Frequently Asked Questions by Students


Common Questions

  • Students can find the “Institution Provided PIN” on the NLU Portal un the section called Personal Information
  • If a student doesn’t not know their username and password, they can visit Livetext.com and click on “Forgot?” in the upper right hand corner.
  • If a student has an account from another university, the student needs to send an email support@livetext.com or call 866-548-3839 to have them change it to NLU free of charge.
  • Students can be directed to NLU’s Portfolio Web site: http://www.nl.edu/portfolios
  • NLU pay $88 for a 5-year subscription via their personal credit card. The site is secure.

What is LiveText?

LiveText is an Internet-based subscription website that allows students and professors to create, share, and collaborate on their work. Students can upload their work, align it to current standards, and share it with other students, appropriate instructors, and potential employers of their choosing. The initial component of this website being implemented at NLU is the "Electronic Portfolio". This portfolio tool is the main focus of many programs at National College of Education and is a requirement for licensure and graduation. In the past, paper-based 3-ring binders have been the traditional form of portfolio. It was a culminating project done towards the end of the student's program. Today, we can closely monitor that the portfolio is being gradually added to in an effort to make sure that students are aware of the specific standards and pedagogy of the program. NCE is convinced that this form of student assessment is in keeping with its historic Mission.


What are the benefits of LiveText?

  1. Allows for easy alignment with the latest state and federal standards for teacher education programs. Students can easily show “proof” that they have completed requirements.
  2. Instructors can easily track the progress of the portfolio by accessing it online.
  3. Allows students to showcase their work to future employers and others. This can include worksheets, lesson plans, and photos of classroom activities.
  4. Allows for easier creation of your portfolio. Files are backed up and accessible in LiveText in case something happens to your computer.
  5. Privacy is yours until you wish to share your work with others.
  6. It costs less than $15 per quarter (in most programs).
  7. LiveText can be accessed from multiple locations: school, work, & home.
  8. Helps organize materials for portfolios.
  9. Students will increase their technology skills by using LiveText.
  10. Eliminates bulky 3-ring binders.

How do I sign up for LiveText?

Students can register their account directly through LiveText’s website. Click here for step-by-step registration directions. If you would rather would rather call and speak to someone, you can call LiveText at (866) L-I-V-E-T-E-X-T, that's (866) 548-3839. In either case, the cost is $88 for a five-year subscription, and a credit card is required to make the transaction.


What support is available to learn how to use LiveText?

  1. Please remember: Nothing substitutes for active use of the site.
    • Everyone is encouraged to familiarize themselves with the various features.
    • As with many software programs, individual practice is expected.
  2. Once you have registered and logged onto the website, a Help button appears in the upper right corner of the screen.
    • The most recent User Guide on this page will provide you with over 60 pages of detailed support
  3. Once familiar with the product, additional requests for troubleshooting may be sent to livetext@nl.edu.
  4. Many aspects of LiveText Support are available on this site. Click here for our Beginning Steps page.
  5. Call the NCE LiveText Support Team at (312) 261-3343
    • Operators are available Sunday-Thursday from 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    • At other times, leave a message to have an operator return your call
  6. Visit your campus for walk-in support on specified dates and times.
Locations
  • CHICAGO DOWNTOWN CAMPUS

    NLU’s Chicago campus on South Michigan Avenue occupies five floors of the historic Peoples Gas Building. This landmark building, across the street from the Art Institute of Chicago and Grant Park, is easily accessible by train, bus and car and is surrounded by restaurants, parking lots/garages and shops.

    122 S. Michigan Avenue
    Chicago, IL 60603
    (888) 658.8632

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  • ELGIN

    Conveniently located in a fast-growing business district off I-90 and Route 31, NLU Elgin features 10 classrooms with high-tech media equipment; a computer lab with high-speed Internet access; two conference rooms; and comfortable student lounges. Parking is free at this recently remodeled and upgraded teaching site, which now includes wireless Internet access.

    620 Tollgate Road
    Elgin, IL 60123
    (888) 658.8632

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  • NORTH SHORE

    Opened in the summer of 2006, NLU North Shore at Skokie is a state-of-the-art modern campus located just off the Edens Expressway near the Old Orchard Shopping Center. The campus includes 44 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a walk-in lab in the library; six conference rooms; a public café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; and multiple, comfortable student lounge areas.

    5202 Old Orchard Road
    Skokie, IL 60077
    (888) 658.8632

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  • LISLE

    Located just minutes from the East-West Tollway (I-88), NLU Lisle features 42 wireless classrooms equipped with high-tech media equipment; four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, including a separate walk-in lab in the library; a café for beverages and snacks; a student welcome center; a library for research and study; conference rooms; and six comfortable student lounge areas with wireless access.

    850 Warrenville Road
    Lisle, IL 60532
    (888) 658.8632

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  • WHEELING

    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

    1000 Capitol Drive
    Wheeling, IL 60090
    (888) 658.8632

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  • FLORIDA (TAMPA)

    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

     

     

    5110 Eisenhower Boulevard
    Suite 102
    Tampa, Florida 33634
    800.366.6581 | www.nl.edu/florida

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  • WISCONSIN

    NLU's Milwaukee campus has a proud history of serving graduate students in education in southeastern Wisconsin. Nearly one in five certified Wisconsin teachers looks to NLU for graduate education programs – more than any other university in the state. In addition to classrooms with high-tech media equipment, the campus offers a state-of-the-art computer lab with wireless Internet access and an extensive IDS research library.

    12000 West Park Place, Suite 100
    Milwaukee, WI 53224-3007
    414.577.2658

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