Jordan, Essential Earth, 2e

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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 Essential Earth.

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.



These 50 animations allow students to explore key geologic processes via art from the textbook and audio and textual explanations.



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.


Expedition Videos

Additional Expedition Videos by Dr. Jerry Magloughlin of Colorado State University explore real world geological phenomena to further understanding of concepts taught in the book.



To make sure students understand the language of the course, 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.


Geology in Practice Exercises

Geology in Practice Exercises give students real world geological scenarios and ask them to work through solutions in essay format.


Google Earth Projects

Google Earth Projects guide students through focused explorations of key geologic locations. Balancing observation,core geologic concepts, geographic awareness,guided inquiry,and active learning,students work through a series of questions aimed at producing a unique and insightful experience.After navigating to the appropriate location and checking their position with the image provided,students may answer the questions that reinforce students’ understanding of what they are seeing, driving them to see what a geologist would see.


Google Earth Tutorial

A guide for Google Earth software that covers the basic functions students will need to complete the projects in the book is available to you and your students.


Image Map Activities

These activities use figures from the text to assess key ideas, helping students develop their visual literacy skills. Students must click the appropriate section(s) of the image and answer corresponding questions.



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.


News from Scientific American

The Scientific American newsfeed delivers articles, podcasts, news briefs, and videos on subjects related to geology. The newsfeed is updated several times per week, and the material can be archived or assigned by instructors.


Summative Quizzes

Each chapter includes a summative quiz with pre-loaded questions covering all content learned in the unit. These quizzes are easy to edit and can include instructor-authored questions.


Video Exercises

Video Exercises ask students to view a short video tutorial about real world geological structures then complete a quiz and matching activities to assess understanding. There are over two dozen of these Expeditions in Geology video tutorials available, which have been shot all around the world by Dr. Jerry Magloughlin of Colorado State University.


Visual Literacy Tasks

Visual Literacy Tasks are modules where students are quizzed on their ability to look at diagrams related to chapter content and respond to questions.


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 Chapter Exercises

Answers to Chapter Exercises are provided for you on one convenient Word document per chapter.


Answers to Geology in Practice Exercises

Answers to Geology in Practice Exercises from the chapter are provided for you along with additional helpful notes and suggested readings for students.


Clicker Questions

Clicker Questions are a selection of multiple choice questions designed for in-class use with clickers.


Image PowerPoints

Image PowerPoint presentations contain all figures, photos, and tables from the chapter displayed on slides in the order they appear.



Images are a zip file with all the figure, photos, and table from the chapter in JPG format.


Lecture PowerPoints

Lecture PowerPoints are pre-assembled PowerPoint Presentations for the chapter which can be used for lectures, or as an outline for your custom lecture presentations.

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