MasteringGeology Tour Video Transcript

This is a transcript of the video on the Educator Features page and Student Features page.

Hi, I'm here to talk to you about some of the exciting features you'll find in MasteringGeology.

This online homework, tutorial and assessment tool is specifically designed for Geology classes. Featuring adaptive learning technology, MasteringGeology provides students with a personalized study experience. Instructors receive valuable data about their students to make real-time assessments - which allows for adjustments to lectures and assignments.

Starting things off today, we take a closer look at the misconception that students have toward geology. They see it as an easy A, but are often overwhelmed by the amount of information and by their lack of preparation. That's why the SmartFigures feature...

Offers students annotated illustrations and narrated videos. These videos expand on difficult-to-understand concepts and provide clear direction via text and stepped-out art. Students are guided through complex processes - breaking them down into manageable pieces that are both easy for instructors to teach, and students to comprehend.

Next, we examine every geology instructor's desire to bring the location to life. Let's face it, it's difficult to do without hopping on a plane and going to geological sites. Without that, students are unable to see these concepts in the real world. Yet, with Mobile Field Trip...

Instructors can bring the field to the classroom. Recorded by Michael Collier, these virtual field trips show amazing footage of some of the US's top geologic sites. These videos are paired with incredible photography, annotations, narration, animation and pause-and-predict breaks to bring these locations to life. Students are able to see concepts in their real-world settings.

But what if the instructor wants to have additional methods of bringing the location to life? With GigaPan Activities, they have another feature to bring the real world to the classroom.

GigaPan Activities takes advantage of the high-resolution panoramic picture technology developed by Carnegie Mellon University and NASA. It provides students with the opportunity to obtain field experience virtually.

From there, many instructors are looking for ways to foster a more engaging classroom experience. Some want to flip their classroom while many others are just looking for ways to increase student participation.

Learning Catalytics is an interactive, student response tool that uses students' smartphones, tablets, or laptops to engage them in more sophisticated tasks and thinking. You can pose a variety of open-ended questions that help your students develop critical thinking skills, while monitoring responses to find out where they're struggling, allowing you to adjust your instructional strategy in real-time. You can also use Learning Catalytics to automatically group students for peer-to-peer learning. Plus their work in Learning Catalytics feeds into the Mastering gradebook.

Not every student learns the same way and at the same rate. And now, thanks to advances in adaptive learning technology, you no longer have to teach as if they do. Mastering uses real time data and analytics, to reinforce concepts that target each student's strengths and weaknesses.

Dynamic Study Modules help students study effectively on their own, using adaptive algorithms that adjust the content based on each student's understanding of the concepts.

Students complete an initial set of questions with a unique answer format that asks them to indicate their confidence level. Once completed, Dynamic Study Modules provide students with explanations of the answer, using materials from the text. The questions repeat until the student can answer them all correctly and confidently. These modules can be accessed on smartphones, tablets, and computers, so students can study virtually anywhere, anytime.

Finally, lab hours are often being cut on campuses for science courses, or instructors find that students come to lab without completing the required reading. But that can change with the Pre-Lab Videos feature.Each lab in Mastering Geology has a Pre-Lab Video that introduces students to the Big Idea, Learning Objectives, tools and materials they'll use in the lab, and the science they need to complete the lab. By watching the videos before class, students will arrive prepared, saving the instructor at least fifteen minutes per lab. And there you have it. That was a quick look at just a handful of the valuable features in MasteringGeology. If you want to learn more about MasteringGeology, go to And if you want to find out about all of Pearson's MyLab and Mastering products, be sure to check out Pearsonmylabandmastering com. Thanks for watching.