John N. Gardner
Betsy O. Barefoot
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Reimagined LaunchPad course space supports teaching and learning more effectively. LaunchPad Solo 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.
New emphasis on ten High-Impact Practices. Developed by the American Association of Colleges and Universities, the 10 High-Impact Educational Practices have been shown to be beneficial for college students from many backgrounds, and include such approaches as collaboration, writing-intensive courses, undergraduate research, diversity, service learning, internships, and more. As a hallmark feature of this new edition, High-Impact Practices are integrated throughout. The practices are presented in Chapter 1, included in the objectives for each subsequent chapter, and highlighted dozens of times in coverage, figures, and activities throughout the text.
Expanded chapters on Emotional Intelligence and Thinking Critically. Key new coverage areas include more on connecting with other and a stronger approach to problem solving in the chapter on thinking critically.
Expanded examples from across the curriculum. The text now includes more concrete scenarios, pages, exercises, and problems from STEM, humanities, and social science courses. Located throughout the study skills chapters in Part 2, these examples help make advice on reading, studying, taking tests, and presenting information even more interesting and useful for students.
More support for students at 4-Year institutions including a focus on the wide and diverse range of today’s students. Special coverage areas include more on choosing a major, getting connected to campus life, choosing a career, and researching job opportunities.
A fresh design. The eye-catching design will help capture student interest and engage them in the reading, helping them to master the key concepts.
LaunchPad Solo for ACES (The Academic and Career Excellence System) is an instrument developed to measure student strengths in 12 critical areas, both cognitive and non-cognitive. 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 colleges and universities across the country. It is available standalone or as part of a package at a low cost.
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