Before Class

Introduce students to key astronomy concepts before class

NEW! Interactive prelecture videos provide subject overview for exposure to key concepts before class, opening the classroom time for active learning or deeper discussions of topics

Interactive Prelecture Videos

Prelecture Video

Get students prepared for lecture with a variety of question types 

Pre-lecture Reading Questions and Quizzes reinforce important astronomy concepts and ensure that students read the textbook prior to lecture, helping to keep them on track and engaged in class. Pre-built quizzes are easy to assign quickly and can be customized to match the way you teach your course.

Narrated Figures and Visual Activities

Narrated Figure: Chaisson Title

Help students visualize the universe with Narrated Figures and Visual Activities 

Narrated Figures expand on the figures in each specific text with narration and animation, and include pause and respond questions to engage students. Visual Activities help build skills in interpreting visuals, while hints and specific wrong-answer feedback guide students to a deeper understanding of their significance in astronomy.

Narrated Figures and Visual Activities

Narrated Figure: Bennett Title

Foster student engagement and peer-to-peer learning

Learning Catalytics™

Learning Catalytics helps you generate class discussion, customize your lecture, and promote peer-to-peer learning with real-time analytics. As a student response tool, Learning Catalytics uses students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more interactive tasks and thinking.

  • NEW! Upload a full PowerPoint® deck for easy creation of slide questions.
  • NEW! Team names are no longer case sensitive.
  • Help your students develop critical thinking skills.
  • Monitor responses to find out where your students are struggling.
  • Rely on real-time data to adjust your teaching strategy.
  • Automatically group students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to-peer learning.

After Class

Provide students with online tools for learning night sky, data collection

Virtual Astronomy Labs are assignable, online laboratory activities that utilize Stellarium and interactive figures to conduct night sky, data collection, and inquiry based labs. Five additional inquiry-based labs are included.

Gain conceptual understanding with Interactive Questions and Tutorials

Process of Science Tutorials, Self-Guided Tutorials, Ranking Tasks, and Sorting Tasks provide students with a deep understanding of the toughest topics in astronomy.

Learn tough topics through a wide variety of tutorials  

A wide variety of tutorials incorporate interactive questions and visuals. Process of Science Tutorials, Self-Guided Tutorials, Ranking Tasks, and Sorting Tasks help students solidify an understanding of key concepts in astronomy.

Provide online tools for data collection.

Virtual Astronomy Labs

Provide students with conceptual understanding of tough topics

Interactive Questions and Tutorials

Give students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere

NEW! eText 2.0 optimized for mobile

  • eText 2.0 mobile app offers offline access and can be downloaded for most iOS and Android phones/tablets from the Apple App Store or Google Play
  • Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media for select titles
  • Accessible (screen-reader ready)
  • Configurable reading settings, including resizable type and night reading mode
  • Instructor and student note-taking, highlighting, bookmarking, and search

Track and report student performance against Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Tracking and Reporting

Let Mastering do the work for you.

  • The problems instructors select for an assignment in Mastering are tagged to publisher-provided learning outcomes.
  • Instructors can also add their own course-specific, department-wide, or institution-wide learning outcomes and associate those with the assignment content.
  • Student performance can be tracked against specified learning outcomes at both the individual student and class level.
  • Reports can be exported to Excel for easy submission to department heads and/or academic executives.
Link from your LMS to Mastering Astronomy

Link from your LMS to Mastering Astronomy

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

You can now link from Blackboard Learn, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, or Moodle to Mastering Astronomy.* Access assignments, rosters, and resources, and synchronize grades with your LMS gradebook.

For students, single sign-on provides access to all the personalized learning resources that make studying more efficient and effective.

Learn more about our LMS integration services

*Note that LMS integration is available only for Modified Mastering Astronomy.

Additional Features

Everything you need in an easy-to-use format

Mastering provides a rich and flexible set of pre-built courses and assignments to get you started quickly. These assets can be used as is or customized to fit your specific teaching needs. The Calendar View on the course home page displays upcoming assignments and due dates, so you can easily stay organized. NEW! Questions are now easier to edit and delete for assignments and courses.

A powerful gradebook

Mastering's gradebook records all scores for automatically graded assignments. Struggling students and challenging assignments are highlighted in red, giving you an at-a-glance view of potential hurdles in the course.

Diagnostics and insights that help you guide the class

Mastering's diagnostics provide unique insight into class and student performance. With a single click, you can view charts that summarize the most difficult problems, identify vulnerable students, and indicate grade distribution and score improvement over the duration of the course.

Wrong-answer feedback personalized for each student

Using data gathered from all of the students using the program, Mastering offers wrong-answer feedback that is specific to each student. Rather than simply providing feedback of the "right/wrong/try again" variety, Mastering guides students towards the correct final answer without giving the answer away.

Hints that offer clear guidance to students

Mastering provides hints of two types that help students work through, and ultimately solve, problems. Declarative hints provide advice on how to approach the problem, guiding students to the final answer. Socratic hints break a problem down into smaller sub-problems, which makes it easier for students to complete the original problem.

Dynamic, best-in-class content

Mastering is continually improving based on data generated through classroom use, resulting in content that is driven by the performance of actual students. We make corrections to improve problems that have ambiguous answer choices, ineffectual detractors, or tricky language, and continue to strengthen each problem through ongoing review of the data generated by Mastering students.

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