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Instructor Guide

Getting Started

 

 

Welcome to Physics LE. Physics LE has many features which you'll find helpful for creating custom homework assignments and quizzes, along with tools for managing your course. Creating homework assignments and quizzes is the core function of Physics LE and this should be the focus when first learning the system. Other features of Physics LE can be explored over time or when a particular need arises.

 

Steps to Getting Up and Running

  1. Complete the entire Physics LE tour. Begin on the Dashboard page and click the link Reset user tour on this page appearing in the footer. The tour provides essential information for navigating the Physics LE site and creating homework assignments and quizzes.

  2. Complete the Physics LE Student Tutorial which appears on the Course page. To start simply click on the student tutorial and then click the Attempt Assignment/Quiz now button. The self-guided student tutorial covers important information about Physics LE problems and operates in the format of a homework assignment. Both students and instructors will greatly benefit from walking through this tutorial.

  3. Review the Instructor Guide documentation (accessed in the footer of the Physics LE site). Pay particular attention to Create/Edit a Homework Assignment or Quiz and Tips: Homework Assignments and Quizzes.

 
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The Course page is accessed from the side navigation menu, select your course name under My courses.

 

 
 

What Students Need to Do

Your students will be able to create their Physics LE account in a matter of minutes. The self-guided student tutorial will allow students to quickly become familiar with Physics LE. Here are the steps students should follow to get started:

  1. Go to PhysicsLE.com and click on Physics LE for Students at the top of the page. This will bring up the Student Account Information page.

  2. The Student Account Information page contains step-by-step instructions for creating a student account. If students will be purchasing their own Physics LE Access Code they can do so on this page. If your school is purchasing Physics LE Access Codes for students, please be sure the access codes are distributed to students prior to creating their account.

  3. After students have created their account they should do the following: 1) read Getting Started in the Physics LE Student Guide (accessed in the footer of the Physics LE site and also on the Student Account Information page); and 2) complete the Physics LE Student Tutorial.

NOTE: Students do not need to know a specific course code or special information pertaining to the course prior to purchasing an access code. When setting up their account students simply select their course & instructor from a list and then enter their access code.

 

Helpful Hints

  • The Physics LE Question Bank - Quick Preview appears on the Course page and is hidden from students. This provides a convenient way to preview, and become familiar with, the problems in the Physics LE Question Bank. Note that this is created in the same way a homework assignment is created, and behaves like any homework assignment. A question bank quick preview can be deleted or easily created at any time.

  • Most actions and activities originate from the Course page. You'll find it helpful to get in the habit of navigating to the Course page when you have a task to accomplish. After navigating to the Course page useful links such as Course Roster and Grades appear in the side navigation menu. The Turn Editing On button on the Course page is the first step to creating homework assignments and quizzes, clicking this button also activates controls to manage all your course content.

  • When previewing a problem from the Physics LE Question Bank a number of useful tools appear at the bottom of the preview window. These tools are only available to the instructor and can be used to display different variants for a problem and various behavior modes.

  • You can see the site as it appears to your students by selecting Switch view to… from the User Menu in the upper right corner of the screen. In the page that opens select Student. This feature is particularly useful for seeing how the Course page and Gradebook appear to your students. When finished select Return to normal view from the User Menu.