Shuster, Scientific American: Biology for a Changing World with Core Physiology, 2e

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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 Scientific American: Biology for a Changing World with Core Physiology.

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.


Animated Infographics

Every piece of art in the text is interactive in some way, either as stepped-through art or as an animation. All animations are embedded in the text of the LaunchPad e-Book.


Art Notebook

The art in each chapter is available in PDF form for students to download and print before lectures or for individual study.



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, 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 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.


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)

All of the art from the textbook is provided as high-resolution, full-color JPEG files. Each figure is provided in both labeled and unlabeled format.


Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (unlabeled)

All of the art from the textbook is provided as high-resolution, full-color JPEG files. Each figure is provided in both labeled and unlabeled format.


Clicker Questions

Each chapter includes a PowerPoint presentation with multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with an iClicker during lectures.


Image Slides

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


In-Class Activities

Four kinds of activities you can use in class are collected here. Use Your Understanding Activities are worksheet-based activities using questions, demonstrations, and graphics to introduce related enrichment content. Application Activities are small group activities which are in-depth and more often focus on single concepts. To solidify broader chapter themes and multiple concepts through small group cooperation in class, instructors can use Active Learning Activities. Finally, Scientific Teaching Activities are teaching tidbits created by the Yale Center for Scientific Teaching provide new active learning experiences for the classroom. Each activity is created specifically for Biology for a Changing World as a part of Yale’s “Theory and Practice of Scientific Teaching” course, and incorporates important tenets of the Scientific Teaching method.


Lecture Slides

A complete lecture outline for each chapter, including selected figures and tables.


Michele Shuster's Integrative Activities

Author Michèle Shuster has created these activities to help students integrate information from their text with outside sources and information on current research. They include background material, answer sheets, and lecture slides for instructors, as well as worksheets for students.



We offer a total of 20-25 multiple choice and essay questions per chapter that cover concepts from the text and correct student misunderstandings. Essay questions can easily be removed for large classes where essay grading is impractical.


Stepped Art

Stepped Art PowerPoint Presentations use images to walk students step-by-step through different biological processes.


Story Summaries

The story summaries offer a brief synopsis of a chapter’s main story, providing interesting details relevant to content found in the book and in online resources.


Study Guide

Organized by Driving Questions, the newly revised Interactive Student Study Guide deepens students' understanding of chapter content. The Study Guide digs into each infographic with a rich series of multiple choice and short answer questions, giving students approximately 45 minutes of review.


Study Guide Answers

All the questions and suggested answers from the Interactive Student Study Guide are available in Word documents so instructors can easily adapt these materials to other uses or make them available to students to study offline.


Test Bank (Word)

A collection of thousands of questions, organized by chapter, and aligned to the text’s Driving Questions.


Tips and Techniques in Active Learning with Jenny Knight, UCB

Dr. Knight has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, and worked as a researcher in developmental biology and genetics before turning to science education research. Her research now focuses on developing and using active learning materials, using clickers with peer discussion, and developing concept assessments. In these 5 videos, Dr. Knight shares her tips for taking advantage of elements of active learning in large biology classes.