First Edition   ©2016

LaunchPad for Connections (Six Month Access)

Empowerment for College and Career Success

Paul A. Gore (Xavier University) , Wade Leuwerke (Drake University) , A. J. Metz (University of Utah)

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-01239-6; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-01239-7; Format: LaunchPad

ACES (The Academic and Career Excellence System) is an integral component of LaunchPad for Connections. It is an instrument developed to measure student strengths in 12 critical areas, both cognitive and non-cognitive. Created by authors and counseling psychologists Paul Gore, Wade Leuwerke, and A.J. Metz, who have more than 30 years combined experience in college success and assessment, the ACES instrument prompts students to reflect on their habits, behaviors, attitudes, and skills. Norm-referenced reports indicate whether students are at a high, moderate, or low skill level in particular areas, as compared to students in other schools across the country who have also taken the assessment. An interactive e-book integrates the text and all student media.

LearningCurve adaptive quizzing gives individualized question sets and feedback based on each student’s correct and incorrect responses. All the questions are tied back to the e-book to encourage students to read the book in preparation for classtime and exams.

Personal Success Plan editable PDFs

The Video Assignment Tool makes it easy to assign and assess video-based activities and projects, as well as providing a convenient way for students to submit video coursework.

LaunchPad Gradebook gives a clear window on performance for the whole class, for individual students, and for individual assignments.

A streamlined interface helps students manage their schedule of assignments, while social commenting tools let them connect with classmates, and learn from each other. 24/7 help is a click away, accessible from a link in the upper right hand corner.

Optional pre-built chapter units, curated by the authors, can be used as is or customized. Or choose not to use them and build your course from scratch.

Book-specific instructor resources include PowerPoint sets, textbook graphics, lecture and activity suggestions, test banks, and more.

Easy LMS integration into your school’s learning management system.