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 Discovering Psychology.
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?
Concept PracticeTutorial style animation and interactive activities designed by award-winning multimedia author, Thomas Ludwig. These cover a range of key topics and include assessment questions that are interactive and engaging. These activities help students solidify their understanding of key concepts.
Critical Thinking ExercisesShort answer exercises that promote critical thinking and test students’ knowledge of various concepts in the text.
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.
Immersive Learning Activities by Hockenbury/Nolan
Developed for Discovering Psychology by co-authors Susan Nolan and Sandy Hockenbury, each digital activity provides students with the opportunity to apply their critical thinking and scientific thinking skills. These active learning exercises combine video, audio, text, and assessment to help students hone and master scientific literacy skills they will use well beyond the introductory course. In these activities, students will be invited to critically explore questions they encounter in everyday life, such as “Can you learn to tell when someone is lying?” and “Are some people ‘left-brained’ and some people ‘right-brained’?”
These activities employ a simple four-step model introduced in the new Critical Thinking box “How to Think Like a Scientist” in Chapter 1. These four steps include:
- Identify the Claim
- Evaluate the Evidence
- Consider Alternative Explanations
- Consider the Source of the Research or Claim
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.
Practice QuizzesEvery chapter offers a pre-built chapter quiz drawn from pools of questions for each section of the text. Students can take the quiz multiple times for practice and receive different sets questions on the same topic. This also allows instructors to use these quizzes for higher stakes as each attempt will offer differing questions on similar material.
Topic Tutorial QuizzesThese quizzes are multiple choice questions that address the concepts presented in the PsychSim 6.0 tutorials.
Topic TutorialsPsychSim 6.0 is thoroughly re imagined and retooled for the mobile web. The new release of PsychSim by Thomas Ludwig uses interactive videos, charts, and simulations to immerse students in the world of psychological research, placing them in the role of scientist or participant in activities that highlight important concepts, processes, and experimental approaches.
Video ActivitiesThere are a variety of video clips (with assessment) available to accompany the text, highlighting fundamental research, intriguing case studies, and high-impact news events.
VideosWorth’s videos span the full range of standard topics for the introductory psychology course, combining both research and news footage from Scientific American, BBC Motion Library, CBS News, and other sources. Our expansive collection of brief clips give students a fresh new way to experience the classic experiments at the heart of psychological science and cutting-edge research conducted by the field’s most influential investigators. The videos bring the concepts in the book to life and make the content more memorable.
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.
Chapter Figures, Photos, and TablesInstructors are provided with a downloadable images folder containing all the figures, photos, and tables from each chapter.
Clicker QuestionsAssessments written by experienced educators, compatible with any clicker system.
Faculty GuideGuide for instructors outlining the content included in the Worth Introductory Psychology Video Collection and the Interactive Presentation Slides for Introductory Psychology.
Image SlidesInstructors are provided with presentation slides of all the figures, photos, and tables from each chapter.
Instructor's Resource Manual - PDFChapter-by-chapter teaching support for the text/media package, including lecture guides, discussion topics, activities, student projects, suggestions for integrating digital resources, and more.
Instructor's Resource Manual - WordChapter-by-chapter teaching support for the text/media package, including lecture guides, discussion topics, activities, student projects, suggestions for integrating digital resources, and more.
Interactive Presentation SlidesThis series of “next generation” presentation slides gives instructors a dynamic, yet easy-to-use way to engage students during classroom presentations. Each lecture provides opportunities for discussion and interaction, and includes a wide array of embedded video clips and animations.
Lecture Guide - PDFSuggestions for organizing and presenting chapter material in class, in its own file separate from the Instructor Resources.
Lecture Guide - WordSuggestions for organizing and presenting chapter material in class, in its own file separate from the Instructor Resources.