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  1. To use this tool, you must first register. It is free and no information you submit (except your area code) is tracked by HPR*TEC.
  2. Click on the Professor Registration link near the top of the home page.


    Registration Page

  4. Fill in the blanks as requested and Submit your registration.
  5. Be sure you remember your password and e-mail address that you typed here. You will need it to log-in later.
  6. Click the Proceed to the Faculty Home Page if you want to set up a workspace for your students now.
  7. If you wish to do this later, you can leave the Action Research Site and log-in at a later time.

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  1. After you have registered, you can return at any time and log-in to use this tool.
  2. Click on the Professor Log-in link at the top of the home page.


    Professor Log-in

  4. Type your e-mail address and password exactly as you entered it when you registered. It is case-sensitive so if you used any capital letters when registering be sure you capitalize those letters here also.
  5. You will be taken to the Faculty Home Page that directs you to the rest of the site. If you ever get lost, go to this page.
  6. You can return to the Action Research Network Home Page from any portion of the site by clicking on the Action Research Network logo.

The Professor Home Page
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    Professor Home Page

  1. When doing most of your work, you will start at the Faculty Home Page. From there you will choose what you want to do.
  2. Simply take the appropriate link and follow directions on the pages to accomplish your goals.
  3. Use the links at the top of the page to quickly navigate back to the different sections of the faculty home page from anywhere in the site.

First Steps
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  1. You must create an area where you can review the action projects for a particular course before you complete any further steps. To do this you will add a course. Choose the Add/Edit a Course link from the Faculty Home Page.
  2. This will take you to a page where you actually add a course. Choose the Add A New Class link.


    Create New Course

  4. Type in the information about your course and click the Add New Course button. Note that the assignment you type here is what all your students in this class will see. You can leave the assignment blank if you so choose.
  5. You will see a page that now lists your course. IMPORTANT: Next to the course name is the Course Passcode. Your students must enter this passcode into their project for you to be able to review their work.
  6. If you have several courses by the same name where action research takes place, simply designate them in some way that will help you identify which is which.

Reviewing Class Projects
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  1. When students have completed portions of their project, added the course code that links their project to your course, and submitted their work for review, you can view/review those parts of the project. To do this, choose View my students' research projects and current approvals link from the Faculty Home Page.



  3. You must then choose the course in which you wish to view the students work. Click on the appropriate course name. Note that you can see how many projects have been submitted in the table next to the project name. When the class is completed, you can also archive the class projects on this page. This will delete all projects from that class except those you have marked as model projects or students have designated as publicly available. Archiving makes it easier to separate current and past student's work, and reduces the load on our server.
  4. You will then see a list of students who have submitted work on the project page. Click on the title of a project that needs review (note that each project is labeled as to whether it needs review or not).



  6. Here you will see the drafts of each section of the student work, along with the approval status for each draft. We recommend that you review only the newest drafts that have not been reviewed. Click on the appropriate link for the Section you want to review.


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  8. The student's material for this section will appear at the top of the page. After reading it, you can approve it or not. You can also write comments to the student about the material.
  9. To review the material, click the mouse and hold on the Select Status button. Move the mouse down to the appropriate status level (e.g., approved, not approved). Write any comments you wish to send the student about this section. Then click the button entitled Submit Status and Feedback for the Section. Your feedback will be sent to the student's message box.


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  11. The View Project page should come up so you can select another section of this student's work to review.
  12. If you want to review other Projects, select the Projects link near the top of the page, then choose the appropriate course again.

Marking and Viewing Model Projects
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  1. If you want to use certain student projects as models for students in future classes, you should mark these projects as "Model Projects."
  2. Choose View my students research projects and Current Approvals link from the Faculty Home Page, then choose the appropriate course link.


    Set Model Project

  4. To the far right of each project name is a button in a column entitled Is This A Model Project?. To make a project as a model project, be sure the pull-down menu reads Yes (otherwise, click and hold then drag down to Yes), and then click the Submit button. This ensures this project is available to you even when a class has been archived.

Searching for Projects
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  1. You can search for completed projects made by students other than your own if those students have chosen to make their final drafts public. To search the project database, click on Search Action Research Project Archive link. Then, click on the link that best describes the material for which you want to search (e.g., Grade Level).



  3. Then choose the parameters (e.g., Grades K-1 and Grades 2-3) by clicking on the desired checkboxes (you should see a checkmark appear) and clicking the Search button.
NOTE: Until we have used this tool for a semester, there will be no completed projects in the system, so you will probably get several incomplete projects if you search before the semester is over.
The Final Draft and Bibliography
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  1. It is important that you and your students realize that the final draft and bibliography are made by fitting information the student submits into a generic template. Since the designers of this tool are not sure what a student might type, the result is not a polished product (particularly since this is the first version of the tool).


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  3. IMPORTANT: Students will probably need to edit their Final Draft and Bibliography and turn in a printed copy. To edit, they should do the following to transfer the information into a word processor where they can make final edits.
    • View the final draft (or bibliography),
    • Select all the material (click and drag),
    • Use Edit->Copy from the browser menu to copy that material
    • Open a word processor program, such as Microsoft Word.
    • Use Edit->Paste in that program, save the file and then do the edits.
    • Print out the final draft and turn in the printed copy.
  4. When projects are made searchable, the final draft is what is viewed.

Message Center
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  • Use the link to the message center from the Faculty Home Page or the Messages link at the top of all Faculty pages when you want to view messages from your students related to the action research projects or when you want to send a message to a student. This center also stores messages you have sent students so you can check back to see if they have made requested changes.

Changing Personal Information
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  • If you need to change any of your personal information you can do so by clicking the Edit Personal Information link on the Faculty Home Page. Delete and retype any information you wish to change, then click the Update Personal Information button at the bottom of the form.

Locate Forgotten Course Passcodes
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  • From the Faculty Home Page, choose the View/Print Course Codes for all my classes link.

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