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 here to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Your College Experience, Two-Year College Edition.
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.
App Central provides an annotated list of apps which students can use on their smartphone or computer to reinforce success strategies through the technology they use in their everyday lives.
Case Study Quizzes
Multiple-choice Case Study Quizzes in each unit ask students to apply practical strategies discussed in each chapter. Students receive instant, helpful feedback after each response to help them contemplate the scenarios further.
Downloadable e-Book Activities
E-Book activities, including Pre-Reading and Your Turn activities as well as Think, Write, Apply writing prompts, are available for students to download and complete as in-class or out-of-class assignments.
The e-Book features all the content from the print text, but has been optimized for the LaunchPad course space. Students can take notes, download and complete book activities, and even have discussions with their instructor and fellow students directly on the page.
LearningCurve for College Success is an online, adaptive, self-quizzing program which quickly learns what students already know and helps them practice what they don’t yet understand. A LearningCurve activity is located at the beginning of each unit to motivate students to engage with key concepts before they come to class.
Downloadable podcasts provide quick advice on a wide range of topics such as time management, note taking, money management, succeeding on tests, making the most out of a career fair, and much more.
Including self-assessment quizzes towards the beginning of the each unit, as well as a multiple intelligences inventory and test anxiety quiz, these interactive quizzes give students an opportunity to learn more about themselves and the chapter topics, providing targeted advice to help them understand the subject matter.
Videos with Quizzing
Videos with Quizzing bring the topics taught in first-year seminar courses to life. Student Voices and Conversation Starters feature real students discussing common issues that face first-year students. Two videos are embedded in each unit and provide a chance for students to reflect on each topic and discuss the course material. Additional videos with quizzing available in “More Resources” feature brief, humorous scenarios. All videos are accompanied by a set of open-response reflection questions to deepen students’ thinking and encourage application of helpful strategies to their own lives.
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. Click on Instructor Resources.
Let's now take a closer look at each.
Active Learning Strategies
Available to download as a PDF, the Active Learning Strategies offers several exercises which help students sharpen their critical skills for college success such as writing, critical thinking, learning in groups, planning, reflecting, and taking action. A retention exercise for each chapter asks students to practice critical retention strategies to help students persist in their first year.
Instructor’s Annotated Edition for Your College Experience, Two-Year College Edition
The Instructor’s Annotated Edition, divided by chapter, includes the full text of the student edition with abundant marginal annotations, chapter-specific exercises, and helpful suggestions for teaching. This annotated edition also includes numerous Retention Strategy tips and exercises designed to help students succeed and stay in school.
Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank for Your College Experience, Two-Year College Edition
Available to download as a PDF, the Instructor’s Manual and Test Bank includes teaching suggestions, a sample lesson plan for each chapter, sample syllabi, final projects for the end of the course, and various case studies that are relevant to the topics covered. It also includes test questions for each chapter, a midterm, and a final exam.
Lecture Slide Presentations
Easily customizable lecture slide presentations include a complete lecture outline for each chapter of the book, plus images and figures from the text.
The test bank contains more than 600 multiple-choice, true/false, short-answer, and essay questions designed to assess students’ understanding of key concepts. The test bank is available electronically in the LaunchPad allowing instructors to easily assign test questions for student practice or higher stakes assessment.