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 Scientific American: Nutrition for a Changing World.
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.
Analyze My Diet Activities
The Analyze My Diet Activities are an online, auto-graded version of the standard diet analysis project, that provide students with immediate feedback on their diet calculations. Students track their diet using the USDA’s SuperTracker and then answer multiple-choice and open-ended questions about their diet. There are dedicated activities for Food Groups, Carbohydrates, Lipids, Proteins, Vitamins, Minerals, and Physical Activity.
Infographics covering the most core and difficult concepts in the text are brought to life through narrated animations. Each chapter offers two to three of these animations.
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.
These interactive flashcards are ideal for students who want to quiz themselves on important vocabulary terms in preparation for higher stakes assessments. Students have the option to view the flashcards in either stack or table mode. Likewise, they can opt to view the cards with either the term or the definition showing. Instructors will find that flashcards are best suited for student practice rather than as a graded assignment. However, because students do find them helpful in understanding the language of the course, many instructors make them visible in the pre-built LaunchPad units, or even create a separate folder in their LaunchPad to house all the flashcards.
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 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.
Real World Nutrition Activities
The Real World Nutrition Activities include five tutorials to teach students nutrition skills they will need in their daily lives, such as nutrition calculations, scientific literacy, and consumer awareness.
Written by author Steven Nizielski, PhD, the Summative Quizzes provide a way to evaluate students’ knowledge and understanding of the core chapter concepts prior to a full exam.
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.
Analyze My Diet Instructor Resources
The Analyze My Diet Instructor Resources provide a guide for instructors using the activities, including a list of every question and a grid to align each activity with a suggested chapter. Additionally, the Resources include sample reports from the USDA’s SuperTracker.
Clicker Questions are loaded into slides so you can easily use them in your classroom to inspire engagement and to receive immediate information about your students’ level of understanding.
To make the development of your own lecture slides or class activities easy, the image slides provide all of the art from Nutrition for a Changing World in PowerPoint slides.
Lectures for use with PowerPoint are pre-made PowerPoint slides that can be used in your lecture. The slides include the Learning Objectives and Infographics for the chapter, to ensure your lecture is structured around the core science.
Optimized Art (JPEG)
All of the infographics and photos from the text are provided here divided into logical pieces to facilitate use in lecture slides or in-class activities.
Optimized Art, Unlabeled (JPEG)
In addition to the labeled Optimized Art, we also offer Optimized Art with the text and labels removed. These images could be used for lecture slides, in-class activities, or exam questions that require the student to fill in the labels.
A true, nutrition-focused story is woven through each chapter of Nutrition for a Changing World. To enable incorporation of the stories into lecture, we have provided a short summary of each story that can be reviewed quickly prior to class. Each summary also includes the Learning Objectives of the chapter.
Available for each chapter, these downloadable Word documents feature all of the multiple choice and essay questions that are found in LaunchPad’s digital Test Bank along with complete answer keys.