Portal Setup Methods
Setups will differ based on the needs of each school. If you don't integrate with Google Classroom or your LMS, we'll usually start with Option 1, Default Rostering via Bulk Upload.
1. Default Rostering via Bulk Upload:
- Method: School admin rosters everyone via bulk csv/xls file upload (Classes, teachers, and students). School admin also assign licenses to teachers.
- Pros: Establishes student-teacher relationship (via Classes), so teachers can assign homework and tests to students. Students can then take tests and complete homework assignments within our platform.
- Cons: There is the opportunity for errors when rostering, but the bulk of the work is maintaining rosters: adding new students, removing dropped students, and moving students between Classes. The admin on the account usually does this work, but there is a process where teachers can add students and change their Classes. This requires some more support from us on how to do this specifically.
2. Access Code Method:
- Method: We issue teachers and students access codes (simple & universal, not one code per person). Each user self-registers and uses whatever username and password they wish.
- Pros: Very simple for users to do, no rostering is required, and no Classes need to be defined.
- Cons: No student-teacher relationship established (ie, no "Classes"), so certain features are not available, such as: teachers assigning homework & tests within our platform and teachers communicating with students. Item banks (tests) are still available for export, but cannot be assigned to anyone.
3. Google Classroom Integration:
- Method: Once we determine that you meet the requirements for Google Classroom integration and set up your school on our end, the G Suite Super Admin will complete the initial roster sync, verify class/student/teacher data accuracy, and assign licenses to teachers. Then students and teachers will be able to access the Lab-Aids portal from within Google Classroom.
Google Classroom Integration Requirements:
- All users that need access to our curriculum must be users of Google Classroom, not just G Suite.
- User roles (teacher vs. learner) must be established for all users.
- All users must be part of a Class defined in Google Classroom
- All Classes must be uniquely defined and not distinguish themselves on Class metadata
- All users must be on the same G Suite domain (separate G Suite domains will be supported starting Summer 2019)
- The G Suite Super Admin must serve as the admin for our Portal Account to perform the initial roster sync.
4. LTI Setup: Integrate with your LMS
The Lab-Aids Portal is LTI compliant, and we do have the ability to integrate with a range of LMS's (learning management system), including Schoology and Canvas.
- Method: We deliver a set of LTI credentials for you to add as a LTI external tool in your LMS. This allows students and teacher to access their account. We also hand over access codes for users to gain access to their content. Redeeming these access codes is an easy, one-time step, and the access codes are universal and simple to communicate.
Please see these FAQ pages for more information on LTI integration: