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If you're just starting out with LaunchPad and you are overwhelmed with the number and variety of resources in the product, just start with LearningCurve. Assign one LearningCurve before each class period so students come to class prepared for discussion. This will allow you more freedom in your class to talk about what's important, and you can see which students are doing the work or which topics are causing problems. And though it's hard to believe, students consistently, over the years, report actually enjoying doing work in LearningCurve because they can make progress, ask questions, and they actually learn! They view the interface as 'game-like' and the online format allows them to learn without feeling silly by asking questions in class. It's a win-win, so give it a try! 

 

 

And if you're nervous, reach out to our implementation team of help in setting up your course quickly and easily. We're here to help! 

 

In the summer of 2018, we had a number of faculty come into our New York office to review our plans for digital offerings going forward, and also to tell us how they are using our products. My favorite presentation from that time was from Tim Molina at Northwest Vista College in Texas talking about getting students to go media-free in his communication class. If you're looking for something fun and interesting to do this semester, check out this 16 minute video. Thanks, Tim! 

If you have students who want to get the print book to go with LaunchPad or LaunchPadSolo, please be sure to alert them to the options at the Student Store. 

 

store.macmillanlearning.com

 

Why rent textbooks from Macmillan Learning?  

Renting textbooks can help students save money throughout their college career. Textbooks rentals are available from 3 months to 1 year—choose the duration that works best. The best part of all? We offer free shipping for all hard-copy textbook rentals with immediate 14-day access to the online e-textbook.

 

Did you know that you can integrate iClicker into your LaunchPad course to keep all your grades in one place? And that you can use iClicker for attendance? With iClicker, use GPS technology to ensure that students are attending class. No more attendance codes that can be easily shared via text!

 

Learn more or sign up for a demonstration.

Becky Anderson

First Day of Class

Posted by Becky Anderson Employee Dec 27, 2018

As you start to prep for your next round of classes, don't forget that we have syllabus inserts and presentation decks for you to use to help students get registered with LaunchPad. 

 

Please view the following presentation slides and download the attached syllabus insert, input your course information, and share them with your students prior to your first day of class. You can post them in your learning management system, e-mail them, or print them out to distribute in class.

If you want to make any changes to the presentation slides, go to File > Make a copy and edit the copy you create.

Good luck and let us know if you have any questions as you start up classes! 

Macmillan is offering a series of free webinars the week of October 15th to 19th that will share concepts, products, ideas and the underlying research and science as they pertain to the use of various classroom technologies.

 

We are proud to partner with Mats Selen, Tyler Dewitt, iclicker, our internal Learning Science team, Vaughn Scribner, and GoReact as we present a virtual week with something for literally everybody.

 

Please register - note that registration will also ensure that you receive a post meeting recording link.

 

Direct URL for registration - https://go.macmillanlearning.com/webinar-week.html

When creating or revising an online course, there are many factors to consider. Not only should the course contain engaging content that will capture and hold the attention of students, but it should also be easy to access and navigate.

In this webinar on September 25 at 2pm Eastern, attendees will hear from Dr. Stephanie Richmond, Associate Professor at Norfolk State University, who will share her expertise in building online courses using Macmillan’s LaunchPad integrated with Blackboard Learn. Dr. Richmond’s best practices for creating a sticky and easy-to-use experience for students and instructors alike will give you the knowledge and confidence to develop your own successful online course.

Register here for this great event and we'll see you on September 25th! (And if you can't come, we'll be sure to post the recording afterwards.) 

We have a few changes that we think you’ll like for Fall 2018 classes.

 

  1. If you are using the quiz program that allows for you to use filters, we now have the ability to print. When you are in the Review & Modify tab, you will now see a button that says “Print” in the top left. Download e-Book Link
  2. Most LaunchPads now have a downloadable ebook. Students can look under the Help link in the upper right for the option to “Download Offline eBook”. Here’s what the download link looks like and here are the directions for using it.Download e-Book Link
  3. Speaking of which, if you are looking at the Help link above, and go to one of the Support Sites, you’ll notice that we have a new self-help support center that we’re excited about. We hope you’ll find it easier to use.
  4. Lastly, we now have what we call “seamless access” to LaunchPad via the Macmillan Learning Student Store. That means that students can buy or rent the book or LaunchPad or combination of book and LaunchPad that works for them in the Store and, once they purchase, they will automatically be let into their LaunchPad course--without the need for codes! The directions will be posted on this page for your use this fall.
Five Things to Know About First-Year Students 
A Food for Thought Webinar 
Tuesday, August 14, 2018, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM ET

 

Our efforts to support first-year transition spread numerous topics, functional areas, and interventions. And, the amount of information and research about first-year college students that drives our efforts can be overwhelming. With so much information to use, how do higher education professional know what is the most important? In short, what are the key things to know about first-year college students? In this webinar, we’ll use Skyfactor data to explore five key facts about first-year students and how this information can be used to better support their transition to and success in college. Register today. 

 

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Presented by 
Matthew Venaas 
Research Manager at Skyfactor
Join the webinar, A Master Class in Teaching With Digital, on August 15 at 2:00 PM EST. You'll learn how impactful learning platforms can be for today’s students, and how the Bookshelf platform can help drive student engagement and success.

Topics include:
  • Using instructor tools for assignment creation and reporting
  • Analytics to track student progress and engagement
  • Student study tools such as flashcards, notes, and highlighters, as well as text-to-speech capability
Presented by:
Rainna Erikson -Senior Product Manager, VitalSource
Daniel Green - Director of Product Analytics, VitalSource
Hannah Mullis - Adjunct Instructor of Communication at William Peace University
Blair Tuckman, Senior Marketing Manager - VitalSource
Rainna Erikson
Senior Product Manager, VitalSource
Daniel Green
Director of Product Analytics, VitalSource
Hannah Mullis
Adjunct Instructor, William Peace University
Blair Tuckman
Senior Marketing Manager, VitalSource
Register today for this insightful webinar. 
Becky Anderson

Maintenance on 4/29/18

Posted by Becky Anderson Employee Apr 25, 2018

We will be performing system maintenance on Sunday morning (4/29) from 12:01am Eastern until 7am Eastern. This LaunchPad family of products will not be available during these 7 hours. We apologize for the inconvenience. Please plan accordingly and thank you for your patience.

Are you using Macmillan Learning’s technology in an interesting way? Do other instructors ooh and ahh over your course? Do students say, “I’ve never had a class quite like this!”?  If so, we want to hear from you!

 

From July 16-18, we are going to bring in a select group of faculty members to our New York Office. We want to hear from instructors using our technology in a new, different or generally brilliant way. If you are selected to join us, we will pay for your travel costs to our New York City office, meals, and two nights lodging in the city, and we hope to get your feedback on our technology plans for the future.

 

Apply Now! 

 

As part of the trip, you will also need to give a brief (15-minute) presentation for us on how our technology (LaunchPad, Sapling Learning, FlipIt, LearningCurve, SaplingPlus, Writer’s Help, WriterKey, Achieve Read & Practice, or Hayden-McNeil Custom Digital)  is changing your course, improving your teaching, or engaging your students. As part of the application to participate in Tech Ed Week, we will need a description about your presentation, and then at the meeting, we will record these presentations so we can share your great ideas across the country.


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, which is available at the link below.  The full rules are here. Confirmation by your ethics officer will be required if you are selected.  The application period ends at 11:59 p.m. ET on April 30, 2018. We will notify all who are selected at the beginning of May. Please let me know if you have additional questions and we look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks so much for taking the survey to let us know which day, if any, you have a preference for us doing maintenance. As a result of your feedback and our data on low usage times, we are going to do a monthly maintenance one Saturday/Sunday of the month, from midnight Saturday until 7am Eastern Sunday.

 

During the maintenance window, you will not be able to log in or do work in the LaunchPad family of products. 

 

The schedule for the next few months (all times Eastern) is:

Midnight April 28 until 7am April 29

Midnight May 19 until 7am May 20

Midnight June 24 until 7am June 24

Midnight July 28 until 7am July 29

 

I’ll share another reminder about these maintenance periods as we move into the fall. Thanks for your patience with us as we continue to work to keep the product running smoothly. 

 

(NOTE: We are NOT planning on doing a maintenance in March.) 

We will be performing maintenance between Friday, 2/23 11pm ET thru Saturday, 2/24 7am ET. During this time the following will be unavailable:

  • LaunchPad - Logging in, registrations and assignments
  • Writer’s Help
  • LaunchPad Gradebook

Please adjust your assignments accordingly. We have put a message up within the product as well, but please be sure to alert your students too. Thanks for your patience.

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