QuestionSupport: Instructor FAQs

How do my students obtain their SimUText materials?

The Instructor Portal includes Copy and Paste Student Welcome instructions for how to subscribe to the SimUText for your course. You must provide these instructions to your students. To obtain these instructions in SimUText:

  1. Log into your Instructor Portal and navigate to the Student Welcome section.
  2. Copy the text that is displayed and provide this information to your students. You may email it to them, and/or post it in your course management system. On most systems, the text should copy and paste as HTML, with the web address that includes your course key as a functioning link.

As an instructor, how do I access the SimUText materials for my class?

To view the modules as students would, do the following:

  1. If you don't have SimUText installed on your computer or you have a version you installed during the previous academic year, you will need to download the current version of the SimUText application. In the upper right corner of the Instructor Portal, you'll find a link to download the current SimUText installer.
  2. If you have already installed a previous version of SimUText during the current academic year, launch the application. You may be offered an update. You can also go to the Help => Check for Updates... menu item. Accept the update and allow it to install. If the update does not work properly, you can also download the current installer yourself as in Step 1 above.
  3. When the download is complete, launch the installer and run it.
  4. When the installation is complete, launch the SimUText application and log in with the same username and password you use to log in to your Instructor Portal.
  5. You will see the modules in the same way your students do, and you can download and open them.
  6. If you submit answers in a module, your answers will appear under your name in the Instructor Portal grading views.

How do my TAs access the SimUText materials?

Before TAs (or co-instructors) can access the Instructor Portal and the course materials, they must have accounts in the SimUText System. You can create accounts in the Instructor Portal by using the Create New Instructor Account tool, located at the bottom of the Available Instructors list. To create a new account, you will need your co-instructor's or TA's first name, last name, and email address. They will then be able to log into the Instructor Portal as well as the SimUText application using the same User credential.

Will I be able to configure the SimUText for my course so that students are divided into different course sections?

The SimUText Instructors Manual that can also be accessed from your Instructor Portal provides detailed information on how to set up course sections, set due dates by course section, etc.

Can I install SimUText on more than one computer?

You (and your students) are welcome to install SimUText as many times as you need. You can do so by logging in to your Instructor Portal and downloading the SimUText installer from there, or you (or students) can log in to simutext.com to download the SimUText installer.

What about students without their own computers?

We strongly encourage you to install the SimUText application on one or more college-provided computers for any students who do not have their own computer. Our licensing terms allow you to install the SimUText application on as many university-owned computers as you need for this purpose. Your IT staff may request download links by sending an email to support@simbio.com.

We also have special USB Drive versions of the SimUText program for students to install on a USB "thumb" drive so they can use it on computers that are locked down or wiped after every user session. Students needing a USB Drive version of the SimUText program should submit a support request at http://simbio.com/support/simutext.

Which Windows operating systems are supported?

SimUText will run on Windows 10, Windows 8.x, and Windows 7.

Which Macintosh operating systems are supported?

SimUText will run on OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion), OS X 10.9 (Mavericks), OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), OS X 10.11 (El Capitan), and OS X 10.12 (Sierra).

All of the programs above require an Intel processor. These programs will not run on OS X 10.7 (Lion) or lower, or on PowerPC Macs.

Which Linux distributions are supported to run the programs?

Linux is not a supported operating system at this time. However, through the use of a third-party virtualization program such as VMWare, the suite of programs can be run under Windows virtually from within a Linux operating system.

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