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LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately. Let's begin with student resources. Click here to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Essential Earth.
What resources are available for my students?
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. We'll now take a closer look at each.
These 50 animations allow students to explore key geologic processes via art from the textbook and audio and textual explanations.
LaunchPad’s e-Book offers the complete textbook with all of the interactive study tools specific to the book and the course linked in at point of use--plus easy customization and personalization for students and instructors. Students can search and highlight, making it easier to access key content and organize studying. Teachers can customize and rearrange chapters, add and share notes and discussions, and link to quizzes, activities, and other resources.
Additional Expedition Videos by Dr. Jerry Magloughlin of Colorado State University explore real world geological phenomena to further understanding of concepts taught in the book.
To make sure students understand the language of the course, virtual flashcards are available for every key term. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, terms shown, or use quiz mode to test themselves.
Geology in Practice Exercises
Geology in Practice Exercises give students real world geological scenarios and ask them to work through solutions in essay format.
Google Earth Projects
Google Earth Projects guide students through focused explorations of key geologic locations. Balancing observation,core geologic concepts, geographic awareness,guided inquiry,and active learning,students work through a series of questions aimed at producing a unique and insightful experience.After navigating to the appropriate location and checking their position with the image provided,students may answer the questions that reinforce students’ understanding of what they are seeing, driving them to see what a geologist would see.
Google Earth Tutorial
A guide for Google Earth software that covers the basic functions students will need to complete the projects in the book is available to you and your students.
Image Map Activities
These activities use figures from the text to assess key ideas, helping students develop their visual literacy skills. Students must click the appropriate section(s) of the image and answer corresponding questions.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter or module of the text.
LearningCurve provides a unique learning path for each student, with quizzes shaped by each individual’s correct and incorrect answers. The less a student knows about a topic, the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become. Feedback for each question includes live links to e-Book pages relevant to the topic at hand, guiding students to the reading they need to do to address areas that are giving them difficulty.
Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale, many instructors have found it to be an ideal source for pre-lecture assignments, with students coming to class more prepared to participate. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a post-lecture review. Instructors have also found that making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade further incentivizes students to take advantage of it when preparing for class.
News from Scientific American
The Scientific American newsfeed delivers articles, podcasts, news briefs, and videos on subjects related to geology. The newsfeed is updated several times per week, and the material can be archived or assigned by instructors.
Each chapter includes a summative quiz with pre-loaded questions covering all content learned in the unit. These quizzes are easy to edit and can include instructor-authored questions.
Video Exercises ask students to view a short video tutorial about real world geological structures then complete a quiz and matching activities to assess understanding. There are over two dozen of these Expeditions in Geology video tutorials available, which have been shot all around the world by Dr. Jerry Magloughlin of Colorado State University.
Visual Literacy Tasks
Visual Literacy Tasks are modules where students are quizzed on their ability to look at diagrams related to chapter content and respond to questions.
What resources are available for instructors?
From the same screen where you've been viewing student resources, you can scroll down to see those available to instructors. Let's now take a closer look at each.
Answers to Chapter Exercises
Answers to Chapter Exercises are provided for you on one convenient Word document per chapter.
Answers to Geology in Practice Exercises
Answers to Geology in Practice Exercises from the chapter are provided for you along with additional helpful notes and suggested readings for students.
Clicker Questions are a selection of multiple choice questions designed for in-class use with clickers.
Image PowerPoints presentations contain all figures, photos, and tables from the chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.
Lecture PowerPoints are pre-assembled PowerPoint Presentations for the chapter which can be used for lectures, or as an outline for your custom lecture presentations.
What am I seeing when I open a LaunchPad unit?
Here is what a LaunchPad unit looks like when you open one up from the home page. Both student and instructor resources are embedded and arranged within each unit.
1. LaunchPad unit
By clicking on a LaunchPad unit, you open it. Opening a LaunchPad Unit shows all the content that has been pre-selected and organized for that chapter. You can choose to assign the entire unit, just the parts you want, and even add additional content, either from our database or your own material.
2. Calendar icon: Date range
The calendar icon in the unit title is the Date Range, showing when different parts of the unit are due.
3. Add to this unit
Click Add to this Unit to create your own quizzes and assignments that you want included in the unit. You can also click this button to browse existing resources and pull materials from other chapters into this LaunchPad unit.
e-Book sections match the printed text page for page.
5. Expand section: orange arrow
Clicking on an orange arrow expands the section. In each section you'll always find the e-Book pages for that section, but also any other resources, like Interactive Assignments or Simulations, that directly pertain to that section.
6. Drag and drop
Every item in the LaunchPad unit is "drag and drop"-- simply click on an item, drag it to where you want it to appear, and drop it!
7. Calendar icon: orange
An orange calendar icon identifies an assigned item that is due in the near future.
8. Assignment wheel
As you run your cursor over an assignment this wheel icon will appear. Clicking it will allow you to edit the due date of assignments, make an assignment visible to students, or unassign an assignment.
9. Calendar icon: black
A black calendar icon identifies an assigned item that is due in the future, but not within the next week.
Each chapter has a built in LearningCurve quiz which is an interactive learning module that assesses student comprehension throughout the quiz and asks questions based on student needs. Student performance is assessed by topic and feedback is provided to help students with problem areas. Students are given a target score they must complete which is defaulted at 150 times the number of topics in the section, but you can change that target score as you please.
11. Summative quiz
Each chapter includes a summative quiz with optional pre-loaded test questions or questions you can create yourself.
12. Instructor resources
If you click on the orange arrow next to Instructor Resources you can see the instructor materials available for you for this specific chapter. By default the items in these sections are hidden from students, but you can make these visible if there is something you want to share!
13. Browse more resources for this unit
You can also browse all of the instructor resources and additional resources available for the chapter by "Browse more resources."