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 The Bedford Guide for College Writers.
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.
This is the online version of the textbook, organized by chapter. In the e-book you'll find all the great content and activities from the printed book.
Reviewing and Reflecting
The new Reviewing and Reflecting feature that appears at the end of each chapter in Parts Two and Three includes an additional component in LaunchPad: an automatically graded quiz that assesses comprehension of the chapter’s key concepts.
Learning by Doing Activities
Many LaunchPad chapters include additional Learning by Doing activities designed for an online learning environment.
Multimodal Learning from Other Writer's Texts
In LaunchPad, the Learning from Other Writers feature in many Part Two and Part Three chapters includes a multimodal text with questions for analysis.
Reading Comprehension Quizzes
In LaunchPad, every reading in Books 1 and 2 (with the exception of student essays) is accompanied by an automatically graded reading comprehension quiz.
Developed in light of the latest advances in learning research, LearningCurve’s game-like adaptive quizzing 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—including critical reading, grammar and usage, and source evaluation—the more LearningCurve focuses on it. And the better a student does, the more difficult the questions become.
Tutorials and Video Activities
Tutorials and video activities that help students learn crucial skills, from reading critically and citing sources in MLA and APA style to digital composing skills and building a professional brand.
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's Resource Manual
Instructors can now access each chapter of the instructor’s manual as they need it. The instructor’s manual includes chapter overviews, teaching tips, sample syllabi, suggested answers to questions, notes on assignments, classroom activities, and more.
Exercise Central Quizzes
Bedford/St. Martin’s Exercise Central has been a longtime favorite of instructors and students who want an effective way to practice building skills that are critical to students’ success as college writers.
Combining the popularity of Exercise Central and the power of LaunchPad represents a powerful teaching and learning solution that allows instructors to assign individual practice to students based on their real needs, integrate a greater number of customizable exercises into their teaching, and intervene to help students within the context of the rest of their composition course materials.
You can use the exercises in Exercise Central to
- Offer additional interventions based on your students’ diagnostic quiz results
- Assign pre-built exercise sets on the fly, as you notice patterns of error in your students’ writing
- Create and edit custom quizzes that match the needs of your students
- Offer quizzes that allow multiple attempts so that students can continue to practice concepts until they are closer to mastering them.
Diagnostics (Skills Inventory)
One of the greatest appeals of classroom technology is the opportunity it offers for targeting interventions based on real-time data. Diagnostic activities help instructors track student proficiency with specific reading and writing skills.
The updated diagnostics have cumulative pre- and post-tests organized for the following topics:
- Sentence Grammar
- Punctuation, Style, and Mechanics
- Reading Skills
- Readings Strategies
The pre- and post-tests contain the same number of questions per topic; parity between tests means instructors can more easily track improvements from pre to post.
Instructors will have access to the Class Comparison Report and Roster Comparison Report automatically when they have assigned both the pre- and post-test for a particular diagnostic. As soon as any students have taken both tests, their comparison data will become available in the report (note: student data will not show up at all until the student has completed the activity. The report will not include students who have yet to complete the test.)
You can use the diagnostic comparison reports to:
- Track improvement across multiple sections, or across a program (reports are exportable)
- Create opportunities for students to see a visual representation of their progress in the course (reports can be printed for students)
- Continually adapt your teaching based on real performance data.