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 Practical Strategies for Technical Communication.
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.
Document-based cases, previously included at the end of each chapter, are now presented online, where students can familiarize themselves with each scenario, download and work with related documents, and access assignment questions in a single space.
The online equivalent of the Document Analysis Activities included in the print book, these models introduce students to the kinds of multimedia documents that can exist only online—such as a recommendation report presented as a podcast and a definition delivered via video and animation. Each model is accompanied by a set of assessment questions to guide students in their analysis.
Students can download and work with a variety of forms discussed throughout the text, including an audience profile sheet, a team-member evaluation form, and an oral presentation evaluation form.
Students have full access to two Bedford/St. Martin's e-books: Document-Based Cases for Technical Communication, Second Edition, by Roger Munger, and Team Writing by Joanna Wolfe.
LearningCurve is an adaptive, game-like quizzing program that helps students with whatever they're having the most trouble with. LearningCurve activities cover the technical communications environment, audience and purpose, research, organizing and emphasizing information, writing effective sentences, and communicating persuasively. Activities on reading and grammar topics, including common issues for multilingual writers, are also included in LaunchPad.
These modules, built around five short videos of real team interactions, focus on the role of written communication in teamwork. They teach students how to use written documentation to manage a team by producing task schedules, minutes, charters, and other materials and also provide models for working on large collaborative documents.
Engaging tutorials show students helpful tools and tips for creating their projects and guidance on how to best use them, as well as the documentation process for citing the sources in MLA and APA styles.
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.
The Instructor's Resource Manual includes chapter summaries, teaching approaches, teaching topics, and suggested responses for every Document Analysis Activity, exercise, and case in the book.
In the Instructor e-Book, you'll also find even more cases and exercises for every chapter of the text. Suggested responses for each exercise are also available.
Refer to sample syllabi for a variety of courses and semester schedules, some of which were provided by users of the book.
Download and adapt these PowerPoint-based lecture slides for use in the classroom.
Located under Resources > Questions by Chapter, the test bank offers a convenient way to provide additional assessment to students. It includes multiple-choice, true/false, and short-answer questions for every chapter of the book. The questions can be individually assigned or added to existing assignments.