LaunchPad > As an instructor, how do I navigate LaunchPad?

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LaunchPad content is organized in one of two ways, depending on your title. This article will demonstrate the basic differences between them.


Menu location

The menu will either be located vertically on the left side of your screen, or horizontally across the top. The images below demonstrate the difference.

 

The vertical alignment looks like this:


Menu with Home, eBook, Gradebook, etc. arranged vertically
 

The horizontal alignment looks like this:


Menu with Home, Assignments, Gradebook, etc. arranged horizontally
 

Table of contents

Vertical alignment

The LaunchPad table of contents appears in the center of your screen in the vertical alignment. Click the arrow to the left of each chapter title to view the contents of a chapter and its sections.


 

Click on the title of a resource to open it. Note that the resource will expand to full screen.


From full screen mode, you can navigate as follows:

  1. Click Home to return to the home page.
  2. Use the Previous and Next buttons to navigate from one resource to the next.
  3. In the e-book, use the Read-on button at the bottom to read the next section of the same reading (using the Previous and Next buttons will take you to the next reading in the e-book or into another resource entirely).
  4. The e-book also has a circle menu at the top left with a circle for each section of the current reading.
  5. Click the square below the circle menu to access a table of contents for the reading or show all sections of the reading.

Note: Not all e-books have the features described above. In general, the most common and straightforward way to navigate the e-book is by clicking on each reading from the LaunchPad course home or eBook page.

 


Horizontal alignment

The LaunchPad table of contents appears on the left side in the horizontal alignment

  1. Click the arrow to the left of each chapter title to view the contents of a chapter and its sections.
  2. Click the previous and next arrows to navigate through the pages.
  3. Note that in this version, when you click on the title of a resource in the table of contents, it will appear in the center of your screen while the table of contents remains visible on the left. To go to full screen, click the expand button. 

 

If you've opened a resource in full screen, you can navigate as follows:

  1. Click Home to return to the home page
  2. Use the Previous and Next buttons to navigate through the pages

 

Assignments

Vertical alignment

The assignments appear at the top of the home page in the vertical alignment.

  1. You can toggle between showing and hiding past due assignments by clicking Show past due/Hide past due next to Assignments at the top.
  2. The colored banners at the right of each item indicate its status. You will see To Do or Extra Credit for items you have assigned for points and Optional for items you assigned without points. You will see Past Due when assignments have passed the due date. The Student sees the same statuses with the exception of Past Due items worth no points. These will always say Optional. When the student completes an assignment, the original indicator changes to Done in all cases except manually graded items. In this case the item retains its original state until you grade the item, at which point it changes to Done.


For more information on creating assignments in this version of LaunchPad, please refer to the help article How do I create assignments?.


 

Horizontal alignment

Click the Assignments tab on the menu to view and create assignments in the horizontal alignment.


 

All assignments, including past due assignments, will be visible.

  1. Click Add New Assignment to create a new assignment.
  2. The colored banners indicate the status of an assigned item. (See Vertical Alignment above for more info on assignment statuses.)


For more information on creating assignments in this version of LaunchPad, please refer to the help article How do I create assignments?.



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