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 Choices & Connections.
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 includes every word on every page of the printed text, including all images and pedagogical tools. Students can highlight and comment, making it easier to access key content and organize studying. Teachers can customize and rearrange chapters and add notes and discussions.
e-Book with Activity
Making Communication Choices
Students are presented with a real world communication scenario, then are asked to follow three steps: Consider the Dilemma, Connect the Research, and then Communicate by answering short answer discussion questions.
For students who prefer a traditional dictionary format, this glossary is a comprehensive collection of all the key terms in the LaunchPad.
LearningCurve is our adaptive quizzing program created to get students reading. Each question drives the student back to the specific page in the e-Book where he or she can read and learn the answer to the question. Each quiz is 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. Along the way and upon reaching the Target Score, the student is provided with a Personalized Study Plan, which points out areas and concepts that need more attention.
Relaxation Audio Download
The Relaxation Audio Download is included as an additional resource. Based on highly successful communication research on the relief of common pre-performance speech anxiety, the Relaxation Audio Download takes the listener through a series of techniques that encourage self-confidence through positive visualization.
Magazine Style Activities
Personal Report of Communication Apprehension (PRCA)
Personal Report of Public Speaking Anxiety (PRPSA)
These self-assessments will allow students to gain an understanding of their apprehension in communication situations. Using the feedback they receive, they can pinpoint particular areas they should strive to improve throughout the course.
Each chapter contains a low stakes pop quiz--five multiple automatically graded choice questions--to serve as a quick comprehension check.
Student Resource (downloadable)
Speech Outlining Guide
Speech Outlining Template
These tools will help students in the speech preparation process by drafting effecting outlines. In doing this, they can deliver organized and well-crafted presentations.
Sample Speech Resources
The video library includes full length recordings of student speeches to provide approachable examples of best practices for every type of speech. Those speeches are also broken down into shorter snippets to illustrate a particular concept. Videos labeled “Needs Improvement” are less than perfect examples, so students can also see what not to do when presenting a speech. There are 274 assorted videos and 60 sample speech resources.
How to Communicate Video Scenarios
Working through a series of online videos, students confront a real-life communication challenge and then adapt their messages when things go awry. Combining thought provoking questions and compelling videos, this feature takes students’ skill development to a new level of understanding.
Video with Questions
Each chapter has short key term videos that define and illustrate key concepts through skits, and have accompanying short answer discussion questions. There are 98 videos with questions in all.
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.
Instructor Resource Manual
The Instructor's Resource Manual contains chapter learning objectives, chapter outlines, lecture strategies, suggested classroom activities and suggested discussion topics. Also included are appendices featuring case studies, video resources, and a teaching philosophy.
Lecture Slides for PowerPoint (downloadable)
Ready to use PowerPoint presentations include a complete lecture outline for each chapter of the book, plus images and figures from the text and can be easily customized.
The Test Bank allows instructors to easily view, select, modify, and assign questions for student practice or higher stakes assessment. To learn more about this resource, visit the article "How do I find the Test Bank?" If you want to download the test bank files to use them outside of LaunchPad, click on the test bank link in the Resources menu and then choose files for Mac or PC.