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Beginning Steps for Your Electronic Portfolio Using LiveText

Click a Link Below for Instructions on a Topic:

Answers to Extremely Common Questions

  • If you can't see your current classes, access your account settings and verify that your NLU provided email address and student number are correct. If you still cant see your courses contact or
  • If you dont know your username and password, you can visit and click on “Forgot?” in the upper right hand corner.
  • If you have an account from another university, will need to update your NLU provided email address and student number in the My Account section of LiveText.

The LiveText Interface

  1. Dashboard – this tab automatically is shown when you log in.  It contains your active documents and reviews.
  2. Courses – this tab shows your current courses that you are enrolled in.  [If they are not shown you need to click the “View Other Terms” link in the right corner.  Select your current term, and click the “View Selected Term” button.  Go back to your Courses tab and your courses should be listed.]  Did you enter your LiveText pin number and NLU student ID number into your account information?  Sometimes your course tab will not appear because you have not entered your NLU student ID number or LiveText pin number when you registered or you have entered an incorrect number.  Look in “My Account” to see if your pin has been entered correctly.  If it is not go back to your NLU portal to get your pin and re-enter it in your account information.
  3. Documents – is another place to view your active documents.
  4. Reviews – This is where you can see the reviews of your documents that have been submitted to your programs and those that have been returned to you.  In the “Inbox” you will see the documents that have been reviewed and returned to you.  To see what documents you have sent for review, select the “Sent” tab underneath “Reviews”.
  5. Forms  -  you can look for online surveys here.
  6. Community – this is not a commonly used tab, appears to share documents from others, great LiveText FAQ’s created by students…  It also has a discussion board for those instructors who wish to use this feature with their classes.
  7. Tools – This is where you create your visitor passes.  The visitor passes tool allows you to set up a password for other non-LiveText users to use, and to see your portfolio.  It is perfect for the job-hunting process!  (See Creating a Visitor Pass for additional information).  You can also search for standards and outcomes by clicking on the “Standards and Outcomes” tab.  There is also a “File Manager” tab that shows you all of the documents and images that you have uploaded to your LiveText account.  In this section you can rename your files or download them to your computer.
  8. My Account – to adjust your account information click on “My Account” located in the upper right hand corner. Here you can change your personal and school information.

Creating a New Document (Portfolio Example)

  1. Visit the Livetext's 'Create a New Document' page for an overview of the entire process. If applicable Follow the instructions below when selecting a template and naming your portfolio.
  2. Select your program area template.  You will need to ask your instructor which template your cohort is using.  For example:
    1. Education MAT Pilot Portfolio, 2009
    2. Secondary Education Portfolio  Template for Secondary Education students
    3. Educational Leadership: EDL Principal Portfolio v.2008 for students planning on becoming principals
  3. Enter Title and Description – select a tile for your portfolio which includes your name and the name of your program.  IF you know your cohort number, such as WH009, please enter this at the beginning of the title.  For example if your name is Terry Jones, you would type WH009 Terry Jones’ Portfolio.  If you wish you may enter a description of your document, but it is not required.
  4. For Secondary Education program students, please enter title for your portfolio with <cluster number> <content area> <your name> <Portfolio>  Using the above format the title of a portfolio for John Smith studying English would be CH023 Eng John Smith’s Portfolio.  You do not need to type into the Description. The following are Abbreviations for "content area":
    • Bio [Biology]
    • Phy [Physical science]
    • Clang [Classical language]
    • Eng [English]
    • FLang [Foreign Language]
    • Mth [Math]
    • PhyS [Physical Science]
    • SoSt [Social Studies]

*PLEASE NOTE:  You generally only need to follow these steps once because you shall only need one portfolio.  Think of this as an ever-changing document that you will add new documents to with each class you take.  By the end of the program you are taking, you will have one portfolio that is a compilation of the many class requirements.

Adding to Your Portfolio

The LiveText Help Center provides excellent instructional guides for creating and editing Livetext documents. Please refer to the following links for more information:

Note: You will first need to log in to Livetext.


Submit your work through a LiveText Assignment

Download and follow the following PDF Guide:

Creating a Visitor Pass

The LiveText Help Center provides excellent instructional guides for creating and editing Visitor Passes. Please refer to the following links for more information:

Note: You will first need to log in to Livetext.

Learn 360 Videos

Note: Available only for accounts that have paid for this feature.

  1. Learn360 is accessed from within a LiveText document (portfolio, lesson plan, etc.).
  2. If you have not subscribed to Learn360, you may do so at any time by clicking on the My Account tab (in the upper right corner of the LiveText webpages).
  3. In the Document tab, click on the name of the document to which you would like to add your video.
  4. Click on the specific page to which you wish to add your video (found in the menu at the right side of the screen).
  5. Links to Learn360 must be added to a Resources section.  If you do not have a Resources section on the page where you wish to add a Learn360 video, you must Add A Section:
    • Click the Manage Sections button.  Then click the Create Section button and select Resources from the drop-down menu.
    • Enter a Section title and click OK, then click the Save & Finish button.  (You may need to use the menu to navigate back to the page you added the section to.)
    • Your new Resources section should now be visible in the list of sections on your page.
  6. In the upper right part of the Resources section you want to edit, click the Edit button. There are three tabs that you can click on here:  Add Personal Resource, Add LiveText Resource, Add Learn360® Video.
  7. Click on the Learn360 tab, and click the Go to Learn360® button
  8. You should be taken to the Learn360 webpage.
  9. Type in a keyword to Search for the type of video you'd like, or browse by Subject and/or Grade level.  There is also an Advanced Search feature..(It may be helpful to note the search parameters or keywords you have entered, so that you can easily return back to the same results later.)
  10. Select a video to view.  There are full videos and video clips (excerpted from full videos).  Often there will be links to Related Videos.
  11. There will be two buttons above the window in which the video plays:  Add Video to LiveText and Return to LiveText.  To add a video to your document, click the Add Video to LiveText button. 
  12. This will return you to LiveText, in your Resources section (in Edit mode).  Here you can add a description of the video, then click Save to save the video to your LiveText document.
  13. To add additional videos, click on the Add Learn360 tab again.  (Unfortunately, you are not returned to the webpage where you left off.  So you must retrace your steps to get back to the search results or video and related video links.)
  14. When you have finished adding videos to this section, click on the Save & Finish button.
  15. The title of your clip should now be listed under the proper section.  When you click on the title of the clip, Learn360 will launch and you will be taken directly to that video.

What support is available for LiveText?

  1. Please remember: Nothing substitutes for active use of the LiveText 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.You can request support directly from LiveText. Email for support. Or call 866.548.3839.

    • 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 support may be sent to

    • You may also call the help desk at (866) 813 - 1177.

What Browser are You Using?

LiveText supports many popular web browsers such as Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Safari. However, for the best experience LiveText reccoments using Mozilla Firefox. It is free and easy to download on Windows, Mac and Linux machines.

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Mac Users Please Note --> Safari works with Livetext except when editing text -- the edit tools will NOT appear. It is highly recommended that you use Firefox on your Mac to use the editing tools.


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