Tour the features of Mastering Biology

See how Mastering Biology helps students master key concepts and improve results.

Mastering Biology for Majors

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Personalize learning for each student

Continuously Adaptive Learning

Thanks to advances in adaptive learning technology, you no longer have to teach as if every student learns in the same way and at the same rate. Mastering with Adaptive Learning assesses student performance and activity in real time and, using data and analytics, personalizes content to reinforce concepts that target each student’s strengths and weaknesses. Watch our video to learn more.



Dynamic Study Modules

Adaptive Follow-Ups

Dynamic Study Modules

Help students study effectively on their own by continuously assessing their activity and performance in real time. Here's how it works: students complete a set of questions with a unique answer format that also asks them to indicate their confidence level. Questions repeat until the student can answer them all correctly and confidently. Once completed, Dynamic Study Modules explain the concept using materials from the text. These are available as graded assignments prior to class, and accessible on smartphones, tablets, and computers. NEW! Instructors can now remove questions from Dynamic Study Modules to better fit their course. Available for select titles.






Adaptive Follow-Ups

Adaptive Follow-Up Assignments are based on each student's past performance on their course work to date, including homework, tests, and quizzes. These provide additional coaching and targeted practice as needed, so students can master the material. Available for select titles.

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

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.

Make efficient use of teaching tools

Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules

NEW Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules for instructors provide easy-to-use assignments for before and after class plus in-class activities with clicker questions and questions in Learning Catalytics.

Engage students with interactive videos and animations

Relate biology topics to course concepts

Everyday Biology Videos briefly explore interesting and relevant biology topics that relate to concepts in the course. These 20 videos, produced by the BBC, can be shown in class or assigned as homework in Mastering Biology.

Everyday Biology Videos

Teach the toughest biology topics

BioFlix® 3D movie-quality animations help your students visualize complex biology topics and include automatically graded coaching activities.

BioFlix 3D Animations

Bring evolutionary processes to life

Darwin's Finches in Galapagos Videos

NEW Filmed and narrated by Peter and Rosemary Grant, the Darwin's Finches in Galapagos videos provide an amazing look at the Grants' decades of evolutionary research. These six assignable videos will help your students explore and better understand topics such as speciation, natural selection, ecological niches, hybridization, and competition, all while highlighting the scientific process of studying biology in the field and allow students to demonstrate mastery of the key concepts related to evolution and ecology.

 

Explore the world of biology in short films

BioInteractive Short Films from HHMI

NEW BioInteractive Short Films from HHMI offer assignable, movie-quality films that explore evolution topics and feature noted biologists including Peter and Rosemary Grant, Neil Shubin, E.O. Wilson, and more.
Link from your LMS to Mastering Biology

Link from your LMS to Mastering Biology

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

You can now link from Blackboard Learn, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, or Moodle to Mastering Biology.* 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 Biology.

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

The Mastering 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

Diagnostics within Mastering 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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