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 A&P Features

Empower students with Pearson+
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Empower learners


Pearson+ is available within your Mastering course. It gives your students instant access to your course eTextbook and study tools, in one intuitive interface. Designed for students, by students, Pearson+ lets them choose how they learn best. They can listen to the audiobook, find what they need with enhanced search, and study their own way with notes and flashcards. The app lets them read where life takes them, no wi-fi needed.

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Help students learn the most difficult topics in A&P

Interactive Physiology 2.0

Interactive Physiology® (IP) 2.0 helps students advance beyond memorization to a genuine understanding of complex processes. IP 2.0 covers 14 major topics areas with brand new graphics, quicker navigation, and more robust mobile-ready interactivities where students can explore, experiment, and predict. IP 2.0 modules include:

Muscular System
  • Neuromuscular Junction • Excitation-Contraction Coupling • Cross Bridge Cycling
Nervous System
  • Resting Membrane Potential • Generation of an Action Potential
Cardiovascular System
  • Electrical Activity of the Heart • Cardiac Cycle • Cardiac Output • Factors Affecting Blood Pressure
Respiratory System
  • Pulmonary Ventilation • Oxygen Transport and Exchange
Urinary System
  • Glomerular Filtration • Tubular Reabsorption and Secretion • Urine Concentration and Volume
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Complement or replace wet labs

PhysioEx™ 10.0

PhysioEx™ 10.0 Laboratory Simulations in Physiology provide newly formatted exercises in HTML for increased stability, web browser flexibility, and improved accessibility. The 12 Exercises contain more than 60 easy-to-use laboratory simulation activities that complement or replace wet labs.

Give students 24/7 access to lab specimens, anytime and anywhere

Practice Anatomy Lab (PAL 4.0)

Practice Anatomy Lab™ (PAL™ 4.0) is an indispensable virtual anatomy study and practice tool that gives students 24/7 access to the most widely used lab specimens including human cadavers, anatomical models, histology, cat, fetal pig, cow eye, and sheep heart and brain.

PAL 4.0 Flashcards allow students to create a personalized, mobile-friendly deck of flashcards and quizzes, using only the structures that you emphasize in lecture or lab. And, PAL 4.0 is available on all mobile devices.

NEW PAL 4.0 features include:

  • Design and organization by body system
  • Fully manipulatable 3D models
  • New anatomical model & cadaver photos
  • Adjusted/lighter highlights
  • Integrated histology
  • Updated PowerPoint slides
  • Embedded soft tissue images
  • Gallery view for easy access across all models
  • Embedded A&P Flix Animations
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Increase student retention in your course

Early Alerts

Early Alerts use predictive analytics based on a student’s work in Mastering, such as correct answers on the first try. This information helps identify struggling students as early as possible — even if their assignment scores are not a cause for concern. This insight enables instructors to provide support when students need it so they can stay — and succeed — in the course.

Identify and remediate student knowledge gaps

GapFinder A&P Diagnostic and Study Modules

GapFinder Diagnostic Modules assess students' prerequisite knowledge such as study skills, foundational science, and math concepts, and then recommend GapFinder Study Modules with personalized remediation specific to the student's individual knowledge gaps. GapFinder Modules are assignable in Mastering as Dynamic Study Modules, but are completed and graded differently, and available to students for self study in Mastering.

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Personalize learning for each student

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Help students study better

Dynamic Study Modules are assignable modules that adapt to each student’s performance and offer personalized, targeted feedback to help them master key concepts. Students can access Dynamic Study Modules on their computer or using the Mastering app. 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. 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.

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.
  • Administrators can also track performance across sections.
  • Reports can be exported to Excel for easy submission to department heads and/or academic executives.
Link from your LMS to Mastering A&P

Link from your LMS to Mastering A&P

Learning Management System (LMS) Integration

You can link from Blackboard Learn, Brightspace by D2L, Canvas, or Moodle to Mastering A&P.* 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 A&P.

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.