If you’re a student new to Visible Body Courseware, you may want to learn a bit more about it, how to get started, and how to get around.
NOTE: If your instructor uses Courseware with Canvas or Blackboard single sign-on please see this article here to set up your account. Steps 1 and 2 below do not apply to single sign-on, but you may still find 3 through 7 helpful!
The video below should give you an easy introduction:
We also have a few tips and tricks so you can get the most out of Courseware. Here are our top 7 tips for students who are starting out:
1. Start by clicking the invite link from your instructor
If your school has a site license:
- Use the invite link so that you're sent through your school's proxy to the sign-up page
- From there, you can follow the instructions to create your account
- After you sign up, you can log into Courseware by going to https://courseware.visiblebody.com, no need to keep using the link from your instructor
If you are purchasing Courseware or using an access code provided by your school:
- Use the invite link to get to the sign-up page
- Follow the instructions to create your account
- Then, you can either make a purchase or enter your code
Note: If you have a pre-existing Courseware: Biology Content account, find out from your new instructor which account type you are joining - Courseware: All Content or Courseware: Biology Content. If your new course is a Courseware: All Content account, you will need to upgrade to this category when signing up for your new course by selecting the Courseware: All Content option in the Product field (pictured below).
Note: If your pre-existing account has access to Courseware: Biology Content, you can find out from your new instructor what access you will need for their course - Courseware: All Content or Courseware: Biology Content. If your new course requires Courseware: All Content, you will be prompted to purchase an upgrade when you join your new course.
2. Bookmark the Courseware homepage
Make a bookmark of https://courseware.visiblebody.com to quickly return to your course.
3. Use the right internet browser
Chrome, Edge, and Safari all work with Visible Body Courseware, but Internet Explorer does not. Here are all the system requirements for Courseware.
4. Start completing assignments
Whenever a new assignment is published or a new announcement is posted, you will be notified with a red dot next to both the category and the content. You can also use the calendar to see exactly when assignments are due.
Remember that Courseware does not work in browsers on mobile devices like phones and tablets. Only the mobile apps work on mobile devices, and assignments and quizzes cannot be completed using only the mobile apps. You must complete them on a computer via courseware.visiblebody.com.
Here's some more information on how to complete your assignments:
Practice quizzes vs graded quizzes:
Courseware serves up content from the Visible Body web apps, but only graded quizzes are recorded in the Gradebook. Graded quizzes are identified on your Assignments page with this icon:
Practice quizzes are assigned from Anatomy & Physiology, Human Anatomy Atlas, or Muscle Premium and will not be recorded in the Gradebook. Practice quizzes in the mobile apps are only for self-study and will not count toward your grade.
5. Download the mobile apps
You can download the mobile apps for reference alongside your Courseware course! They’re awesome, and give you access to tons of extra content while you’re on the go. You can learn more about each mobile app available with your subscription, and how to download them, here.
Different Courseware account types include different mobile apps.
- Courseware: All Content accounts include the cross-platform Atlas 2023+ mobile app and legacy mobile apps.
- Courseware: Biology accounts include the legacy Anatomy & Physiology mobile app. Look out for a Visible Biology mobile app in future releases!
Once you’ve downloaded them, they don’t even require wifi. Make sure you review the system requirements before you download them to your device.
6. Launch the web apps
When launching an assignment or web app, it’s normal for the load time to be up to a minute. Make sure you're using an updated version of Chrome, Edge, or Safari and that your internet connection is strong. Some amazing 3D graphics are loading for you, and once they load, the apps will work fast!
7. Practice manipulating the 3D models
Visible Biology, Human Anatomy Atlas, Muscle Premium, Anatomy & Physiology, and Physiology & Pathology all include 3D models that you can explore. You can move and rotate the models, dissect structures, and zoom through the models' layers. Use our tutorials to learn how to manipulate the 3D anatomy models and build your own custom views.
Feeling stuck? Try the Help Center and our other resources!
In the upper right corner of the Courseware screen, you can find the help icon with a link to the Courseware Help Center.