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 Environment: Science, Issues, Solutions.
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?
Critical Analysis QuestionsThese quizzes contain all end of chapter Critical Analysis essay Questions in an assignable format.
Critical Thinking ActivitiesThese assignable activities engage students in the material and inspire critical thinking based on content from the textbook.
Data Visualization ActivitiesThese activities allow students to view graphs using real-world data, and answer a set of questions to interpret the data and make cause-and-effect connections.
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.
Environment and You ActivitiesThese activities prompt students to get directly involved in environmental science issues in their own lives and communities.
FlashcardsA comprehensive set of flashcards for each chapter provide students an ideal way to learn and review the extensive terminology of environmental science, featuring a review mode, a quiz mode, and a full list of terms and definitions with audio pronunciations.
Further ExplorationsThis PDF contains a list of resources to examine topics further.
Graphing TutorialsThese interactive tutorials help students to brush up on different graphing skills.
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 an 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.
Review QuestionsThese quizzes contain all of the end of chapter Review Questions in an assignable format.
Summative QuizzesThese pre-built quizzes assess overall student understanding of each chapter, and provide instructors with data on class and individual comprehension of chapter material. Summative quizzes can be easily assigned as pre- or post-lecture assessments or released for student self-assessment use.
Video ActivitiesVideo Activities consist of short, engaging videos on environmental topics with sequences of automatically graded multiple-choice questions. They give students opportunities to practice skills like scientific and information literacy, and to apply their knowledge of environmental science to current, real-world situations.
Video Activity Chapter Correlation GuideThis document serves as a reference to place the Video Activities in their corresponding chapters.
Video Activity Essay QuestionsThese assignable short answer and essay questions accompany each Video Activity for instructors who want students to examine the topics further.
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.
AnimationsThe animations offer students explanations of concepts through a guided series of steps complete with either text-based narration or audio narration.
Answers to Critical Analysis QuestionsThese documents provide comprehensive sample answers to the Critical Analysis Questions at the end of each chapter.
Answers to Review QuestionsThis PDF provides answers to the Review Questions at the end of each chapter.
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 contains a slide presentation featuring 25 multiple-choice, critical thinking questions written by experienced educators. Clicker Questions are compatible with any clicker system.
Downloadable Diploma Test BankThese files allow instructors to download the complete test bank in Diploma format.
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 including instructor notes, covering all important concepts.
Stepped Art SlidesSelect figures from each chapter have been divided into steps and placed on sequential PowerPoint slides. The slides are helpful for walking students through complicated processes or for discussing cause and effect.
Available for each chapter, these downloadable Word documents feature all of the multiple choice questions that are found in LaunchPad’s digital Test Bank along with complete answer keys.
All image files are also provided without labels for use in class, particularly for review or exams.
Unlabeled Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (.zip)