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 Molecular Biology.
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, 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.
To make sure students understand the language of the course, 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.
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.
Instructors may assign these relevant Nature articles and the accompanying short quizzes.
New to the second edition are simulations that cover core molecular biology concepts and techniques. Created using the art from the text, the simulations reinforce students’ understanding by allowing them to interact with the structures and processes that they have encountered. A game-like format guides students through the simulations, and gradable, multiple-choice questions after each one ensure that you can assess whether students have thoroughly understood them.
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)
Every figure and table from the textbook (including all photos and all unnumbered figures) is provided in JPEG format, in multiple versions, including complete, unlabeled, and stepped.
Each chapter includes a PowerPoint presentation with multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with a clicker during lectures.
End of Chapter Quizzes
Instructors can edit and assign these quizzes, which include gradable versions of the end-of-chapter problems from the textbook.
All images from the text are provided in PowerPoint format for use in class or for enhancing an existing presentation.
Instructor Guides to Simulations
Instructors are provided with guides to each of the student simulations, including answers and helpful hints.
Nature Articles with Assessment
Additional articles from Nature with accompanying assessment are provided for use by the instructor.