As a recent graduate, I remember all too well the shivers we would get as students when professors muttered the word “test” or “quiz”. If you wanted to hear a symphony of groans, add in the word now and a sea of furrowed brows and hand slams would fill the room. Tests get a bad rap in the academic world nowadays. With test anxiety being shed to… Show more
Using a Bedford/St. Martin's Reader or Rhetoric with LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers or Writer's Help 2.0? Customize your course with reading quizzes specific to your text!
In a previous blog post, I talked about the availability of Exercise Central quizzes in all English LaunchPad and LaunchPad Solo products published after summer 2016. This post covers additional banks of questions available in LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers and Writer's Help 2.0. Beginning fall 2016, we began publishing banks of reading… Show more
It would be great if there were an option to open entirely LaunchPad Solo for Readers and Writers. Perhaps sub-options might include a single due date (or none) and points assigned (or none). I make this request because I selectively assigned sections during the semester, but a student asked me to make everything available after the term. I…
This study reported on the successful redesign of a large, university level lecture course in Introductory Psychology from a traditional face to face (F2F) course into an active learning environment. The lead instructor, Dr. Don Ehlers, adapted the SQ3R (Survey, Question, Read, Review, Recite) method of learning for the structure of his learning…
As you may recall hearing from us earlier in the year, the LaunchPad team has standing Wednesday releases scheduled. As a result, we’d like you to assume that between 4 am and 8am Eastern on Wednesdays we may be having a release that may require downtime. You should not have assignments due then just in case. Using that same model, the team… Show more
Many instructors have adopted online discussion boards as a tool to encourage students to communicate with each other, share ideas, and participate in peer review. It’s also one of the few ways to check in on students to make sure they are actually reading their assigned texts (though the effectiveness of this is debatable). Plenty of students… Show more
Let’s Play a Game: How does your college match up? By this time of year, high school seniors have received their acceptance letters and have either made their decision of where to attend or will be doing so very soon. It’s also the time of year that colleges shine up their halls to make both their academic and campus life as appealing as… Show more
And here are the answers: 1) How many schools appear on the Top 25 Universities on both the Rate my Professor list and the U.S. News list? 5 2) Which one of these schools appear on both lists? Washington University in Saint Louis Bonus: What were the #1 Universities on both lists? Princeton University (U.S. News Ranking) University of…
I would like to make everything on LaunchPad accessible to my class. Is there a way to open the whole thing without assigning due dates?
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Re-Thinking Live Lecture with LaunchPad by Combining Reading and Lecturing into one Student Activity
Launchpad has given me the tools to create a much richer learning environment outside of class, which in turn has transformed what I do in live class sessions. In particular, it has allowed me to break down traditional barriers between in-class and outside of class activities, radically transforming how I structure my course. Perhaps nowhere is… Show more