This article will provide a step by step guide to creating the different components of Synap and how they all interact. We recommend initially creating a 'Test' User Group, Collection, Course and Assignment to help you get a feel for the system. This article is a general overview of the set up process for a Test Group/Collection. You can find more detail and information in the articles around each step, links to which can be found below.
Step 1 - Create a User Group
Start by clicking on the User Group icon:
This will take you to the User Group page, click the 'Create group' button in the top right-hand corner. The below pop up box will appear:
Choose a name and description of for the group (You can type 'Description' in the description box so you can see where it appears once the group is created). The 'User Type' should be Student, the only option for the 'Moderated By' will be 'Educator'. Once you have created more Educator groups you will able to choose different groups to moderate different sets of students
Once you save this you will be taken to a blank User Group page with a 'Add/Invite' button, clicking this button will bring this box up:
You can add your admin account using the initial search box under the 'Add Existing' tab. If you want to see how the whole invite process works for a new user, change to the 'Invite New' tab and type a new email in the 'Emails' text box. This can be an alternative email of yours or you can add '+student' into the email you have for your admin account so it isn't recognised as an existing account, for example firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you go with the existing user then after you click 'Add User' that user will appear on the User Group list. If you go with the New User option then you will need to follow the link that is emailed to you, register, then log in under your admin account to see that student account on the User Group list.
You can find more information on User Groups in this article - How to make a new group
Step 2 - Create a Collection
You can go straight to creating a Collection from the User Group page. Just click on the below icon in the left-hand menu:
Again, go to the top right-hand corner of the page and click the 'Create Collection' button. Similarly to User Groups you will see the below page where you can choose a title and description for the Collection. You can also choose an image which will be displayed with the title for both students and in your Collection bank:
After saving the title etc, click on 'Items' on the left of the page. You will then see an 'Add Item' button in the top right-hand corner of the page, clicking this will take you to this page:
Click the 'Add Content' button and you can create a test or note or insert a video/audio file. If you have already created an item you can add it using the 'Library' option or you can create a new item. Below are links to articles on how to create Quizzes and Notes:
Once you have added your content you will be taken back to the 'Add Item' page where the title of the Item will be autofilled. Click on 'Items' again and you will be taken back to the Collection's main page which now has the 'Item' you have just added included. You can add more 'Items' as needed.
Next click on the 'Access' option below 'Items' on the left-hand side of the page. If you click on the 'Add User Groups' button in the top right-hand corner of the page you will be given a list of User Groups. Select the group you would like to be able to view the Collection. You can add more than one at once if needed. After clicking 'Give Access' you will see the group appear in the Access area of the Collection menu.
There is more information on creating Collections in this article - Creating a Collection
Step 3 - Create A Course
The process for creating a Course is similar to creating a Collection. The Course icon is below click this to access the Courses:
Click the 'Create Course' button in the top right-hand corner and give your Course a title, description and card image. Save this and select the 'Items' option on left-hand side of the page. Select 'Add Item' then 'Add Content' to add a quiz or note as above.
This article goes into more detail about Courses - How to Create a Course
Step 4 - Assign a Course
To assign and Course to a particular User Group you need to create an Assignment. The Assignment icon is:
After clicking the 'Create Assignment' button in the top right-hand corner you need to select the Course you want to assign and which group you want to take this course:
You can assign the same Course to different User Groups to create different Assignments however, you can only assign a Course to one User Group at a time.
After you've selected your Course and User Group you need to configure the settings for the Assignment. For an initial test Assignment we recommend having an Indefinite deadline and a linear but flexible progression type. This allows you the flexibility to go back and forth when testing the Assignment out yourself.
This article explains a bit more about Assignments - How to Assign a Course
This article explains how Courses and Assignments work together - Understanding Courses and Assignments
Step 5 - Study Mode
To go through the Collections and Assignments you have created you can switch to Study Mode to view the platform from a student's perspective. To do this hit the Profile button in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen:
Use the 'Study Mode' toggle button to switch views. Remember, you will only be able to view content that you are assigned to so make sure you are either in the Test User Group you have given access to Collections/assigned to courses you want to test or give access to the Admins group.
Once you've completed these steps you should have a basic understanding of the Synap platform. As you use it and create more details and specific content you can refer to the other, more detailed articles listed above amongst others. If you cannot find the answer you're looking for there you can use the blue chat widget in the bottom right-hand of the screen to send the team a message or email your account manager.