BioPortal Instructor Quick Start for Lodish, Molecular Cell Biology, 7e

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BioPortal Instructor Quick Start for Lodish, Molecular Cell Biology, 7e

BioPortal Instructor Quick Start

for Lodish, Molecular Cell Biology, 7e

For technical support call 1-800-936-6899


BioPortal Quick Start

for Lodish Molecular Cell Biology, 7e

Table of Contents

Overview .......................................................................................................................................... 1

System Requirements ..................................................................................................................... 1

Accessing BioPortal ......................................................................................................................... 2

Instructor Access - Adopting BioPortal ........................................................................................ 2

Directing Your Students to Access BioPortal ............................................................................... 2

Logging in to the Course .............................................................................................................. 3

Customize the Portal ....................................................................................................................... 4

The Home Page Layout ............................................................................................................... 4

Adding a Course Description ....................................................................................................... 5

Tab Setup..................................................................................................................................... 5

Setting the Time Zone .................................................................................................................. 6

Viewing the Course as a Student ................................................................................................ 6

Online Help .................................................................................................................................. 6

BioPortal eBook ............................................................................................................................... 7

eBook Functionality ...................................................................................................................... 7

Customizing the eBook ................................................................................................................ 9

Instructor and Student Resources ................................................................................................. 10

Assigning Student Resources ................................................................................................ 10

Quizzes and Assignments ............................................................................................................. 10

Creating a Question Pool ....................................................................................................... 11

Changing Settings for Individual Questions ........................................................................... 11

LearningCurve ............................................................................................................................... 12

Gradebook ..................................................................................................................................... 13

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Overview

Welcome to BioPortal for Harvey Lodish’s Molecular Cell Biology, Seventh Edition. BioPortal

combines an array of instructor and student content with numerous assessment and course

management tools. In this guide, we have outlined steps you can use to set up your course and

get started quickly.

This quick start guide is designed to get you up and running in the course software. You will be

introduced to the main features, and should be comfortable enough to begin working in BioPortal.

After working your way through this guide, you will be able to:

Ensure your computer is properly set up

for BioPortal

Understand how instructors and

students access BioPortal

Login to BioPortal

Customize your BioPortal

System Requirements

The following Web browsers are formally

supported and tested for use with BioPortal:

Windows: Internet Explorer version v6.0 or

above and Firefox version 1.0 or above.

Mac OS X: Firefox version 1.5 and above.

In addition, some BioPortal resources require

Adobe Shockwave Player, Adobe Flash Player,

Apple QuickTime (5.0 or above), RealPlayer (10

or higher), Java, or Adobe Acrobat (version 6 or

above). The latest versions of these plug-ins can

be downloaded free of charge from Adobe, Sun,

or Apple Web sites.

To see which plug-ins you have installed and to

find installers, do the following.

1. Click the System Check link from the

bottom of the BioPortal welcome screen or go directly to

http://courses.bfwpub.com/syscheck/ .

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Access BioPortal eBook content and

customize the eBook page

Find BioPortal course materials and add

new resource content

Create a BioPortal quiz assignment

Access and use BioPortal Gradebook

functions

Note: To view some features of the Portal, you may need to turn off your browser’s pop-up

blocker, and any pop-up blocker(s) in third-party toolbar(s) you may have added to your browser,

such as the Google or Yahoo toolbar.

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Accessing BioPortal

This section describes the procedures for instructors and students to access BioPortal.

Instructor Access - Adopting BioPortal

If you don’t yet have access to your own BioPortal

course, take the following steps to begin your course

activation process:

1. Go to the BioPortal login page at

http://courses.bfwpub.com/lodish7e.

2. Click the ADOPT BioPortal link. A form will pop up.

Fill in all the requested information.

3. Click the Submit button at the bottom of the screen

4. Once you have completed these steps, the course

will be created within 48 hours. You will receive all of

the necessary information and instructions by email.

Directing Your Students to Access

BioPortal

Once you’ve set up your course, you will need to make sure your students know how to register

and access your course. To get access to BioPortal, your students have two options:

1. Purchase an access card for BioPortal at the campus bookstore (either packaged with a

printed textbook or by itself). Then go to http://yourBioPortal.com and select the Register

Your Access Code link under “Students” towards the bottom left of the screen.

2. Purchase instant access to BioPortal online. Go to http://yourBioPortal.com and select the

Purchase Online Access link under “Students” towards the bottom left of the screen. Find

your course on the page and click the Purchase link next to it. Follow the directions on the

screen.

Note: We can provide you with an electronic handout/syllabus insert and PowerPoint slides to

help explain the registration process to your students.

1. Find the book you are using in your course (listed below).

2. Click on “Register your Code” beneath your textbooks title. NOTE: Be sure that you are

registering for the right course (selecting the right textbook)! The textbook you select

should match your access code cards.

3. Fill in the requested personal information to register for the course. When you registering, it’s

always best to use your school (college/university) email address. This will better enable

your instructor to communicate with you about assignments, announcements, etc.

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4. During registration you’ll

also be asked to follow

the on-screen instructions

to find your course. Start

by selecting your school’s

state/province, the school

name, then your

course/instructor, and/or

selections. Make sure

you are selecting the

right course/section!

The course title should

list the class meeting

times you use to verify

that you are selecting the

right course/section.

5. Click “Next” at the bottom

of the page; confirm the

information on the

following screen, and

click “Create Account” to

complete the registration

process. REMEMBER to

write down your

password! You’ll need to

use this password every time you log-in.

Note: Students won’t be able to change their email address once they’ve registered, so they must

choose an address that will be valid for the duration of the course.

Logging in to the Course

Both you and your students should go to http://courses.bfwpub.com/lodish7e to login to the

BioPortal course.

1. Supply your email

address and password.

2. Click LOG IN.

Note: If you or your students

have trouble with a login id or

password, call 1-800-936-

6899 or contact technical

support via email at

techsupport@bfwpub.com.

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Customize the Portal

Once you’ve logged in,

you will arrive on the

home page. From here,

you can access all the

information, tools, and

resources in BioPortal. As

the instructor, you can

access tools to customize

this home page to match

the needs of your class.

The Home Page

Layout

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Course Title and

Description

Home Page

Components

You can customize the “components” available to you and your students on your course home

page. Follow the steps below to add, delete, or change the arrangement of your home page

components.

1. From your home page, select Customize Your Portal in the upper-left corner of the screen.

2. Select Home page layout from the Customize Your Portal page.

3. To add a component to your home page, select it in the list and click the Add Component

button. The item’s

position defaults to

the bottom of Column

1.

4. Drag and drop

component(s) to

rearrange the display

on the home page.

The number of

columns is controlled

by your placement of

the components.

5. To remove a

component, click the

small “X” to the right

of the component

name in the layout.

6. Click the Save button

when you’ve made

your desired changes.

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Adding a Course Description

Add a course description that will appear at the top of your home page.

1. From the home page, click Customize Your Portal in the top-left corner of the window.

2. Click the link for Course

description on the

Customize Your Portal

page.

3. Enter your course

description. You can use

the toolbar to format text,

add links, and add

pictures.

4. Click Submit

Description. Your new

description will be

displayed. If you see a

mistake, follow the same

steps outlined above to

make edits.

Tab Setup

At the top of the portal window are named tabs that jump to significant pages of the online course.

You can modify these tabs and even create a new tab that links to a Web site. Options are also

provided to control which tabs will be available to students.

1. From your home page, select

Customize Your Portal.

2. Select Tab setup from the

Customize Your Portal page.

3. Click the about link for a

description of the tab’s function.

4. Click the checkboxes to include

or remove tabs from your course.

5. Rename the tabs by changing the

text in the input fields.

6. Use the yes/no radio buttons to

indicate whether or not each tab

should be available to students.

7. Reorder the tabs using the up

down Move arrowheads.

8. For Custom tabs, you will be

asked to supply a URL or content

item to link to from the tab.

9. When you're done, click the

Apply Changes button at the

bottom of the page.

10. Click the Revert to Default

Settings button to abandon changes.

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Setting the Time Zone

The time zone function affects due dates, calendar dates, and other settings in the Portal. By

default, Portal courses are set to US Eastern Time. Follow the steps below to set the time zone

for your course.

1. From your home page, select Customize Your Portal.

2. Select Time zone settings from the Customize Your Portal page.

3. Use the radio buttons to indicate your time zone.

4. Click the Submit button to complete the setting.

Note: Daylight savings time changes will be automatically taken care of by the Portal.

Viewing the Course as a Student

In some places, the portal you see is very different from what your students see. Students

don't have any of the options you have to

add course content or edit components.

1. To see how the online course looks to your

students, click the view as button in the top-left

corner of the portal window.

2. Click OK to confirm entering Student view.

3. In Student view, you won't be able to modify the

course, grade assignments, or do any of your

usual instructor tasks. To return to Instructor

view, click view as again, and click OK.

The current view mode is indicated by either (Student) or (Instructor) after your name in the topright

of the portal window.

Online Help

Details on using the many

BioPortal features and tools are

available in Online Help.

1. Click the Help button in the lowerleft

corner of the BioPortal window.

2. Explore the information available

and close the window when

finished.

Note: To sign up for a live, Web-based

training session, visit us at

http://bfwtraining.webex.com/ Sessions

take about an hour and a trainer walks

you through all of the tools and options.

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BioPortal eBook

The BioPortal eBook is a complete online version of Harvey Lodish’s Molecular Cell Biology,

Seventh Edition.

eBook Functionality

Links throughout the eBook connect to numerous study tools such as tutorials, animations, and

flashcards – all designed to make the learning experience more effective and relevant.

1. To open the eBook’s table of contents, click the EBOOK tab at the top of the page.

2. Once you’re in the eBook, use the Navigation Pane (on the left) and the Previous and Next

links to get around in a chapter or to go to another chapter. Use the Search box in the upperright

corner of the window to jump to the eBook section corresponding to a given printed

page, or use it to find information on any given topic.

3. Use the Open in new window link to keep an eBook page open while you visit other Portal

content.

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eBook Tools allow you and your students to access bookmarking,

glossary, highlighting and note-taking functionality. Double-clicking

any phrase in the eBook will highlight the phrase.

Top notes will always appear at the top of the page, whereas sticky

notes can be moved to anywhere on the page. To add a note:

1. When looking at any page in the ebook, click eBook Tools.

From the resulting pop-up, click Add a Sticky Note or Add a

Top Note.

2. Type in your note.

3. If you want your students

to see this note, choose

Public from the dropdown

menu above the

note text. “Private” notes

will not be visible to your

students.

4. Click SAVE. If you

designated the note as

public, your students will

automatically see the note

on this section the next

time they log in. (Students

can also add their own

notes to each section;

their notes will show up

right above yours in their

“copy” of the eBook.)

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Customizing the eBook

In addition to the annotation functionality

noted above, the BioPortal eBook provides

powerful options to manage, customize and

assign eBook content.

You can easily rearrange the chapters in

your course’s copy of the eBook to match

the order in which you will cover topics in

your course. To do so, follow these steps:

1. Click the EBOOK tab at the top of the

Portal to see the eBook table of

contents.

2. Click the rearrange link just under the

eBook title.

3. Drag and drop the chapters in the

subsequent screen to reorder them.

4. Click Save when finished.

Full chapters or chapter sections of the

eBook can be assigned and scheduled for

students.

1. Navigate to and select Chapter 1 in the eBook.

2. Select the change settings link under the chapter title.

3. Click the Assignment tab.

4. Click the Assign Item checkbox. A dialog opens where you can specify a due date. Other

available options are to schedule a reminder email for students and to optionally include the

item in the gradebook. As you may not be sure of dates at this time, you can click Cancel to

abandon this assignment until you are ready. If you do Save it, you can always unassign it

later.

You can also add new content items (e.g. web

links, uploaded documents, or pages you write

from scratch right in the Portal) anywhere in

the eBook.

1. Navigate to the chapter or section folder

where you want to add the item and click

the add content link under the folder title.

2. Click Link to create a link to another Web

site (for example).

3. As you may not have a link in mind at this

time, you need not save this new content

item. Note, however, that on the Content

tab of the New Link settings you would

supply a link name – e.g. Psych Link. At

the bottom of the Content tab you would

supply a Link URL.

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Instructor and Student Resources

Study tools such as tutorials, animations, and flashcards are linked throughout the eBook

sections. In addition to the eBook sections, these tools are available directly from the COURSE

MATERIALS tab. You (but not your students) can also access instructor-specific resources, such

as PowerPoint slides, video clips, and assessment resources.

1. From anywhere in

the Portal, select

the tab for

COURSE

MATERIALS.

2. From the

STUDENT

RESOURCES dropdown

you can

review some of the

resources available to students.

3. Use the INSTRUCTOR RESOURCES drop-down to select Presentation Materials and the

chapters drop-down to select Chapter 1.

4. Click the go button.

5. Click one of the folder links to access the materials and explore.

Assigning Student Resources

1. Once you’ve selected a student resource you can click Assign Item at the top.

2. Click the checkbox for Assign Item (show in Assingments tab) and enter the due date.

3. Click the checkbox for Include item in Gradebook and enter the points possible.

4. Click Save

Quizzes and Assignments

In BioPortal, you have a wealth of activities, quizzes, quiz questions, and eBook content you can

access to shape your course. You can also create assignments using your own content, which

you can add to the course. Here, we’ll walk you through creating a quiz. Anything in BioPortal can

be assigned, using the procedures outlined here.

1. Click on the ASSIGNMENT CENTER tab in the BioPortal banner frame. The Assignment

Center will be blank when you first get your course, but as you add assignments, they will be

conveniently listed here for you and your students.

2. Click Add an assignment, then select Quiz or Test from the Create a new assignment

drop-down and click go.

3. To quickly create a quiz and start adding

questions, enter the quiz name and click

Create Instant Quiz. You can come back to

the Assignment Center later to set the due

date and other settings (for example, you can

scramble the questions and/or multiple

choice answers in the quiz). (To edit these

settings before creating the quiz, you would

click Create Quiz & Edit Settings).

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4. Now that you have created an instant quiz, you will now be in the question picker. While you

could add questions from the hundreds of provided questions in a BioPortal question bank,

try creating a question of your own for now. Under the Create your Own dialog box, use the

drop-down to view your

options. Select Multiple

Choice and click go.

5. In the text field type the

question “What is 2 + 3?”. In

the answer fields put 4, 5, 6,

7, and next to 5, put 1 point.

6. In General Feedback, type

“See section 4.1 for review”.

7. Click Save.

8. Note that your new question

will be listed on the right side

of the screen.

9. Questions can be edited by

clicking the pencil icons ( )

and deleted by clicking the

( ) icons. Click the done

adding questions link at the

top of the screen when you

have finished. Back at the Assignment Center, you will see your new quiz added. You can

experiment and take the quiz. Click the Remove button associated with the quiz to Unassign

it.

Creating a Question Pool

To help randomize the questions that a student receives in a quiz you have the option of creating

question pool. This way you could create a small pool of similar problems and have one

randomly selected to be included in the quiz, or you could create a large pool (up to 100

questions) and have a certain number randomly selected in order to generate the entire quiz.

This ensures that no two students will receive exactly the same quiz

To Create a question pool, select all the questions you want to include in your pool from the

question bank / question chooser. Then click Add as a Question Pool and enter the number of

questions from the pool you want included in the test.

Changing Settings for Individual Questions

From the Assignment Center, click the quiz you want to change. Click the pencil icon in front of

the question you want to change the settings for. This will activate the "question editor." From

here you can change a variety of settings including.

Allow try again mode to let students repeat the question or allow hints for the question

Set the difficulty the question will be listed as in the question bank

Change the desired number of points for the question. Note: Be sure to check the box

“re-grade submissions” if you wan the changes to affect students who have already taken

the quiz.

Set the feedback given to students after they answer the question.

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LearningCurve

LearningCurve is an adaptive activity to help students solidify their understanding and retention of

the course material while providing instructors with information about which areas students are

strong in and where they need improvement. Students complete the activity by answering

questions from a specific chapter in the eBook until they have accumulated the target activity

score. If students answer questions incorrectly, they are

given additional questions until the target activity score

is reached. After each question is answered students

are given feedback about the correct answer and a link

to the section in the textbook covering the topic. For

more information about how LearningCurve works and

what its features are, you can access the Frequently-

Asked Questions from any individual LearningCurve

activity.

To assign LearningCurve activities, click on the

LearningCurve Tab from any page. For each chapter

click Assign to set a due date and point value in the

gradebook for that chapter’s LearningCurve activity.

Keep in mind that points are only for completion. As

long as a student correctly answers enough questions to

reach the target activity score, they will receive full credit for the assignment.

From here you can also click on the chapter title to review the LearningCurve activity. This allows

the instructor to preview the activity as a student, change the target score, and access the

Frequently-Asked Questions page.

After students complete a LearningCurve activity, they

get feedback on the percentage of questions they

answered correctly for each

topic within the chapter. This

way they have a better sense

of what areas they need to

focus their studies on.

Finally, as an instructor, you

can click Report to access a

class performance report for

each chapter. You can

review either overall class

performance in each topic

area or individual student

performance and completion.

This can be useful because it helps instructors identify

which students are struggling with the material as well as

identify which topics the class as a whole is finding

challenging. For example, a teacher can assign a chapter and the LearningCurve activity that

goes with it before their lecture and use the class performance report to help them focus their

lecture on the areas that the students had the most trouble with.

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Gradebook

The BioPortal Gradebook functions much like gradebooks in other learning management systems

such as Blackboard, WebCT, and Angel.

1. Click on the GRADEBOOK tab.

2. Under the page title, click Course Roster and review.

3. Click Attendance under the page title and review.

4. Click the drop-down for Other Gradebook Functions and note your options.

5. Students are listed in rows; assignments are listed in columns. Click on a student to see

his/her grade details.

6. Click a column heading to get a menu of options for an assignment or assignment category.

7. Note the button for a Printable Version of your gradebook.

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