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 learn.hawkeslearning.com.

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.

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 learn.hawkeslearning.com. 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:

Tuesday Tip: Test Prerequisites

Want to make sure students have completed particular lessons or tests before they can access their next WebTest? You can ensure this progression through test prerequisites.

After you’re done editing your WebTest in Assignment Builder (and make sure you save those changes!), select Assign in the top right corner. You’ll see the settings you can edit:

The Prerequisites option is underneath Edit Settings and directly below Student Settings by Test.

Choose which lessons you’d like students to complete before starting this test by selecting the checkbox next to the lesson name. You’ll see the prerequisite lessons populate on the left. You can always delete prerequisites you don’t want by selecting the X.

Lesson names are on the right of the screen. When you select the check box next to the title, it populates on the left to signify that it is a test prerequisite. You can use the X on the right of the prerequisite to deselect it.

You also have the choice of making other WebTests prerequisites for your current test. These are found right underneath the prerequisite lessons.

Test names are on the right of the screen. When you select the check box next to the title, it populates on the left to signify that it is a test prerequisite. You can use the X on the right of the prerequisite to deselect it.

Once you’ve made your choices, select the Assign button in the top right corner to make this WebTest available to specific sections.

Tuesday Tip: Delete or replace archived questions

If you’ve been using Hawkes for a while, you may have noticed that we archive problem types that are not presenting themselves as flawlessly as others. Instead, we create newer and better versions. However, we would never want to remove anything you have assigned without your permission. By replacing the archived questions, your WebTests and curricula will contain the same objectives; this change simply ensures that students will be seeing the latest and greatest problems we offer.

Tests that have archived questions are not compatible
with the web platform, so they can’t be opened in thatA red flag is right next to the quiz title Quiz #1 Review
version of the student courseware. These tests are notated by red flags in your test list when you log into your Grade Book and go to Assignments > WebTests.

From there, you can find a full list of archived questions for each test under Manage > View Archived Cases.

The number of archived cases is listed to the write of the lesson names that are included in the WebTest.

Within the test, there is a notification message to let you know the test can only be opened in the installed platform.

Warning! There are archived questions on this WebTest. Students will need to use the installed software to complete the WebTest.

The individual archived questions are labeled with a red flag when the test is opened in Assignment Builder as well.

Preview of this question is currently not supported in the online version of the Hawkes Learning software.

These questions should be replaced in order for students to access the latest and greatest Hawkes questions and to do so from the web platform. In many cases, there are nearly identical forms of the questions that can replace the archived ones.

If the tests are no longer being used, feel free to delete them from the test list to keep your Grade Book streamlined!

Would you like our help?  Let your Training & Support Specialist know, and we can replace the archived questions for you automatically!  Howeverwe need your permission since that does mean changing questions that you have chosen in the past. Contact us at training@hawkeslearning.com.