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 Scientific American: Psychology.
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.
Concept PracticeTutorial style animation and interactive activities designed by award-winning multimedia author, Thomas Ludwig. These cover a range of key topics and include assessment questions that are interactive and engaging. These activities help students solidify their understanding of key concepts.
Worth’s acclaimed e-Book platform was developed by a cognitive psychologist (PhD, Yale University) who taught undergraduate psychology at the University of Massachusetts.
FlashcardsTo make sure students understand the language of the course, 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.
From the Pages of Scientific Americans
Our partnership with the highly respected publication Scientific American tacitly reinforces the notion that psychology is a science. Equally important, it provides us with the opportunity to feature the work of leading science journalists. Every chapter includes a From the Pages of Scientific American feature that relates impactful research in the field.
Infographic ActivitiyDriven by extensive research into the concepts students and instructors consider difficult, innovative infographics help unravel complex concepts by combining memorable images and clear, step-by-step explanations into a single, large-scale storyboard. In LaunchPad, these infographics are carried over as a part of each LaunchPad unit, with assessment tied to each infographic.
LearningCurveDeveloped 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.
Topic Tutorial QuizzesTopic Tutorials provide a re-imagined and retooled version of PsychSim. With its new look, new format, and new resources, it immerses students in psychological research, placing them in the role of scientist or subject in activities that highlight important concepts, processes, and experimental approaches. These quizzes are multiple choice questions that address the concepts presented in the tutorial.
Topic TutorialsTopic Tutorials provide a re-imagined and retooled version of PsychSim. With its new look, new format, and new resources, it immerses students in psychological research, placing them in the role of scientist or subject in activities that highlight important concepts, processes, and experimental approaches.
Video ActivitiesWorth’s videos span the full range of standard topics for the introductory psychology course, combining both research and news footage from Scientific American, BBC Motion Library, CBS News, and other sources. Our expansive collection of brief clips give students a fresh new way to experience the classic experiments at the heart of psychological science and cutting-edge research conducted by the field’s most influential investigators. The videos bring the concepts in the book to life and make the content more memorable.
Video ProfileVideo Profiles from the text called "In Their Own Words" and "You Asked, They Answered" are seamlessly built into each chapter's LaunchPad.
Video Profile ActivityVideo Profiles from the text called "In Their Own Words" and "You Asked, They Answered" are seamlessly built into each chapter's LaunchPad. With added assessment, the Video Profile Activities further reinforce the connection between the book's stories and important psychological concepts.
VideosThere are a variety of video clips (with assessment) available to accompany the text, highlighting fundamental research, intriguing case studies, and high-impact news events.
Your Scientific WorldYour Scientific World is yet another new application-based feature in this edition. In these online immersive learning activities students are placed in a role-playing scenario requiring them to think critically and apply their knowledge of psychological science to solve a real world problem. Animations, videos, and assessments keep the student engaged throughout the activity.
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.