Student Learning & Licensure Support (Formerly Via Support)

The College of Education uses an online portfolio and assessment tool, Watermark Student Learning & Licensure - formerly Via, and before that, LiveText.

Students use Student Learning & Licensure (SLL) for online portfolios and for submitting assignments for specific courses.

Faculty use SLL for assessment of student learning outcomes and to provide formative feedback to students - both of which are key components in our continuous improvement cycle.

The College of Education uses SLL for college-level reflection on programs we offer, as well as reporting on student learning for national accreditation purposes.

Accessing Your Account

Students seeking teacher certification, and certain other related programs, will need to purchase a SLL account depending on the specific needs of their program. Do not purchase an account until told to do so by your instructor. If the upcoming semester will be the first time you will need to use SLL, you will not be able to set up your account until after the semester has started.

To log into your SLL account, even for the first time, visit SLL to sign in.

If you have not had an account previously, the system will prompt you to set up your account. First-time account setup will require a credit card. New accounts are good for seven years.

To use your account in the future, use the login link above.

If you previously held a LiveText account, you may still access information in that account by logging in with your LiveText account login information.

See the FAQ’s, below, for additional information.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I change an already-submitted assignment?

The Watermark Help system, accessible by clicking the “?” icon in the upper-right portion of the page, has the answer. Log into your account. Click the “?” icon. Click the “Courses & Activities [Assignments]” link. Select the “Submitting an Activity” instructions. Review the  “To withdraw a submitted activity” section.

  • How do I export or save an assessment?

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    1. Open your assignment in Student Learning & Licensure.
    2. On the right, click the “View Rubric Details” link, to open the full rubric.
    3. Drag your cursor across then entire text of the assessment, including the title and course, and choose “Copy” in your browser.
    4. Open a new Google Doc or Microsoft Word document, and select “Paste”.
      1. If using Word, you may need to select the pasted table, and modify the table properties (Table menu -> Table Properties) so the table width fits within the page width. Typically, this will be around 7”, or you may select “Fit to Width” if that is an option.
    5. Save or print your assessment as needed.
  • My faculty member told me I needed SLL (or Via). How do I get it?

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    Visit the Watermark Student Learning & Licensure site and log in using your EMU login info, and follow the prompts to set up your account

  • Why do I need Student Learning & Licensure (SLL)?

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    Students use SLL for electronic portfolios and for assignment submission for assessment of student learning outcomes. Faculty use SLL for collection of assessment artifacts (student work), and for assessing that work against EMU, State, and accrediting-body standards. Programs use SLL to understand how we are meeting your needs, evaluating what has been done, and making adaptations based on that new knowledge. This is all part of our continuous improvement process. And finally, the College, and individual departments and programs, use the assessment of student learning outcomes to demonstrate we are meeting the goals our various accrediting bodies hold us to. In doing so, we maintain our high standards, and the Michigan Department of Education recognizes each of our accredited programs, recognizing us for what we do best: Preparing Caring Professional Educators for a Diverse and Democratic Society.

  • I already have a LiveText or Via account. Do I need to buy a Student Learning & Licensure (SLL) account?

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    No. If you already have an active Via account, that product is simply being renamed. If you have an unexpired LiveText account, and you need to use SLL for the first time, please contact Watermark support and ask them to migrate your LiveText account to SLL.

  • I have a Student Learning & Licensure account or a LiveText account from another school. Do I need to buy a new account while at EMU?

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    If you have an expired account at another institution, you will need to purchase a new account at EMU. If you have an unexpired account at another institution, please contact Watermark Support and ask them to “unlock” your EMU Student Licensure & Learning account. Watermark Support contact information can be found inside your existing Watermark account by clicking the “?” icon in the upper-right portion of the Watermark window, and then look for the “Submit A Request” button toward the bottom of the page. Be as detailed as possible, providing your former email and student ID, as well as your EMU email and EID information, to help Watermark Support locate your account(s).

  • Can I get this billed to my student eBill account?

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    Getting a Student Learning & Licensure account is done directly through Watermark. Setting up your account requires a credit card. There isn’t a method of having the charge show up on your eBill.

  • If I drop my class, can I get a refund?

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    Your purchase and use of your Student Learning & Licensure (SLL) account is subject to the SLL Terms of Service. As of this writing, a user may get a refund if the account is less than 30 days old, and if the account has not been used. Contact Watermark for more information.

  • Do I have to purchase Student Learning & Licensure each semester?

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    No. Accounts are good for seven years, unless the Student Learning & Licensure terms of service spells out a different subscription length.

  • How long will my account last?

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    All accounts are covered by the Student Learning & Licensure/Watermark terms of service. As of this writing, new accounts are good for a period of up to seven years. Upon expiration, the next time you log into your account you will be prompted to renew.

  • My account is expiring, or has expired. How do I renew?

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    All account renewals are handled directly by Watermark. During the 30 days leading up to your account expiration, you will be prompted to renew each time you login. After your account has expired, you will only be able to see the renewal screen upon login.

  • Why can’t I log in to my account at the link provided?

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    On a few days during the year, the university performs system maintenance and/or software upgrades on on-campus systems. During those times, usually for just a couple hours, you will not be able to authenticate using your EMU login credentials to get to your Via account. If this happens, you can try again in a few hours, or you may try the method below. If neither method works, you may wish to contact the company directly.