Frequently Asked Questions
- How much time is expected for students to complete one level of a given topic (on average)?
- The levels are adaptive, so the time can range significantly from student to student. On average, students will spend about 15-20 minutes for any specific level. Keep in mind that the gold level in the ELA courses includes writing responses, so students may spend a little more time in those levels.
- Why don’t students see anything to work on when they log in to UpSmart?
- Make sure that at least one topic has been unlocked so that students can work on that topic. When a class is first created, all topics are locked by default. Review the section below for instructions on how to Schedule Individual Topics.
Initially, all content in the UpSmart class is locked and not accessible to enrolled students until the teacher chooses to unlock the topics. This allows the teacher to customize the availability of topics to match instructional pacing with the class. There is the option to unlock each topic on a certain date, and also set due dates. A teacher can schedule topics individually, or schedule multiple topics at the same time.
To follow the steps listed below, you will need to have "Manage UpSmart Topic Availability" checked under UpSmart. To validate your permissions, click here.
Changes made to the topic availability dates will affect all students within your class.
- Under the UpSmart tab, select Manage Classes.
- Click the drop-down arrow under Actions of the course.
- Select View Topics.
- Click the drop-down arrow under Actions for the row of the topic needing scheduling.
- Click Update Availability.
- Set the Student Access.
- Unlocked: students can access the topic at any time.
- Locked: students cannot access the topic (default)
- Locked Until: students cannot access the topic until a specific date
- Set the due date.
- No Due Date: the topic will always be open and will never be shown as late (default)
- Set Due Date: select the specific due date by typing the date or using the calendar pop-up
The Due Date cannot be set to a day that occurs prior to the "Locked Until" date.
- If the option to require prerequisites is enabled, the Required Topic Prerequisites must by scheduled or unlocked prior to the selected topic.
The prerequisite topic must be completed by the student before the selected topic will be unlocked.
- If there are no prerequisite topics, this will display "None."
- If there are prerequisites, there will be a disclaimer at the top: "Top prerequisites are required. The topics listed on the right must by completed BEFORE the topic you selected."
- Click Submit.
- The topic list will be updated. View the changes under Student Access column.