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, Canadian.
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.
Interactive Animated Infographics
Animation techniques 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 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.
These pre-built quizzes assess overall student understanding of each chapter, and provide instructors with data on class and individual comprehension of chapter material.
Video Case Studies
Case Studies present students with real life scenarios and ask them to perform external research to attempt to solve a real life problem. Students get to draw their own conclusions from the information they are given and get real practice with using the material they have learned in the text.
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.
Answers to End of Chapter Questions
A full list of solutions and sample essay question responses by chapter, with suggested grading rubrics to assess student responses by content and execution of scientific argument.
Clicker Questions are a selection of multiple choice questions designed for in-class use with clickers.
Enhanced Lecture PowerPoints
A complete, detailed lecture outline for each chapter, covering all important concepts and including references to relevant figures, activities, animated tutorials, and media clips.
Optimized Art (JPEG)
Images in a zip file with all the figures, photos, and tables from the chapter in JPG format.
Optimized Art (PowerPoint)
Image PowerPoint Presentations include all the figures, photos, and tables from the chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.
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.
Test Bank (Word)
The test bank offers answers to chapter tests that places solutions in one convenient place for instructors and includes what section of the chapter the solution can be found.