Assign teacher-student associations – Read about how teachers can select any students
in a school in the Choose Students section. Also, Learn how administrators can assign
teacher student associations with an import in the Importing accounts section.
Letters for parents, teachers and schools - Check out the various letters available in the Manage section.
To add/update multiple accounts, you need to have student, teacher and school information in separate files.
The Import Accounts link has more information about the CSV file specifications and other details.
To import a CSV file:
Select the Import Accounts link.
Select the correct account type (Schools, Teachers or Students).
Select the CSV file containing the accounts.
Click the Continue button.
On the Map page, verify that the number of records found matches how many accounts you have in the file. Make sure that the File has header row? box is checked only if your file has a header row.
Select the Big Universe field that matches each data column, or select (do not include this field) to ignore a column.
Use the Back button to return to the Upload page and make changes.
Use the Review Before Submit button to review the import accounts, and any errors, before saving them; or,
use the Submit button to queue the file for processing and view any errors later.
On the Review page, verify the accounts that will be processed successfully and ones that will be skipped due to errors.
Use the Back button to return to the Map page and make changes,
or click the Submit button to submit the import file for processing in the background.
Once the file has been submitted for processing, you will be directed to a page where you can view the status
of previously submitted imports. This page can also be accessed using the View Previous Imports link from the
Import Accounts page.
After imports have been completed, you can view the number of accounts processed and errors found in the imports. In addition,
if you specified an email address on the Map page, you will receive a notification when the import is completed.
After the accounts have been imported, you can view/manage them from the Manage link.
Bulk advance using Find Accounts - Find and select student accounts using the Find Accounts link; click the Advance Grade button (see image above)
Bulk advance via Import Accounts - see the Importing accounts section above
Individual accounts - see the Adding a single account section above
Moving Students and Teachers
To move student and teacher accounts from one school to another, follow these steps:
Select Add/Manage Accounts from Manage.
Find and select a student/teacher account via the Find Accounts link.
Change the Assigned To School and/or Teachers option (see image below).
Printing List of Accounts
To print a list of sub-accounts (e.g. schools, teachers, students), follow these steps:
Select Add/Manage Accounts from Manage.
Search for accounts via the Find Accounts link.
Choose your web browser's print option (typically the File|Print menu item).
NOTE: We currently do not support printing of passwords for security purposes.
Click the Sign In link in the menu bar
Enter your Username and Password.
Enter your Group Username if you are using a sub-account (e.g. school, teacher, student, or family member).
The Group Username is always the username of the top level account (e.g. District admin, school admin, teacher);
see Adding/Managing Users below for information on our account hierarchy.
Click Remember me if you want Big Universe to remember you for future visits.
For lost usernames or passwords, click on Forgot your password? or Forgot your user name?
Assigning books enables Teacher accounts to assign books to Student accounts;
the assigned books show up on the student's Home page.
To create assignments, sign in as a Teacher, find the books that you want and click on the ASSIGN BOOK button:
Then select the accounts that should be assigned this book:
To see all of your assignments, select the View Assigned Books option from the Manage page.
Creating and Publishing Books
You must first sign-in in order to create or publish a book.
Click the WRITE button in the menu bar at the top.
Click the Create and Publish Books! button, or click the Edit/Publish Books I Created link to work with books that you have created previously.
Inside the authoring tool, you can:
Create, edit, save, and print your books
Create books from scratch or using existing templates
Print books to your printer or publish them online (see below)
Use our pictures or upload your own
Click here to watch short tips and tricks videos on the authoring tool.
Once a student has created a book, it can be privately published to a teacher account.
A teacher can decide to share and submit a privately published book in the following ways:
Share a privately published book with other students belonging to the same teacher
Share a privately published book with all students in the school (SCHOOL/DISRICT subsriptions only)
Submit the book for award recognition on Big Universe
Organizing and Sharing Books
You must first sign-in in order to organize and share your books.
After reading a book, you can add it to your bookshelf.
To access your bookshelf, click on the HOME button in the menu bar, then click on the Bookshelf tab.
To remove books, go to your bookshelf and delete using the "X" icon below each book.
Assessment with Quizzes
You must first sign-in in order to take or review quizzes.
Find books with quizzes, then click the Take Quiz button
You can see your quiz scores and questions/answers in Manage by clicking the View Quizzes I've Taken link.
Teachers can view student quiz results via the View Student Quizzes option under Manage.
A teacher can drill all the way down to an individual student's quiz report or even view results of a specific quiz.
Managing Your Account
You must first sign-in in order to manage your account.
Click the Manage link.
To personalize your account, use the Settings links.
To view/manage your activity, use the My Stuff links.
To control your premium subscription, use the Membership links.
To view or manage sub-accounts, use the Account Management links.
Once students accounts have been created within your Big Universe school account, teachers can begin choosing their own students.
This feature also enables multiple teachers (e.g. homeroom teacher, reading specialist) to work with the same students. To get started:
Sign In using a teacher account.
Select the Choose Students option from Manage.
Select your students then click Save.
School and district admins can also choose students on a teacher’s behalf via the import process (see above) or one at a time, as follows:
Select Add/Manage Accounts from Manage Account.
Find and select a teacher via the Find Accounts link.
Click on the Choose Students link.
Viewing Usage Data
You can view student, teacher and school level usage data such as books read, books created, number of assignments, and more.
Sign In as a teacher, school admin or district admin.
Select the View Usage Stats option from Manage.
Teachers can only view data for students they have chosen.
School admins can view teacher and student data.
District admins can view school, teacher and student data.
Hover the mouse pointer over each icon to see what it means.
Common Core Standards
Big Universe is a balanced literacy platform with engaging online information and literary texts,
a writing tool, and many other related features.
Browse our online alignment matrixes to
see how our features align to the Common Core Standards
for reading, writing, language, speaking, and listening.
In order to use Big Universe, you must have the following:
Windows, Apple or Linux based computers
Modern web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer 7.0 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera)
Adobe Flash support in browser for full functionality (see Adobe Flash/iOS/Android below)
High-speed Internet (bandwidth requirements vary based on number of users and usage)
For Apple’s iOS and Android devices (e.g. iPad, Kindle):
Without Adobe Flash - Everything on our site can be accessed via
the tablet's browser (e.g. Safari, Silk)
except the writing tool, member published books, read aloud books, and quizzes.
With Third Party Adobe Flash Support - While Big Universe does not directly support third party products,
you may wish to try using our website inside apps such as Puffin and Photon on iOS and the Dolphin browser on Android
to access all features of our website.