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 Introduction to Genetic Analysis.
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.
Select figures from the text have been animated with narration to help students visualize processes and interactions which are important to the study of genetics.
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.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter 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.
Problem Solving Videos
For some of the most challenging problems in the text, videos are available to walk students through the solutions as if their instructor were writing on the board. These solutions utilize graphs and diagrams and also provide students with the principles behind the problem they are asked to solve.
Students who complete these activities will be better prepared to work with primary research articles in genetics. The first activity walks students through the process of reading and understanding the structure and content of an example research article, and the following five activities lead students through accessible literature reviews focusing on some of the major advances of recent years. Each activity concludes with a multiple-choice assessment so students can check their understanding.
Summative Quizzes (End-of-Chapter Problems)
Nearly all of end of chapter problems in the book have been converted into multiple-choice questions for students to practice on their own or for easy assignment as homework or quizzing.
Unpacking the Problem
These activities present a problem, such as completing a four-point testcross, and guide students to its solution with multiple choice questions that clarify necessary background knowledge and the problem’s multiple parts. Feedback and true/false hint questions provide extra support.
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 images from each chapter in the order they appear.
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.
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.
Layered Art slides break up images from the text depicting multi-step genetic processes, putting steps on subsequent slides to walk students through complicated processes.
Student Solutions Manual
For each chapter, instructors are provided with the PDF file of the Solutions Manual for the end-of-chapter problems. Instructors can choose to make these resources visible to students or to use as a reference.
Test Bank (Word)
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.
Written by Anthony J.F. Griffiths and Jolie Mayer-Smith, this extensive guide features advice for teachers and learners who struggle to teach or learn genetics with traditional lecture and passive-learning methods. It provides concrete advice for teachers who want to help their students acquire new learning skills to better understand genetics.