The following will provide you with detailed information about some of the more common questions related to using TaskStream. As a general guideline remember the following:
- You first point of support is your course instructor. Feel free to contact them with questions related to assignments or basic use of the system.
- If you have a technical question related to TaskStream you can contact them directly by calling TaskStream Support at 800-311-5656 during the following hours (all times are Eastern Time). Make sure to identify yourself as a University of Idaho student and have your University of Idaho email available.
- Monday – Thursday 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. (ET)
- Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ET)
- Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. (ET)
- Sunday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. (ET)
- If you have been notified that you are not on the account list and need assistance with establishing yourself on that list, you can contact the University of Idaho TaskStream Administrator, Dan Campbell (email@example.com).
TaskStream is a web-based e-portfolio system that the University of Idaho uses to collect information on your academic progress in the teacher education program as it relates to various state and national standards. You will use a Direct Response Folio (DRF) to upload signature assignments in various courses. Coursework is graded and your scores are available in TaskStream. The teacher education program then uses that data in program improvement, accreditation and to monitor your progress throughout your preparation as an educator.
TaskStream provides you with web-based productivity tools that can assist with developing your own showcase web-based folio for job seeking and sharing with others who have an interest in your academic and professional development. It also provides you with templates for lesson and unit planning, a rubric wizard for assessing your students’ work and a mylibrary and cybrary where you can save your lesson and unit plans and share and copy (with appropriate citation) other users’ lessons and unit plans from around the world. You also are provided with 500Mb of upload space where you can safely keep your work and even a video of your teaching episodes. These are only a few of the benefits to you, as the biggest limitation on your use of this system will be your imagination and technological capabilities.
TaskStream is used in two key ways. TaskStream provides you with a mechanism to support you in the submission, organization and preservation of assignments, evidence and reflections associated with your preparation that are aligned to state and national standards including the Idaho Professional Standards Commission and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
TaskStream also is used by the teacher education program to collect standards aligned, actionable data that is used in program improvement and ongoing accreditation. The teacher education program utilizes this system to ensure that the evidence you submit demonstrates that your teacher education program is rigorous, comprehensive and preparing you to make a positive impact on your current and future students learning.
If you are currently enrolled in any of the teacher education related courses, then you have a TaskStream account. The University of Idaho will pay for your account on a semester to semester basis while you are enrolled in a teacher education related course. If you do not register for a teacher education course your account will go into “inactive” status. Your work still will be in the system and will remain there until you register for a teacher education class.
Student accounts are set up before each semester. TaskStream will send information directly to your University of Idaho email account. This will allow you to login to TaskStream. If you are currently enrolled in a teacher education course and still are without an access code you can contact the University of Idaho TaskStream administrator, Dan Campbell (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Upon successful completion of your teacher education program you can download your TaskStream data or you can choose to continue your subscription at your own cost as a TaskStream Alumni.
Certain courses have specific self-enrollment codes that students must enter in order to submit work for the course. Please review your syllabus for specifics. Use link below for information on enrolling and course/program self-enrollment codes:
You will be given specific instructions about how to upload artifacts (assignments) into the appropriate TaskStream DRF.
Blackboard is specifically designed by individual instructors to deliver content and manage assignments. TaskStream is used to assist you with the organization and dissemination of materials associated with competencies and standards related to your teacher education program and specific content endorsement area(s).
You may be required to upload assignments to both blackboard and to TaskStream. We are currently working with the University to integrate both systems. More information about this integration will be posted as it becomes available.