Keyboard shortcuts in the student courseware – installed platform

The installed courseware for Hawkes includes a keypad for answer input in the Practice and Learn modes. However, these keypad functions also have keyboard shortcuts. Check them out below!

Keypad Function Keyboard Shortcut
To move the cursor to home in Input Home key
To move the cursor to end in Input End key
Exponent Up arrow  OR  ^
Subscript Down arrow  OR  Ctrl+Down arrow  ?
Fraction Ctrl+F  OR   /  OR  / on num pad
Square Root/Radical Alt+Q
Parentheses: ( ) (  (Shift+9)  OR
)  (Shift+0)
Vertical bars (absolute values): | | | (Shift+\)
Square brackets: [ ] [   OR    ]
Curly braces: { } {  (Shift+[)  OR
}  (Shift+])
( ]  Bracket Ctrl+(  (Ctrl+Shift+9)  OR
[ )  Bracket Ctrl+[    OR
Ctrl+)  (Ctrl+Shift+0)
Angular braces: < > Ctrl+<  (Ctrl+Shift+,)    OR
Ctrl+>  (Ctrl+Shift+.)
Greatest Integer: 〚〛 Ctrl+Alt+| (Ctrl+Alt+Shift+\)
Less Than or Equal To: £ Alt+<  (Alt+Shift+,)
Greater Than or Equal To: ³ Alt+>  (Alt+Shift+.)
Pipe: | Not implemented (COMBO, VLM)
Log: log( ) Ctrl+Alt+L
Natural Log: ln( ) Ctrl+Alt+N
Sine Ctrl+Alt+S
Sine power Alt+Shift+S
Cosine Ctrl+Alt+C
Cosine power Alt+Shift+C
Tangent Ctrl+Alt+T
Tangent power Ctrl+T
Cosecant Ctrl+Alt+O
Cosecant power Ctrl+O
Secant Ctrl+Alt+E
Secant power Alt+Shift+E
Cotangent Ctrl+Alt+G
Cotangent power Alt+Shift+G
Union symbol: È Ctrl+Alt+U
Intersection: Ç Ctrl+Alt+I
Degree: ° Alt+’
Plus or Minus: ± Alt+-
Divided By: ÷ Alt+/
Not Equal To: ¹ Alt+=
Capital A not: A0 Alt+A
Capital V not: V0 Ctrl+Shift+U
small v not: v0 Alt+V
Infinity: ¥ Ctrl+Shift+I
Empty Set: Æ Ctrl+Shift+O
d-bar Ctrl+Shift+D
belongs to: Î Ctrl+Shift+E
p-hat Ctrl+Shift+H
Cross: ´ *  (Shift+8)
x-bar Ctrl+Alt+Shift+0 (Ctrl+Alt+))
Complex Numbers: C Ctrl+Shift+K
Natural Numbers: N Ctrl+Shift+N
Rational Numbers: Q Ctrl+Shift+Q
Real Numbers: R Ctrl+Shift+R
Integers: Z Ctrl+Shift+J
Lowercase Alpha: α Ctrl+Shift+F
Lowercase Beta: β Ctrl+Shift+B
Lowercase Gamma: g Ctrl+Shift+G
Lowercase Lambda: l Ctrl+Shift+L
Lowercase mu: m Ctrl+Shift+M
Lowercase Pi: p Ctrl+Shift+P
Theta: q Ctrl+Shift+T
Lowercase Sigma: s Ctrl+Shift+S
Lowercase omega: w Ctrl+Shift+W

Keyboard shortcuts in the student courseware – web platform

At Hawkes, we want to make sure students are focusing on learning the content of your lessons, not on how to input their answers into our system.

When students are in the Practice and Certify modes, they have access to a keypad within the courseware.

The button labeled keypad is highlighted.

A keypad showing mathematical symbols in a chart.

The keypad is available to students; however, we also have keyboard shortcuts for inputting answers at These shortcuts accommodate all students, especially those who have motor disabilities and cannot use a computer mouse to access the keypad.

Check out the available keyboard shortcuts below, and feel free to share with students!

Keypad Function Keyboard Shortcut
To move the cursor to home in Input Home key
To move the cursor to end in Input End key
Exponent Shift+6 (^)
Subscript Shift+- (_)
Fraction Ctrl+Shift+F OR
/ OR
/ on number pad
Square Root/Radical Ctrl+Alt+R
Parentheses: ( ) (  (Shift+9)  OR
)  (Shift+0)
Vertical bars (absolute values): | | Ctrl+Shift+\ (Ctrl+|)
Square brackets: [ ] [   OR    ]
Curly braces: { } Shift+[  ({)  OR
Shift+]  (})
( ]  Bracket Ctrl+]
[ )  Bracket Ctrl+[
Angular braces: < > Ctrl+Alt+,   OR
Greatest Integer: 〚〛 Ctrl+Alt+[  OR
Less Than or Equal To: ≤ Ctrl+Shift+, (Ctrl+<)
Greater Than or Equal To: ≥ Ctrl+Shift+. (Ctrl+>)
Pipe: | Shift+\  (|)
Log: log( ) Ctrl+Alt+L
Natural Log: ln( ) Ctrl+Alt+N
Sine Ctrl+Alt+S
Sine power Ctrl+Alt+Shift+S
Cosine Ctrl+Alt+C
Cosine power Ctrl+Alt+Shift+C
Tangent Ctrl+Alt+T
Tangent power Ctrl+Alt+Shift+T
Union symbol: È Ctrl+Shift+U
Intersection: Ç Ctrl+Alt+U
Degree: ° Ctrl+Shift+’ (Ctrl+”)
Plus or Minus: ± Ctrl+Alt+-
Divided By: ÷ Ctrl+Alt+/
Not Equal To: ¹ Ctrl+Alt+=
Capital A not: A0 Ctrl+Alt+Shift+A
Capital V not: V0 Ctrl+Alt+Shift+V
Small v not: v0 Ctrl+Alt+V
Infinity: ∞ Ctrl+Alt+I
Empty Set: Æ Ctrl+Alt+Shift+O
d-bar Ctrl+Alt+Shift+D
belongs to: Î Ctrl+Alt+E
p-hat Ctrl+Alt+Shift+P
Cross: ´ Shift+8  (*)  OR
x-bar Ctrl+Alt+Shift+X
Complex Numbers: C Ctrl+Alt+D, C
Natural Numbers: N Ctrl+Alt+D, N
Rational Numbers: Q Ctrl+Alt+D, Q
Real Numbers: R Ctrl+Alt+D, R
Integers: Z Ctrl+Alt+D, Z
Lowercase Alpha: α Ctrl+Alt+G, A
Lowercase Beta: β Ctrl+Alt+G, B
Lowercase Gamma: g Ctrl+Alt+G, G
Lowercase Lambda: λ Ctrl+Alt+G, L
Lowercase mu: m Ctrl+Alt+G, M
Lowercase Pi: π Ctrl+Alt+G, P
Theta: θ Ctrl+Alt+G, Q
Lowercase Sigma: σ Ctrl+Alt+G, S
Lowercase omega: ω Ctrl+Alt+G, W
Dashed char (Prime input form): ¢ Ctrl+Alt+’
Conjunction (logical “and”): Ù Ctrl+Alt+A
Disjunction (logical “or”): Ú Ctrl+Alt+O
Rightwards double arrow (Implies): Þ Ctrl+Alt+Shift+I
Negation: ~ Shift+` (~)  OR

How to view questions students struggle with and reply with feedback

Did you know that your students can send you a screenshot of a problem they are struggling with in the Practice mode through our Send to Instructor tool?

This tool gives you the ability to see exactly what question students need help with and provide instruction or hints to help them solve the problem. If you don’t already have this enabled, you can do so under Tools Tab -> Display Options:

An arrow points to a check box next to the words

If you’re looking for an interactive way to respond and show students a worked-out solution to the question, here are some apps for iPads and other Mac products that instructors have shared with us on how they accomplish this!

Notability ($7.99)

The Notability app.

ZoomNotes Lite (Free)

 The ZoomNotes Lite app

Mental Note Lite (Free)

The Mental Note Lite app.

To respond using one of the above apps, open the email from the Hawkes messaging system on your iPad/tablet or phone and take a screenshot of the question. Each app gives you the ability to choose the photos from your photo gallery that you’d like to use.

Just like using a whiteboard, you are able to work out the problem and show students the step-by-step breakdown of the work! When you’re finished, you can send your worked-out solution by email. (ZoomNotes Lite even has graph paper!)

A handwritten equation worked out on the screen.

Don’t have a Mac product? No problem! Dr. Stephan Kinholt from Green River College has shared how he sends feedback to students using his PC in the video he created below:

Introducing SmartReview: The All-in-One Paper Submission and Review Platform

You and your students have an all-in-one platform for managing, submitting, and reviewing student writing with SmartReview.

This tool, available in the Foundations of English and English Composition online courseware, helps instructors organize all writing submissions across different sections and create a space for effective peer reviewing. For students, it offers a digital writing space that interweaves multi-step assignments with individualized, instructor-directed feedback.

Access SmartReview directly from your online Hawkes Grade Book, then create a new writing assignment and include peer and/or instructor review, customized point values, and an optional rubric. You can set up assignments for as many sections as you’d like:

A tab called Assign is opened with two sections listed and buttons underneath the Actions column.

With just one login, students access their writing assignments you’ve created through SmartReview from their online Hawkes courseware. They have a user-friendly writing space where they can type their papers directly or copy and paste from any word processor. This space saves student work every few minutes in order to assure work will not get lost.

Once a writing assignment is submitted, it’s ready for instructor review.

Three rows are shown with different essays submitted. One column explains the type of essay (peer-to-peer upload, peer-to-peer review, and peer-to-instructor review). The next row shows a number of submissions, then the status of approved or graded. The row actions, all the way on the right, has buttons to open the paper.

That’s right—no need to rummage through your folders to track down the last page that ripped off a student’s paper. Take a break from refreshing your email inbox in the hopes that those last few students really did submit their papers before the 12-o’clock deadline. With SmartReview, you can just log into your online Hawkes Grade Book and see who submitted what and when, and you can easily read their edits and suggestions.

A student's paper is displayed with some text highlighted. A panel on the left shows two student names. Below the paper, a rubric is filled out grading focus and clarity, word choice, organization, and grammar and mechanics.

If you’ve created a peer review assignment, take advantage of the comments and tags! The comments give students space to provide more in-depth explanations of their feedback.

Dual panel shows comments and tags like "description," "evidence," and "wordy sentence" on the left and a student paper's text on the right. Some of the text is highlighted.

Tags help guide students’ assessment of writing. Students highlight a word, phrase, or sentence and select a tag—such as Topic Sentences or Punctuation—to classify their feedback. These tags help both the reviewers and writers understand key concepts in grammar that you’ve gone over in class by applying them to another’s work and seeing how often they make these grammatical errors in their own papers.

You can approve a paper that is submitted for peer review. Once a student submits a peer review, you also have the ability to approve the feedback before it is available to the writer.

As you read through the comments and tags, both you and your students can filter by category—like Grammar and Mechanics—to pinpoint areas needing improvement and areas of strength. Students will then be able to revise their assignments before submitting final drafts. They can always keep track of where they are in submitting their assignments with the progress bar:

The progress bar shows the peer-to-peer upload is past due, as are the peer-to-peer review and the peer-to-instructor review.

While using SmartReview, students show themselves that writing isn’t about cobbling together a paper at 2 a.m. the night before it’s due. Writing involves planning, creating drafts, sharing thoughts, revising, and continuously working toward becoming a better writer.

Instructors can schedule a virtual demonstration here.

Two iPads are shown. One screen says Foundations of English, and the other screen says English Composition.
In collaboration with English instructors across the country, Hawkes offers Foundations of English and English Composition covering reading, writing, and critical thinking.

The courseware allows you to individualize assessment and remediation, automate homework, and add to the multimedia-rich content.


If you’d like to learn more, contact your Courseware Specialist at 1-800-426-9538.

Add Learn Screen Notes to Further Customize a Course

This new tool allows you to add comments, hyperlinks, examples and videos to our pre-created Learn screens! Our beta Learn Screen Notes is an easy way for you to further customize your course and better connect with your students virtually. Whether you are encouraging students through helpful tips and reminders or directing them to supplemental resources, adding Learn Screen Notes can help increase student engagement with the course content presented in Hawkes.

To use the tool, open your online Grade Book and navigate to Assignments -> Curriculum:

The third tab from the left at the top of the page says Assignments. When that is selected, there is a column called Manage and below are: Lesson Due Dates, WebTests, Other Assignments, Student To-Do List, Course Materials, Curriculum, and Question Builder. An arrow points to the Assignments tab, and another arrow points to the Curriculum link.

Select a section to launch the curriculum assigned to it. Once that’s open, select the lesson to which you wish to add Learn Screen Notes:

Rows and columns show the different lessons assigned to your curriculum in the Grade Book. An arrow points to an example of a lesson in the last column, which is the lesson name.

From here, select the “Edit Learn Notes” button to launch the note editor:

The Assignment Builder is open and displays the questions available in the lesson. In the top left, an arrow points to the Edit Learn Screens button.

This tool will allow you to navigate through each of the available Learn Notes and add your own custom comments to the page. Please note that you will need to save progress between each page to ensure your updates show up on the student side.

Some notable features include the following:

  • embedding videos from YouTube,
  • adding hyperlinks to redirect students to other resource pages,
  • adding special characters, and
  • adding images.

When students log in and access the Learn portion of a lesson, your custom notes will appear in the bottom area of the page.  Additionally, students can toggle the page to view just the custom Learn Screen note or just the Hawkes-created Learn content.

Have questions about this new tool? Contact your Training and Support Specialist or call 1-800-426-9538!

Grade Book Permissions for Different Users

The Hawkes Grade Book is a vast and wondrous space. Depending on your setup, you may have several instructors, administrators, and helpers needing access to this space. You don’t want others using your account, and you may not need to let others access certain reports and tools in the Grade Book. Fortunately, we have Grade Book permissions, a feature that lets you designate which roles individuals have in the Grade Book for a more streamlined experience.

User Roles

Course administrators can choose from five roles when adding a new user to the Grade Book. The five roles are the following:

  • Course Administrator: Able to change all users’ settings
  • Instructor: Able to change section settings
  • Teaching Assistant: Able to view/edit grades and attendance
  • View-Only: Able to view grades and attendance
  • Attendance Taker: Able to view/edit attendance

The teaching assistant, view-only, and attendance taker permissions can also be customized.

New Users

Add a new user by selecting the Tools tab and Manage Instructors/Sections. Choose Add New Instructor and enter the user’s information. When adding the user, select the role from the drop-down menu.

A drop-down menu is next to Role and has the options of course administrator, instructor, teaching assistant, view-only, and attendance taker.

Course Administrators and Instructors

The course administrator and instructor roles have not changed. Course administrators have access to all user accounts, while instructors have access to only their account. After selecting either of these roles, select Next and enter all information needed for the user’s section. With permissions, you now have the option to Share this section with other instructors. Selecting this option will add this section to a list to share with other users.

Next to Section name is a check box where an arrow is pointing that says

After entering the section information, select Next and either Add Another Section for that user or select Finish.

Teaching Assistants, View-Only, and Attendance Takers

These three user roles have limited grade book privileges. Select the role from the drop-down menu and select Next. You will not be prompted to create a section, but rather choose which sections you want the user to have access to.

An arrow points to a check box next to a name and section title.

Once you’ve select the section(s) to grant access to, select Next and Finish on the next screen.

Share Sections 

Course administrators can adjust which sections instructors, teaching assistants, view-only, and attendance takers have access to. Select the Tools tab, Manage Instructors/Sections, and choose the name of the user.

The instructor name shows up as a clickable link.

To grant access to sections, select Share Section(s) at the top of the page.

An arrow points to a button at the top called Share Section(s), which is second from the left after a button called Change Role.

A new menu will display to choose the section(s) to grant access to. Select the section(s) and select Finish.

An arrow points to a check box that must be selected next to the owner and section names. Another arrow points to the bottom right button called Finish.

To stop sharing sections with a user, select the section(s) and select Unshare Section(s) at the top. This will remove the user’s ability to access those sections.An arrow points at a button at the top called Unshare Sections. Another arrow points at a selected check box next to a section owner and section.

If you would like to view the specific privileges for the teaching assistant, view-only, or attendance taker roles, select the icon under the Permissions column on the Instructor List page. You can edit these three roles to completely remove access for any area in the Grade Book.

An arrow points to a button that has an ellipsis in a column called Permissions.

Have questions? Contact your Training and Support Specialist or call 1-800-426-9538.