Six ideas to get the most out of your Learn Screen Notes

Customize your lessons even further with the Learn Screen Notes tool, which allows you to add your own content to our pre-created Learn screens. If you want to take full advantage of all that this tool has to offer, try out the six expanded uses below!

1. Embed videos.

Have you uploaded a video to YouTube to help explain a certain concept to students, or love a video that you can share with your class? Easily embed it within the notes.

In YouTube, select the Share option of a video, then copy and paste the code within the Embed area:

The number 1 is next to the Share button of a video in YouTube. The number 2 is next to the Embed button. Below that, the link to the video is highlighted.

Next, when you’re logged into Learn Screen Notes from your Grade Book, select the Source option at the top of the menu. Paste the code into the field. If needed, you can change the width and height of the video. Deselect the Source button.

Hawkes Learning's Learn Screen Notes is shown. Within the menu of formatting and content options at the top, the Source button is selected with the number 1 next to it. Below that, the number 2 is next to the video code that is now pasted within the field. A call-out next to the code says, "Change width and height of video," pointing to the area in the code to do so.

You can then preview what students will see when they log into their courseware and enter the Learn mode:

An example of what the student sees as a Learn Screen Note is shown. Underneath the pre-created objectives slide within a Hawkes lesson, there is a video that the student can click to view.


2. Embed Google Docs.

This option is a great way for you to share more in-depth notes that you’ve typed up for class.

**First, make sure your document is uploaded to Google Drive.**

Open Google Site (New > More > Google Site).

Select From Drive, then select the file you wish to embed.

The Google Drive menu is shown with an arrow pointing at the "From Drive" option in the drop-down menu.

Within Google Drive's My Drive, an arrow points at a Word Document underneath the Files category.

Copy and paste the embedded file into Word, and you’ll get a link similar to this:

(The part in red will be unique to the document you select.)

Then, use the following HTML code, replacing what’s in red with the corresponding part in your Google link:

<p><iframe align=”middle” class=”YMEQtf L6cTce-purZT L6cTce-pSzOP” frameborder=”0″ height=”700″ scrolling=”yes” src=”″ width=”700″></iframe></p>

In your Learn Screen Notes, select the Source button at the top of the menu, then paste your HTML code. Deselect the Source button, then use Preview to check things out:

A preview of the Hawkes Learning student courseware with the Learn Screen Note is shown. Below the pre-created objectives list within the Learn mode, a Word document is shown.


3. Embed interactive elements.

A few instructors we work with have told us about Geogebra and Desmos, which are two websites that let you create interactive graphs and elements. You can share these within your Learn Screen Notes easily!

For Desmos:

After you create your graph, select the Share option at the top of the page. Choose Embed, then copy the code.

A number one is next to the Share button at the top menu. A number two is next to the Embed link underneath "Share your graph," then a number three highlights the HTML code to embed.

In your Learn Screen Notes, select the Source button, paste the link into the notes section, then deselect Source. Choose Preview to see what it looks like for your students:

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson slide on the top half of the page and an interactive graph at the bottom.

For Geogebra:

In Geogebra, select the menu option next to the interactive element (the symbol with three dots), then Share. Choose the </> Embed link and copy the code.

In the website Geogebra, a Share box with options to group, link, email, and embed the graph is shown. The Embed option is highlighted above the HTML code.When you’re in your Learn Screen notes, follow the same steps as those for inserting Desmos graphs.

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson content at the top of the page and an interactive image of two weights with adjustable masses at the bottom.


4. Add images.

If an image is online, you can just copy and paste it into your notes!

If you take a photo of your lecture notes or scan them and save them as an image, you’ll just need to copy and paste it into a Google Doc. Then, copy the image from the Google Doc and paste it into your Learn Screen Notes.

An arrow points at the Copy option from a drop-down menu for an image pasted in a Google Doc.

5. Embed Google Slides.

Add any PowerPoint presentation that you’ve created for class directly into the Hawkes courseware using Google Slides. (And remember Hawkes has PowerPoint presentations available at!) Just make sure you upload your presentation to your Google Drive, then follow these quick steps:

When you’re in Google Slides, open up the presentation. Select File > Publish to web > Embed. Then, copy the code provided.

A PowerPoint presentation is shown in Google Slides. The "Open with" drop-down menu is displayed, with Google Slides highlighted.A window titled "Publish to the web" is shown. The Embed tab is chosen, and the Publish button is highlighted.

In your Learn Screen Notes…you guessed it! Select Source, paste the code, deselect Source, and then choose Preview to check it out:

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson at the top of the page and the PowerPoint presentation at the bottom.


6. Embed Google Forms.

Want to add in quick quizzes to check in on students’ progress within Learn, or even polls regarding the lesson content? Now you can using Google Forms!

First, create your Google Form. Select the Send button in the top right, then “< >.” Copy the HTML code.

The Send Form in Google Forms is shown. The Embed HTML is highlighted.

Once you’re in your Learn Screen Notes, follow the usual steps: select Source, paste the code, deselect Source, and then choose Preview.

The Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson content at the top of the page and the embedded Google Form at the bottom. The embedded Google Form is called Pop Quiz and asks a true/false question of "A square has five 90 degree angles."


If you have any questions on using Learn Screen Notes, contact your Training & Support Specialist at 1-800-426-9538.


Please note that Hawkes Learning is not responsible for user-created content. View our Terms of Use.

Create your own questions with Question Builder

A question field is shown with a toolbar including special characters at the top and level of question difficulty choices underneath the toolbar. Below is a text field called "Step 1 of 1" with answer options underneath.

Want to add your own questions to the Hawkes courseware? Now you can with the NEW beta release of Question Builder!

You can customize your course content by building dynamic questions into the Practice and Certify modes, as well as your Hawkes assessments. Questions can be free response or multiple choice and include images, explanations for wrong answers, adjustable tolerance ranges, and more.

Question Builder allows you to seamlessly integrate your very own questions into your students’ Hawkes experience to get the most out of their course led by you. If you’d like to use this feature, contact your Training and Support Specialist at

Question Builder Overview

You can access the Question Builder tool directly from your online Grade Book. Questions are organized and displayed in folders for organization. You can create multiple folders to house different types of questions you’re creating.

A question field is shown with a toolbar including special characters at the top and level of question difficulty choices underneath the toolbar. Below is a text field called "Step 1 of 1" with answer options underneath.


Question Types

You can choose from the following question types:

  • Multiple choice
  • Free response
  • Open ended
  • Click-to-select
  • Click-to-insert

Multiple choice questions let you do the following:

  • Add up to 30 answer choices
  • Assign partial credit to answers
  • Choose between check boxes or radio buttons
  • Add answer explanations to incorrect answers
  • Lock the answer order

An answer box is shown for a multiple choice question. Two options, checkboxes or radio buttons, are above the options for the number of answers per line and locking the answer order.

Creating free response questions allows you to assign one or more answers to a question for which the answer must be typed in using the keyboard and/or keypad.

Free response questions let you do the following:

  • Choose how to evaluate the answer
  • Set the number of decimal places for the correct answer
  • Specify a tolerance range in which an answer will be accepted as correct
  • Create an expression that must be entered to answer the question
  • Add a static prefix or suffix to correspond with the answer box
  • Add a second answer box or add another answer choice

Free response answers lets you evaluate equivalence or evaluate as text. Can be accurate to blank number of decimal places with an answer tolerance.

For any question, you’ll be asked to complete the required steps:

  • Name the question (This is how the question will be identified in the question folder.)
  • Select a difficulty level
  • Enter the question
  • Enter your answer(s)

For any question type you can create a multi-step question by choosing Add Another Step below each question box. Open-ended questions do not require an answer.

The toolbar located across the top offers standard editing options, as well as the ability to insert images, tables, symbols, expressions, and variable iterations into the question or answer.

List of expressions, variables, symbols, and editing options.

Tutor options are listed below the question giving you the ability to add a General Explain Error, Hint, Step-by-Step, or Solution to the question you’ve built.

Tutor options are listed as buttons called General Explain Error, Hint, Step by Step, and Solution. All are optional.

The Step-by-Step option allows you to provide more in-depth help to your students by breaking up the question at hand into more workable steps and walking the student through it at a manageable pace. Students can use as much or as little guided assistance as they need to truly learn how to answer the question.

This feature is a student favorite in Hawkes Learning’s pre-created questions, so we wanted to give you the freedom to add it to your own questions to better assist students in their learning.

A step-by-step window is open, showing the ability to add a description, statement, and different answers.

For math questions, the tool uses LaTeX, the common document preparation system used in many mathematics publications. The technology is so user-friendly that anyone trying out the tool for the first time will quickly become an expert.

Check out our quick video below!

Want to opt into Question Builder before it’s available for everyone? Contact your Training and Support Specialist at 1-800-426-9538 or today!

Tuesday Tip: Text assignment reminders to students

Fall classes are about to start, which means homework is about to be due. Now, we all wish students would have our classes at the top of their priority lists so that as soon as they got home or back to their dorm, they’d immediately start their work that we’ve assigned.

Since we know that’s rarely the case (hey, we understand students have a lot going on, just like we do!), giving students a gentle reminder about what’s due soon is a good idea. Set up assignment reminders and encourage students to receive them via text message rather than just email. After all, the majority of students check their text messages far more frequently than their inboxes!

Students will need to add their phone number to their personal settings in order to receive these text reminders. Add these steps to your syllabus or go over them in class:

1. Navigate to your Personal Settings, located in the drop-down menu underneath your name, in

2. Select the Account tab.

3. Add a secondary email address to your web platform account in the form of your cell phone carrier’s text-to-email domain. Instead of “number,” use your actual cell phone number:

4. Check the box to receive communication at this alternate address:

A box is around a check box for the option that says "I would like to use a different email address for course communication," as well as the text fields in a Personal Details form that say Email Address (Secondary) and Confirm Email Address (Secondary).

5. Select the Save Changes button.

6. Receive text notifications (rather than email).


Tuesday Tip: Add shared Question Builder questions to assignments

Do you have a colleague who has mastered Question Builder and created some fantastic questions you’d like to use? As long as they’ve chosen the option to share these questions, you can incorporate them into your assignments too!

To input these questions into your own curriculum, follow these quick steps:

1. Log into your Grade Book.
2. Navigate to Assignments > Curriculum.
3. Open desired section (Or go to Manage by Curriculum and open desired curriculum).
4. Open desired lesson.
5. Select Question Bank > Instructor.

A drop-down menu shows the options

6. Folders will be listed below. Open the desired folder.

A list of questions for chapters is shown. They each are called

7. Add any desired questions to the assignment by dragging and dropping it into the right pane or selecting the checkbox and clicking Add Selected.

The button labeled

If you’d like to add questions from a shared folder to your WebTests, simply open up a WebTest (Assignments > WebTest) and follow steps 5-7.

If you have questions, please contact us at 1-800-426-9538
or connect with your Training and Support Specialist.

Make online testing within Hawkes even more secure

Make online testing within Hawkes even more secure at no additional cost with Respondus® LockDown Browser®. This custom browser locks down the testing environment so students are not able to do the following while taking or reviewing a WebTest:

  • Print the WebTest
  • Copy and paste into our out of the WebTest
  • Visit another URL
  • Access other applications


How to set up Respondus® LockDown Browser® in Hawkes

First, you will need the following system requirements:

Operating Systems

Windows: 10, 8, 7
Mac: OS X 10.10 or higher


Windows: 2 GB RAM
Mac: 512 MB RAM

LockDown Browser Versions

Windows: Version, June 12, 2017 or higher

OS X: Version, July 5, 2017 or higher


For computer lab settings, lab managers will need to download the following LockDown Browser Lab Editions*:

Windows (w/ MSI Installer)

Windows (w/ self-installing.exe)


* Lab Editions will not prompt students for UAC permissions

** Mac Lab and Student Editions are the same (no UAC)


To enable Respondus LockDown Browser for an assigned WebTest, navigate to WebTests > Select a WebTest > Additional Settings. Select Require Respondus LockDown Browser. Once this option is checked, students will be required to launch the WebTest within a compatible Respondus LockDown Browser in order to open the assignment.

The Additional Settings menu is shown. Below the option for giving credit for unsimplified answers, the following options with check marks beside them are highlighted: Require Respondus LockDown Browser, Enable basic or scientific calculator, and Require student review within LockDown Browser.

You also have the option to enable a basic or scientific calculator for students to access within the protected test. For additional security, you can require students to review their graded test only within Respondus LockDown Browser, which is especially helpful if you allow students to review their test at any time—including when other students still haven’t taken the test yet.

What students will see

When students log in to their courseware to take their WebTest, they’ll receive a message that Respondus LockDown Browser is required:

A student WebTest menu is shown with the message "Respondus LockDown Browser is required" at the top of the page.

Students will select the Launch LockDown Browser button in order to take the test:

The "Launch LockDown Browser" button is highlighted next to a button that says "Check Your Browser."

No other browser tabs are allowed as students select the Start button to begin their WebTest:

The WebTest start menu is displayed. Only the browser tab for the WebTest is open.

How students can download it on their personal computers

Have WebTests that students are taking at home instead of in a campus computer lab? Student editions are available to download from the WebTest’s start page after enabling Require Respondus LockDown Browser. Please note that students only need to download these links on their personal computers. These will not be needed in a lab setting.

To use Respondus LockDown Browser on their personal computers (not in on-campus lab setting), students must download the following links:

  • Windows

  • Mac

How to perform a browser compatibility check

To ensure everything is all set up, please perform the following compatibility check.

Sign in at and select a WebTest that has been set up to require Respondus LockDown Browser.

From the start page, select Check Your Browser and follow the instructions.

A browser window tells the user to check their browser with links to do so.

If your LockDown Browser is up-to-date and compatible with Hawkes WebTests, you’ll receive this message:

A browser window says, "Congratulations! Your have the correct version of Respondus LockDown Browser installed on this device." A button that says "Return to Learn" is underneath the message.

If not, you’ll need to update and/or install a compatible version of LockDown Browser. Please revisit the links at the top of this blog post.

How to test it out as an instructor

Test Respondus LockDown Browser for yourself in 6 easy steps:

  1. Create a new class section titled “Testing Section.” (You can leave all other fields blank.)
  2. Update the General Settings on a previously created (or new) WebTest to be due in the future and assign it to your Testing Section.
  3. Update the Additional Settings to Require Respondus LockDown Browser.
  4. Transfer yourself into your Testing Section, then log in to your student account and select the test you assigned.
  5. Select Respondus Lockdown Browser in the blue banner above Test Details to download and install.
  6. Select Launch Lockdown Browser and follow the prompts to begin taking your test in a more secure environment!

If you have any questions, please contact us at (800) 426-9538 or



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