Mastering Geology Features

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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

Improve the Way Students Learn

Project Condor Videos

The Project Condor video series captures stunning footage of the Mountain West region, using a quadcopter and a GoPro camera. The videos have been created with annotation, sketching, and narrations to improve the way students learn about monoclines, streams, and terraces. Each video is also accompanied by assessment to test what students take away.

Provide your students with virtual field experience

GigaPan® Activities

GigaPan Activities take advantage of the GigaPan high-resolution panoramic picture technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University in conjunction with NASA. GigaPans are gigapixel panoramas - digital images with billions of pixels. These activities allow students to have a virtual field experience by exploring these Gigapan images, including the ability to zoom in on these huge panoramas and look at every fascinating detail.

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GigaPan® Activities
Mobile Field Trips

See landscapes outside of the text

Mobile Field Trips

On each trip, students accompany geologist—pilot—photographer Michael Collier in the air and on the ground to see and learn about landscapes that relate to discussions in the text.  In Mastering, these videos are accompanied by auto-gradable assessments that track what students have learned.

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Improve students' geographic literacy

NEW! MapMaster 2.0 Interactive Map Activities

MapMaster 2.0 is GIS inspired, allowing students to layer various thematic maps to analyze spatial patterns and data at regional and global scales. Now fully mobile, this tool includes zoom and annotation functionality with hundreds of map layers leveraging recent data from sources such as NOAA, NASA, USGS, United Nations, and the CIA. Students can also upload their own data. Students are able to access MapMaster in the Study Area for self-study, and instructors can assign auto-graded activities.

Bring key chapter illustrations from the textbook to life

SmartFigure Activities

Found throughout many of our textbooks, SmartFigures are sophisticated, annotated illustrations that are also narrated videos. These videos expound on some of the more difficult-to-understand concepts from geology and Earth science.

Foster student engagement and peer-to-peer learning

Learning Catalytics™

Generate class discussion, guide your lecture, and promote peer-to-peer learning with real-time analytics. MyLab & Mastering with eText now provides Learning Catalytics—a student response tool that uses students’ smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more interactive tasks and thinking.

Instructors, you can:

  • NEW! Upload a full PowerPoint® deck for easy creation of slide questions
  • NEW! Team names are no longer case sensitive
  • Pose a variety of open-ended questions that help your students develop critical thinking skills
  • Monitor responses to find out where students are struggling
  • Use real-time data to adjust your instructional strategy and try other ways of engaging your students during class
  • Manage student interactions by automatically grouping students for discussion, teamwork, and peer-to-peer learning
Link from your LMS to Mastering Geology and Mastering Oceanography

Link from your LMS to Mastering Geology and Mastering Oceanography

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

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

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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