First Edition   ©2016

Blackboard for Environment: Science, Issues, Solutions

Manuel Molles (University of New Mexico (emeritus)) , Brendan Borrell

  • ISBN-10: 1-319-10013-9; ISBN-13: 978-1-319-10013-1; Format: Course Management
Science/Issues/Solutions Chapter Structure

  • Each chapter begins by explaining the basic science relevant to the chapter’s topic, as a foundation for the coverage to follow.
  • Students draw upon the science coverage to get a better understanding of a specific current environmental issues.
  • Each chapter concludes by asking students to evaluate the success or failure of solutions (either implemented or proposed) for environmental problems in different parts of the world.

Where many books in the market leave students feeling hopeless and powerless about environmental issues, this text emphasizes solutions—what has been done (and how well did it work?) and what more can be done (and how can science help us implement it?). Following the "Solutions" section in each chapter, students encounter a list of suggestions and activities to encourage them to engage with environmental science issues in their everyday lives.

The "Central Question"
In each chapter, a case study introduces the student to the topic and establishes the overall learning goal for the chapter. This learning goal, the Central Question, is visible on every spread of the chapter to help students keep it in mind as they read. At the end of the chapter, students create an "active summary," as a recap of the Science/Issues/Solutions presented in the chapter, and which should prepare them to answer the Central Question.

Focus on Critical Thinking
Think About It questions
after each chapter section ask students to analyze what they’ve just read and apply it to new situations.

Margin questions throughout help students engage with the issues and can serve as lecture or discussion prompts.

Critical analysis questions at the end of each chapter require students to apply higher-level Bloom’s skills to environmental issues and solutions.

LaunchPad gives instructors everything they need to quickly set up a course, shape the content to their syllabus, craft presentations and lectures, assign and assess homework, and guide the progress of individual students and the class as a whole. Meanwhile, Launchpad is the students' one-stop-shop for class preparation, homework, and exam prep.

In LaunchPad
An interactive e-book
integrates the text and all student media.

LearningCurve adaptive quizzing gives individualized question sets and feedback based on each student’s correct and incorrect responses. All the questions are tied back to the e-book to encourage students to read the book in preparation for classtime and exams.

The Video Assignment Tool makes it easy to assign and assess video-based activities and projects, as well as providing a convenient way for students to submit video coursework.

LaunchPad Gradebook gives a clear window on performance for the whole class, for individual students, and for individual assignments.

Video activities cover over 20 topics selected by environmental science professors based on relevancy, currency, and assignability, including:
San Francisco on Track to Become Zero Waste City
Carp Invade, Threaten Great Lakes' Ecosystem
Turning the Population Tide in the Philippines.

Graphing Exercises let students build and analyze graphs, using their critical thinking skills to predict trends, identify bias, and make cause-and-effect connections. Topics include:
Bar Chart: Impaired surface waters
Area Graph: Climate change
Scatterplot: Population and education

A streamlined interface helps students manage their schedule of assignments, while social commenting tools let them connect with classmates, and learn from each other. 24/7 help is a click away, accessible from a link in the upper right hand corner.

Optional pre-built chapter units, curated by the authors, can be used as is or customized. Or choose not to use them and build your course from scratch.

Book-specific instructor resources include PowerPoint sets, textbook graphics, lecture and activity suggestions, test banks, and more.

Easy LMS integration into your school’s learning management system.