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MindTap® Astronomy for Cengage Learning’s Virtual Astronomy Labs 3.0 sees the return of one of Cengage Learning’s premiere online educational resources updated and revised to support today’s learners. Through paths of dynamic assignments, real-time analytics, and an accessible reader, MindTap helps you turn cookie-cutter into cutting-edge, apathy into engagements, and memorizers into higher-level thinkers. As an instructor using MindTap, you have at your fingertips a set of 20 interactive experiences that combine analysis of real astronomical data with robust simulations to provide a true online laboratory experience for your introductory astronomy course. Each lab is presented in a modular format containing individual auto-graded segments giving you the control to personalize the labs to suit your needs. Stay connected and informed in your course through real-time student tracking that provides the opportunity to adjust the course as needed based on analytics of interactivity in the course.

  • Complete online astronomy lab sequence - MindTap Astronomy Virtual Astronomy Labs 3.0 can be used as a full introductory astronomy laboratory sequence for either traditional or online / distance learners.
  • MindTap Mobile -- With the MindTap Mobile App, you can keep your students informed of assignments, course due dates, or any changes to your course while also arming them with on-the-go study tools like flashcards and quizzing.
  • Build and personalize your course by integrating your own content into the MindTap Reader using your own documents or pull from sources like RSS feeds, YouTube videos, websites, Google Docs and more. Control what content students see and when they see it with a learning path that can be used as-is or matched to your syllabus exactly.
  • Engage students with course material specially customized for them by you streamlined in one proven, easy-to-use interface.
  • The Message Center app helps you to quickly and easily contact students directly from the MindTap platform. Any message posted in the Message Center is communicated directly to each student enrolled in the course via the communication medium designated by the student.
  • Combination of qualitative and quantitative tasks – Some modules are highly conceptual in nature and emphasize qualitative deductive reasoning, while other modules require guided numerical analysis.
  • Wide variety of subject matter – With 20 different labs the full breadth of introductory astronomy material is covered, from orbital motion and blackbody spectra to continental drift and gravity waves.
  • Modular nature supports different pedagogies – while the default configuration of each lab includes use of all modular sections, each section can be assigned independently to customize the student experience within or across multiple labs.
  • Classic content now supported within MindTap – Initially released at the dawn of the 21st century, the first edition of the Virtual Astronomy Labs provided cutting edge online educational experiences. Virtual Astronomy Labs 3.0 are now native to and fully supported within the MindTap platform.
  • Technology update to support HTML5 -- With the revision to 3.0, Virtual Astronomy Labs are now fully implemented in HTML5 to support today’s learners with maximal compatibility with the most popular platforms and browsers.
  • Curated introductory content -- Helps streamline your workflow with carefully curated content saving you valuable time in your course preparations. In addition, Virtual Astronomy Labs 3.0 automatically grades assignments and quizzes while also providing students with instant feedback on their work.
  • Organizational tools -- Provide students with organizational and study tools designed to better manage their limited time, allowing them to complete assignments whenever and wherever they are ready to learn.
  • Student Progress -- Track students in real time with the Progress app adjust the course as needed based analytics of interactivity in the course.
Introduction – Sets the stage for each lab with background information on the topic, an overview of the activities, and lists the learning objectives for the lab.

Modular activities – Connected yet independent modules within each lab that are aligned with the learning objectives. May be assigned individually or as a collective.

Interactive analysis tools – Astronomical data presented alongside HTML5 interactive analysis tools in-line with the readings provide a seamless transition from background narrative to interactive engagement.

Astronomical simulations – HTML5-based simulations that allow students to explore different parameters and discover key relationships through active use.

Exercises - Automatically graded activities that accompany the analysis tools and simulations which feed directly into the course gradebook.

Summary – A review of the elements of each lab giving the direct alignment with the learning objectives

Quiz – A brief summative quiz covering all the learning objectives as a capstone activity.
Each MindTap product offers the full, mobile-ready textbook combined with superior and proven learning tools at one affordable price. Students who purchase digital access can add a print option at any time when a print option is available for their course.

This Cengage solution can be seamlessly integrated into most Learning Management Systems (Blackboard, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, Moodle, and more) but does require a different ISBN for access codes. Please work with your Cengage Learning Consultant to ensure the proper course set up and ordering information. For additional information, please visit the LMS Integration site.

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