User Guide - NWEA Professional Learning Online

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NWEA Professional Learning Online User's Guide

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Professional Learning Online is the professional development learning platform for NWEA™. It is a place where you can find learning activities and materials that will help deepen your knowledge about MAP® Growth and other NWEA products.

Professional Learning Online contains the following:
  • Course lists: Learning is available based on the products that your district has purchased. Lists only show courses you are enrolled in.
  • Course Catalogs: A catalog of all learning activities available to you. Click on a course in the catalog to enroll in it.
  • Navigation Menu: Links to the pages in the system.
  • Help: Links to the user guides, help pages, and FAQs.
  • Profile: Sign out and user account information.
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About This Guide

This guide is written for NWEA districts and schools who have a licensed product with training courses in Professional Learning Online. While this guide provides an overview of processes and details in specific areas, it is not a step-by-step guide for all tasks.

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Account Activation

Your Professional Learning Online Administrator can provide you with access to Professional Learning Online. If you are unsure who the administrator is for your district or school, please contact your NWEA Coordinator or District Assessment Coordinator.

Create an Account

Your Professional Learning Online Administrator may notify you that your email address has been added to your district's or school's Professional Learning Online account. If you do not get this notification, you can still create an account for Professional Learning Online. You will not see any courses in the Professional Learning system until your administrator adds you to your district's or school's Professional Learning Online account.

Set Up Your Credentials

Before accessing Professional Learning Online, you will need to create your account.
  1. Go to
  2. At the NWEA Services page, click Register a New Account.
  3. Enter your email and first and last name.
  4. Submit the form and see a message to check your email to verify your email account.
  5. Find the verify email, and click the verify / activate link. Please check your spam folders if you do not receive the verification email within a few minutes.
  6. The link will return you to the NWEA Services site. Select a password and click Complete Registration to create your account.
    • Note: Passwords must meet minimum requirements:
      • At least 8 and not more than 20 characters
      • At least one lowercase character
      • At least one uppercase character
      • At least one digit or special character
      • No spaces
      • Cannot be the same as your email address
      For example: Bl@nk3t$
  7. A successful login opens the Professional Learning Online dashboard.
  8. Select the Courses tile to access your courses.
Once logged in, courses you are pre-enrolled in appear in your Courses list on the Courses home page:

Screenshot of the course lists. First is the list of MAP Growth Basics courses, followed by the My Courses list.
Figure 1. Course lists

There are 2 primary course lists available to most users:

MAP Growth Basics
If your district or school has purchased a MAP Growth Basics workshop, the first list on the home page is the MAP Growth Basics list. This list contains courses based on user roles.

MAP Administration learning plans
If your district started the previous version of MAP Growth Basics courses (known as MAP Administration) these courses are still available through Fall 2018. This allows users to complete the courses they've already started. You will see an additional course list called MAP Administration.

My Courses
The second list is displayed for all users and will be displayed first if your district or school has not purchased the MAP Administration workshop. All courses you are enrolled in or have started from a catalog will appear here.

Most courses are not pre-enrolled. All the courses available to your district or school are found in the Course Catalogs, from the link in the main menu. If you have more than one NWEA licensed product, you may see multiple catalogs. Click a course in the course catalog to enroll in it and start the course. Click a learning path to filter the catalog list and only display courses relevant to that learning path.

Logging In After Account Creation

Access the log in page directly at

Enter your email address and the password you created during the account creation process. If you cannot remember your password, navigate to the forgot password section of this guide.

Select or Change Your MAP Role

Assignable roles have been removed from Professional Learning Online. You can search for your role (teacher, proctor, etc.) to find courses relevant to your role.

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Accessing Learning

Districts That Purchased an Online or Onside MAP Growth Basics workshop

If your district purchased an Online or Onsite MAP Growth Basic professional learning workshop, the associated learning plans will automatically populate under Courses > MAP Growth Basics the first time you log in after creating your account.

Screenshot of the MAP Growth Basics course list.
Figure 2. MAP Growth Basics course list

These learning activities are recommended as a part of the Online and Onsite MAP Growth Basics workshop series. However, other learning activities are open to you, as well. To access learning activities that are not a part of your NWEA professional learning workshop learning, see the section in this document regarding the Courses Catalogs.

Districts That Did Not Purchase an Online MAP Administration or other NWEA Professional Learning Workshops

For districts that did not purchase an Online or Onsite MAP MAP Growth Basics workshop, two pre-enrolled introduction activities will appear under Courses > My Courses the first time you log in after creating your account. Find courses relevant to your role by searching for keywords such as teacher or proctor.

Start Learning

To launch a learning activity from a course list, click the course name. Or, from the Courses Catalog, click the Enroll link to start the course:
Screenshot of a course in the Course Catalog with the Enroll link circled.
Figure 3. Enroll in a course

Complete a Learning Activity

Course Player

Screenshot of the Course Player. The Table of Contents toggle at the top is labeled 1. The Previous and Next buttons are labeled 2. The scroll bar is labeled 3. Course parts with an orange check mark are labeled 4. Course parts with green check marks are labeled 5.
Figure 4. Course player tools
  1. Toggle the table of contents view.
  2. Use the Previous and Next buttons to move through the course pages. Some courses only have one page.
  3. Use the scroll bar to quickly scan all the course pages.
  4. Use the check marks to track which pages have been completed. Green is complete. Orange is in-progress.
  5. All the check marks for pages before the Course Complete page must be green to complete the course. Pages after the Course Complete page are optional.

To complete a course, complete all the required activities, including the Course Complete activity. The table of contents menu found in the site navigation menu bar at the left side of the screen will show green check marks next to all completed activities.

Any activities after the Course Complete activity are optional, and will not count towards course completion.

Note: Some video learning activities require you to click Submit in the top right to complete the page.

Screenshot of a course navigation pane. It indicates the course has 2 of 6 parts completed. There is a button labeled Go to Course Content and a button labeled Resume Where You Left Off.
Figure 5. Resume course tools

The system remembers where you last ended and you can resume your last learning session.

Screenshot of the video player controls. There is a restart button, a pause button, rewind and forward buttons, and a progress bar.
Figure 6. Video player controls

For most video activities, you can pause and resume at a later time. Use the controls (when available) within the activity to pause and resume.

Screenshot of course content page. Below the name of the course is a progress bar and text indicating the number of parts completed, in this case 5/5 parts completed. Below this is a button labeled Go to Course Content. Below the button are the individual parts of the course.
Figure 7. Retake a course

To retake a course, click the Go to Course Content button, or click on any page in the course.


Completed learning activities can be found under My Courses immediately after finishing. A personal transcript can be accessed from the main navigation menu by selecting My Transcripts in the left side menu.

Note to users updating to the new version of Professional Learning Online: Courses completed in the previous version of Professional Learning Online are shown on your transcript, but the new version of the course in the updated Professional Learning Online is not preset to the status Completed. We hope that you revisit the new version of the course to check for any new updates.

Pause a Learning Activity

To pause a video learning activity and return to it later, simply close the course. The next time you return, you can resume where you left off.

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Site Navigation


Screenshot of course lists, showing MAP Growth Basics courses at the top and My Courses at the bottom. MAP Growth Basics Courses is labeled with a 1, and My Courses is labeled with a 2.
  1. The MAP Growth Basics list displays if you have purchased a MAP Growth Basics workshop.
  2. The My Courses list displays courses you have started, or in which you were pre-enrolled.

Your Courses lists are found on the courses home page that loads after logging into Professional Learning Online.

MAP Growth Basics: If your district or school as purchased a MAP Growth Basics workshop, the first list on the home page is the MAP Growth Basics list. This list contains courses based on user roles.

My Courses list: All users are pre-enrolled in a course named Why Use MAP Growth (previously known as MAP Introduction and Course Tour). Courses in this list are visible for all new users at the time of login. As you enroll and start courses found in the course catalog, those role-based courses will also appear in this list.

Course Catalogs

The course catalog houses the learning activities that are available to you based on your NWEA products subscription. Click any course name to enroll in and start the course. Once you have started any learning activity, it will also appear in under Courses > My Courses.
Screenshot of the MAP Growth course catalog. The scroll arrow at the left of the course list is labeled 1. The courses have an Enroll button and indicate the language used. The language is denoted as English. The enroll button is labeled 2.
Figure 8: Side scroll catalog list
  1. Hover over the edge of a list to see the scroll option tool to view more courses. Click the catalog name to view all the courses in the catalog without needing to scroll.
  2. Click the Enroll button to start the course.

Categories have been temporarily disabled in the catalogs. To find courses relevant to your role, use the search bar and search by keywords such as proctor or instructor. Categories may be re-enabled in a subsequent update.

Menu Links

Helpful links to NWEA resources are found in the navigation menu. Use these links to explore more Professional Learning Online resources.
  • Courses Home: The home page in Professional Learning Online.
  • My Courses: Displays all courses you are enrolled in, have started and have completed.
  • My Transcripts: Returns you to the My NWEA portal and shows course progress and completion.
  • Course Catalogs: Displays all courses in all catalogs to which you have access.
  • Professional Learning Community: Opens the NWEA Connection community site.
  • Administration: Only your district's Professional Learning Online Administrators are able to access the administration tools.
  • Help: Links to the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page and other resources for detailed help concerning Professional Learning Online.

Screenshot of the Navigation Menu. The Menu button in the upper left is circled. The menu options are: Courses Home, My Courses, My Transcripts, Course catalog, Professional Learning Community, Edit Profile, Administration (restricted), and Help.
Figure 9. Menu options


Use the search bar at the top to search courses by keyword.

A search bar.
Figure 10. Search bar
The search tool allows you to narrow your search areas by selecting to search all learning objects, course names and descriptions, learning plans or the training materials in a course (the pages that make-up each individual course). Enter the keywords, and click the spyglass to execute the search. 


Use the Help link in the navigation menu to get to all the help resources for Professional Learning Online.

Please consult the FAQ prior to contacting support. You’ll find the answers to many of your questions there. If you need further assistance, contact NWEA Partner Support online here.

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My Account

Forgot Password

If you cannot remember your account username or password:
  1. Select Forgot Password? on the NWEA Services login page.
    Screenshot of the NWEA Services login page. There is a text box for entering a username followed by a button labeled Next. Below the Next button are four selectable options. Left side options are Forgot Password? and Support. Right side options are Register New Account and System Status and Alerts.
  2. Enter your email address and click Search.
  3. Check your email for the new password that was sent to you.
  4. If you do not see the password reset email in your inbox, please check your spam, junk, quarantine, or clutter folder for the email. This is where the email typically goes if it does not appear in your inbox. The email is sent from a do-not-reply address such as

Outstanding Invites

If you have been previously invited through the earlier version of Professional Learning Online, but have not created your account yet, you can still use the invitation you previously received.

Follow the directions found on the invitation redirect page to create your Professional Learning Online account.

Not Sure, or Never Previously Invited

Ask your district or school's Professional Learning Online Administrator to confirm you have been added to your Professional Learning Online account. If you do not know who your administrator is, please contact the MAP Coordinator or lead contact for NWEA at your location.

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