Tour the features of Mastering Environmental Science

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

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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

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. Available for select titles. NEW! Instructors can remove questions from Dynamic Study Modules to better fit their course. 

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

Take your students on fascinating field trips

Video Field Trips

Video Field Trips give students fascinating behind-the-scenes tours of real-world sites that focus on environmental concerns and the strategies and solutions employed to address them. The popular, brief videos are available for in-class use or can be assigned to students and automatically graded through Instructor Resources in Mastering Environmental Science.


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Case Study Tours

NEW! Case Study Tours use Google Earth™ and striking images to bring each chapter opening case study to life. Over 20 video tours encourage students to plunge into the theme of the chapter and allow instructors to assign the experience through Mastering Environmental Science.


Available for these titles:
Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 6th Edition by Withgott & Laposata
Coming Soon - Essential Environment: The Science Behind the Stories, 6th Edition by Withgott & Laposata

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Relate environmental science topics to course concepts

NEW! Everyday Environmental Science Videos

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

Bring current events into the classroom

Current Event Activities

Current Event Activities bring the most relevant and interesting real-life environmental science events to life for your students. These continuously updated activities present a current news article and ask critical thinking questions that are automatically graded.

Show students how to put scientific inquiry skills into action

Process of Science Activities

NEW! Process of Science activities help students explore the Process of Science in greater depth as they put scientific inquiry skills into action.

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.
Link from your LMS to Mastering Environmental Science

Link from your LMS to Mastering Environmental Science

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

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

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

Additional Features

A variety of engaging and effective content

Mastering offers a wide range of interactive, engaging, and assignable activities to encourage students to actively learn and retain course concepts.

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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