Shuster, Biology for a Changing World, 3e

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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 one of the following links to go to the landing page of LaunchPad for Biology for a Changing World (without Physiology) or LaunchPad for Biology for a Changing World (with Physiology).

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.

Infographic Animations with Assessment

Animated Infographics include assignable questions that encourage students to think critically about the information presented in the Infographic.


LaunchPad’s e-Book offers the complete textbook with all of the interactive study tools specific to the book and the course linked in at the point of use, plus easy customization and personalization for students and instructors. Students can search and highlight, making it easier to access key content and organize studying. Teachers can customize and rearrange chapters, add and share notes and discussions, and link to quizzes, activities, and other resources.



Virtual flashcards are available for every key term. Students can view these in stack mode, table mode, definitions shown, or terms shown, as well as use quiz mode to test themselves. Students can utilize this resource to prepare for higher stakes assessments and to make sure they understand the language of the course.

Flashcards are more suitable for study and practice than for being assigned for points with a particular due date. However, since students find them extremely helpful, many instructors make them visible in the pre-built units or create a separate folder to house all the flashcards that pertain to the course or to particular in-class assessments.

The default setting on flashcards is grade on completion, which means as long as a student opens and works on them, he or she will receive full credit.


Putting “testing to learn” into action, LearningCurve is the perfect tool to get students to engage before class and review after. With game-like quizzing, it creates individualized activities for each student, selecting questions — by difficulty and topic — according to the student’s performance.

Chapter Quizzes

We offer a total of 20-25 multiple choice questions per chapter that cover concepts from the text and correct student misunderstandings.

Scientific American Media with Assessments

Assignable activities that integrate Scientific American content — including articles, podcasts, and videos, along with 2-3 questions to check students' understanding of each item — are available for each chapter in LaunchPad.

End of Chapter Questions

Selected from Michèle Shuster’s question sets, these include Interpreting Data activities that ask students to analyze data in tables, charts, or graphs and draw their own conclusions about their meaning.

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.

Chapter Figures, Photos, and Tables (.zip) and (unlabeled)

All of the art from the textbook is provided as high-resolution, full-color PNG files. Each figure is provided in both labeled and unlabeled format.

Clicker Questions

Each chapter includes a PowerPoint presentation with multiple choice critical thinking questions made to be used with an iClicker during lectures.

Image Slides

All images from the text are provided as PPTs for use in class.

Lecture Slides

A complete lecture outline for each chapter, including selected figures and tables.


Story Summaries

The story summaries offer a brief synopsis of each chapter’s main story, providing interesting details relevant to content found in the book and in online resources.

Study Guide

Organized by Driving Questions, the newly revised Interactive Student Study Guide deepens students' understanding of chapter content. The Study Guide digs into each Driving Question with a rich series of multiple choice and short answer questions, giving students approximately 45 minutes of review.

Study Guide Answers

All the questions and suggested answers from the Interactive Student Study Guide are available in Word documents so instructors can easily adapt these materials to other uses or make them available to students to study offline.

Test Bank (Word)

A collection of thousands of questions, organized by chapter, and aligned to the text’s Driving Questions.

Active Learning Lesson Plans

Curated and customizable, these sets of student activities provide instructors with an easy-to-use framework for including active learning in their lectures, deepening student engagement with the text. Provided with lecture slides, instructor guides, and worksheets, they are available for all chapters and organized by each chapter’s Driving Questions.

Infographic Question Slides

Designed for classroom use, these slides display each infographic in the chapter, followed by a question that checks students' understanding of the infographic. The next slide reveals the answer. These are useful for helping students to engage with the infographics and for in-class review.