Instructions for Faculty on Using LiveText to grade student work
- Use Mozilla Firefox web browser to log in to LiveText at http://c1.livetext.com
- Type your user name and password in the appropriate boxes on the LiveText home page and click [Login].
- The first thing you see will be your Dashboard. Your Dashboard shows what looks like a tabbed index card for each course you teach. On this “index card,” each assignment you have in LiveText is displayed along with a red, yellow and/or green status bar. Placing the mouse over the colored status bar reveals:
- how many students must still submit the assignment for grading (red)
- how many students have submitted the assignment for grading but are waiting for you to grade them (yellow)
- how many students have submitted the assignment that you have already graded (green).
- Click anywhere along this bar and you will see a list of students for each category (3a, 3b, and 3c). You will note that the list is divided into three columns with color-coded column headings from left to right:
- a red column heading “Awaiting Submission” (students who need to submit the work)
- a yellow column heading “Awaiting Assessment” (students who have submitted the assignment for grading but are waiting for you to grade them)
- a green column heading “Completed” (students who have submitted the assignment that you have already graded)
- Locate the “Awaiting Assessment” column (yellow) and click on a student’s name to begin assessing that student’s work.
- Pay particular attention to the document’s “Table of Contents” on the right hand side of the screen. Each small blue icon (located next to Lesson #1, Lesson #2, etc. in the above example) represents a separate page within the document. Clicking on any one of these pages in the Table of Contents will display that page.
- To display the scoring rubric(s) associated with this assignment, click the [Assessment Rubrics] tab, a dark gray tab located above the name of the document. NOTE: EACH rubric associated with this assignment, both scoring rubrics and CORE rubrics, will be displayed.
Unfortunately, at this time, displaying the rubric blocks the professor’s view of the student’s work. LiveText is currently working on a “floating window” which will appear on the screen which will allow both the rubric and the student’s work to be seen at the same time. Please know this is a “coming attraction” in LiveText.
- The blue drop down arrows to the left of each rubric item listed allow you to display that section of the rubric when clicked. The blue X in the upper right corner of this box allows you to close the Assessment Rubrics tab to view the student work. In the illustration above, there is both a “Scoring Rubric” (which the professor designed with which to grade the assignment as part of the course grades) and a CORE rubric (whose title, ELEM Lesson Plan CORE rubric doesn’t show, but the sections of the rubric do show) designed as part of our assessment system to measure, in this case, ACEI standards achievement. Click on the blue drop down arrow to reveal the rubric or section of a rubric which you want to use in assessing.
- The rubric criteria (skill or behavior being assessed) are shown on the left side of the table while the scoring categories are displayed across the columns. For space concerns, the rubric descriptors (which describe each of the performance levels in terms of the skill of behavior being assessed) are not initially displayed. Look for the eyeball icon and the label [Show/Hide Rubric Descriptions]. Clicking [Show/Hide Rubric Descriptions] will display the descriptions in each cell.
The blue cartoon speech bubble contained in the light blue shaded skill or behavior section of the rubric will allow you to type a comment to the student about that particular section of the rubric. Click the blue cartoon speech bubble to type a comment in the comment box below the rubric section.
- To “grade” or “score” a student, simply click on the cell underneath the performance level which best describes the student’s performance on that skill or behavior as demonstrated by the submitted assignment. NOTE: While your mouse is still placed on the selected cell after you’ve clicked to select this cell, the cell will be a darker shade of gray than the non-selected cells. Moving your mouse away from the selected cell turns the selected cell light blue, while the other non-selected cells remain white.
- Once this section of item of the rubric is complete, click the blue up arrow displayed beside the rubric or rubric section title to hide this rubric or rubric section and begin working on another section, following steps 8 through 10 above.
- When all rubrics or rubric sections are complete, you may do one of the following four things:
- [Save] – saves your comments and scoring to be completed at another time if you did not finish all of the assessment at one time.
- [Request Resubmission] – sends the assignment back to the student to revised and re-submit. This should only be used here in the cases of completely unacceptable work which MUST be re-done and re-submitted. Please do NOT use this option for work which you want to “review” first to see if students are proceeding correctly, then “grade” their final product.
- [Submit Assessment] – Submits the data from your scoring into the LiveText data system. This does NOT send the work back to the student—YET.
- [Cancel] – cancels your assessment so you can “start over” again on the entire assessment.
Other important information
- When are grades returned to the students in LiveText?
a. Grades may be released to students individually as they are scored. In this case, clicking the [Submit Assessment] button (step 12 above) enters your scoring data into the LiveText data system AND releases the grade to the student.
b. Grades may be released to the entire class when all the assessments for all students have been completed. In this case, click the [Submit Assessment] button (step 12 above) ONLY enters your scoring data into the LiveText data system. When all students’ names are listed in the green [Completed] column, a [Publish Grades] button will appear at the top of the [Completed] column, just underneath the green bar. Clicking the [Publish Grades] button will then release the grades to ALL students. Once this is done, the assignment disappears from your Dashboard because it has been completed by all students and the appropriate faculty member.
BY DEFAULT UNLESS YOU SPECIFY OTHERWISE ON THE ASSIGNMENT INPUT FORM, GRADES WILL BE RELEASED TO THE ENTIRE CLASS AT ONE TIME.
2. What if I make a mistake? Can I change the assessment before it goes to the student?
Yes, you can change your assessment.
a. Return to the [Submissions and Grades] area where the students’ names were listed and classified by “Awaiting Submission,” “Awaiting Assessment,” and “Completed” (refer to illustration with step # 4 above).
b. Click on the name of the student whom you wish to re-assess.
c. When the student’s submitted assignment is displayed, a [Re-Assess] button will be displayed. Click [Re-Assess]. (This will NOT lose your previous assessment.)
d. Correct the assessment by clicking once on the cell selected by error to cancel this rating.
e. Click once on the appropriate cell to correct the error.
f. Click [Submit Assessment]. If you chose to send grades individually to students as they were graded, the revised grade will go to the student. If you chose to send grades to the entire class at once, the student was not aware of the error because grades are not released to the class until you have clicked the [Publish Grades] tab (refer to question 1 above).