Use your online course
Your Pearson textbook comes with an online version of your course. Your online course is a learning environment that helps you teach and manage your course. Using Pearson's online courses, your students can take advantage of a variety of learning aids to help them master the course material. If you are just getting started and wondering how to use online instruction, this topic offers some pointers on how you can benefit.
Your online course comes with a test bank of questions that you can add to assignments that students do online. The questions are organized according to the sections in your textbook so that you can easily find questions on the material you are covering in your course.
You can easily create assignments using the sample assignments that come with your course. If you prefer, you can create assignments by choosing questions individually. If you create your own assignments, you can preview the questions before adding them to an assignment.
Online homework assignments are particularly effective because each question includes tutorial learning aids that students can consult if they need help with a question. The available learning aids depend on the textbook and question but can include step-by-step guides to solving a problem, videos, animations, and an online textbook.
By taking advantage of the learning aids while doing online homework, your students can solidify their understanding of the material.
Your online course comes with a "player," where students do their online assignments. The player is a specialized application designed to accept and evaluate the types of data (for example, mathematical notation) used in your course.
When they do an assignment, students see a player window that contains a question and an answer area. Using navigation buttons, students can move among all the questions in the assignment. If students are doing a homework assignment, they can access tutorial learning aids from the player window. The player automatically grades the students' work and sends their scores to your online Gradebook.
Many questions are algorithmic, which means that the same question uses different values each time it is accessed. This feature prevents students from exchanging answers. In addition, students can retry the same question with different values.
See the student online help for detailed information on working in the player.
Your course comes with a powerful, flexible Gradebook that records student scores on online work and lets you add scores for offline work. Using the Gradebook, you can view information in a number of formats for both the whole class and for individual students. An Item Analysis option lets you see how your class performed on each question in a selected online assignment.
Students can access their own results and monitor their progress in the class.
You can export your Gradebook data into a
file that can be imported into spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft
or another online learning system.
See The Gradebook for more information on the online Gradebook.
The Study Plan helps your students practice course material and lets them test their mastery. When they have practiced the material in a section or objective, students can take a Quiz Me quiz to prove they have mastered the material. Students' progress through the Study Plan is guided by personalized recommendations that show them what they need to study next. Students' Study Plan results are available in your Gradebook.
Some courses do not offer the Study Plan.
You can use the Study Plan Manager to customize students' Study Plans. See The Study Plan Manager for details.
Your online course includes a number of other powerful features that you can take advantage of in your course.
You have many ways to edit and customize the settings for assignments, including controlling how students can access assignments. The Gradebook also offers you many capabilities, including adjusting scores, changing assignment weights, adding offline items, importing assignments, and so on. In addition, you can:
- Create course groups - If your institution offers several sections of the same course, you can set up course groups to manage all the sections. In a course group, you set up a coordinator course that serves as a template for the member courses (sections) within the group. When you need to make a change that affects all the sections, you edit the coordinator course and the change is automatically propagated to all the member courses in the course group.
- Create your own online questions - You can create your own custom questions using the Custom Question Builder. This powerful tool lets you create short answer, multiple choice, and true/false questions. Questions can include number lines, Cartesian graphs, pie charts, bar charts, and figures. You can define your own algorithmic values and variables.
Questions you create using the Custom Question Builder can be delivered to students in the player, like the test bank questions that come with your course.
See The Custom Question Builder help for details.