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The recent LaunchPad release had a number of items in it, but there are three items that I’m particularly excited about: 

help links to the new support community, access expiration information in the roster, and passcode protected quizzes.

 

For support, we have a new Support Community for ALL our digital products (which hopefully you know about already). The support links in the entire LaunchPad family of products were re-set and now go to this new support community. Check it out!

 

For the roster, in any LaunchPad course, an instructor can go to the Instructor Console - Roster & Groups, and now see all of their students along with the accurate Access Expiration Information. This will be especially useful in the first few weeks of classes, when students are using temporary access, to remind them to purchase full access

 

 

Roster Image

 

For quizzes, instructors now have the option to add a passcode (not a password, since that requires more stringent policies like letters, numbers, symbols, etc) to a particular quiz to limit student access to that quiz.

 

How does this passcode setting work? As an instructor, go to an existing quiz, or create a new quiz. On the settings page, you will now see the option for a passcode (see below). That code will be visible to the instructor as they type in the word/number combo. (The passcode has to be 8-20 characters with at least one capital letter and one number, but it can’t include special characters.)

 

 

After the instructor saves those settings, when the student goes to take the quiz that has a passcode set, they will have to input the passcode in order to gain access to the assignment. They can not get in without the passcode, nor will the system shut them out after x number of attempts.

 

 

Caveats: Once the instructor has used the passcode option, they can’t use the option to “allow save and continue” as well. In addition, at the moment, the passcode can only be used for the entire class; coming soon, the instructor will be able to adjust the passcode for groups or individuals.

 

Let us know what you think of this, as I know I'm excited about these improvements in functionality.

I just found out that the i>Clicker / REEF team keeps all their webinars archived here, including the most recent one on The Mobile Conundrum: Pros and Cons of Technology in the Classroom with professors Allison Soult from the University of Kentucky, Leslie Hendrix from the University of South Carolina, and Edna Ross from the University of Louisville. 

 

If you're looking to learn more about how you can incorporate a student response system into your classroom, check these recordings out! 

Check out this new webinar from our colleagues at i>Clicker / REEF

Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM ET

 

Smart devices and laptops are an essential part of our day-to-day lives, but should they be part of the classroom?

At iClicker, we are fully committed to providing state-of-the-art hardware and mobile student response solutions. But we believe the decision on whether or not to allow mobile devices and laptops in the classroom lies with you, the educator. To help you consider the pros and cons of going mobile, we invite you to join three longtime faculty users, each with a different perspective. Sign up here.

Interested in incorporating LaunchPad into your curriculum but want to customize it to meet your needs? Macmillan Learning Curriculum Solutions is here to help. Our dedicated custom team will tailor your chosen LaunchPad course to your specific requirements.

 

Whether you have your own materials that need to be added to a custom unit, see value in adding an additional Macmillan Learning e-book to your course, or would like to combine student or instructor resources across LaunchPad courses, custom requests are our business.

 

We work across the disciplines and within all LaunchPad courses. As instructors and students navigate to digital learning materials, we can make the transition smooth by integrating multiple products in one easy-to-use LaunchPad course.

 

Recent examples include:

  • Integrating A Pocket Guide to College Success e-book by Jamie Shushan into ACES, a nationally norm-referenced student self-assessment of non-cognitive and cognitive skills
  • Incorporating a faculty-authored e-book into LaunchPad Solo for Public Speaking
  • Adding Your College Experience (John N. Gardner; Betsy O. Barefoot; Negar Farakish) LearningCurve to LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers

 

Contact your custom specialist today to hear how we can help you get the most out of your LaunchPad course!

Becky Anderson

Tech Ed Week 2017

Posted by Becky Anderson Employee Apr 3, 2017
From June 26-28, 2017, we are going to bring in a select group of faculty members who are successfully using our technology (LaunchPad, LaunchPad Solo, LearningCurve, Writer's Help 2.0, FlipIt, Sapling Learning, WriterKey, or Late Nite Labs) to talk about how that technology is improving teaching or engaging students.

We will pay for your travel costs to our Austin, TX office, meals, and two nights in the city, and we hope to get your feedback on our technology plans for the future. In exchange, we ask that you give a brief (15-minute) presentation for us on how our technology is changing your course, improving your teaching, or engaging your students. We will record these presentations for sharing with others.

If you are interested, and your participation in this sort of event--at our expense--is approved by your institution, please fill out the application. The full rules are here.Confirmation by your ethics officer will be required if you are selected. We will notify all who are selected at the beginning of May.

Please let me know if you have additional questions.