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 the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Essentials of Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.
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.
Electronic Encyclopedia of Statistical Examples and Exercises (EESEE) Story modules present students with a real-world statistical problem and walk them through a series of questions and offer supplementary projects that relate to the statistical concept.
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.
General Social Survey Codebook
The General Social Survey Codebook is intended to support students’ use and understanding of the GSS dataset and the GSS in general.
Immersive Learning Activities
Based on real data, fifteen Data Visualization Activities guide students through understanding and applying specific statistical concepts.
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.
Every chapter offers a pre-built chapter quiz drawn from pools of questions for each section of the text. Students can take the quiz multiple times for practice and receive different sets questions on the same topic. This also allows instructors to use these quizzes for higher stakes as each attempt will offer differing questions on similar material.
Snapshots are videos that pick one topic covered in the chapter and use examples and figures to explain the concept further in depth.
SPSS Data Sets
SPSS data sets are used in accordance with assignments in the SPSS Manuals.
SPSS Manuals guide students through assignments done on the SPSS software.
StatClips are short videos directed by a professor at Texas A&M University that briefly cover key concepts in introductory statistics.
StatClips Example videos further explore the concepts students are taught in StatClips videos by presenting them with a related real world problem and offering them a video guided solution.
These Statistical Applets that allow students to manipulate and interpret graphs are designed to help students master concepts covered in Introductory Statistics.
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
Instructors have access to a downloadable zip file with all the figures, photos, and tables from each chapter in the order they appear.
Clicker Question Presentation Slides
Assessments written by experienced educators, compatible with any clicker system.
Downloadable Test Bank
Contents include multiple-choice questions, many of which include figures and graphs; fill-in-the-blank questions based on corresponding graphs and figures; and essay questions, many of which are multipart and similar in style to the end-of-chapter exercises. Available for PCs or Macs using Diploma software.
Faculty Guide for Data Visualization Activities
A guide to using and assigning the Data Visualization Activities.
General Social Survey Data
Students are given access to GSS, a flagship survey that contains a standard ‘core’ of demographic and attitudinal questions, plus topics of special interest.
Instructors are provided with a slide presentation of all the images from each chapter.
Instructor Resource Manual Handouts
Downloadable handouts from the Instructor’s Resource Manual
Instructor's Resource Manual - PDF and Word
The Instructor’s Resource Manual is the perfect tool for busy instructors who want to make the statistics course more engaging for their students. This manual includes chapter objectives, chapter summaries, lecture, discussion, and classroom activity suggestions organized by section.
Lecture Slides are pre-assembled presentations for each chapter that instructors can use for lectures, or as an outline for custom lecture presentations.
The Solutions Master places all the solutions to every question asked in the text in one convenient place. Instructors can search for specific answers or browse answers by chapter or section.
Instructors are provided with solutions to all of the end of chapter questions.