Student Accounts

Student accounts can...

  • Utilize the notification feed and To Do List on the Home page to view and open assignments

  • View their Classes and the Class Board of announcements per class

  • Open and progress through Lessons

  • Utilize the Bookshelf to organize, share resources, and view shared resources.

  • Take Assessments

  • View class grades and standards performance in the Gradebook

  • View results of third party assessment data in Reports

  • View the class Blog for classroom discussions, or private messages to teachers

  • Utilize the Calendar to keep track of events.

  • View and contribute to the Portfolio of selected student work

  • Take the Thrively assessment in the Learning Profile

What is unique to a student account?

Open and progress through Lessons

  • At the moment, family accounts can see the list of assigned Lessons on the Home page (see Home section below for information about the To Do List).

  • We are currently working on allowing family accounts to view Lesson content as well. That update is coming soon!

Take Assessments

  • Only student accounts can access Assessments. Assessment results and data are collected and organized based on the student who took it.

  • Family accounts receive a notification on their Home page when an assessment is assigned, and when the assessment has been graded. Once graded, family accounts can see assessment results in the Gradebook.

View and participate in class Polls

  • Since they are only used to check for understanding or do class surveys, Polls are designed to be ephemeral for both students and teachers. Otus does not store Poll results and they are not recorded for a grade.

Family Accounts

Family accounts can...

  • View the notification feed and To Do List on the Home page

  • View linked students and Add Students

  • View class grades and standards performance in the Gradebook

  • View results of third party assessment data in Reports

  • View their student's Classes and Class Board of announcements, or send Email to teachers

  • View the Portfolio of selected student work

  • View student's results on the Thrively assessment in the Learning Profile

  • View class Blog posts and comments made by either the teacher or their student

  • View the student's Bookshelf as well as resources shared by the teacher

  • View the Calendar to keep track of events

  • Search through the Help Center articles and videos

What is unique to a family account?

My Students

Help Center

💡 If students have questions about using Otus, their teacher or the school district is the best resource since they are able to provide appropriate context.


Home

Available In: Student, Family

Primary Use: A notification feed for class activity. Note - Family accounts can only open certain notifications (blog posts, class board announcements). Lessons and Assessments notifications cannot be opened in family accounts.

Secondary Use: A To Do list of all current and outstanding Lessons and Assessments

Specific Functions

💡 Tip from the Otus Team:

Since family accounts do not have access to the Lessons or Assessments modules, clicking on a notification or To Do list item will not open the assignment. Only student accounts may open the lesson or assessment content itself. Note - Family access to Lessons is coming soon!

Resources:


Classes

Available In: Student, Family

Primary Use: View class list and accompanying class recognitions. Access the Class Board.

Secondary Use: Family accounts may email teachers.

Specific Functions

Resources:

Students - Class Board

Family - View Student Classes, View Student Recognitions

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My Students

Available In: Family

Primary Use: Family members have access to specific information regarding each of the students linked to their account.

Specific Functions

Resources:

Getting Started Guide for Families

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Lessons

Available In: Student

Primary Use: Students navigate through a series of activities or resources to complete.

Specific Functions

💡Tip from the Otus Team:

The development team is currently working on making the Lessons content available to view in family accounts. For now, family accounts can view lesson titles, due dates, and their student's progress in the To Do list (see Home section above for more information).

Resources:

Students - How to Complete a Lesson

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Bookshelf

Available In: Student, Family

Primary Use: View resources that teachers shared. Students may also add and organize their own resources on My Bookshelf.

Specific Functions

Resources:

Students - Using the Bookshelf

Family - View A Student’s Bookshelf

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Assessments

Available In: Student

Primary Use: Students can advance through an assessment and submit it to the teacher. View a list of all current and past assessments.

Specific Functions

Resources

Student - Take an Advanced Assessment, Take a Simple Assessment, Submitting a Rubric Assessment.

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Gradebook

Available In: Student, Family

Primary Use: View grades that measure student growth or overall performance.

Specific Functions

💡 Tips from the Otus Team:

Otus has two gradebooks: the points gradebook and the standards gradebook. Districts have the option to make both available or choose to only use one gradebook.

Resources:

Students - Viewing the Gradebook

Family - Viewing the Gradebook

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Reports

Available In: Student, Family

Primary Use: View student results from 3rd Party assessments (such as NWEA, IAR, SBAC, etc.).

Specific Functions

💡 Tip from the Otus Team:

This tab is made available by the district-controlled settings and may not be available in all student/family accounts.

Resources:

Students: Viewing 3rd Party Data

Family: View Student's 3rd Party Data

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Poll

Available In: Student

Primary Use: Students can participate in quick, ungraded class surveys.

Specific Functions

Resources:

Students - Taking Polls

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Blog

Available In: Student, Family

Primary Use: Teachers can have informal, conversational-style communication with the class.

Specific Functions

Resources:

Students - Using the Blog

Family - View the Blog

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Calendar

Available In: Student, Family

Primary Use: For students and families to keep track of events and assessments.

Specific Functions

Resources:

Students - Using the Calendar

Family - View a Class Calendar

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Porfolio

Available In: Student, Family

Primary Use: A place to collect pieces of student work, including assessments, blog posts, artifacts, and file uploads.

Specific Functions

Resources:

Students - Viewing and Adding to the Portfolio

Family - Viewing the Portfolio

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Learning Profile

Available In: Student, Family

Primary Use: An assessment that students can take to help identify their strengths, areas for improvement, and passions. Students take the Thrively Assessment, of which the results are posted in their Learning Profile.

Specific Functions

Resources:

Student & Family - Viewing the Learning Profile


Help

Available In: Family

Primary Use: To access our Knowledge Base of help articles.

Specific Functions

  • Selecting this module takes users to a separate webpage where they can search through our Knowledge Base.

💡 Tips from the Otus Team:

  • Family members can also reach out to our Support Team without needing to go to the Help module - just look for the chat icon in the bottom-right corner of the screen.

  • If students have questions about using Otus, their teacher or the school district is the best resource since they are able to provide appropriate context.

Resources:

Otus Knowledge Base

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