Mastering Geology Features

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Give students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere

New - Pearson eText optimized for mobile

Pearson eText is a simple-to-use, personalized reading experience available within Mastering.

Students can use their computer or the mobile app to easily highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary all in one place — even when offline.

Seamlessly integrated videos and rich media* give students access to the help they need, when they need it.

You can also share your own notes with students so they see the connection between their reading and what they learn in class.

*Available with select titles.

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.

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Bring the field to your students

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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Mobile Field Trips

On each Mobile Field 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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Enable students to develop 21st-Century skills

New - MapMaster 2.0 Interactive Map Activities

MapMaster 2.0 is a GIS inspired, digital atlas tool, that allows 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 2.0 in the Study Area for self-study, and instructors can assign auto-graded activities.

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Bring key chapter concepts from the textbook to life

SmartFigure Tutorials

SmartFigures are comprised of five different types of dynamic media, including videos, animations, and tutorials — all designed to help students visualize processes and concepts, and to bring geology to life! SmartFigures are available in the Mastering Geology Study Area, embedded in the eText, or can be assigned.

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Provide engaging ways for students to learn from data

GraphIt! Activities

GraphIt! Coaching activities help students read, interpret, and create graphs that explore real environmental issues using real data. All activities explore current topics such as the carbon footprint of food, fresh water availability, and ocean acidification in an entirely new mobile experience with accessible design.

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Help students study better

Dynamic Study Modules

Using the latest developments in cognitive science, Dynamic Study Modules help students study course topics by adapting to their performance in real time.

As a result, students build the confidence they need to deepen their understanding, participate meaningfully, and perform better — in and out of class.

Students can use their computer or the MyLab and Mastering app to access Dynamic Study Modules. Available for select titles.

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Give every student a voice

Learning Catalytics™

With Learning Catalytics, you’ll hear from every student when it matters most.

You pose a variety of questions that help students recall ideas, apply concepts, and develop critical-thinking skills. Your students respond using their own smartphones, tablets, or laptops.

You can monitor responses with real-time analytics and find out what your students do — and don’t — understand. Then, you can adjust your teaching accordingly, and even facilitate peer-to-peer learning, helping students stay motivated and engaged.

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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. Questions are now easy 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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