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 Genetics Essentials: Concepts and Connections.
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.
Animations offer students explanations of concepts through a guided series of steps complete with either text-based narration or audio narration.
Branched tutorials walk students through multi-step genetics problems, giving them the option to solve it alone or work through it step-by-step with assistance. Questions along the way are designed to address common mistakes in problem solving.
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.
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.
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.
Online Worked Problems
Similar to a branched tutorial, the online worked problems help students master problem-solving by asking the student to order how he or she would solve the problem and then answer questions about each step. Problems chosen as online worked problems are ones with which students often struggle, but are not complex enough to require a branched structure.
Each chapter includes a series of videos that walk students through the solutions to the problems throughout the chapter, 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.
These short quizzes for each chapter are designed to test whether students understood the basic chapter concepts and can be assigned pre-class to make sure students read and comprehended the material.
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.
PowerPoint presentations that link to each chapter’s corresponding animations. Animation titles appear on the slides as hyperlinks that, when clicked, launch the animation in your default web browser (e.g., Safari, Internet Explorer, Firefox). After viewing the animation, you can close the browser window and return to the PowerPoint presentation. Further technical instructions for successfully launching the animations are also included in the PowerPoint presentations.
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.
Students are provided with case studies on classic experiments in Genetics that led to breakthrough innovations in the field. Students are given background on the experiment, the description of the experiment itself, and popular discussion surrounding the experiment.
Clicker Questions are multiple choice questions loaded into a PowerPoint presentation designed for in-class use with clickers.
Image Slides are PowerPoint presentations with the images from each chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.
Lecture Slides are pre-assembled PowerPoint presentations for each chapter that instructors can use for lectures, or as an outline for custom lecture presentations.