Ricklefs, The Economy of Nature, 7e

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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 The Economy of Nature.

What resources are available for my students?

From your LaunchPad home page, click the 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.



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.



Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s 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 students are challenged to reach a target score, rather than a score from the total number of questions answered, 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. Due to their adaptive nature, LearningCurve activities are not able to be edited--they can only be assigned exactly as provided.


Pre-Lecture Quizzes

Every chapter comes with a pre-built 10-question quiz suitable for testing in a summative manner if the student has understood key concepts. Each quiz is all multiple choice so that students can be graded automatically.


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.



Activities have been designed for chapters in which students might benefit from having time in class to work with data and examples. Each activity is tagged with how it might be used (pre-class and in-class) as well as by what goals of the Vision and Change recommendations it could be used to meet. Most activities have references to outside research and data.


Enhanced Lectures for PowerPoint Presentations

This series of “next generation” PowerPoint lectures gives instructors a dynamic, yet easy-to-use way to engage students during classroom presentations where each lecture provides opportunities for discussion and interaction.


Optimized Art (JPEG)

All image files are provided for use in class.


Optimized Art (PowerPoint)

All images from the text are provided as PPTs for use in class.


Test Bank (Word)

The Test Bank is a collection of approximately 1,000 questions, including short answers questions and multiple choice questions tagged by difficulty level, broken out by every major section in the textbook.