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Student - Frequently Asked Questions
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Student - Frequently Asked Questions
An ePortfolio is an electronic version of the traditional physical portfolio. In the past teacher education candidates have used traditional portfolios (folders, boxes, 3-ring binders, pictures, cassette tapes, CD's, DVD's, etc...) to document student work as part of their approved teacher education program. With an electronic portfolio, information can be stored digitally on a computer hard drive and/or server. This electronic information takes up very little physical space and is easily accessed and shared via the Internet using Livetext.
An ePortfolio offers several advantages over the traditional portfolio, these include:
Easily accessed (using your Livetext account and the Internet)
Easily shared with others (since the information is digital you can share your eportfolio with others)
Multimedia capable (you may add video and audio clips to make your portfolio a rich multimedia experience)
Livetext is a private vendor that has been selected to provide the backend technology (servers, programming, and databases) to support for the EIU electronic portfolio initiative as part of the EIU Unit Assessment System. Livetext was selected based upon the quality of services that they can provide to students, the quality of assistance they can provide faculty, the ability for students to continue using their ePortfolio after leaving EIU if they so choose, and the fact that numerous other Illinois four- and two- year institutions use Livetext, which will aid in portability. Livetext works on a system where students purchase and own a software license with the company.
Once you have your Livetext userid and password you may login to Livetext by clicking on the Login to Livetext link at the top of this page.
Log in Procedure
Wherever you have Internet access, you will be able to log in to your LiveText edu solutions™ member account. Follow these instructions to log in to your account.
1. Access http://college.livetext.com from a web browser.
2. Enter your Username and Password.
3. Click the Login button.
When you have successfully logged in to your account, your MyDesk workspace will appear.
Log out Procedure
Remember, once you log in, your account will continue to be logged in for 24 hours or until you explicitly log out. To protect your account information and the material that you have create, it is important that you log out of your account when you are finished using LiveText edu solutions™.The preferred log out method is to click the logout button located on each page. You should never remain logged in on a computer that others will be able to access. We advise that you log out of your account whenever you are not actively using it.
In order to change your livetext password, first log in to your account. Once you are on the MyDesk page, find the category that says My Account and click on it. This will pull up a page with many user options. Select the edit option next to the area that has change password in it. This will allow you to change your password.
Currently the only way for you to obtain a forgotten password is to contact LiveText directly at 1-800-LIVE-TEX or complete a support form available at: http://college.livetext.com/misk5/forgot Livetext will provide you with a new password via email if it matches your account information. You will have to reset your password once you login for security purposes.
You can obtain assistance from LiveText by either visiting the EIU Livetext lab hours (click here), or by emailing LiveText’s tech support at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, feel free to click the help option at the upper, right-hand corner of the Livetext web page once you have logged in to your LiveText account.
Templates are pre-constructed outlines of projects, lesson plans, etc., that both E.I.U. and LiveText have created in order to assist you. To access these templates, you must first log in to your account and be on your MyDesk page. Once there, click Create > Document. Once you select what type of document you wish to create, you can make a selection from the template menu and view the actual template on the right-hand side of the screen.
At the top of your document (upper, right-hand area), click the Share option. A new page will appear. Click the bubble next to the word Shared. In the Reviewer/Assessor section, click the Lookup names option. When the text box appears at the bottom of the page, either enter your teacher’s username, first name & last name, or their last name and then click the Lookup names button. Next, you should see your teacher’s name appear with a check box next to it. Click inside the check box and click the Add names button. Your next and final step will be to click the finish option on your page (upper or lower, right-hand sections).