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LiveText is the approved system to be used for key assignment submissions, artifact collection, accreditation standards integration, and student assessments in Old Dominion University's Teacher Education Programs.

All students in an initial licensure or advanced program for preparation of school personnel, upon enrolling/registering for their first Education class, are required to purchase the LiveText by Watermark [including Field Experience Management], a Web-based portfolio assessment system, approved by Old Dominion's Teacher Education Council. In addition, students taking a course at ODU in which the instructor requires LiveText are required to purchase a membership.

LiveText is available for student use as an online digital repository, where students can store documents, images and video clips, as long as they are an enrolled at Old Dominion University. In addition, students can continue to use LiveText one year following graduation at no additional cost.

Purchase LiveText

LiveText is available for sale (credit card payment) through the uStore.

Darden College of Education and Professional Studies uStore

You will receive an automated message confirming that payment has been completed. The LiveText keycode will then emailed directly to you by end of the next business day.


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Please visit the LiveText Help Center for detailed information on using all student functions of LiveText, as well as information on getting started, basic navigation, and account setup.

Also available are videos on how to Start an assignment and how to Submit an assignment.

Note: LiveText relies on the use of pop-up windows. Pop-up blocking software should be disabled while using LiveText. For further guidance about pop-ups and LiveText, visit the LiveText Help Center.

Resources for LiveText Assignments


What is LiveText?

LiveTest is a web-based tool that serves as an accreditation management system. The DCoE has been using LiveText on a smaller scale for a couple of years and, as of Fall 2008, is launching it College-wide. This system is a vital component for managing the next NCATE accreditation process. It is a tool for developing, assessing and measuring student learning at the individual student level by course. In addition, at this time, it provides an environment for managing and assessing portfolios and for Teacher Education Services to manage some aspects of student teaching. All of this information will be used for the next NCATE review using LiveText to tabulate and present data. All students are required to purchase LiveText (with the exception of those graduating in Fall 2008) and will use it throughout their DCoE academic career. Only Faculty with "key assessments", those assessments that have been identified as providing evidence of meeting accreditation standards, will need to manage assignments in LiveText. Others may choose to use LiveText to manage course assignments and student submissions, but are not required to do so.

Create an Account

To create a faculty account please contact LiveTextsupport@odu.edu to request a faculty key code.

Please visit the LiveText Help Center for detailed information on using all functions of LiveText, as well as information on getting started, basic navigation, and account setup. Also available is a video on how to Assess student submissions.

Forms to Create/Edit Templates and Rubrics in LiveText

Directions for Creation of the Assignment Placeholder in LiveText

  1. Make sure you have already completed and submitted the form for student project file(s) and associated grading rubric(s) and received confirmation that they are completed.
  2. Email livetextsupport@odu.edu to request the creation of an assignment placeholder. Include the following required information in your email:
    • The course number and all section numbers that the assignment applies to, e.g., ECI 430/530 sections 12345, 22345, 32345, etc.
    • The name of the assignment(s) as it should appear in LiveText.
    • The name of the student project and rubric files (completed previously).
    • Include additional resources that students need to access-attachments, documents,list of URLs, etc. pertinent to the assignment.
    • Any special/specific directions needed to be included in LiveText for students' assignments.
    • If an assignment is to be repeated, as in the case of a portfolio (one long project with multiple assignments to be submitted separately) the same project file can be submitted for different assignments. Unique scoring rubrics may be required (if so, specify which rubric, by title, goes with which assignment. These all must have been previously submitted and created). Please specify if different assignments should be created, how many, in what order, and any other important information specific to each assignment.
  3. Once the assignment placeholder(s) has/have been created and loaded into the course the designated faculty of each course may edit information/directions provided in LiveText. NOTE: Rubrics and student project files CANNOT be edited by designated faculty once loaded into an assignment. Edits to these files once posted for courses can only be made for the following semester, contact Livetextsupport@odu.edu.


Download LiveText Terminology to familiarize yourself with common terms

Faculty View Compared to Student View in LiveText

Wondering what students see in LiveText? In this document you will see the faculty view and student view side-by-side.


Creating rubrics that are aligned to the program's national standards (e.g., CEC, NSTA, NAEYC, etc.) is key to effective grading in LiveText. All rubrics should use a scale that is consistent with the terminology and levels used by the applicable national organization. For assistance with creating rubrics for your key assessments, contact Heather Huling.

Rubrics help:

  • instructors define excellence;
  • students evaluate their own work against defined criteria;
  • communicate goals and results to others;
  • raters be accurate, unbiased and consistent in scoring; and,
  • provide documentation about the procedures used in making judgements about student performance.

(Herman, Aschbacher, and Winters (1992)).

Rubistar is a free online resource that will help you create rubrics in a flash! With little additional work, you will have a finished rubric ready to use in LiveText.

Sample exemplary rubric and guidance on creating rubrics for key assessments

Visit Institutional Assessment's Rubrics site for more information on rubrics.

How to check LiveText class roster for current students

Prior to the start of each semester you should check the LiveText class roster to verify that students are loaded into LiveText and that they have an active LiveText account. For details on how to do this and how to load students into a LiveText course if necessary download the instructions.

Need Help?

Contact your LiveText Department Representative:

Kristina Wayne

For further assistance, please email LiveTextsupport@odu.edu.

NOTE: LiveText relies on the use of pop-up windows. Pop-up blocking software should be disabled while using LiveText. For further guidance about pop-ups and LiveText, visit the LiveText Help Center.

Training Videos

  • Student Training 1 - This brief training video shows a student how to register their LiveText subscription and completing the registration process.
  • Student Training 2 - This training provides students with an Overview of their Livetext account including the Dashboard tab, Courses tab, and Documents tab. A student is also shown how to find a course assignment and grading rubric.
  • Student Training 3 - This training provides students with in-depth training on how to create and modify a LiveText template.
  • Faculty Training 1 - This training provides faculty with an Overview of Livetext including how to locate courses, assignments, and students, how to edit assignment details, and how to check for student assignment submissions.
  • Faculty Training 2 - This training shows faculty how to grade submitted assessments using comments and rubrics. You will also find how to reset assignments, enter grades, and publish grades.
  • LiveText "How to" video

Contact Us

If you have any questions or would like to submit feedback about this website, please email:


LiveText Technical Support:

Complete a request at LiveText Technical Support or call

1-866-LiveText (1-866-548-3839)

mail to:support@livetext.com