What is OdysseyWare?
ODYSSEYWARE provides innovative eLearning solutions to schools
nationwide. With more than thirty years of experience behind them, they
offer 21st century learning opportunities for today's students.
Getting Started in OdysseyWare:
Click on the link below to watch a short video about getting started in
Submit Assignments in OdysseyWare:
Click the link to watch a short video on how to submit assignments in
Just a few things we do differently from what’s presented in the video: Your
grades will be based upon the questions you answer at the end of each
lesson and the projects you complete. We do not use the Quiz and Test
As stated in the video, if you need help, please click on the “Help” button
BUT be sure to write a specific question. This will assist the Instructor in
answering your question more quickly. Please understand, your instructor
may be assisting students in another school or class when you ask for
“Help” or send a message. If it’s something urgent, please tell your VLL
Assistant so they can either send a text or make a phone call to the
instructor. Your instructor will respond to your messages as soon as
Teacher Notes: If you are having difficulty with a lesson, your Instructor
may choose to send you a Teacher Note. This Teacher Note will “pop up”
when you re-enter your lesson.
Here’s an example of a Teacher Note in a lesson.
To begin each lesson:
STEP 1: Within Blackboard, click on the Launchpad: OdysseyWare
button on the left menu which will open a new window in Mozilla Firefox
and take you to a sign in page.
STEP 2: Type in your 6 digit student number for your username and
password and hit login.
STEP 3: Look at the section Actions and click on the lesson at the bottom
of the list. (If there is only one lesson listed, click on that lesson). The
lesson will open in a new tab in Mozilla Firefox. If you want to go back to
Blackboard you need to click on the Blackboard tab.
Below is an example of the Odysseyware home page. Please take some
time to review the “bubble” below.
STEP 4: When class time is close to the end, log out of Odysseyware and
log out of Blackboard.
Using the message system in OdysseyWare:
There may be times when you need to send a Message to your Instructor
or your Instructor has sent a Message to you – It’s very easy and you’ll find
it to be an important tool for you once you begin working in Odysseyware.
Look for the Messages tab to the right of the My Courses tab.
When you click the Messages tab, your Inbox automatically displays.
Notice across the top row there are several drop-down menus and buttons.
Let’s briefly walk through each.
• Inbox – click this drop-down menu to display your Sent items or
• All Messages – clicking this drop-down menu allows you to filter your
Inbox to display only messages you have already read or ones you have
not read yet.
• New Message – click this button to open a new message screen
• Mark as Read – click the box in the far right column of a row with
an unread message and click this button to mark it as read.
• Mark as Unread – click the box in the far right column of a row with a
message you have read and click this button to mark it as unread.
• Archive – click the box in the far right column of a row with a message
and click this button to move the message out of your inbox and into the
Each message appears in a row of your Inbox. To simply read the
message, double-click the row containing the above information. Each row
offers information about the message:
• Selection column – click the checkbox () in the first column to select the
message. Use this column to quickly perform the same action to multiple
messages, for example, move several messages to the archive folder.
• New Message Indicator – displays a dot as a new message indicator (). If
the column is blank, this is message has already been viewed.
• Date: the date the message was received (Notice the arrowheads to the
right of Date? This indicates you can sort your inbox in ascending or
descending order based on the date the message was received.)
• From: Tells you who sent the message.
• Subject: Title of the message sent
• Preview: Gives you the first few words of the message.
• Actions: Click one of the three links, Reply, Forward, or Archive to
handle the message.
The Sent Messages page contains a list of each message you have sent.
Again, as with the Inbox, each message appears on a separate row. The
columns are the same. There are a few differences:
1. The only link in the Actions column allows you to forward the message
to someone else within the system.
2. New Message is the only button available
Taking notes video:
Please click the link below to watch a short video of the importance of
taking notes while completing the OdysseyWare lessons:
Essay/Short Answer Questions – requirements,
suggestions & tips
• Read questions to make sure you understand the requirements.
If you’re unsure then most likely you did not complete all of the
interactives and/or did not read the lesson in its entirety;
• Write in complete sentences;
• Use proper grammar and capitalization;
• Answer the question based on what you learned from the
lesson NOT from your opinion. There are cases where you are
asked to “tell about a time when …”, or “what could you have
done differently”, but seldom will you be asked to write about
what you “feel”.
• Avoid using slang, “text talk”, and abbreviations;
• Avoid using words such as stupid, dumb, duh, “idk”, etc.;
• Avoid attempts at being funny, witty, or cute;
• Avoid using emoticons and exclamation marks;
• Proofread your answer for mistakes before you submit it;
• Avoid copying and pasting answers from the lesson – this is
• Take notes while reading the lesson and completing the
activities. This will reinforce the information and many times
help you to gain a better understanding of the topic.
• Always answer the short answer question. If you leave it blank
you lose valuable points which can mean the difference
between a letter grade at the end of the grading period.
• The content in this course is extremely relevant to today’s
workforce and can help you greatly in gaining a basic
understanding of how to behave, navigate, and interact in an
office environment to achieve the respect of your boss, peers
and prospective employers. The suggestion here is to take the
course VERY seriously.
Steps to Consider When Composing an Awesome
Short Answer – from: http://tinyurl.com/clhzs4p
Step 1: Analyze and Plan. Identify all parts of the question. Plan your
answer – jot down notes and organize them.
Step 2: Write your Answer. Restate the question as part of the introduction
to your answer.
Step 3: Review and Revise your Answer. Ask yourself the following
• Did I follow the directions of the question and read ALL the
• Did I provide enough detail, reasons and examples to support
3 BrainPop Projects
There are 3 BrainPop videos you will be assigned to watch and then take
the corresponding graded quiz. Specific instructions are embedded with
Odysseyware - make sure to read and follow all the instructions. The
mistake most students make is failing to click “email results”. In order for
your Instructor to give you credit for completing this assignment , you
MUST email the results of the quiz to your Instructor.
The Final Lesson – Discovery Education Video Project
The final lesson in Odysseyware is an assignment to watch career videos
within Discovery Education. Specific instructions are included to guide you.
You must answer the assigned questions within the Odysseyware answer
box. To assist you in your notetaking, please go to the Resources tab and
save the Note Taking Guide for Discovery Education Career Video Project
sheet to your computer.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: I’ve never taken an online course. Is this going to be hard for me?
A: This online course will be the first one taken by most of your classmates
– so it’s new to most everyone! As with anything new, there may be a little
worry or uncertainty. The good news is the Odysseyware course has many
help features and you also have a support system – your VLL Assistant
and your Instructor. The “help” button and Message Center is always
available for you to use. You will enjoy the activities and gain an
understanding of many important aspects of both computers and the
business world. It’s an awesome opportunity – enjoy
Q :I submitted a lesson but now I have to complete it again – why?
A: Odysseyware lessons are automatically set up to be reassigned to a
student if the student receives a grade below 70%. Students are given the
opportunity to complete a lesson 3 times before being allowed to have a
recorded lesson grade below 70%. It is up to the Instructor to decide if you
will be given additional grace or assistance on a specific lesson. Each
lesson and student situation is handled on a case-by-case basis. Please
note: make every attempt to answer each question based on information
from the lesson versus “guess-work” or inserting “IDK” – the answers ARE
in the lessons. It is more time-consuming for you to have to complete a
lesson 3 times (and possibly still have a grade of a D or lower) rather than
take time to search out answers within the lesson and learn the material.
Q: I submitted a lesson but it isn’t graded. Why are some lessons graded
automatically and others are not?
A: Lessons including a short answer question require for the Instructor to
review the response and grade the short answer response. If there are no
“written” responses required for the lesson, just matching, true/false, and/or
multiple choice, your lesson will be graded once you click the final “Submit”
Q: The overall grade on Odysseyware for the lessons I’ve completed is an
80% but I’m behind on lessons. Is this a problem?
A: You want to make sure you stay up to date on your lessons. If you do fall
behind, each lesson that is due but has not been completed is similar to a
“0”, so your “true” grade would be less than what is stated in Odysseyware.
If you are just 1 or 2 lessons behind, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to
catch up. Make sure you don’t make a habit of “falling behind.” If you do
“fall behind”, you are responsible to make arrangements to make-up the
work by treating the “late lessons” as homework. If you do not have Internet
access or a working computer at home, please check with your VLL
Assistant to see if there are alternatives at your home school, such as
coming in early, getting a pass to the Media Center, etc.
The entire Odysseyware student help manual is
located at this link: