Login or Create account

High School Students and Parents

Each activity will appear as a link with either a phone icon  (indicating it may be done on either a mobile device or a desktop/laptop) or a leaf  (indicating it can only be done on a desktop or laptop). When you click on an activity, you will be taken to the first question in the activity.

From the main page, click the name of your class near the middle of the page. Activities (and anything else your teacher has linked or uploaded for you) can be found in the white area in the middle of the page. All of the resources for your class are organized according to unit. Click on the green link to access the activity you have been assigned.

Another easy way to access activities is to use the "Upcoming Events" block found in the top right corner of the page. Activities with upcoming due dates will also appear here. Click on the link in this block to take you to the activity as well.

If you have already looked for your activity and still can't find it, there is a possibility that your teacher has temporarily hidden the assignment from you. Please notify your teacher that you are unable to view the activity.

You can leave and come back later (just make sure you finish before the due date). Your current answer doesn't save until you click "Check Answer," though, so make sure to finish whatever you're in the middle of doing. You don't have to completely finish the question, but finish the answer you're typing, or you'll have to start that answer over. 

You can skip around in the assignment as much as you want (just make sure you finish before the due date). Your current answer doesn't save until you click "Check Answer," though, so make sure to finish whatever you're in the middle of doing. You don't have to completely finish the question, but finish the answer you're typing, or you'll have to start that answer over. 

Common student errors:  

General:

  • Make sure you follow any special instructions given in the question. Some questions may ask for: a certain number of significant figures, the states of matter in a chemical formula, etc.
  • Make sure you have answered every part of the question. Some questions have more than one part. You must answer every part of the question correctly when you click "Check Answer" to receive full credit.

Text Entry:

  • Make sure your spelling is correct. Incorrectly spelled answers will always be graded incorrect.

Equation Entry (Chemistry):

  • If there are rules about the case of letters in your answer, make sure your answer is capitalized correctly. (For example, "CO" is carbon monoxide, which is not the same thing as "Co" cobalt.)
  • Make sure you follow subscript and superscript rules. (For example, when written correctly, the formula for water should appear as H2O not H2O.)
  • Make sure you have not used zero in place of an "o" or vice-verse. (For example, when written correctly, the formula for water should appear as H2O not H20.)

Equation Entry (Math):

  • Answers are case-sensitive. For example, "A" will be graded differently than "a".
  • If there are multiple terms in the denominator of a fraction, you may need to enclose the entire denominator in parentheses. For example x/(y+z) is not the same as x/y+z. Alternatively, you can omit the parentheses by using a stacked fraction.

Numeric Entry:

  • Make sure you have rounded correctly.

Multiple Select:

  • Multiple select questions may have more than one correct choice, you must select all of the correct choicess to receive credit.

Labeling:

  • Some labels may be used more than once. You must use each label as many times as necessary to identify the parts of the module correctly and receive credit.

IMPORTANT Currently, mobile assignments can only be printed one page at a time, using your browser's print function. Instructions for printing non-mobile assignments are given here.

While we recommend completing your assignments online to avoid wasting paper, we understand that sometimes it is easier to work things out on paper. To print an activity:

  1. Click the activity you wish to print.
  2. Click the Print button in the top bar of the assignment. (If the icon is not available, your instructor has disabled printing for that assignment.)
  3. Choose whether you want to print the entire assignment or to print the current item (one single question.)
  4. Follow any additional on-screen prompts (these will depend on your computer's printing settings.)
  5. Complete the assignment.
  6. Return to the site to enter your answers and receive feedback. Be careful to match each question to what you see on screen.

To curb cheating, we do not allow you to print your work or the solutions for activities.


Sorting questions are similar to matching questions on paper homework. To answer this type of question: click, drag and drop, each of the blue answers into the correct bin.


Labeling questions in Sapling activities are similar to labeling questions on paper homework. To answer this type of question: click, drag and drop labels into the correct bins. Note that some labeling questions will allow you to use a label more than once. In the example above, the labels "green" and "big" have been enabled for multiple usage.


Ranking questions are questions that require you to arrange the answer choices in a specific order. To answer this type of question: click, drag and drop labels into the bin in the correct order. (You will still have the ability to change the order of labels once they are in the bin.)

This article will help you enter equations for mobile-friendly assignments.  The equation entry module gives you the tools needed to represent the components of mathematical expressions, including numbers, variables, and functions. Once entered, your answer will look very similar to how you would write it on paper.

Tool Details 

Here is a description of the tools available in the equation entry module.
Toolbar options numbered for reference in the list below.

  1. Basic: This tab includes a virtual keyboard for numbers and functions. On a desktop, you may also type numbers (and some symbols like + and -) directly from your physical keyboard
  2. abc: This tab includes a virtual keyboard for lowercase letters.On a desktop, you may also type letters directly. Keep in mind that grading is case sensitive. Adjacent letters are automatically separated by a multiplication dot symbol.
  3. ABC: This tab includes a virtual keyboard for uppercase letters. On a desktop, you may also type letters directly. Keep in mind that grading is case sensitive. Adjacent letters are automatically separated by a multiplication dot symbol.
  4. πΣθ: This tab includes a virtual keyboard for Greek letters. Adjacent letters are automatically separated by a multiplication dot symbol.
  5. Left and right arrows: Use these on-screen buttons to move your cursor within the module. On a desktop, you can also use the arrow keys on your physical keyboard.
  6. DEL: Use this button to delete the term that's immediately to the left of the cursor
  7. CLEAR: Use this button to delete everything in entry box.
  8. Close: Use the button marked with an X to close the toolbar.
  9. Numeric keypad: Use these buttons to enter numbers 0-9 or a decimal point. 
  10. Operators: Use these buttons to indicate division, multiplication, subtraction, and division between terms. The subtraction button may also be used before a term to make it negative.
  11. Fraction: Use this button to add fractions. The cursor starts in the numerator of a new fraction and can be moved with the arrow keys.
  12. Exponent: Use this button to add an exponent to the term immediately left of the cursor. Use the arrow keys to move the cursor in or out of the exponent box. Click the exponent button again while your cursor is in the exponent field will add and exponent to that exponent.
  13. Parentheses, brackets, and absolute value: Use these buttons to add an empty set of parentheses. brackets, or absolute value bars, within which you can begin typing. Any of these adjacent to each other or to other letters are automatically separated by a multiplication dot symbol. Use the arrow keys to move the cursor.
  14. Square root, logarithm, and natural logarithm: Use these tools to add a square root, logarithm (base ten), or natural logarithm function. Functions that are adjacent to existing terms are automatically separated by a multiplication dot symbol.
  15. Common symbols: Use these buttons to enter x, y, π, or e. 

If a response is incorrectly formatted, it will trigger a warning "Cannot interpret equation". Examples of improper formatting include ending in an operator, or having a blank exponent box.
Example entry of 23+ with warning "Cannot interpret equation".


Equation entry questions are similar to fill in the bank questions in which you are asked to write a chemical formula or equation for your answer. To answer this type of question, click on the box and type in your answer exactly as you would write it on paper. Note that when you click on the box, a tool menu drops down that will allow you to format your answer as if it were handwritten.

Below is a key describing what each tool will allow you to do:

grab/move
superscript
subscript
enter mass numbers and atomic numbers to represent isotopes
enter a numerator for a stacked fraction
enter a denominator for a stacked fraction
enter a multiplication dot
enter lowercase Greek alphabetical symbols
enter uppercase Greek alphabetical symbols
enter the phase of matter
enter reaction arrows


Molecular drawing questions provide a canvas and tools for drawing molecules in Sapling Learning. Different atoms, bond types, stereochemistry, charges, lone electrons, and reactions can be drawn for this type of question. Grading is based on the atoms and connections between them, not on the orientation of the molecules, making the drawing experience as much like paper homework as possible.

To answer this type of question, click on the box; note that when you do, a tool menu drops down. Depending on the grading mode, some of these tools may not be available on every question. Below is a key that corresponds to the image above describing what each tool will allow you to do:

  1. Atom tool: Click to place atoms, or click-and-hold to change the type of atom being placed to something other than carbon. You can also double click an atom to change it to a different element.
  2. Bond tool: This is the default tool, and can be used for almost all drawing tasks. Click and drag to add a bond with atoms at either end. Click an existing atom and drag to add a bond from that atom. Click an existing bond to cycle between single, double, and triple bonds.
  3. Wedge and dash bond tools: Use these tools to place wedge and dash bonds for chiral molecules. If chirality is not graded, these tools are not available. 
  4. Charge tool: Click this tool, then click an atom to open a subscript numeric entry box. Type in the charge using the + or - keys.
  5. Electron tools: With this tool selected, click an atom to add lone pair or radical electrons. 
  6. Highlighter (graded select) tool: Use this tool to select atoms or bonds in your molecules, as instructed.
  7. Select and move tool: Use this tool to move atoms or groups of atoms or to select groups of atoms to be deleted (using the delete key).
  8. Eraser tool: Use this tool to erase atoms, bonds, electrons, or charges.
  9. Grading indicators: This section of the editor indicates grading options. Mouse-over a grading indicator to highlight any tools related to that grading mode.
  10. Reset button: Use this button (found on most modules) to reset the module to how it was when you first loaded the question.

The animation below provides an introduction to drawing molecules for general chemistry.

 

Your grade depends on how well you do on Sapling activities (assignments). Therefore, it is important that you know how to use the resources available to you inside the activities. Please read below to get a general idea about how questions work.

 

 

When you click on the green link to any activity, the first question of the activity will appear. Here are a few of the features on each question that you will need to be aware of.

  1. Question stem
  2. Response entry - There are several different types of answers you may be asked to give. Click here to see details on each answer type.
  3. Map - Clicking the "map" tab will show you a map of the activity so you can skip to another question.
  4. Previous - Clicking "previous" will take you to the previous question.
  5. Give Up - Choosing "give up and view solution" will permanently end your ability to answer that question and score it as incorrect. The following prompt will appear before your choice is finalized.

    Clicking "Yes, view solution" will allow you to view a complete and detailed explanation of the entire problem. 
  6. Check Answer - Clicking "check answer" will save and grade your response to that question. Normally, you will be provided with feedback if you get the answer wrong and will be able to attempt the question again.
  7. Next - Clicking "next" will take you to the next question.
  8. Exit - Clicking "exit" will return you to your course. Only those questions you have clicked "check answer" on will be saved and graded. You can come back and finish the activity anytime before the due date passes.
  9. Print - Clicking "print" will create a PDF of the activity to save or print.
  10. Calculator - Clicking the "calculator" will bring up a basic calculator on your screen to use for calculations.
  11. Periodic Table - Clicking the "periodic table" will bring up a periodic table to aid you in answering questions.

*Note that your teacher may disable some of these features on certain assignments.

Whenever you submit an incorrect response to a question, you will be given feedback geared toward that response. (Partial credit will be deducted from your score each time you answer incorrectly.)

Feedback will either be located under the question in red (as seen above) or in the Explanation tray at the bottom. To access feedback in the tray click on the green arrow when prompted (as seen below).

After reading the feedback, click Try Again at the bottom of the screen. This will bring you back to the question where you can attempt to answer again.
Each time you give a different incorrect response you will be given new feedback. To see feedback from a previous incorrect response click on the incorrect tab at the top of the screen.

To get more information on each type of question you may be required to answer, go to the Answer Types page.
 

Mobile assignments may be done on a desktop, a laptop, or a mobile device such as a phone or a tablet. These assignments have an icon of a tablet  next to their name.

Navigation

Click on a question number on the left side to jump to any question within the assignment. You may also use the right and left arrow buttons < > at the top.

Hint / Feedback

Click the HINT button to see a helpful tip before answering a question.

 

After entering a wrong answer, the button will change to display FEEDBACK based on the answer you gave. To close the hint or feedback window, click the X in the upper-right corner of the popup window.

Check Answer / Resume

The CHECK ANSWER button is found at the bottom right of the page.

  

When reviewing past attempts, this button will instead say RESUME. Click RESUME to resume answering questions and the button will return to it's original function of CHECK ANSWER.

Attempts

If you make more than one attempt on a question, you can review those attempts by clicking the arrow buttons < > before or after the attempt indicator in the upper-right corner of the assignment.

Give up

If you would like to see the solution to a question f(this forfeiting your ability to continue answering for more points) you may choose to do so by clicking the GIVE UP button. You will need to confirm this choice by clicking YES, GIVE UP. in the subsequent popup window.

The "Upcoming Events" block found in the top right corner of the page lists all activities with upcoming due dates. Clicking on the link in this block to take you to the activity.

Clicking on the link that says "Go to calendar" will take you to the full calendar where you can see any activities your teacher has scheduled.

If the due date for an activity has passed, the link to the activity will turn from green to blue. You will no longer be able to attempt the activity. You can request an individual extension from your teacher if you have a legitimate reason for failing to complete the activity before the due date. The criteria for an extension is at the discretion of your teacher.

Notice that the color of the activity link in the middle of the page is blue rather than green. This means that the activity is currently unavailable to you. Either the due date on the activity has already passed or the activity has not yet been made available to you by your teacher. 

There are several different grading policies your teacher can choose from when assigning activities. Grading policies will be displayed on the top left while you complete activities, For example; Policies: Homework.    Here are the different grading policies and their meanings:
  • Test – Hides all feedback (even correct or incorrect) until after due date.
  • Homework – Unlimited attempts, 5% off each time a student submits an incorrect answer. Provides feedback.
  • Practice – Unlimited attempts, no penalty. Provides feedback.
  • Practice Test – Hides all feedback (even correct or incorrect) until after student finishes.
For more information. see Grading Policies.

To access your grades, click on the Grades button on the left side of the course.

 

The color and style of each score tells you some information about your progress on that activity.

  • Score not available(-): If you have not yet opened an activity and the due date has not passed, your score shows as a dash (-). In addition, if your instructor has chosen certain grading policies, your score does not show until after the due date.
  • Assignment in progress: If you have started an activity, the due date has not passed, and you still have attempts remaining on one or more questions, your score displays in green italics. These scores are not included in totals, since they represent your score so far on that assignment.
  • Completed assignment: If you have finished all questions (by getting them correct, giving up, or running out of attempts) or the due date has passed, your score displays in black. These scores are included in totals.
  • Completed assignment with attempts remaining(*): If the due date has passed but you still had attempts remaining on one or more questions, the score has an asterisk (*). 
  • Though you may have eventually gotten all of the questions in the activity correct, most grading policies still have a penalty for submitting incorrect answers. 
  • Remember that giving up and viewing the solution to a question causes the question to be graded as incorrect. 
  • You may have forgotten to save/finalize your answer(s). Within an assignment, all of your responses are saved every time you click "Check Answer." If you entered an answer without clicking "Check Answer," that answer was not saved. All unfinalized/unsaved answers will be graded as incorrect when the due date passes.
  • Multiple Attempts: You may attempt each question over and over until you either get it correct, or give up and view the solution.
  • Attempt Penalty: Each incorrect answer docks 5% from your score on that question. (For example, if you get a question correct on the third try, you get a 90% on that question. ) The individual question scores then get averaged to give your score on the assignment.
  • Partial Credit (for multi-part questions): Each part of a question that is submitted correctly or incorrectly contributes points toward your score.
  • Rounding (Significant Figures): You will not be graded on the number of significant figures in numeric answers (unless the question specifies that you must include the proper number of significant figures). By default, you just need to be within 2% of the correct answer. To prevent errors, do not round off answers at each step of your calculations. Instead, keep all the digits until the very end. 

*Note that your teacher may choose to change the grading policy from the default.

Login here with the username and password provided by
your teacher.*

*Note: you will not be able to login at  http://www.saplinglearning.com unless you click the “High School” button on the top right of the webpage.
  1. After you log in, click your current generic name at the top right.
  2. Click the tab labeled Edit profile.
  3. Replace the generic name with your real First name and Last name.
  4. Type your student ID number (optional.)
  5. Press the Update profile button at the bottom.
  6. Return to the main page by clicking Sapling Learning in the top left.

Notify your teacher immediately. Only your teacher can reset your password.

In most browsers, you can type Ctrl+Shift+Del to skip straight to the cache options. Or, you can follow the steps below for your browser type.

Chrome

  1. Click the brower settings icon button in the top right corner of your browser.
  2. Choose Tools > Clear browsing data.
  3. Make sure the option to Empty the cache is checked and choose from the beginning of time from the dropdown menu.
  4. Click Clear browsing data.

Internet Explorer

  1. Click Tools in the upper right corner of the browser. This button may appear as a gear icon.
  2. Choose Internet Options.
  3. Click Delete... in the Browsing history section of the General tab.
  4. Make sure that Temporary Internet files and website files is checked.
  5. Click Delete.

Firefox

  1. Click History in the toolbar at the top.
  2. Choose Clear Recent History.
  3. Make sure the Cache box is checked (if you don’t see that option click Details) and set the timeframe to Everything.
  4. Click Clear now.

Safari

  1. Click Preferences.
  2. Choose Privacy.
  3. Click Remove all website data.

Assignment Information section with policy information and dates. You will maximize your score by getting all questions right before the due date, but it is always beneficial to keep trying to get a question right, even after the due date.

Most assignments prevent you from entering answers after the due date. But your instructor may choose to allow late submissions on an assignment. If late submissions are allowed, you will see a note in the Assignment Information in the Resources sidebar of the activity.

Additionally, you will see an icon on the main course page next to any past-due activity that allows you to continue working.

Late submissions policy indicator next to assignment title.

Any deductions for lateness will be applied to the additional points you earn after the due date. Any points that you earned before the due date are locked in. In other words, if you are able to click Check Answer, it will never hurt your score to do so. It can only increase your score to keep trying.

This menu contains information on eTextbooks.

New reader (beta)

Sapling will be switching to a new eTextbook platform sometime in 2016. Instructors, if you would like to check out the new platform in its beta state, please contact your TechTA and they can insert a preview link into your course page.

There are several ways to navigate within the eTextbook. To navigate forward or backwards in single page steps, you can use your left and right arrow keys on your keyboard. Alternatively, you can use the PREVIOUS PAGE or NEXT PAGE buttons located at the top corners of each page.
Previous page and Next page 

The numbers in the top bar represent pages of the current chapter.  The current page is highlighted. Click a page number to jump directly to that specific page. Each underlined page number corresponds to the first page of a section. Hover your mouse over an underlined page number to see the name of the section that starts on that page.
Page numbers with current page highlighted, and section number tool tip.

 The right and left pointers allow you to scroll to access additional page numbers, if present.
Right and left pointers for scrolling the page numbers list.

Click the chapter number at the far right to go to the first page of the next chapter. Similarly, click the chapter number at the far left to go to the first page of the previous chapter.

To navigate to a specific chapter, click on the arrow next to the chapter title.  This will switch the navigation bar from page mode to chapter mode. Now the numbers and/or letters represent chapters, with the current chapter highlighted in orange. Hover your mouse over any of the chapter icons to see the title of that chapter. Click a chapter number to jump to the first page of that chapter. If there are more chapters than can fit horizontally, use the right and left pointer buttons to scroll.  To return the navigation bar to page mode, click the number for the current chapter, which is highlighted in orange.

Skim option at top-right of page below the chapter number.Skim mode allows you to scan through thumbnail images of each page of the current chapter and jump to a desired page. To enter skim mode for the current chapter, click on the Skim button on the right side of the navigation bar. If you don't see this button, you may need to increase the width of your browser window. A popup will open showing thumbnail images of the pages of the current chapter, with the current page being shown in the center of the view. You may use your keyboard’s arrow keys, drag the slider bar, or use any left-right mouse scrolling functionality to scan through the thumbnail images.
 

When you find the image of the desired page, click on that thumbnail image and you will be taken directly to that page. If you would like to remain on the current page, click anywhere outside of the skim-mode popup window.

Search bar is directly under Notes, Bookmarks, HighlightsYou can search for any word or phrase contained in the book or your notes. Type a word or phrase into the search bar on the left, then press the Enter key on your keyboard. Search results are not case sensitive.

Your search results will be categorized by where they are found; Table of contents, Book text, Notes, or Highlights.

Table of Contents

If the search text is found within a chapter or section title, the search result is shown in the Table of Contents section. Clicking on Table of Contents will show all of the corresponding results below. Clicking on the text of any of the results will take you directly to the first page of that chapter or section. The search text will be highlighted in yellow on the page.

Book Text

If the search text is found anywhere in the book text, the search result is shown in the Book Text section. Click on Book Text to show all of the corresponding results below. Click on the text of any of the results to go directly to the page with the search result. The search text will be highlighted in yellow on the page.

Shared Notes and My Notes

If the search text is found in the within a note (shared or personal) it will show up in the corresponding section of the search results. Click on the text of any of the results to go directly to the page containing that note. If there is a link contained in the note (internal or external), clicking on the link in the search results box will take you to the target of that link, rather than the page containing that note.

My Highlights

If the search text is found in book text that you have highlighted, it will show up in the My Highlights section of the search results. Click on the page number of the search result to go directly to the page containing the corresponding highlight. The search term will be highlighted in yellow within your existing highlight.

Example search results listed with page number

Sample page with right-click options, the last of which is Add NoteThere are two ways to create notes in your Sapling Learning eTextbook. You can create a standalone note or you can anchor a note to an existing highlight.

To create a standalone note, right-click anywhere within the textbook page and click on the Add note option. This will bring up the Note Editor and an area where you can type your note. As you begin typing in the text area, the formatting menu will appear so that you can bold, italicize, strikethrough, superscript, subscript or make a list within your note.

To add a link to another page of the book in your book within your note, highlight the text that you would like to be clickable, and click on the Page link icon. In the subsequent popup box, enter the page number that you would like to jump to and click OK. The highlighted text will now appear blue and underlined signifying that there is a link associated with this text.

To add a link to an external resource, highlight the text that you would like to be clickable, and click on the External link icon. In the subsequent popup box, enter the url of the webpage you would like to link to and click OK. The highlighted text will now appear blue and underlined signifying that there is a link associated with this text.

When you are done editing the note, click on the Save note icon. This will save your note and collapse it into the note icon stored on the side of the page.

To create a note that is anchored to a particular highlight, right click on the highlighted text and click on the Add note icon.

To open a note, click on the note icon. This will open the text of the note.

To move a note, with the note open, click and drag on the body of the note.

To close a note, click anywhere else on the body of the page.

To edit an existing note, right click on the note icon (if the note is closed) or on the body of the note (if the note is open) and click on the Edit icon in the center of the menu.

To delete a note, right click on the note icon (if the note is closed) or on the body of the note (if the note is open) and click on the Delete icon on the right side of the menu.

Add/Remove Bookmark icon adjacent to the Next Page button in the top-right corner fo the reading pane.Each time you access the eTextbook, it opens to the page that you most recently viewed. However, if you would like quick access to another page of the eTextbook, you can bookmark that page.

To make a bookmark, you can either click on the bookmark icon  near the top-right corner of the reading pane, or you can right-click anywhere in the reading pane, and then click on the Add bookmark icon in the middle of the menu.
Right-click options, where the middle button is Add bookmark

Your bookmarks are saved in the Bookmarks section of the left pane. Each bookmark is listed with the page number as well as the date the bookmark was made.
Notes, Bookmarks, and Highlights pane, with Bookmarks tab selected. Example bookmark with page number.

Note editor with "Share this note" checkbox selected.As an instructor, you can share a note with your students. Notes that you have created or that have been shared with you show up under the Notes section in the left panel.

To share a note, first create a note as you normally would, but click on the checkbox labeled Share this note with your students. Then save the note using the save icon. The icon for this note will have red horizontal lines to indicate that it is a shared note, and the count of your Shared Notes will increment by one. This note will now also show up in each of your students’ Shared Notes sections for each course you are teaching that is using this text.

You can highlight text in your eTextbook just as you would in a physical textbook. Your highlights are saved in your copy of the book and are available to you when you log in to Sapling Learning from any device.

To make a highlight, simply click and drag over the text that you would like to highlight. Release the mouse button at the end of the text you would like highlighted. The Highlights section in the left panel should now reflect a new highlight.

To change the color of your highlight, right-click on the highlighted portion of the text and choose the new highlight color from the four choices in the menu.

To add a note to your highlight, right-click on the highlighted portion of the text and choose the Add note icon on the right side of the menu. To learn more about creating notes, refer to the Notes page.

To delete a highlight, right-click on the highlighted portion of the text and click on the Remove highlight option. Your Highlights section in the left panel should now reflect one less highlight.

The area on the left side of the eTextbook is where your notes, bookmarks, highlights are stored. To collapse the pane, click on the orange triangle at the far left. Click the orange triangle again to expand the pane.

The Notes section may contain two different types of notes. My Notes are notes that you have created. Shared notes are notes that have been shared with you by either the publisher or your instructor. Shared notes may contain links to external content or to another page in the book. Clicking on a link from a shared note will take you directly to the link location (external links will be opened in a new tab) while clicking on any of the other text from the shared note will take you to the page of the eTextbook containing the note and open the note.

The Bookmarks section lists all of the bookmarks that you have made in your eTextbook. Each bookmark is listed with the page number and the date it was created. To go to a bookmarked page, click on that row in your bookmarks list.

The Highlights section lists all of the highlights you have made. Each highlight is listed by page number and shows a selection of the characters of your highlighted text. If there is a note associated with the highlight, a colored square, corresponding to the color of the highlight, appears next to the page number of the highlight.  To navigate to the page with the highlight, click on the page number of the highlight.

When taking an assignment, you can quickly get to the relevant section of the eTextbook (if available) by expanding the eTextbook area within the Resources sidebar. This is especially useful for students when they are struggling with a particular homework question, and would like to review the reference material.

Assignment with Resources panel, Assignment Information, and eTextbook.Resources panel with eTextbook section expanded to reveal section link.

The Sapling App for students is supported on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch running iOS 8 and later. If you are using an older software version, you will need to perform a software update.

To find out which operating system version you are using and/or update,

  1. Select Settings.
  2. Select General.
  3. Select Software Update.
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions to update, if prompted.

Button to download on the Apple App Store

Click the button above to download the free Sapling App for your iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Or go to the Apple App Store and search for “Sapling Learning” to install.

You'll need your Sapling Learning username and password to log into the app.

The following features are supported in Sapling Learning’s iOS app:

Students and Instructors

  • Receive iOS Calendar alerts for all upcoming due dates.
  • Read eTextbooks on iPads.
  • Launch resources such as text and PDF documents, presentations, audio and video files.

Students only

  • View a listing of all your activities with grades and due dates.
  • View your Sapling Learning grade total.

Instructors only

  • View a listing of all course activities with due dates.
  • Set due dates.
  • Extend due dates for the whole class or for individual students.

At this time, you cannot complete your homework in the app.  To complete your Sapling Learning homework, you must access your account from a desktop or laptop.

This is only the beginning stage of an evolving app. The Sapling App for students is currently focused on helping students manage course work more effectively. We understand you may want to access your entire course via a mobile device.  We’ll continue to carefully craft the best mobile experience that saves you time and drives your success. We’ll keep evolving the app so stay tuned for more updates.

If you are able to log into Sapling Learning on a web browser, then you will be able to successfully log in to the app.

If you are having trouble logging in, please contact your teacher for help. Only your teacher can reset your username or password.

Course information is automatically updated when you log in and each time you launch the app. You can also easily refresh information on each screen by using the “Pull to Refresh” function. To do this, just swipe a screen downward until you see the refresh spinner, release the screen and when the icon disappears, the information will be updated.

Students

If you find that your grades do not appear for one or more activities, this may be due to a decision that was made by your instructor. An instructor may have hidden scores until a particular date or may not have yet posted a grade for an an activity.

If you can see grades in your course when logged in through a web browser, then you should be able to see your grades from within the Sapling Learning app.

Instructors

The full instructor gradebook is not available in the app. 

In the Sapling App, your progress on each activity is indicated by icons with words instead of being indicated by the color and style of text.

  • In Progress: An activity icon is displayed in green if you have started an activity, the due date has not passed and you still have attempts remaining on one or more questions. If there is a due date set, these scores are not included in totals, since they represent your score so far on that assignment. For open-ended assignments (those without any due date) the scores are included in totals.
  • Past Due with Attempts Remaining: An activity icon is displayed in light orange if the due date has passed but you still have attempts remaining on one or more questions. If your instructor set the assignment to allow for late submissions, you would be able to continue working on this assignment although it may have points deducted each day that it is late.
  • Completed: An activity icon is displayed in light grey if you have finished all questions (by getting them correct, giving up or running out of attempts) or if the due date has passed. These scores are included in totals.

These two scenarios display the same way in a web browser as in the Sapling App (i.e., the app does not display icons).

  • Score not available: If you have not yet opened an activity and the due date has not passed, your score shows as a dash (-). In addition, if your instructor has chosen certain grading policies, your score does not show until after the due date.
  • Hand-graded activities: Scores entered directly by your instructor appear in black.

To access grades in the mobile app, simply tap on the Grades button at the top of the screen after entering a course.

Since grades may be grouped into one or more categories (for example, many instructors create an "Ungraded" or “Extra Credit” category) and categories can be nested inside other categories, we created visual indications in the mobile app to show whether or not a category has a subcategory by displaying bullet-like circles and text in various colors.

  • A first-level category is displayed in orange text with 1 orange bullet.
  • A subcategory nested within a first level category is displayed in brown text with 1 orange bullet and 1 brown bullet.
  • Another subcategory that is below the previous one would be displayed in grey text with 1 orange, 1 brown and 1 grey bullets.

For example, suppose a class includes essays as part of the Sapling Learning homework in addition to standard problem sets. The instructor might create a “Homework” category with an “Essays” category nested within it. In this case, the homework category text will be displayed in orange with an orange bullet and the essays category text will be displayed in brown with both an orange and a brown bullet. If the “essays” category has a subcategory below it (e.g., “Extra Credit Essays”), this subcategory would be displayed in grey text with orange, brown and grey colored bullets.

This number in the mobile app represents the total number of upcoming due dates for the course at any given time. The number may increase or decrease as assignments are completed, due dates have passed, or if assignments are added or removed.

In the mobile app, your next 5 upcoming due dates are listed at the top of the Activities view in the Next Due Dates area so you can quickly view what’s due and when. The number of due dates may fluctuate as assignments are completed, due dates pass or if assignments are added or removed.

Every Sapling Learning activity with a deadline can be set up as an event in your device's iOS calendar, which will send you an alert 48 hours before the deadline. To change the time of an alert, simply click on the event in your device's iOS calendar and change the alert time option.

To receive the alerts across your iOS devices and OS X systems (e.g. MacBook Pro, MacBook Air), enable iCloud on each device or system. Go to iOS Settings, then iCloud and create an account or log in.

If you sync your device's iOS calendar with the Sapling Learning mobile app, the default alert time is 48 hours before each event. To change the time of an alert, simply click on the event in your device's iOS calendar and change the alert time option.

To receive alerts, you must install the app on your mobile device and enable calendar access, either by accepting the calendar request the first time you launch the Sapling App or by turning calendar alerts on.

If you have iCloud turned on, the default setting from Apple is to show events 30 days into the future and the past, which means that you will not see events more than 30 days out.

If you agreed to mobile alerts but don’t see any events on your device's iOS calendar, it may be because you don’t have iCloud enabled. If you are using another calendar application, such as Gmail, on the device calendar, it blocks Sapling Learning from writing to your calendar.  Enabling iCloud will resolve the issue. Go to Settings, then iCloud, and create an account or log in. Shortly after doing this, you will be prompted to merge data and calendars from iCloud. Merging will enable the events to be written to the device calendar.

To completely remove all Sapling Learning calendar events from your device's iOS calendar application:

  1. Launch the iOS Calendar application, tap on Calendars at the bottom of the screen, choose the i icon by Sapling Learning, and then scroll down to the bottom of the popup and choose the Delete Calendar option.
  2. Then go to the iOS Settings > Privacy > Calendars and choose to disable the Sapling Learning calendar to prevent the calendar from being recreated on background updates.

 

In the event your Sapling Learning calendar events and alerts were accidentally deleted from your device's iOS calendar, tapping Resync in the More section of the app will trigger the app to recreate your events and alerts with the default settings.

Note that resync will remove any custom changes you have made to existing calendar events (e.g., changing the time of an alert), restoring them to the defaults.

If you decline to give Sapling Learning access to your calendar and later change your mind, it’s easy to turn them on.

  1. Go to the iOS Settings for Privacy.
  2. Go into the Calendars section.
  3. In the Sapling listing, tap the button so that it turns green
  4. Go into the Sapling App and open the More section in the top right side of the screen.
  5. Tap the option to Resync Calendar.

If you still do not see a “Sapling Learning” calendar in the iOS device’s Calendar application, please ensure that you are signed into iCloud and have the Calendar synchronization option turned on.

The Sapling App supports many types of resources such as PDF’s, text documents, presentations, interactive labs, links, audio files and video files. Simply tap a resource icon in the All or Resources sections and the resource will display within the app.

You can also choose to open a resource in another application, such as Safari or Keynote. To do this, open the resource from the Resources section, tap the Share icon on the top right of the screen and select an eligible app to open the resource.

If you don’t see any resources in the app, it’s probably because your instructor has not uploaded any. You can verify by looking at your course page from a desktop or laptop. If you don't see a resources section there, then you also won’t see any resources when you view your course from the Sapling App.
 

Some files are not supported on iOS devices. For example, Apple doesn’t support Flash files, Java applets, OGG videos, or Excel documents. To view these resources, try opening them with another supported app via the Share button on the top right of the screen.

If you are still having issues opening a resource within the app, here’s how to check whether or not your iOS device supports a particular resource file.

  1. Open a web browser on your device.
  2. Go to www.saplinglearning.com and login.
  3. In the Resources section, find the file in question and try loading it.

If you have issues with the file or it fails to load, you will need to view it on your laptop or desktop.

Instructor tips

Instructors can find this guide for uploading mobile-friendly resources.

Some eTextbooks are not optimized for the smaller iPhone screen and will display messaging that instructs you to view the book on an iPad or web browser.

The skim and highlight features are only available when you access the eTextbook from a web browser on a desktop or laptop computer.

The iOS Sapling App for students is designed to support many types of resources such as PDF’s, text documents, presentations, interactive labs, links, audio files and video files.

When adding audio and video items to your course, please note that the quality and length of a video or audio file will affect the download time required, which is important to consider if students are using the app on their cellular data plan instead of a faster and perhaps free, wireless connection.

Recommended file types for resources

  • Text, presentation and image formats such as PDF, DOC, DOCX, PPT, PPTX, JPEG, GIF and PNG files.
  • MP3 audio format with audio quality not more than 128kbps.
  • MP4 video format. Please test your MP4 files with a web browser on an iOS mobile device before uploading to a course as there are many ways to encode these files and some are incompatible with iOS.

Avoid file formats that are not compatible with iOS devices such as Flash, Java applets and Ogg audio files.

Sapling Learning
211 East 7th Street, 4th Floor
Austin, Texas 78701

Copyright © 2011 - 2017 Sapling Learning, Inc. All rights reserved.