In Part 1 of the series “LaunchPad”, I focused on how to use LaunchPad in your classes and what tools are helpful to use. Part 2 of the “LaunchPad” series went on to discuss the most important aspect, the benefits to the students in using the product.
The 3rd and final part of the “LaunchPad” series is the benefits to the instructor. As an instructor, I continue to appreciate the benefits of efficiency, ease, and freeing up class time to teach using hands-on activities. In freeing up class time, I have been able to improve my teaching to apply the information, complete activities, and drive concepts home more for students. The use of digital products also enables our culture’s desirable use of technology in the classroom.
Breaking down these instructor benefits in more detail, let’s start with the most significant benefit to me…efficiency. I am so grateful for the time digital learning saves me from grading and entering grades. Assigning LearningCurve assignments, as well as learning to use LearningCurves, is fast and easy. Having students take their LearningCurves and quizzes online frees up more class time for me to teach and complete application activities. I also appreciate that the quizzes and LearningCurves are already created for me. Again, it saves me time not to have to write these, and I can even edit them if I wish. I am also so pleased and confident when I can provide students with more affordable options since purchasing the online version is usually lower cost. A repeat from a previous post, it forces students to actually USE their text, and delve into the material. Especially in the communication discipline, I find it provides students with a better understanding, with the ability to apply it, and to RETAIN it. Thus, I have seen my students be more successful and have higher grades. Since students all have different learning styles, it adds the benefit to serve many different learning styles. To reiterate, it also gives students an opportunity to use technology in their learning.
In summary, my 3-part series “LaunchPad” discussed the digital products I use, how I use LaunchPad, the benefits to the students and to the instructor. The benefits I’ve seen have been well worth the use. If you have any hesitation on beginning the process of using digital products, I emphasize that it is not difficult, and is fast and easy to use. If you still waver on the decision, Macmillan offers many opportunities to train and help you. With the benefits to the students and instructor and the ability to get ahead on the latest technological savvy classroom, I encourage you to jump on board.