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LiveText Support for Faculty
 
FAQs: Live Text Support for Faculty
  1. What is LiveText?
  2. What is LiveText currently being used for?
  3. How do I access the LiveText tutorials?
  4. What are the faculty benefits of LiveText?
  5. What are the student benefits of LiveText?
  6. What are the program benefits of LiveText?
  7. How do Faculty setup a LiveText account?
  8. How do Students setup a LiveText account?
  9. When should I get my LiveText Account?
  10. What is the plan for training faculty to use LiveText in EMU's educator preparation program?
  11. What are the computer requirements for using LiveText?
  12. I understand that our accreditation organizations will be looking at students LiveText assessments. Do they need written consent from EMU students to do this?
  13. One of my students has not submitted an assessment and I need to assess it. Can I assess a student without the student submitting something in LiveText?
  14. I still need to assess work from another semester. What do I do?
  15. What happens when I click Undo Assessment? Will I have to start over with the rubric or will the attainment levels that I entered still be there when I go back to assess the assignment?
  16. What is the difference between Undo Assessment and Request Submission?
  17. A student told me that she sent me an assignment but I do not see it when I look at the list of assignments in the Awaiting Assessment column. Where is it?
  18. When I opened my student’s assignment I saw a message saying "There is no LiveText document …". What does this mean and where is my students assignment?
  19. A student submitted the wrong work for an assignment, and now can not submit the proper work. What should they do?
  20. I have a student completing an Incomplete from last semester, but can't find their work. What can I do?
  21. If I open a student’s attached file can I re-attach it in LiveText or do I have to email it to the student?

1. What is LiveText?

LiveText is an Internet-based subscription service that allows students and instructors to "create, share, and collaborate on educational curriculum."

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2. What is LiveText currently being used for?

LiveText is currently being used in for assignment submission, artifact collection, standards integration, and Student assessment in EMU's educator preparation programs.

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3. How do I access the LiveText tutorials?

To access the LiveText Tutorials from LiveText.com you must be logged into your account and click on the "Help" button on the top right corner of the window. We've also provided links to the tutorial movies on our Tutorials page.

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4. What are the faculty benefits of LiveText?

Faculty can upload their work, align it to current standards, share it with their students, guide student learning, track student progress, assess the student’s products, and work collaboratively with cohorts.

  1. Allows for easy alignment with the latest state and federal standards for teacher education programs. Faculty can easily show “evidence” that they comply with requirements.
  2. Accurately assess student work based on custom rubrics and expectations.
  3. Provides an enriching alternative to “Paper & Pencil” processes; addresses needs for student computer proficiency.
  4. Provides a tool for the easy marking, editing, and evaluating of student work.
  5. Simplifies web creation of projects such as electronic portfolios, freeing faculty to focus on substance rather than technology.
  6. Allows faculty to work collaboratively on projects in real-time. Alleviates numerous revisions and email communications.
  7. Information is easily replicated by “Cut and Paste” from existing digital documents; does not require the existing work to be redone.
  8. Privacy is yours until you wish to share your data with others.
  9. Access from multiple locations: school, work, and home.

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5. What are the student benefits of LiveText?

Students can upload their work, align it to current standards, and share it with other students, instructors, and potential employers of their choosing.

  1. Allows for easy alignment with the latest state and federal standards for teacher education programs. Students can easily show “proof” that they have completed requirements.
  2. Allows students to showcase their work to future employers & others. This can include worksheets, lesson plans, and photos/video of classroom activities.
  3. Provides powerful tools for creating lesson plans and unit plans—including built-in standards, resources, and templates.
  4. Helps organize materials for portfolios.
  5. Allows for easier creation and assessment of your electronic portfolio.
  6. Provides all-in-one-place portability of work among different classes and across semesters, from initial field experiences and courses through student teaching and induction.
  7. Privacy is yours until you wish to share your data with others.
  8. For students using it from the beginning of their Junior year, the average cost is less than $20 per Fall/Winter semester, and will be used throughout your studies and into the induction years.
  9. Access from multiple locations: school, work, and home.
  10. Increased their technology skills by using LiveText.

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6. What are the program benefits of LiveText?

Programs and department can upload their work, share it between faculty and staff, track student progress, assesses the program’s alignment with standards, and generate student / program reports.

  1. Allows for easy alignment with the latest state and federal standards for teacher education programs. The program can easily produce detailed evidence and examples for accreditation.
  2. Provides a central location for all student and faculty work eliminating the need for paper records.
  3. Enhances opportunities for a more coherent program, as syllabi, guidelines, rubrics, assessments, etc., can be easily shared, discussed, and modified among department members.
  4. Allows for a standard grading method for consistency throughout the department.
  5. Encourages interaction between faculty members to collaborate on similar projects (i.e., if multiple professors teach different sections of the same course.)
  6. Permanently preserves information for program auditing.
  7. Encourages the appropriate use of technology for all participants.

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7. How do Faculty setup a LiveText account?

Faculty must contact coe.livetext@emich.edu, to have an account setup. Please use your EMU e-mail account, and include your EID number in your e-mail.

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8. How do Students setup a LiveText account?

Students purchase a LiveText subscription by following the directions on the LiveText Support for Students How to Obtain a Key Code page.

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9. When should I get my LiveText account?

Not all classes will be using LiveText. If you are teaching a course that is identified as one which will require the use of LiveText, the College of Education Office of Academic Services will be working with your Program Coordinator to provide you with materials in advance of your starting to use LiveText. We will also provide you with an orientation and training.

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10. What is the plan for training faculty to use LiveText in EMU’s educator preparation program?

We have two types of training sessions:

  1. C1 LiveText Training
  2. Evaluator LiveText Training

In C1 LiveText Training (for those who are already familiar with LiveText/have attended LiveText Evaluator training) you will learn the new features of LiveText, including the new:

  • Navigation tool bar.
  • Review process.
  • In-line rubrics for assessing student work.
  • Feature for associating final points/percents and grades with assignments.
  • Process for returning work for resubmission by students.

In Evaluator LiveText Training (for those who are new to LiveText/never attended training) you will learn:

  • How to review and assess student assignments.
  • Return the assessed assignments.
  • Access assignments from previous semesters.
  • Get help with using LiveText.

NOTE: Evaluator LiveText training requires a LiveText account. Please request that your LiveText account be activated by emailing: coe.livetext@emich.edu.

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11. What are the computer requirements for using LiveText?

The requirements are fairly modest, and can be found in detail, at the LiveText web site, by clicking HERE. In general though, most relatively recent computers with an internet connection will work fine. LiveText recommends the use of the Firefox web browser, which is available for free, by clicking HERE.

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12. I understand that our accreditation organizations will be looking at students LiveText assessments. Do they need written consent from EMU students to do this?

No. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy act of 1974 gives accrediting organizations the right to view students work without prior written consent (for more details see Exceptions to requiring prior written consent at http://www.emich.edu/registrar/ferpaforfacultyandstaff.html).

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13. One of my students has not submitted an assessment and I need to assess it. Can I assess a student without the student submitting something in LiveText?

Yes. To assess a student who has not submitted their work complete the following steps.

  1. From the Dashboard, click the Assignment Progress Bar that corresponds with the assignment to be assessed.
  2. The Submission & Grades tab will open. This tab corresponds with the Assignment Progress Bar and displays the names of students who are Awaiting Submission, Awaiting Assessment, or assessments that have been Completed.
  3. Under the Awaiting Assessment column, select the checkbox to the left of the student to be assessed.
  4. Click the "Assess Selected Students" button to display the Assessment Submission page.
  5. Click the" Assessment Rubrics" tab and complete the rubric by clicking the appropriate attainment level for each row.
  6. When done, click "Submit Assessment."

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14. I still need to assess work from another semester. What do I do?

  1. From the Dashboard, click "View Other Terms" (located on the right side of the screen).
  2. On the Change Current Term View, select the desired term and click "View Selected Term."

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15. What happens when I click Undo Assessment? Will I have to start over with the rubric or will the attainment levels that I entered still be there when I go back to assess the assignment?

When you click Undo Assessment, the assignment moves to Awaiting Assessment (yellow) status and updates the Assessment Progress Bar to reflect to show the new status. The attainment levels and comments that you entered before clicking Undo Assessment will remain unchanged. When the assignment appears in the Awaiting Assessment (yellow) column, you can finish assessing the assignment, adding/modifying comments, or request resubmission from the student.

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16. What is the difference between Undo Assessment and Request Submission?

The Request Resubmission button returns the assignment to the student so he/she can make changes and resubmit the assignment. The student will be able to view any comments, grades, and/or scoring on the assessment rubrics in his/her account. Request Resubmission also changes the status of the assignment on the student’s Dashboard from View Latest Submission (yellow) to Resubmit Assignment (red). It will also change the status on the Assignment Progress Bar and Submission & Grades area in your account from Awaiting Assessment (yellow) to Awaiting Submission (red).

Undo Assessment enables you to makes additional changes to the rubric and comments. (e.g. The attainment levels and comments that you entered before clicking Undo Assessment will remain unchanged.) Undo Assessment also enables you to request resubmission of the assignment. Undo Assessment changes the status of the assignment on the student’s Dashboard to Awaiting Assessment (yellow) status. It will also change the status on the Assessment Progress Bar and Submission & Grades area in your account to Awaiting Assessment (yellow).

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17. A student told me that he/she sent me an assignment but I do not see it when I look at the list of assignments in the "Awaiting Assessment" column. Where is it?

Check under the Reviews tab. If a student clicks Send for Review rather than Submit Assignment, the assignment will appear in your Reviews section. Sending a document for review allows you to comment on the students work without giving an official score.

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18. When I opened my student’s assignment I saw a message saying "There is no LiveText document …" What does this mean and where is my students assignment?

Rather than submitting an assignment using a LiveText document which may contain sections titled Directions/Instructions, Rubric, Your work here, etc. the student submitted the assignment from the Dashboard by clicking the Submit Assessment (red) button and then attaching his/her work. The student’s work/assignment is considered an artifact. When you attempt to assess the student’s work you see the message “There is no LiveText document…). Above the message you will see the word Artifact and underneath it you will see the name of the LiveText document and the student’s work. To display the student’s work, double click the name of the assignment.

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19. A student submitted the wrong work for an assignment, and now can not submit the proper work. What should they do?

When a student submits the wrong work for an assignment, the faculty member must "give permission" to the student to resubmit the proper work. You can grant that permission by opening the work as though you were going to assess it, and clicking the "Request Resubmission" button. This returns the assignment to the student so she/he can make needed changes and resubmit the work.

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20. I have a student completing an Incomplete from last semester, but can't find their work. What can I do?

Log into your account. In the white box on the right, click the "View Other Terms" link. Select the term, locate the course and assignment, and assess as normal.

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21. If I open a student’s attached file can I re-attach it in LiveText or do I have to email it to the student?

When student submits their work as an attachment you may download the attached file, make comments in it and re-insert it back into the LiveText document. You do not have to email the attached/reviewed file to the student.

First, you must download the file, make your comments, and save it on your computer. To do this:

  1. Click and open the attached file. Attachments are visible to you (a) under Artifacts on the Assignments Page or (b) within the LiveText document (e.g., Put YOUR work here).
  2. In the pop up window, select Save File to save the file to your computer and open it in the appropriate program to view.
  3. Enter your comments and feedback within the student’s file and re-save the file to your computer.

Next, you  need to insert the student file back into the LiveText Assignment Assessment Page. To do this:

  1. Click the Upload Attachment tab.
  2. Click the Browse... button. Select the file from your computer and click Open.
  3. Click the Upload File button to upload the selected file into the system.
  4. You can optionally select the check box next to Save Attachment into the File Manager if you want to retain a copy in the system.
  5. Once the file-uploading process is complete, click the Insert Selected Attachment(s) button on top to insert the uploaded attachment into the Assignment Assessment page.
  6. A link to file you attached displays next to Assessor’s Attachment.

Now you are ready to complete the rubric.

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