What is the difference between the Learner and Educator roles?
At LabXchange, we believe that everyone is both a learner and educator, depending on the context. The primary difference between the Educator role and the Learner role relates to the role you expect to play. The Educator role allows you to create classes, and to see the progress of the learners who join your classes. The Learner role focuses primarily on the individual learning experience, and doesn't allow you to see the progress of any other users. (Users between 13-18 years of age are assigned the Learner role by default. If you are between 13-18 years of age, you won't see the option to choose a role when you create your account.)
I do not teach formally. May I still register as an Educator?
Absolutely. At LabXchange, we recognize that not all educators teach in schools! On LabXchange, the Educator role is designed for anyone responsible for overseeing a learning experience for a limited number of learners. This could be a study group, homeschooling network, extracurricular activity, or any other type of training/learning scenario.
If you do teach formally, however, the Classes feature has been built to be FERPA compliant - so, it can be used in your school.
Why wasn't I given the option to register as an Educator?
Users under 18 years of age are registered as Learners by default.
How do I change my role?
If are over 18 years old but registered as a Learner, you can activate your Educator role on your profile age. Click your profile picture in the top right and select "My profile" from the drop-down menu. Under details, you will see a button to activate the Educator role.
When both roles are activated, you will see a downward arrow on your Dashboard that allows you to switch between the Educator and Learner roles.
I registered as a Learner, and I'm over 18, but I can't switch to the Educator role.
If you are having trouble accessing the Educator dashboard, please contact us. Provide the email address associated with your LabXchange account, and we can help you troubleshoot your issue.