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 The Bedford Guide for College Writers.
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.
These are the online, assignable versions of the exercises found at the end of each handbook chapter in the book. You can choose which exercises to assign for a given chapter.
Learning by Doing
The LaunchPad includes both assignable versions of the Learning by Doing activities found in the book, as well as new Learning by Doing activities developed specifically for students working online activities that, for example, direct students to specific websites in order to complete the task at hand.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing covers grammar and usage as well as argument. 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.
In both the print book and the LaunchPad, text readings with assignment questions are available in the "Learning from Other Writers" feature in A Writer's Guide and in A Writer's Reader. In the LaunchPad, multimodal reading such as video, audio, and infographics are included as well, with the same assignment questions found in the book.
Following each assignment in Parts Two and Three is a Peer Response prompt. Students can exchange drafts of the assignment with a partner for review, using the questions in the prompt to guide their assessment.
Essays and other assignments written by real students are included throughout the text. Included in Parts Two and Three of the text are model essays written by real students corresponding to each writing situation. These essays are accompanied by assignment questions. A Writer's Research Manual also features sample papers documented in MLA and APA style. (These papers are not accompanied by assignment questions.)
These flowcharts focus on common writing challenges and help students ask the right questions to effectively revise their drafts.
These are model essays written by professional writers. They appear both in Parts Two and Three in the "Learning from Other Writers" feature and in A Writer's Reader. All text readings are accompanied by assignment questions. Essays in the former are accompanied by "Questions to Start You Thinking" and essays in the latter are accompanied by "Questions to Start You Thinking," "Link to the Paired Essay," "Journal Prompts," and "Suggestions for Writing."
The LaunchPad includes Bedford videos on a number of relevant topics. Videos are accompanied by assignable response questions.
Additional Resources includes the following:
- A tutorial on avoiding plagiarism
- Language Debates: engaging overviews of contemporary grammar and usage debates
- Logic Games: puzzles that help students improve their reasoning skills
- Revision Checklists: downloadable checklists students can refer to when revising papers
- The Bedford Bibliographer: an application that helps students collect, organize, and annotate sources and generate bibliographies
- TopLinks: links to helpful online resources for students, organized by topics such as law, science, and technology.
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.
Several types of resources are available for instructors in The Bedford Guide LaunchPad. These include PowerPoints for each chapter of the handbook and a PowerPoint on the writing process; “Here’s an Idea” teaching tips for the chapters in “A Writer’s Situation;” a supplemental resource on the invention strategy known as the Tagmemic Grid; and a full-length Instructor's Manual with chapter-by-chapter suggestions for teaching with the text and more.