Mastering Oceanography Features

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Help students study better

Dynamic Study Modules help students study effectively—and at their own pace. How? By keeping them motivated and engaged. The assignable modules rely on the latest research in cognitive science, using methods—such as adaptivity, gamification, and intermittent rewards—to stimulate learning and improve retention. Each module poses a series of questions about a course topic. These question sets adapt to each student’s performance and offer personalized, targeted feedback to help them master key concepts. With Dynamic Study Modules, students build the confidence they need to deepen their understanding, participate meaningfully, and perform better—in and out of class. Available for select titles.

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Give students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere

New Pearson eText optimized for mobile

  • The eText 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

Present expert explanations for difficult-to-understand oceanographic concepts

SmartFigures

NEW! SmartFigures are 3- to 4-minute mini video lessons containing explanations of difficult-to-understand oceanographic concepts and numerical data directed by an oceanography teaching expert and NASA Science Communicator. Students now have a multitude of ways to learn from art and data tables, all designed to teach.

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Provide students with engaging ways to learn from data

SmartTables

New - SmartTables are engaging lecture videos in which oceanography experts clearly explain the relevance of selected data sets from each chapter.

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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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Illuminate the most difficult-to-visualize topics from oceanography

Oceanography Animations

Updated Oceanography Animations take a closer look at Geological, Chemical, Physical, and Biological Oceanography with topics such as solar system formation, hydrologic cycle, plate tectonics, wave motion and water dynamics , global warming, and more. The animation activities include audio narration, a text transcript, and assignable multiple-choice questions with specific wrong-answer feedback.

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Improve students' geographic literacy

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 in the Study Area for self-study, and instructors can assign auto-graded activities.

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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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Track and report student performance against Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes: Tracking and Reporting

Let Mastering do the work for you.

  • The problems instructors select for an assignment in Mastering are tagged to publisher-provided learning outcomes.
  • Instructors can also add their own course-specific, department-wide, or institution-wide learning outcomes and associate those with the assignment content.
  • Student performance can be tracked against specified learning outcomes at both the individual student and class level.
  • Reports can be exported to Excel for easy submission to department heads and/or academic executives.
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 - A refreshed user interface and simplified course home so the most highly used features are one click away.

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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