You will automatically transition to the Modified Mastering platform when you copy your existing Mastering course or create a new course. Find out what to expect — and what's better in Modified Mastering.

Mastering Oceanography Features

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Give students access to their textbook anytime, anywhere

Pearson eText

Pearson eText is an easy-to-use digital textbook available within Mastering. It lets students read, highlight, take notes, and review key vocabulary* all in one place, even when offline. Seamlessly integrated videos and other rich media* engage students and give them access to the help they need, when they need it. Educators can easily customize the table of contents and share their own notes with students so they see the connection between their eText and what they learn in class — motivating them to keep reading, and keep learning.

  • NEW - Analytics Dashboard. Use the dashboard to gain insight into how students are working in their eText to plan more effective instruction in and out of class.
  • Scheduled Reading. Assign a chapter or specific section to hold students accountable for their reading and help them prep for lecture, homework, and quizzes. Scheduled Readings populate to each student’s assignment page, and you can now link readings directly to a Mastering assignment.

*Available with select titles.

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Personalize learning for each student

Dynamic Study Modules

Dynamic Study Modules are assignable modules that pose a series of question sets about a course topic. Questions adapt to each student’s performance and offer personalized, targeted feedback to help them master key concepts. Students can use their computer or the MyLab and Mastering app to access Dynamic Study Modules. Available for select titles.

Present expert explanations for difficult-to-understand oceanographic concepts

SmartFigures

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.

Provide students with engaging ways to learn from data

SmartTables

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.

Enable students to develop 21st-Century skills

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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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

Imagine the impact of first-day access on your course

Offering course content through the Pearson Inclusive Access model can help students achieve more by providing affordable, high-quality digital course materials on or before the first day of class. Because all students have access by day one, faculty can start teaching and students can start learning. Learn more about Inclusive Access.

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 & analytics

The Mastering gradebook records all scores for graded assignments. Struggling students and challenging assignments are highlighted in red, giving you an at-a-glance view of potential hurdles in the course. The robust diagnostics within Mastering provide unique insight - with a single click, you can view charts that summarize the most difficult problems, identify vulnerable students, and indicate grade distribution and score improvement.

Learning Catalytics gives every student a voice

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. Watch a video and learn more.

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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