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 on the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Molecular Cell Biology.
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?
Analyze the DataThese activities ask students to apply critical thinking and data analysis skills to solving complex problems.
Animation ActivitiesThese animations, based on key figures from the text, illustrate difficult or important structures and processes. The animations are accompanied by a brief set of 3-5 multiple-choice questions to test comprehension.
AnimationsThese animations directly correspond with figures from the text and show the figures in 3-D.
Case StudiesInteractive Case Studies guide students through applied problems related to important concepts. Topics covered are cancer, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Each Case Study takes students through a narrative, presenting background information and asking students to synthesize information from multiple chapters (with page and chapter references) to gain a better understanding of the disease and its molecular basis. They include both multiple-choice and essay questions.
Concept Check QuizThese quizzes test student understanding of the most important concepts in each chapter. They are presented as multiple-choice questions and can be automatically graded.
e-BookLaunchPad’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.
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.
Student Solutions ManualSolutions to the end of chapter problems are included in PDF format.
VideosThis set of videos shows students real cell processes as they appear in the lab.
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.
Analyze the Data (Instructor)An additional set of Analyze the Data activities are provided to instructors only. These are in Word format so they can be easily edited by instructors.
Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (.zip)Instructors have access to a downloadable zip file with all the figures, photos, and tables from the chapter in JPG format.
Clicker QuestionsEach chapter includes a PowerPoint presentation with multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with a Clicker system during lectures.
Conversion GuidesThese two documents correlate topics between the seventh and eighth editions, as well as between Alberts 6e and the eighth edition.
Image SlidesImages from each chapter are provided in PowerPoint presentation files, displayed in the order they appear, for use in class or for enhancing an existing presentation. Instructors can use them for lectures, or as an outline for custom lecture presentations.
Lecture SlidesEach chapter has a complete, detailed lecture outline, covering all important concepts.
Podcasts from the Seventh EditionAudio walkthroughs and demonstrations of key topics and experiments, in an easily-downloadable format, to enhance student comprehension. These correspond with the 7th edition but can easily be added to the student course by the instructor if desired.
Test BankAvailable for each chapter, these downloadable Word documents feature all of the questions that are found in LaunchPad’s digital Test Bank along with complete answer keys.
Unlabeled Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (.zip)All image files are also provided without labels for use in class, particularly for review or exams.