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.
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.
Critical Analysis Questions
These quizzes contain all end of chapter Critical Analysis essay Questions in an assignable format.
Critical Thinking Activities
These assignable activities engage students in the material and inspire critical thinking based on content from the textbook.
Data Visualization Activities
These 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.
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.
Environment and You Activities
These activities prompt students to get directly involved in environmental science issues in their own lives and communities.
A 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.
This PDF contains a list of resources to examine topics further.
These 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.
These quizzes contain all of the end of chapter Review Questions in an assignable format.
These 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 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 Guide
This document serves as a reference to place the Video Activities in their corresponding chapters.
Video Activity Essay Questions
These 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.
The 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 Questions
These documents provide comprehensive sample answers to the Critical Analysis Questions at the end of each chapter.
Answers to Review Questions
This 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.
Each 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 Bank
These files allow instructors to download the complete test bank in Diploma format.
Images 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.
Each chapter has a complete, detailed lecture outline including instructor notes, covering all important concepts.
Stepped Art Slides
Select 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.
Unlabeled Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (.zip)
All image files are also provided without labels for use in class, particularly for review or exams.
Unlabeled Image Slides
All image slides are also provided without labels for use in class, particularly for review or exams.