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 one of the following links to go to the landing page of your LaunchPad:
- Economics: Principles for a Changing World
- Macroeconomics: Principles for a Changing World
- Microeconomics: Principles for a Changing World
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?
Videos (Author Lecture)The Author Lecture Videos are a series of brief, teachable moments to extend learning beyond the classroom. They are created and narrated by Eric Chiang and cover many of the concepts found in his text.
CourseTutor WorksheetsThe CourseTutor has been brought into LaunchPad as part of the course units. Practice essays and notes are available as worksheets.
Summative Quizzes (End-of-Chapter Problems)Every chapter is completed with a quiz that allows students to self-assess their comprehension of material.
Graded Homework with Graphing QuestionsAvailable for every chapter of the text. These are a combination of multiple choice and interactive graphing questions. Perfectly suited for comprehensive end-of-chapter homework or simply for student practice. We offer the most realistic and flexible graphing tool on the market. In addition to their inclusion in homework, hundreds of additional graphing problems are available in the quiz banks for instructors to build their own assessments or add to ones that already exist.
Key Term Flashcards
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.
Flashcards are suited more for practice than for assignment, and since students find them extremely helpful many instructors have made sure students are aware of their availability by either making them visible in the pre-built units or building a separate folder to house all the flashcards that pertain to the course or to particular in class assessments.
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.
Video Activities (Author Lecture)Brief, ten minute lectures from author Eric Chiang offer additional instruction to extend learning beyond the classroom. All lecture videos have accompanying pedagogy and assessment and are assignable.
Math and Graphing ReviewThis is a critically important new LaunchPad resource created by a team of instructors for students who would benefit from a review of basic math and graphing—skills needed to do well in an introductory economics course. It is organized as a series of activities, each with a pretest question, an animation with patient and clear explanations, and five concluding questions to test comprehension.
Solved ProblemsSolved problems allow students to work step-by-step through complicated concepts. They are assignable.
Work It Out TutorialsThese skill-building activities are tutorials that walk students through each step of solving an end-of-chapter problem using choice-specific feedback and video explanations for each step. The new activity is a useful extension of the end-of-chapter Solved Problem feature, also a detailed stepped-out problem, but one that appears in the text only.
Videos and Video Activities (MacNeil/Lehrer)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.
Around the World ActivitiesThe Around the World features help students recognize that people all over the world are faced with many of the same economic problems, yet seek to solve these challenges in different ways. The online activities help to reinforce the economics behind the features in the book.
By the Numbers Lab ActivitiesBy the Numbers Lab Activities focus on helping students to read and understand data, instilling a critical eye to the data presented in daily life.
MobLab AssessmentsMobLab Assessments offer free-response questions tied to MobLab activities.
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.
Lecture SlidesDesigned with visual learning in mind. This set of slides contains fully animated graphs, visual learning images, and additional examples and created links. Economics, Fourth Edition, is the only principles of economics textbook with slides created by the author.
Image SlidesAll images and figures from the text are provided as slides for use in class or for enhancing an existing slide presentation.
Chapter Figures, Photos, and TablesAll image files are provided for use in class.
Solutions ManualDetailed solutions are provided for all end of chapter questions.
Teaching ManualThe Teaching Manual focuses on expanding and enlivening classroom lectures by highlighting varied ways to bring real-world examples into the classroom.
Test BankContains more than 4,000 carefully constructed, thoroughly edited and revised, and comprehensively accuracy-checked questions. Each chapter’s test bank contains “anchor” questions written by the author himself.
By the Numbers Lab Activity SolutionsDetailed solutions are provided for the By the Numbers Lab Activities.