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 the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Essentials of Economics.
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.
What resources are available for my students?
Check Your Understanding QuizzesTaken from the book Check Your Understanding Quizzes are compiled into a single quiz for every chapter. These are perfect for graded assessment and student practice. They serve as an excellent post reading resource.
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 useplus 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.
Worth’s acclaimed e-Book platform was developed by a cognitive psychologist (PhD, Yale University) who taught undergraduate psychology at the University of Massachusetts.
Economics in ActionEconomics in Action activities take real world examples and provides additional readings, data exercises, web exercises, and discussion forums for students to see how the material they are learning is used in real world situations.
Virtual flashcards are available for every key term. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, terms shown, or use Quiz mode to test themselves. Students can utilize this resource to prepare for higher stakes assessments and to make sure they understand the language of the course.
Flashcards are not suited for assignment for stakes, but since students find them extremely helpful many instructors have made sure students are aware of their availability by either making them visible in the pre-built units or building a separate folder to house all the flashcards that pertain to the course or to particular in class assessments.
Graded HomeworkAvailable for every chapter of the text. These are a combination of multiple choice and interactive graphing style questions. Perfectly suited for chapter ending homework or simply for student practice.
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.