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 Immunology.
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?
AnimationsAnimations are provided for key topics to help students understand mechanisms and techniques that benefit from visualization. Animations are presented first with a summary paragraph, and when the student clicks the animation, it opens in a new window for watching. Each animation also comes with extra weblinks and references so a student may explore the topic further. If these animations are assigned, students are graded on viewing completion.
Clinical Case Studies
Case Studies present students with a real life scenario and shows them the questions immunologists would ask and the answers they’d give to solve these problems. These are intended to show students the process of critical thinking used to solve these real-life immunological issues.
If not used as assignments, these cases could be used to supplement classroom discussion.
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.
Virtual flashcards are available for every key term. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, or terms shown, as well as 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 more suitable for study and practice than to be assigned for points and due at a particular date. However, since students find them extremely helpful, many instructors make them visible in the pre-built units or create a separate folder to house all the flashcards that pertain to the course or to particular in-class assessments.
The default setting on flashcards is grade on completion, which means as long as a student opens and works on them, he or she will receive full credit.
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, Learning Curve activities are not able to be edited; they can only be assigned exactly as provided.
With dynamic interactive versions of the book’s figures with accompanying assessments, students can zoom in and out to explore both the big picture and the important details of biological processes.
This item will link students to a new window that allows them to use the Jmol modeling program to visualize specific molecules from the text. The student will have to download Jmol to use these models.
VIBE Interactive Flash Tutorials
This resource links out in a new tab to In-depth animations and interactive simulations of key systems and processes created by VIBE, Virtual Interdisciplinary Biology Education, a collaborative educational technology project between Stanford University, Uppsala University, Sweden, and Umea University, Sweden funded by the Wallenberg Foundation, Sweden (www.wgln.org). The goal of the project is to develop interactive multimedia resources to enhance the teaching and learning of immunology
Topics covered on the VIBE page include: Lymphoid system, Initiation of an Antibody response, Ig Genee Rearrangement, Tonegawa Experiment and Antigen Presentation Pathways: MHC.
WeblinksLinks are provided for every chapter and are links to immunology resources and references relevant to the key concepts of 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.
Image PowerPointsFully optimized JPEG files of every figure, photo, and table in the text, featuring enhanced color, higher resolution and enlarged fonts.
ImagesFully optimized JPEG files of every figure, photo, and table in the text, featuring enhanced color, higher resolution and enlarged fonts.
Lecture Presentations for use with PowerPointInteractive PPTs are provided for structuring class lectures. Fully editable, use them in total or use parts of them to enhance an existing PPT presentation.
Test Bank (Word)Over 500 dynamic questions in PDF and editable Word formats including multiple-choice and short-answer problems, rated by level of difficulty and Bloom's Taxonomy level.