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: Environmental Science 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.
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.
A comprehensive set of flashcards for each chapter provide students an ideal way to learn and review the extensive terminology of environmental science, featuring a review mode, a quiz mode, and a full list of terms and definitions with audio pronunciations.
Interactive and Animated Infographics
Based on art in the text, interactive and animated infographics offer students explanations of concepts through a guided series of steps complete with either text-based narration or audio narration.
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.
Multiple-choice assessment at the beginning of each chapter can help instructors determine which topics in the chapter will need the most attention. Pre-chapter tests, when paired with LearningCurve, can help students assess their pre-existing knowledge and prepare to engage with the chapter’s contents in greater depth.
These pre-built quizzes assess overall student understanding of each chapter, and provide instructors with data on class and individual comprehension of chapter material. Summative quizzes can be easily assigned as pre- or post-lecture assessments or released for student self-assessment use.
Video Activities consist of short, engaging videos on environmental topics with sequences of multiple-choice and short-answer questions. They give students opportunities to practice skills like scientific and information literacy, and to apply their knowledge of environmental science to current, real-world situations.
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)
Instructors have access to a downloadable zip file with all the figures, photos, and tables from the chapter in JPG format.
Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (stepped)
Select figures from each chapter have been divided into steps and placed on sequential PowerPoint slides. The slides are helpful for walking students through complicated processes or for discussing cause and effect.
Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (unlabelled)
All image files are also provided without labels for use in class, particularly for review or exams.
Each chapter contains a slide presentation featuring multiple-choice, critical thinking questions written by experienced educators. Although the Clicker Questions are designed to be used in conjunction with iClicker, they are compatible with any clicker system.
Engage the Topic
These resources help instructors plan activities to engage students in discussions, explorations, and applications of the material covered in each chapter. Each document contains multiple in-class activities for each topic with learning objectives, listed materials, and instructions for implementation, and many include the necessary handouts.
Images from each chapter are provided in PowerPoint presentation files, displayed in the order they appear, for use in class or for enhancing an existing presentation. Instructors can use them for lectures, or as an outline for custom lecture presentations.
Each chapter has a complete, detailed lecture outline, covering all important concepts and including references to relevant figures, activities, animated tutorials, and media clips.
Lecture Slides with Clickers
Available for each chapter, these presentations cover main points and figures in the chapter with built-in questions that can be used with a clicker system.
Scientific American Activities
These documents provide activities based on select Scientific American articles, designed to allow students to practice their information literacy skills while reinforcing an important environmental science concept. Students have access to the articles and instructors are given clear directions for implementing each activity.
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.
Susan Karr's Active Learning Slides
Created by text author Susan Karr, these slides are PowerPoint presentations which can be used to structure a class around active learning and group discussion. Comments accompanying the slides advise instructors on their implementation. One is provided for each chapter.