How do I define students?

The short answer: you don't. The long answer depends on whether you are using BookWidgets as a standalone program, or from within a digital learning environment / learning management system (LMS).

Using BookWidgets integrated in a learning environment

If you're using BookWidgets integrated in a learning environment, e.g. Google Classroom, Canvas, Moodle, Schoology, Blackboard or another LTI-enabled LMS, we'll use the information from this system to identify the students, you don't need to do this in our environment yourself.

In general, the flow you'll be using will be as follows.

  1. You create a widget using the BookWidgets web editor, either in our environment or integrated in the learning system.
  2. You share widgets through the learning system. By doing that, you identify the course and the group of students to whom the widget is sent, as well as the account to which the answers need to be sent.
  3. Students will open the widgets from within the learning environment. At this point in time, student information will be submitted. This information is used for:
    • creating a student account in our environment;
    • storing their work on our servers, which entails they can continue their work on a widgets from different devices;
    • associating answers that are sent in with the correct student. This allows us to present the answers in the right course/class, and to show all work associated with a particular student;
    • presenting a live view of your students at work.

Using BookWidgets standalone

If you're using BookWidgets as a standalone program, the widget will have to be sent to your students through some other means. These could be:

  • inserting the widget in an eBook or a web page;
  • sending the link to the widget by email or a student communication system with which we've not integrated;
  • handing the shortcode to the widget to your students, e.g. by writing it on a blackboard;
  • using a widget QR code.

If you're using BookWidgets standalone, you don't define the students up-front, nor are they logged in into the widget. However, they'll need to submit, at the very least, their name and their email address. When you go to Title/Reporting > Submission form data, you can configure how you'd like submissions to happen in more detail. The submission form is a powerful tool! Read more about it here.

If you're using widget links or QR codes, the answers are usually sent to your account (if you've not disabled this when creating the link). If you're only using the shortcode, it's best to also define the account, or a list of possible accounts the answers need to be sent to, so the student can select.

When you're using BookWidgets standalone, the data that users enter in a widget will be stored on the device they're using instead of on our servers. This could be inside of an eBook, or in browser storage.


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