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: A Short Course.
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 Insight AnimationConceptual Insight animations are student learning tools made to be used as a companion to Tymoczko’s 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.
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 is a true interactive learning tool. 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.
Practice QuizzesEach chapter includes an online quiz with pre-loaded questions covering the content learned in the unit. These quizzes are easy to edit and can include instructor-authored questions.
Selected ReadingsAvailable for each chapter is a list of additional readings from acclaimed journals such as Biochemistry, Science, and more to further explore chapter concepts and the foundation of experiments or theories discussed within the chapter.
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 students completing the case studies and instructors assigning them are available, as are exams to assess the knowledge applied to the case studies.
Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (.zip)Instructors have access to a downloadable zip file with all the images from each chapter in the order they appear.
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.
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.
Lecture SlidesLecture Slides are pre-assembled presentations for each chapter that instructors can use for lectures, or as an outline for custom lecture presentations.
List of Living FiguresInstructors are provided with a list and quick description of all the molecular structures available to students as living figures.
Student CompanionThe full Student Companion is now available in LaunchPad. For each chapter of the textbook, it includes: Chapter Learning Objectives and Summary, Self-Assessment Problems (including multiple-choice, short-answer, matching questions, and challenge problems) and their answers, and Expanded Solutions to text end-of-chapter problems. Instructors choose whether to make these files available to students.