"Test Student" - Preview Course
NEW "Student Preview" Feature
BbLearn now allows instructors to preview their course as true students without having to make the course available to students, and without having to logout. Simply press the Student Preview button at the top of the screen. More Info
Older Method of Preview as a Student
Preview and troubleshoot your course with a "Test Student" account.
ATTENTION: This method of previewing a BbLearn course requires that the course be made AVAILABLE to students. Please be aware that this means that ALL students enrolled in the course will have access to the course - not just the Test Student. However, students aren't added to a course space until about two weeks for the term begins. See help above for alternative.
Some of your BbLearn course can be tested by simply toggling the Edit Mode ON & OFF in the upper right corner of the BbLearn window. However, more reliable testing can be done by adding a "Test Student" account to your BbLearn course. This will allow you to login to BbLearn with a student account (e.g. username_s). Here's how:
Create your "Test Student"
If you've already created a "Test Student" in the past, skip down to Adding your "Test Student".
- From the Control Panel, select the Course Tools
- Select Add Test Student
- If the test account has not been created yet, you are asked to create one. The userid is shown and you are asked to enter its initial password.
- BbLearn will display a Success message indicating the Test User has been create and added if you checked that option.
Add your "Test Student" to a Course
If the test account already exists, but is not yet enrolled in this course, press the Enroll Test Student button to add the account.
- From the Control Panel, select the Course Tools.
- Select Add Test Student.
- Click Enroll Test Student in Courses.
- BbLearn will display a Success message indicating the Test User has been added to the course.
Login as your "Test Student"
To preview your class as a Test Student, the BbLearn course must first be made AVAILABLE to students. Once enrolled, Instructors may log in using their "Test Student" account to access and experience courses just as a student would.
- USERNAME: account_s (e.g. jvandal_s)
- PASSWORD: Reset password if needed
TIME SAVING TIP: Use two different Web browsers (for example Firefox & Internet Explorer). Log into the course as an Instructor in one browser (e.g. smit1234) and as a "Test Student" in the other (e.g. smit1234_s). This allows you to make changes as an instructor and then immediately see how the changes are displayed to your students.
Show Course Content to only the "Test Student"
When a class is running you may need to experiment with the functionality of an activity, test, assignment, or content item before it's made available to the rest of your students. Use Adaptive Release to control access to any area of your BbLearn course so that only your Test Student can access that item.
Enter Grades for your "Test Student"
To get an idea how your Grade Center is working, it's a good idea to give the Test Student some grades. This will help you troubleshoot any problems with your grade calculations, and also help you see what your students will see in their My Grades area. First, make sure you've added the "My Grades" tool. Then you can manually enter grades if you don't want to complete your assignments as the Test Student. Finally, login as your Test Student to see what My Grades looks like.
Account Use Policy
The "Test Student" account is tied to an individual instructor and can be added to any BbLearn course in which that user is an instructor. Its password should never be shared with anyone else. If it is shared, the owner of the account risks losing access to UI computer systems. See paragraph four of the COMPUTER USE POLICY.