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 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 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
LabsLaunchPad’s PsychInvestigator Labs provide students with a web-based virtual laboratory with a live host who interacts with students as they participate in experiments or observational activities, generate real data, analyze data against national data, and review the broader implications of those findings in psychological science.
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.