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Throughout this fall, our major goal was to improve the way that students get access to LaunchPad. Before August classes, we redesigned the log-in page a bit to make it easier for students to confirm that they are in the right course.  For January, we are taking that redesign even further. 


Trial Access for Everyone

Starting in December, every student will automatically receive 21 days of trial access when they register/enroll in a title, as long as they've never had access to that same title previously.  As a result, the Trial Access option will no longer be available on the Sign In page. 



In fact, the new flow will require students to create their account and log in before they will be able to purchase access or enter a code.  


Create LP Account


And once a student's access expires, the student will see this new page that clearly states the next steps of entering an access code or purchasing access. (See the green boxes on the right and left in the image below.) 




Our hope is that changing (and improving) the way students enter their LaunchPad courses will make the process MUCH easier for them--and for us too! . 

We have been doing A LOT of work on Achieve Read & Practice this fall, so here's a recap of what you and your students will have for January 2020. 


Course List: 

The Course List redesign (that you'll see when you first log into Achieve in mid-December) organizes courses for students and instructors in collapsible buckets allowing users to easily find their current courses and access past courses.



Achieve Course List


Master Section:

There is a new Master Section option that will allow one instructor or coordinator to set up their course and then create individual section courses (for themselves or other instructors) from the Master Section. The coordinator can set all of the consistent course info for all sections in one place. These settings pass down to the sections. Section courses are set up in a grid format where the coordinator can specify the section name, meeting days and times, instructor(s) teaching, and the level of access that the instructors will receive for that section. (If an instructor has Restricted Access, the instructor has clear indicators regarding what actions they can and cannot take.) Within the tools, coordinators will be able to edit the content and push the updates to Restricted Access sections until the first grade return. We recommend using Restricted Access for your own sections when you want to manage the content for all of your sections in one place.


Preview as Student:  Instructors can preview the course as a student, including My Course and Gradebook.



Contextual Help:  From the "Help" in the upper right of each page, we added in Help links to the most commonly asked questions--like how do I assign something on the "My Course" page or how do I sync with my LMS on the "Gradebook" page. 

Achieve Help