LaunchPad > Viewing Your Course as a Student

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Sometimes it is useful to see how a particular resource or assignment appears to students using your course. You can view your course as a student in several ways.

If your course uses Homework assignments

If you are teaching Math or Statistics and your course uses Homework assignments, you should not use either of the methods below to view those Homework assignments as a student. Answering questions on homework assignments using either of the following methods will prevent you from further editing the homework assignment. See the help article How can I review Homework activities as a student? for a workaround.

Create a student account

The only way to view your course exactly as a student sees it is to create a LaunchPad student account by signing up for free trial access. You will need to use a different e-mail address from your LaunchPad instructor account.

The drawback of this method is that you will have to abide by the assignment settings for each assignment. For example, if you are taking a quiz in your student account to test the responses and feedback, you will only have as many attempts on the quiz as specified in the quiz settings (the default is one). If you use the method below, you are not restricted by the assignment settings.

Use "Preview as a Student" button

You can also access a student preview when you are signed in as an instructor, but this view will not be exactly the same as a student's experience of the site.

For example, you may still have the option to edit assignments while previewing them, or you may see instructor-specific messaging like in the screenshot below.

To use this method:

In the instructor LaunchPad, click Preview as Student in the left-hand sidebar.


Once the page loads, you will be in student view. To serve as a reminder, there will be a yellow bar at the top of your screen. To return to instructor view, click Return to Faculty View within the yellow bar.