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 Microeconomics 2e.
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.
LaunchPad'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. The e-Book for GLS includes embedded eFigures animations and links to all calculus content (in-text and online appendices, calculus-adapted Figure It Outs and end-of-chapter problems).
eFigure Animations present students with a narrated animation that walks them through the development of key figures from the text. If you assign this activity to students, questions are also included that test comprehension of concepts taught in the video.
Figure It Out Activities
These tutorials guide students through the process of economic analysis and math skills to solve Figure It Out problems in each chapter. Choice-specific feedback and video explanations provide students with interactive assistance for each step of the problem.
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. Students can utilize this resource to prepare for higher stakes assessments and to make sure they understand the language of the course.
Available for every chapter of the text, these are a combination of multiple-choice and interactive graphing questions. They are perfectly suited for graded homework or simply for student practice.
How to Use Calculus
Provided for each chapter with calculus coverage, this resource highlights the material found in the in-text and online calculus appendices.
Our game like adaptive quizzing is available for every chapter of the text. Based on learning research, LearningCurve encourages students to actively participate in their learning and provides immediate feedback and reinforcement. LearningCurve questions are tagged directly to the text providing a tight integration with the material and both quality and quantity that truly distinguishes LearningCurve from the rest.
Because LearningCurve is a formative assessment and not graded on a A-F scale but rather on completion many instructors have found that these quizzes are a perfect pre-lecture assignment that aids them in making the classroom more active, or flipped. LearningCurve is equally effective when used as a review element post-lecture. By making LearningCurve a small percentage of the overall grade instructors have found students come to class having regularly read and more prepared to apply the concepts to their learning.
Math and Graphing Review
Math and Graphing Review provides online review of ten basic math and graphing concepts essential for students taking an economics course and four calculus concepts covered by instructors that use calculus in intermediate micro. These concepts were chosen based on feedback from instructors on the concepts students most often struggle with and for which a review would be helpful. Students can view engaging video tutorials that also provide assessment of these key concepts. The following topics are covered: Slope, Area of Shapes, Average and Median, Percentages and Ratios, Percentage Change, Solving Equations, Interpreting Graphs and Recognizing Relationships, Types of Graphs, Correlation vs. Causation, Marginal Analysis, Derivatives, Unconstrained Optimization, Lagrangian Multiplier and Constrained Optimization.
Online Calculus Appendices
Math is a powerful tool for economic analysis. In the Online Calculus Appendices students are given insight into the calculus that helps derive chapter content and take learned economic concepts one step further. Written in the same conversational tone as the text, the appendices provide a step by step walkthrough of related calculus problems and additional problems for students to work through on their own.
Video Activities and Videos
Video Activities containing clips from PBS NewsHour are available for many chapters and offer real world application of economics principles and concepts. The videos are accompanied by assignable, automatically graded quizzes. The videos are also available as a standalone resource.
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 Tables
All image files are provided for use in class.
All figures and tables from the text are provided as image slides for use in class or for enhancing an existing PPT presentation.
Instructor's Resource Manual
Instructors are provided with a full outline of the chapter that includes additional Figure It Outs and extra teaching tips for a seamlessly easy lecture experience.
Animated and interactive lecture slides are provided for structuring class lectures. Fully editable, use them in total or use parts of them to enhance an existing PowerPoint presentation.
MobLab Assessments offer free-response questions tied to MobLab activities.
Detailed solutions are provided for all end of chapter problems.