapters in action. In addition to a new full length sample speech - “Going Carbon Neutral on Campus” in chapter 22 - we also have the “Needs Improvement” version of the speech, so students can see a shining example and a what-not-to-do example of the same presentation to allow for comparing and contrasting. As we always do, the speech video is also cut into small chunks as well, to highlight particular aspects, such as the introduction, source citation, and delivery styles.


Lastly, LaunchPad for A Pocket Guide to Public Speaking now comes with our Video Assessment Program, powered by GoReact. Speeches can be recorded right into LaunchPad through the website or through an app, and then can be assessed using time based comments, markers, and rubrics. You can see our COMMunity post on video assessment here:

If you’d like a personal tour of LaunchPad, sign up for a session with me, your Learning Solutions Specialist: