HE Instructor Knowledge Base URL: http://cmg.screenstepslive.com/s/MacmillanMedia/m/LaunchPadIM/l/417710-krugman-and-wells-macroeconomics-4e
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 Macroeconomics.
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.
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.
Worth’s acclaimed e-Book platform was developed by a cognitive psychologist (PhD, Yale University) who taught undergraduate psychology at the University of Massachusetts.
Economics in Action Activities
Economics in Action activities take real world examples and provides additional readings, data exercises, web exercises, and discussion forums for students to see how the material they are learning is used in real world situations.
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. Students can utilize this resource to prepare for higher stakes assessments and to make sure they understand the language of the course.
Flashcards are not suited for assignment for stakes, but since students find them extremely helpful many instructors have made sure students are aware of their availability by either making them visible in the pre-built units or building a separate folder to house all the flashcards that pertain to the course or to particular in class assessments.
Available for every chapter of the text. These are a combination of multiple choice and interactive graphing style questions. Perfectly suited for chapter ending homework or simply for student practice. We offer the most realistic and flexible graphing tool on the market. In addition to their inclusion in homework, hundreds of additional graphing problems are available in the quiz banks for instructors to build their own assessments or add to ones that already exist.
Guide to Using the Graphing Tools
Worth provides a guide to teach students how to use the interactive graphing tool used in activities inside LaunchPad.
These interactive narrated tutorials walk students through key concepts in economics through a series of examples, animated graphs, and problem sets. Students can work at their own pace and skip to any specific problem areas they might want to re-watch. Perfect for study and reinforcement of core ideas.
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.
Living Graphs are interactive and animated graphs that first demonstrate a concept to students and then ask them to manipulate the graph to check understanding. Living Graphs are the perfect tool to provide students with hands on manipulation of economics concepts.
Math and Graphing Review and Slides
Math and Graphing Review provides online review of 10 basic math and graphing concepts essential for students taking a principles of economics course. These 10 concepts were chosen based on feedback from instructors on the concepts students most often struggle with and for which a review would be helpful. Students can view engaging video tutorials that also provide assessment of these key concepts. Instructors also have access to these concepts in the form of PowerPoint slides to use in class. The following topics are covered: Slope, Area of Shapes, Average and Median, Percentages and Ratios, Percentage Change, Solving Equations, Interpreting Graphs and Recognizing Relationships, Types of Graphs, Correlation vs. Causation, and Marginal Analysis.
Authored by Elizabeth Sawyer Kelly, the Study Tips provide students with insight on how to master key concepts in the chapter. They often include graphs from the text and can be used for review after reading the chapter.
Summative Quizzes (End-of-Chapter Problems)
The end-of-chapter problems from the text have been converted to a multiple-choice format. These problems can be assigned in homework assignments or quizzes.
Video Activities and Videos
Video Activities containing clips from PBS NewsHour are available for many chapters and offer real world application of economics principles and concepts. The videos are accompanied by assignable, automatically graded quizzes. The videos are also available as a standalone resource.
Work It Outs
These tutorials guide students through the process of economic analysis and math skills to solve the final problem in each chapter. Choice-specific feedback and video explanations provide students with interactive assistance for each step of the problem.
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.
All illustrations from the text are provided as PPT for use in class or for enhancing an existing PPT presentation.
Instructor's Resource Manual
The instructor’s resource manual offers in-class suggestions, activities, a chapter outline, teaching tips, classroom activities, and links to web resources.
Interactive Presentation Slides
This set of slides is available as an alternative to traditional lecture slides. The slides are brief, interactive, and visually interesting to keep students’ attention in class. They include additional graphics and animations to demonstrate key concepts, many additional real-world examples, and hyperlinks to relevant outside sources. They also offer periodic try it yourself questions perfect for use with clickers or for engaging your students in class.