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Academic Tutoring with Brainfuse

What Brainfuse is and what it does

Brainfuse offers live tutoring via a synchronous whiteboard-and-chat platform with optional audio interaction in the following subject areas:


  • Business – Accounting, Economics and Finance
  • Computers and Tech – Excel, PowerPoint, Windows, Word
  • English – College Reading, Reading, Writing
  • Math – Calculus, College Algebra, Geometry, Liberal Arts Math, Pre-Algebra, Precalculus, Statistics, Trigonometry
  • Science – Anatomy & Physiology, Biology, Chemistry, Organic Chemistry, Physics


Additionally, Brainfuse Writing Lab tutors help students become better writers by providing constructive feedback on writing assignments within 24 hours. Students submit their papers via the Brainfuse extension in Canvas.


How to Access Brainfuse through Canvas

 

Brainfuse Tutoring is housed in the Canvas course site in the left-hand navigation bar.

  • Click on that navigation link and click the Launch Brainfuse button as indicated below.

 

Brainfuse launch

  • After launching the tool, the Brainfuse Tutor website will open in another tab in your browser. You can click through either to the Live Help (on the left-hand side of screen, circled in red in the screen shot below) or to the Writing Lab (on the right-hand side of the screen, circled in black).   

 Brainfuse Main Screen- click to the left of the photo for Live Help, and on the right of the photo for the Writing Lab.

  • Update your Live Help preferences by clicking on the "Preferences" button (circled in green above).  You can choose to chat with a live tutor, or enable the audio option. 

 

Call-out of Brainfuse Live Help Preferences Option


Professor Assigned Tasks in Brainfuse

Professors can assign tasks for students to complete in Brainfuse if they feel tutoring may help with particular assignments.


The student will click the link in their email to take them to the task page in Brainfuse. On that page, they will see a button that allows them to submit their work. By using that link, the professor will be able to follow their progress and see any work from the student or tutor. 


Here is how you can assign tutoring to a student:

First go to Brainfuse through your canvas site (instructions on how to do that are above.)

Then, select Faculty Dashboard and Create a new task now

red circle showing where to click for faculty dashboard and to create a new task in brainfuse

Next, you will need to select which type of tutoring you would like the student to have.

Assigning tutoring with live tutoring on the left and writing lab on the right

If you select live tutoring, here is the next screen you will see:

Assigning Live tutoring screen, showing subject fields and instructions

Please make sure to identify yourself in the instructions so they know you assigned this task for them and that they need to complete it by clicking through the link that will be in the email.

Next, you will select which student this task is for:

Red circle to show where to click to add students to assign the task to themMenu showing selection of canvas courses to choose fromYou will select Add, choose the canvas course your student is in, and then the name of the student.

Please Select done when you are finished.

Two red circles shwoing where you can delete the assigned task or extend the task

On this final screen, you can view the student's status, delete the assigned task, or extend the deadline.


If you select Writing Lab, you will be brought to this screen and will need to select the type of paper the student is submitting to the writing tutor.

Writing lab tutoring page shown, need to select type of paper

After you hit continue, you will then need to provide instructions to the tutor.Screen showing tutor instructions Make sure you clearly state the instructions for both the tutor and the student.

screen showing a red circle for where to add students to task

Menu showing course selection for assigning a task to a student

You will select Add, choose the canvas course your student is in, and then the name of the student.

Please Select done when you are finished.

Two red circles showing where to delete the task top right and where to extend the task on the left

On this final screen, you can view the student's status, delete the assigned task, or extend the deadline.


Brainfuse Writing Lab Best Practices

Please note that Brainfuse Writing Lab tutors will respond within 24 hours. Brainfuse is best used as a proactive writing tool, and so if you know you will need writing support, please budget this into your paper writing process and do not leave it until the last minute. 


Questions or challenges?


If you have Brainfuse-specific questions please reach out to Online Learning at online-learning-help@sas.upenn.edu and the Online Learning Support team will get back to you as soon as possible!


We suggest reading the Brainfuse User Guide before using the tool for the first time.