FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS—Account Administrator

My Account

  1. I just received my username and password. When does my access to the Exchange begin?
  2. How long does a login account last?
  3. Can I purchase a login for two years?
  4. Can I change my password?
  5. Can other members of the Exchange view my personal information?

Groups

  1. What is a group?
  2. How do I set up a group?
  3. Should every group have a manager?
  4. How does a group manager learn her username and password?

Group Access Key

  1. What is a group access key?
  2. What do I do with a group access key?

Curriculum Framework

  1. What is a curriculum framework?
  2. What is the difference between subject-level and course/grade-level frameworks?
  3. What is the difference between curriculum mapping and curriculum frameworks?
  4. Who can design course/grade-level curriculum frameworks?
  5. Who can design subject-level curriculum frameworks?

Reports

  1. What reports can I generate?
  2. How do I print the reports?
  3. Why do I have three different reports on one page?

Creating a Unit

  1. Do I have to wait for the account administrator or group manager to create a curriculum framework?
  2. Do I have to complete my unit all at once?
  3. Do I have to begin at Stage 1?
  4. I need to insert a Web page address. How can I make a hyperlink?
  5. How do I print a unit?
  6. I finished my unit. What do I do next?
  7. How can I receive stars for my unit?
  8. How are units rated?

Managing Units

  1. Can I adapt a previously created unit?
  2. Can I delete a unit?
  3. What happened to the blue ribbons and gold cups?

Expert Review

  1. How does the expert review process work?
  2. How many expert reviews are allowed per subscription?
  3. Is an expert review required?
  4. I received feedback from an expert in the previous version of the UbD Exchange. Where is it?

Peer Review

  1. Can I send my unit to my colleagues to review?
  2. I received feedback from a peer before September 2006. Where is it?

Other Questions

  1. Where do I go for more help?

 

 

My Account

  1. I just received my username and password. When does my access to the Exchange begin?

    Access begins on the date of the purchase and lasts for one year after that date. Your expiration date is listed on the My Account page.

  2. How long does a login account last?

    Each login account lasts for one year from the day it was purchased.

  3. Can I purchase a login for two years?

    You can only purchase a login for one year at a time. If you want to extend your access to the Exchange, you can do so by renewing your account.

  4. Can I change my password?

    Yes. You can change your password on the My Account page.

  5. Can other members of the Exchange view my account information?

    If you are a member of a group, your account administrator has access to this information. When you create a unit, your name will be the only information available to other Exchange participants.

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Groups

  1. What is a group?

    Accounts can be made of different groups. In larger accounts, groups help with account management.

  2. How do I set up a group?

    To add a group, click on Add Group from the left navigation. View the step-by-step instructions for adding a subgroup in the Help section.

  3. Should every group have a manager?

    Groups do not need to have a manager. In some cases, the account administrator will work directly with the designers.

  4. How does a group manager learn her username and password?

    Group managers receive e-mail notification of their username and password. After entering the Exchange, users can modify their passwords on the My Account page.

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Group Access Key

  1. What is a group access key?

    A group access key is a generic key that is system-generated and sent to the account administrator. The account administrator then sets up a group and e-mails designers the group access key. When the designers log in, they will be asked to fill in their account information.

  2. What do I do with a group access key?

    After setting up the groups, the account administrator e-mails the group access key to designers. When the designers log in, they enter their information.

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Curriculum Framework

  1. What is a curriculum framework?

    The curriculum framework contains overarching and topical elements that refer to subject and course/grade levels. For example, if a district wanted to ensure that its designers used the same curriculum framework, the account administrator would set up that content in the subject-level curriculum framework so that designers would see it when they created their units.

  2. What is the difference between subject-level and course/grade-level frameworks?

    Subject-level curriculum frameworks contain "overarching" elements. Course/grade-level frameworks contain "topical" elements.

  3. What is the difference between curriculum mapping and curriculum frameworks?

    Curriculum mapping was the term used to describe the links between programs and subjects in the original Exchange. In order for designers to create a unit in the original Exchange, they had to wait until the administrators entered program and subject names. In this version of the Exchange, a curriculum map is referred to as a curriculum framework because it includes the backward design framework content as well as subject- and course/grade-level names.

  4. Who can design course/grade-level curriculum frameworks?

    Everyone in the Exchange has the right to create course/grade-level curriculum frameworks.

  5. Who can design subject-level curriculum frameworks?

    All account administrators can create subject-level curriculum frameworks. They can also assign the right to their group managers. A group manager with the right to create subject-level curriculum frameworks will still be able to create course/grade-level curricululm frameworks.

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Reports

  1. What reports can I generate?

    You can generate reports on groups, designers, and completed units.

  2. How do I print the reports?

    To print reports, use your Web browser's print function.

  3. Why do I have three different reports on one page?

    Each of the fields on the Reports main page generates a separate report. If you want to see one report, select content from one of the fields.

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Creating a Unit

  1. Do I have to wait for the account administrator or group manager to create a curriculum framework?

    No. You can begin creating units without a curriculum framework.

  2. Do I have to complete my unit all at once?

    No. You can save your unit at any stage by clicking on the Save button. To begin working on your unit at a later time, open the unit by clicking on the unit title on your Exchange home page.

  3. Do I have to begin at Stage 1?

    No. You can begin your unit at any stage by clicking on the section titles in the left navigation bar or in the unit itself.

  4. I need to insert a Web page address. How can I make a hyperlink?

    Type the entire URL, including "http://". The hyperlink will automatically be created.

  5. How do I print a unit?

    On your Exchange home page, you can print a unit by clicking on unit title and clicking the Print Version button in the upper right corner of the page. Then use your Web browser's print function to print the page. This option is available on all pages when you are creating or updating a unit.

  6. I finished my unit, what do I do next?

    Once you complete your unit, you can send it to a peer or an expert for review.

  7. How can I receive stars for my unit?

    You can receive stars when you send your complete unit for expert review. The expert reviewer will rate your unit and award stars for exemplary content during the final review.

  8. How are units rated?

    Expert reviewers award stars, up to four, on the basis of excellence. In order for a section (essential questions, enduring understandings, performance tasks, and learning activities) to receive a star, the majority of components within that section must be excellent. For example, if a unit designer writes five essential questions and the expert reviewer determines that four are excellent, each of those excellent questions will be marked as excellent, and the section itself will receive a star rating.

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Managing Units

  1. Can I adapt a previously created unit?

    Yes. Sharing is encouraged in the Exchange. Search for the unit you wish to adapt, select the unit, and click on Save to My Favorites. To modify a unit, you have to move the unit from the My Favorites section on your Exchange home page by clicking on the unit title and selecting Copy to My Units.

  2. Can I delete a unit?

    Incomplete units can be deleted from the Exchange database.

    To delete a unit, click on the unit title on your Exchange Home page and then click the Delete button in the upper right corner of the page. Complete units cannot be deleted from Exchange, but they can be removed from your Exchange Home page. You can retrieve these units by searching for them again and adding them to your favorites. Incomplete units that are removed cannot be retrieved.

  3. What happened to the blue ribbons and gold cups?

    The blue ribbons and gold cups were replaced with stars. One blue ribbon is equivalent to one star, and a gold cup is equivalent to four stars.

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Expert Review

  1. How does the expert review process work?

    The expert reviewers are qualified Understanding by Design practitioners and have been selected by other experts in the field to provide unit reviews. The expert review process involves two rounds of review: the initial review and the final review. The same expert will review your unit during both stages of review.

    You will receive your unit review within two weeks of submission. An e-mail message will arrive in your inbox notifying you of the review. Expert reviewer comments can be viewed on the Unit Overview page by clicking on the View Experts Comments button in the upper right corner. The expert review comments can only be viewed by the unit designer.

    You have a period of 30 days after receipt of your initial review to revise your unit (if needed) and to resend it for final review. Star rating awards for units will be assigned by the expert reviewer during the final review.

  2. How many expert reviews are allowed per subscription?

    Only one (1) expert review is allowed per year.

  3. Is an expert review required?

    No. You can choose whether you want your unit reviewed by an expert. You can also receive feedback from your peers in the Exchange.

  4. I received feedback from an expert in the previous version of the UbD Exchange. Where is it?

    Expert reviewer comments can be viewed via the Unit Overview page. Open the unit and select the View Expert's Comments button in the upper right corner. The expert review comments can only be viewed by the unit designer.

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Peer Review

  1. Can I send my unit to my colleagues to review?

    Yes, but you can only send your unit to your colleagues in your group on the Exchange. Units have to be completed in order to send for review. Open the Unit Overview page by clicking on the unit title from your Exchange home page. Click the Send Unit for Review button; then select the group memeber that you wish to send the peer review to. Type in a message in the Comments field and click Send. You will receive the peer reviewer's comments in your Message Center inbox.

  2. I received feedback from a peer before September 2006. Where is it?

    No peer reviews completed prior to September 2006 are available for viewing.

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Other Questions

  1. Where do I go for extra help?
    • For technical support, contact ASCD's webhelp at webhelp@ascd.org.
    • Click on Help in the top navigation bar and select Glossary for common Understanding by Design terms.
    • Click on Web Resources in the top navigation bar to get up-to-date articles, events, and Web resources.
    • Click on Design Standards in the top navigation bar to view and print the design standards.
    • Contact your group members through Message Center.

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