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 Biochemistry.
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.
What resources are available for my students?
Animated TechniquesAnimated techniques offer students explanations of concepts through a guided series of steps complete with either text-based narration or audio narration.
AnimationsBased on figures from the textbook, these short videos bring complex events and processes to life.
Conceptual InsightsConceptual Insight animations are student learning tools made to be used as a companion to the Biochemistry course. Students are provided with modules that allow them to experiment and draw their own conclusions on the outcome of different biochemical processes.
e-BookLaunchPad’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.
FlashcardsThese are interactive flashcards that are ideal for students who want to quiz themselves on important vocabulary terms in preparation for higher-stakes assessments. Students have the option to view the flashcards in either stack or table mode. Likewise, they can opt to view the cards with either the term or the definition showing. Instructors will find that the Flashcards are best suited for student practice rather than as a graded assignment. However, because students do find them helpful in understanding the language of the course, many instructors make them visible in the pre-built LaunchPad units, or even create a separate folder in their LaunchPad to house all the flashcards.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter 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 an 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 FiguresLiving figures are true interactive learning tools. For the molecular structures shown in the text, students are given a 3 dimensional figure and are allowed to manipulate the images to view them from every angle, remove parts of the image to see its components separately, and are given the option of viewing labels and descriptions for figure components.
Summative QuizzesEach 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.
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.
Case StudiesCase studies are text-based activities that present students with a true-to-life mystery which they solve using knowledge they gain in Biochemistry. Taking on the role of a researcher or medical advisor, students are guided through a series of questions to uncover data and deal with the scenario in an authentic way. Documents to assist instructors assigning them are available, as are exams to assess the knowledge applied to the case studies.
Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (unlabeled)All image files are also provided without labels for use in class, particularly for review or exams.
Clicker QuestionsThere are slide presentations featuring multiple-choice, critical thinking questions written by experienced educators for important topics in biochemistry. Although the Clicker Questions are designed to be used in conjunction with iClicker, they are compatible with any clicker system.
Clinical CompanionThirty five clinical companion documents are available. Each describes a medical scenario including the hypothetical patient’s current concern, history, and the results of several examinations. Then, students consider the case from clinical and biochemical points of view, reviewing key terms for each approach.
Image SlidesImages from each chapter are provided in PowerPoint presentation files, displayed in the order they appear, for use in class or for enhancing an existing presentation.
Students are granted access to Jmol, a computer program widely used by biologists that displays molecular structures that you can interact with by moving, rotating, zooming in and out, and displaying in different ways. The Jmol manual instructs students in the use of this program and provides exercises that direct students to explore the functions and processes of molecular structures.
The manual also references material in the text. This allows students to strengthen their background in key concepts as they do the exercises. It will also help them relate what they learn from the exercises to the course material.