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Tour the features of Mastering Microbiology

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

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Make efficient use of teaching tools

Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules

NEW Ready-to-Go Teaching Modules help instructors find the best assets to use before, during, and after class to teach the toughest topics in Microbiology. Created by teachers for teachers, these curated sets of teaching tools save you time by highlighting the most effective and engaging animations, videos, quizzing, coaching and active learning activities from Mastering Microbiology. Available for select titles.

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Personalize learning for each student

Continuously Adaptive Learning

Do you want to meet your students where they are in the learning process? 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. Based on cognitive science research, 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.

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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Target gaps in student understanding

Adaptive Follow-Ups provide targeted practice and coaching to help students master the material. Relying on findings from cognitive psychology studies, Adaptive Follow-Ups incorporate spacing — the practice of repeatedly presenting information over spaced intervals — to help students retain information. Each assignment is broken into sets of questions that target gaps in understanding based on the student's past performance on course work to date, including homework, tests, and quizzes. 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

Engage students and teach key concepts

Interactive Microbiology Tutorials and Animations

Interactive Microbiology actively engages students in each topic as they learn from manipulating variables, predicting outcomes, and answering formative and summative assessment questions.

Each Interactive Microbiology tutorial begins with a clinical case scenario that explores real health care problem-solving. The modules explore challenging and important topics including Operons, Biofilms and Quorum Sensing, Aerobic Respiration in Bacteria, Complement, and more.

New Interactive Microbiology tutorials are coming soon!

  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Mechanisms
  • Antimicrobial Resistance: Selection
  • Aerobic Respiration in Prokaryotes
  • The Human Microbiome

Help your students succeed in lab

MicroLab Tutors

Thirteen MicroLab Tutors prepare students for lab by introducing and assessing their understanding of the most important lab concepts and techniques. When appropriate, molecular animations combine with the lab technique to help visualize lecture concepts.

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Lab Technique Videos

Nineteen Lab Technique Videos show proper procedure and provide assessment to ensure preparedness.

MicroLab Practicals

Sixty-seven MicroLab Practical activities give students the opportunity to practice analyzing and interpreting lab results.

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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 Microbiology

Link from your LMS to Mastering Microbiology

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

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

Additional Features

Microboosters

MicroBooster video tutorials and assessments cover foundational material that some students may need to review (or learn for the first time), including, Math, Basic Chemistry, Cell Biology, and Basic Biology. Watch this video to learn more. Watch this video to find out more.

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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