New Interactive prelecture videos provide subject overviews for you to watch before class and help you prepare to participate in class discussions.
Get up to speed before you come to class with a variety of question types that reinforce important astronomy concepts, and help keep you on track.
Figures and Visual Activities Narrated Figures bring figures in the text to life through narration and animation, and enhance understanding by correcting misconceptions. Visual Activities help build skills in interpreting visuals, while hints and specific wrong-answer feedback guide you to a deeper understanding of their significance in astronomy.
Learning Catalytics is an interactive classroom tool that lets you use your smartphone, tablet, or laptop to participate and stay engaged. Simply respond to the questions your instructor posts during class. Your professor can use the results of these questions to help address misunderstandings, start small group discussions, or decide that you’re ready to move on to a new idea. With Learning Catalytics, you can tell your professor what you did—or didn’t—understand without saying a word.
Virtual Astronomy Labs are online laboratory activities that utilize Stellarium and interactive figures to conduct night sky, data collection, and inquiry based labs.
Process of Science Tutorials, Self-Guided Tutorials, Ranking Tasks, and Sorting Tasks provide you with a deep understanding of the toughest topics in astronomy.
A wide variety of tutorials incorporate interactive questions and visuals. Process of Science Tutorials, Self-Guided Tutorials, Ranking Tasks, and Sorting Tasks provide you with a deep understanding of the toughest topics, and help solidify your understanding of key concepts in astronomy.
Chapter Quizzes and Practice Tests help you find out whether you're prepared for exams.
Using data gathered from all of the students using the program, Mastering offers wrong-answer feedback that is specific to you. Rather than simply providing feedback of the “right/wrong/try again” variety, Mastering guides you towards the correct final answer without giving the answer away.
Mastering provides hints of two types that help you work through, and ultimately, solve problems. Declarative hints provide advice on how to approach the problem, guiding you to the final answer. Socratic hints break a problem down into smaller sub-problems, which makes it easier for you to complete the original problem.
Using 3D animations, simulations, tutorials, and activities, Mastering utilizes engaging, interactive media to help you learn the toughest topics and succeed in your course.