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 Psychology for High School.
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.
What resources are available for my students?
Assess Your Strengths ActivitiesStudents take inventories and questionnaires developed by researchers across psychological science. These self-assessments allow students to apply psychology’s principles to their own lives and experiences. After taking each self-assessment, students will find additional information about the strength being tested (for example, personal growth initiative, sleep quality, empathizing/systemizing, intrinsic/extrinsic motivation, mindfulness, self-control, and hope), as well as tips for nurturing that strength more effectively in their own lives.
Careers in PsychologyWritten by Jennifer Zwolinski at University of San Diego, this PDF gives students information about what they can do with a degree in Psychology.
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.
e-BookLaunchPad’s e-Book integrates the text with an assortment of media-powered learning tools, and a variety of customization options for students and instructors. 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.
Immersive Learning Activities by Myers/DeWallThese online activities, one per chapter, engage students in the scientific process, showing them how psychological research begins with a question, and how key decision points can alter the meaning and value of a psychological study. In a fun, interactive environment, students learn about important aspects of research design and interpretation.
Developed 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.
Practice QuizzesEvery chapter offers a pre-built chapter quiz drawn from pools of questions for each section of the text. Students can take the quiz multiple times for practice and receive different sets questions on the same topic. This also allows instructors to use these quizzes for higher stakes as each attempt will offer differing questions on similar material.
Topic Tutorial QuizzesThese quizzes are multiple choice questions that address the concepts presented in the PsychSim 6.0 tutorials.
Topic TutorialsPsychSim 6.0 is thoroughly re‑imagined and retooled for the mobile web. The new release of PsychSim by Thomas Ludwig uses interactive videos, charts, and simulations to immerse students in the world of psychological research, placing them in the role of scientist or participant 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.
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.
The welcome page provides an introduction to LaunchPad. It explains the Welcome Unit Quiz and provides answers to a few Frequently Asked Questions.
Welcome Unit Quiz
In order to get familiar with LaunchPad, see how it works, and know what it contains, you can test your students’ understanding by having them take the brief quiz included in this unit. The quiz will show students where something is (like how to find their grades) and then ask them to confirm that they understand. Hopefully this will allow them to see ALL that LaunchPad offers, and use the product to its fullest.
Welcome Unit Video
The welcome video from David Myers and Nathan DeWall provides an introduction to LaunchPad directly from the authors.
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.
What resources are available for instructors?
APA Correlation Guide
In 2011, the American Psychological Association (APA) approved the new Principles for Quality Undergraduate Education in Psychology. These broad-based principles and their associated recommendations are a guide to producing “psychologically literate citizens who apply the principles of psychological science at work and at home.” (See the APA Principles page for more information.)
APA’s more specific 2013 Learning Goals and Outcomes, from their Guidelines for the Undergraduate Psychology Major, Version 2.0, were designed to gauge progress in students graduating with psychology majors.
Instructors are provided with a downloadable images folder containing all the figures and photos from each chapter.
Chapter Figures and Photos
Clicker QuestionsiClicker offers active learning simplified, and now includes the Reef mobile app (iClicker.com). iClicker’s simple, flexible tools in LaunchPad help you give students a voice and facilitate active learning in the classroom.
Faculty GuideGuide for instructors outlining the content included in the Worth Introductory Psychology Video Collection and the Interactive Presentation Slides for Introductory Psychology.
Image Slides and TablesInstructors are provided with presentation slides of all the images and tables from each chapter.
Instructor's Resource ManualChapter-by-chapter teaching support, in Word files, for the text/media package, including lecture guides, discussion topics, activities, student projects, suggestions for integrating digital resources, and more.
Dave Myers provides an insight to what goes into making a revision of Psychology. Nathan DeWall gives his take on why he and his students love LaunchPad.
Lecture Guide - WordSuggestions for organizing and presenting chapter material in class, in its own Word file separate from the Instructor Resources.