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Frequently Asked Questions by Faculty

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.

How do my students 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. A credit card is required to make to make the transaction online.  If you call Livetext you may use a credit card or check to purchase the subscription.

When should our students be expected to sign up for LiveText?

We are expecting that each student register during their first quarter of classes so that they understand the requirement early in their program. Each program will make the ultimate decision about how to handle exceptions.

How do I know if my students have signed up for LiveText?

  1. Login to LiveText at
  2. Click on Groups on the left-hand menu column of the LiveText screen.
  3. Click on Create new group... on the upper right corner of the screen.
  4. Enter a title and description, if appropriate. Then click Save.
  5. Click Edit Members. Then click Add Members.
  6. Enter a maximum of 50 student names into the box and click the Search button.
  7. The names of enrolled students will appear in the box to the right.

How do I assess my students' work using LiveText?

  1. The LiveText Help Center provides excellent instructional guides for creating and editing Livetext documents. Please refer to the following links for more information:
  1. Other Things to Take Note Of...
    • Saving Student work for your Records: In order to accurately document student work and progress, instructors often like to have “proof” that they can refer back to if issues arise concerning a student. In this case, printing a portfolio (or just a single page) is recommended. You can do this by clicking on the Print... link in the upper right while reviewing your student's portfolio.

What support is available to faculty and students in learning how to use 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.

    • 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.

Do I have to enter my syllabus onto LiveText?

No. NCE is using LiveText as an assessment tool only at the program level. Whether or not you use LiveText in your classroom is up to each faculty member or program. LiveText serves immediately to help students align their work with standards and archive their work into e-portfolios.

What might I include about LiveText on my course syllabus?

Programs have different approaches, but terminology might read something like this:

Starting Winter 2003, National College of Education is requiring students to sign up for access to LiveText. This is an online management tool that will strongly reinforce your learning experience. To register please visit (for additional information on LiveText at NLU, visit the NCE LiveText Support Website at


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