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 Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence.
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?
Case Study ExercisesStudents are given individual case studies where they are given a scenario and various external internet links and asked to diagnose or form opinions on real world psychological problems or situations.
Data ConnectionsUnderstanding how we use data as developmentalists is an important part of what students learn in their courses. Data is a crucial part of understanding that developmental science is a science – and not just common sense. In this edition, we have created an interactive activity based on important data from rates of breastfeeding to risk-taking in adolescence. These are designed for students to be able to practice manipulating data. These interactive activites are designed to engage students, make them more active learners, help them retain important material and develop a deeper understanding for the quantitative data that we use in development.
e-BookLaunchPad’s e-Book integrates the text with an assortment of media-powered learning tools, and a variety of customization options for students and instructors. Worth’s acclaimed e-Book platform was developed by a cognitive psychologist (PhD, Yale University) who taught undergraduate psychology at the University of Massachusetts.
FlashcardsTo 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.
Frequently Asked QuestionsThe LaunchPad unit contains an information page for Frequently Asked Questions about Developmental Psychology that answers basic questions about the subject and provides various web links to sites with more information.
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.