LaunchPad contains resources for you and your students. In this tutorial, we'll take a detailed look at both types separately.
When you're ready to create your LaunchPad course, you can click the following link to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for A History of Western Society. We also offer a course tour for A History of Western Society that will help you get started using this LaunchPad.
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.
The e-Book is every word on every page of the printed text, including all primary sources, images, maps, and pedagogical tools. At the top right of each e-Book page is a page reference number so that students can go back and forth between their e-Book and their printed book, if they wish.
Guided Reading Exercises
Provided once per chapter, the Guided Reading Exercises are active reading grids for the students to use while reading the chapter. They help students read for the main points of the chapter and prompt them to think about how the information they gather can be used to answer a central essay question.
Flashcards provide students an exercise to learn important events and phrases--there are Flashcard exercises for all of the key terms in each chapter. Students type the correct term in the space provided below the definition. Students see right away whether they're correct or not, making this a great practice exercise to get familiar with new words and phrases.
Tired of trying to get students to read *before* class? Assigning LearningCurve can help. LearningCurve’s adaptive quizzing gets students reading. Each question drives the student back to the specific page in the e-Book (via a live link) where she can read and learn the answer to the quiz question.
The map quiz for each chapter sharpens students' geography skills. Places on a map are indicated by letters; students use drop-down menus to select a location that corresponds with each letter. The activity is graded automatically, and students can see what they got correct and what they missed.
We know how important primary sources are to building students' history skills. Each chapter in theLaunchPad for A History of Western Society includes written and visual primary sources. The features include Evaluating the Evidence, which presents an individual written or visual source, and Thinking Like a Historian, which groups at least five sources around a central question. Not only does the LaunchPad include all of the documents from the textbook, but it also includes documents from the companion reader, Sources for Western Society. The autograded multiple choice quizzes available for these sources can be assignments that students complete and submit right in LaunchPad.
Primary Sources - Additional
In addition to the Primary Source Projects in each chapter, we selected even more primary sources for you to use in your LaunchPad course, if you wish.
Each chapter’s quizzes hold students accountable for reading the primary documents provided in LaunchPad. Multiple choice quizzes can be assigned for the documents in the chapter narrative as well as for the documents in the reader, Sources for Western Society.
One timeline activity per chapter can be assigned to help students solidify their knowledge of the order of events. Students select events from drop-down boxes that correspond with the list of dates shown, and click submit when they're done. The activity is graded automatically, and students can see what they got correct and what they missed.
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.
Guide to Changing Editions
Designed to facilitate an instructor’s transition from one edition of the book to the next, this guide presents an overview of major changes as well as changes in each chapter.
Instructor's Resource Manual
The Instructor's Resource Manual offers both experienced and first-time instructors tools for preparing lectures and running discussions. It includes chapter review material, teaching strategies and a guide to chapter-specific supplements available for the book, plus suggestions on how to get the most out of LearningCurve and a survival guide for first-time teaching assistants.
These fully customizable multimedia presentations are built around chapter outlines that are embedded with maps, figures, and images from the textbook and are supplemented by more detailed instructor notes on key points and concepts. All of the images are also available without lecture outlines as zipped JPEG files and as image slides.
This LaunchPad includes 45 pdf outline maps for instructors to download for quizzing or assignments.
Every chapter offers a pre-built summative quiz which instructors can assign for student practice or higher-stakes assessment.
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.