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 Investigating Astronomy.
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?
AnimationsConcise 2-D animations help students visualize and understand key concepts and figures from the text, and are accompanied by brief explanations.
e-BookLaunchPad’s e-Book is a complete online version of the textbook with an assortment of media-powered learning tools and a variety of customization options for students and instructors.
FlashcardsVirtual flashcards are provided for key terms. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, terms shown, or use quiz mode to test themselves.
Image Map ActivitiesThese activities use figures and photographs from the text to assess key ideas, helping students to develop their visual literacy skills. Students must click the appropriate section(s) of the image and answer corresponding questions.
Interactive ExercisesThese simple exercises allow students to interact with figures from the text while answering questions about key concepts in astronomy.
LearningCurveBased on the latest findings from learning and research, LearningCurve combines powerful adaptive quizzing, personalized study plans, immediate valuable feedback, and state-of-the-art analysis reports. LearningCurve’s unique game-like nature keeps students engaged in the material while helping them learn and remember the concepts. For instructors, LearningCurve is a perfect resource for those looking to flip the class, or for those who would like students to come to class prepared to discuss the content. LearningCurve is tailored to each specific text.
SkyTracker Constellation GameSkyTracker was developed to help students identify the constellations through name matching, flashcards and sky maps.
Star ChartsStar Charts are visual displays showing the position of the stars in the night sky in the Northern Hemisphere for each month of the year.
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.
TutorialsThese self-guided, concept-driven experimental walkthroughs engage students in the process of scientific discovery as they make observations, draw conclusions, and apply their knowledge. Astronomy tutorials combine multimedia resources, activities, and quizzes.
VideosSelect NASA videos illustrate and expand upon key concepts from the text. These are accompanied by brief explanations.
Visual Literacy TasksThese brief quizzes from the text ask students to interpret a key figure from the text, tying visuals in with the key concepts just covered and increase visual literacy.
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.
Answers to End of Chapter QuestionsAnswers to End of Chapter Questions are provided for you on one convenient Word document per chapter.
Answers to Observing Projects WorkbookThis PDF document provides the full solutions for the optional print workbook, Observing Projects Using Starry Night College, 2014 Version.
Clicker QuestionsClicker Questions are a selection of multiple choice questions designed for in-class use with clickers.
Image PowerPoint PresentationsImage PowerPoint Presentations include all the figures, photos, and tables from the chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.
ImagesImages are a zip file with all the figures, photos, and tables from the chapter in JPG format.