John N. Gardner
Betsy O. Barefoot
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Reimagined LaunchPad course space supports teaching and learning more effectively. LaunchPad for College Success is a powerful online course space that integrates seamlessly with most learning management systems. Available standalone or packaged at a significant discount, it combines high-quality multimedia content and ready-made assessment; a trove of videos; LearningCurve, an adaptive, game-like study system; and more. Our gradebook offers a window into your students' performance, a streamlined interface helps students focus on what’s due next, and social commenting tools let them engage and connect.
An enhanced introductory chapter serves as a roadmap to get students off on the right foot. New sections include, “What Opportunities Does College Provide?” and “How is College Committed to Helping You Succeed?” Coverage of goal setting has been expanded to reflect research on the strengths perspective and a new section covers the vital process of academic planning.
New emphasis on motivation and resilience. Recent research shows that students with stronger non-cognitive skills such as motivation and resilience tend to thrive in college and show better rates of persistence and completion. The new Chapter 2, “Cultivating Motivation, Resilience, and Emotional Intelligence” offers expanded and early coverage these essential skills, and the text consistently refers to these topics throughout.
A stronger connection between college success and career success through new coverage in the narrative and new articles like “Time in College and in Career,” “Connecting the College Experience to Career Success,” “Unexpected Benefits of Being Good with Money,” which touches on how money management affects one’s overall life including job prospects, and “Diving into Career Research.”
Expanded coverage of technology and online learning. Technology continues to transform aspects of the college experience and students. Step by Step is staying on the cutting edge. Coverage of technological tools and skills has been integrated into every chapter in the book, and included as new, discrete articles. Topics include using electronic tools for planning and time management and guidelines for communicating successfully through e-mail, texts, and social media.
LaunchPad Solo for ACES (Academic and Career Excellence System) is a powerful, norm-referenced, student self-assessment that helps students pinpoint their strengths and short-comings. At the same time, it provides instructors and administrators the data they need to support student success, retention, and completion class-and program-wide. It is available standalone or as part of a package at a low cost.
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