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 Solo for Readers and Writers.
What resources are available for my students?
The Welcome unit explains how skill-specific units move students through a learning arc: pre-test (if assigned), instructional material, LearningCurve (adaptive practice), and post-test (if assigned). It offers learning advice about how to approach online work. If assigned, students can complete a 5-question quiz about these success strategies.
This LaunchPad includes three types of units:
- Overviews include videos on reading, writing, research, and grammar.
- Skill units offer the full learning arc from pre- to post-test.
- Tutorials invite students to answer writing prompts, which require instructor grading.
From your LaunchPad home page, click Resources, then Content by Type. You'll see a list of all the resources available to your students. Click "e-Book" to take a closer look at specific types of pages available in each unit. We'll now take a closer look at each.
LC (LearningCurve) e-Book Link
Each LearningCurve question is accompanied by additional content (via a live link), which students can access to learn more about the answer to any quiz question.
Readings (with Quizzes)
Twenty-five reading selections--with Lexile levels provided--allow you to assign a broad range of classic and contemporary essays within LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers. Each reading is followed by a comprehension quiz.
Eight diagnostics are available to help students and instructors identify areas of strength and areas for improvement on subtopics related to grammar and reading. Two comprehensive tests in each of four subjects, Sentence Grammar; Style, Punctuation, and Mechanics; Reading Skills; and Reading Strategies, allow instructors to assign diagnostics in a pre/post format.
Instructors have access to a reports screen that allows them to preview questions and view results by skill, roster, or individual student. Once a student takes both the pre- and post-test in a subject, a comparison report also becomes available, allowing instructors to see each student's improvement over time.
LearningCurve is an online, adaptive, self-quizzing program which quickly learns what students already know and helps them practice what they don’t yet understand. A LearningCurve activity is embedded towards the end of each unit as low-stakes practice before students attempt the post-test.
These auto-scored quizzes assess what students have learned by working through the instructional material and adaptive practice in the unit. Instructors must assign these customizable quizzes before students can take them.
These auto-scored quizzes assess what students know before they work through the instructional material and adaptive practice in the unit. Instructors must assign these customizable quizzes before students can take them.
Slide Tutorials and Video Activities
These interactive tutorials include informal writing prompts, which require instructor grading.
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.
Covering registration, assigning, and grading, these pages help instructors learn to use LaunchPad as well as offering ideas about how to integrate students’ online work into class.
Other Instructor Resources: Test Bank
The Test Bank, which will soon include the topics covered in Exercise Central, allows instructors to easily select, modify, and assign questions for student practice or higher stakes assessment. Access the Test Bank by choosing Add New, then Quiz.
Click "Questions" to see the available test banks, which are divided by chapter and assessment.
Scroll down to view Exercise Central quiz questions. For more information on how to add these questions to your quiz, see the help article How do I add Exercise Central questions to my quiz?.
To see more information on creating new quizzes and selecting questions from the test bank, see the help article How can I create a quiz using LaunchPad's question filters?.