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 Modern Principles: Economics.
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.
Check Your Understanding Quizzes
Taken from the book Check Yourself Questions are compiled into a single quiz for every chapter. These are perfect for graded assessment and student practice. They serve as an excellent post reading resource.
LaunchPad’s e-Book integrates the text with an assortment of media-powered learning tools, and a variety of customization options for students and instructors. Worth’s acclaimed e-Book platform was developed by a cognitive psychologist (PhD, Yale University) who taught undergraduate psychology at the University of Massachusetts.
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.
Graded Homework with Graphing Questions
Available for every chapter of the text. These are a combination of multiple choice and interactive graphing style questions. Perfectly suited for chapter ending homework or simply for student practice.
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.
Math and Graphing Review and Slides
A new resource found in LaunchPad for all of Worth’s principles of economics texts, Math and Graphing Review provides online review of 10 basic math and graphing concepts essential for students taking a principles of economics course. These 10 concepts were chosen based on feedback from instructors on the concepts students most often struggle with and for which a review would be helpful. Students can view engaging video tutorials that also provide assessment of these key concepts. Instructors also have access to these concepts in the form of lecture slides to use in class. The following topics are covered: Slope, Area of Shapes, Average and Median, Percentages and Ratios, Percentage Change, Solving Equations, Interpreting Graphs and Recognizing Relationships, Types of Graphs, Correlation vs. Causation, and Marginal Analysis.
Summative Quiz (End-of-Chapter Problems)
The end-of-chapter problems from the text have been converted to a multiple-choice format. These problems can be assigned in homework assignments or quizzes.
Videos and Video Activities
Author-created short, fun, and professionally produced instructional videos are available for most chapters. The videos are available from the text via QR code or at MRUniversity.com. LaunchPad provides assignable, automatically graded quizzes to accompany each of the videos. MacNeil/Lehrer videos, from PBS NewsHour, are also available for many chapters and offer real world application of economics principles and concepts. The videos are accompanied by assignable, automatically graded quizzes.
Work It Out Tutorials
New to this edition, these tutorials guide students through the process of applying economic analysis and math skills to solve the final problem in each chapter. Choice-specific feedback and video explanations provide student with interactive assistance for each step of the problem.
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.
All illustrations from the text are provided as PPT for use in class or for enhancing an existing PPT presentation.
The instructor manual files including hand-outs and in class suggestions and activities are included.
Interactive Lecture Slides
Animated an interactive PPT are provided for structuring class lectures. Fully editable, use them in total or use parts of them to enhance an existing PPT presentation.