HE Instructor Knowledge Base URL: http://cmg.screenstepslive.com/s/MacmillanMedia/m/LaunchPadIM/l/417861-mankiw-macroeconomics-9e
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.
Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, this game allows students to become the Chairman of the Fed and to make macroeconomic policy decisions based on news events and economic statistics. It gives students a sense of the complex interconnections that influence the economy.
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.
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.
These modules provide simulations of the models presented in the book. Students can change the exogenous variables and see the outcomes in terms of shifting curves and recalculated numerical values of the endogenous variables. Each module contains multiple-choice questions so the activity can be assigned.
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 problems that parallel to end-of-chapter problems found in the text. 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.
Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (.zip)
All image files from the text are provided for use in class.
All illustrations from the text are provided as PPT for use in class or for enhancing an existing PPT presentation.
Instructor's Resource Manual
For each chapter of the text, the instructor’s manual contains notes to the instructor, a detailed lecture outline, additional case students, and coverage of advanced topics. Instructors can use the manual to prepare their lectures, and they can reproduce whatever pages they choose as handouts for students.
This set of lecture slides features animated graphs with careful explanation and additional case studies, data, and helpful notes to the instructor. Designed to be customized or used as they are, they include easy directions for instructions who have little experience with PowerPoint.