It is easy to set up an instructor account. Simply click on the Create Instructor Account link from the Home page or from the Instructor page and fill in the required fields. . There is no cost to set up an instructor account. Once you have set up an instructor account, you will be able to use all of the learning games and videos. You will also be able to create your own fully customized course modules by selecting from all of the available games and videos. With an instructor account, you can assign learners to course modules and obtain full reports on your learners’ use of the games you assign.
A course module is intended to be a selection of learning games and videos that you assign learners to use as part of a course you teach. The learning games and videos will help learners improve specific skills required for negotiation, collaboration, communication, persuasion, managing people, sales, purchasing and conflict resolution. The games and videos are intended to supplement your other materials and activities, such as textbooks, classroom exercises, role plays, research assignments and lectures. You can assign a course module to different learner groups at any time.
In order to create a course module, just click on the Create button within the Course Modules box on the Manage page. This will bring you to a pop-up window that asks you to name your course module. In addition, you can write a brief description of the course module. Once you have named the module, you can select from any of the learning games in the Games tab and any of the instructional videos in the Videos tab. You have full discretion to create your own customized combination of games and videos in each course module. If you wish to modify the order of the games and videos in your course module, you can select the Reorganize button for that course module on the Manage page.
The choice of learning games and instructional videos is entirely left to you. The rationale behind this structure is there are many different courses in which the negotiation, collaboration, communication, persuasion, managing people, sales, purchasing and conflict resolution skills taught by Alignor’s games and videos arise. Rather than prescribe specific games or videos for course modules, we chose to organize the games and videos within tabs on the Manage page so as to emphasize the skills that generally arise in the areas of negotiation, collaboration and communication, and managing people. In addition to organizing the games and videos in this manner, we provide a brief description of each game and video to the right of name of the game or video. To read the descriptions, click on the arrow next to the name of the game or video. Another way to determine whether a given game would be a good fit for a course module is to review the feedback provided to learners at the end of every game. Each game has both specific feedback based on the choices learners make and general feedback that emphasizes key learning points. Finally, each video has both a learning objectives screen at the beginning and a summary of key learning points at the end.
Yes. You can set up as many course modules as you want. You may create multiple course modules for use in one course or to use in many courses. Or you may create different course modules for different courses or learner groups.
It is not a problem to assign a learning game or video to more than one course module. Our research has shown that learners who experience the greatest improvement and benefits from the games are not those who score the highest in their first attempt, but those who make repeated attempts before they achieve high scores. In addition, there is substantial benefit from exposing learners to the games and videos over an extended period of time. If a learner has already played a game, the reports will indicate when and how many times the learner played that game.
There are many ways to assess learner performance. Our research has shown that learners who experience the greatest improvement and benefits from the games are not those who score the highest in their first attempt, but those who make repeated attempts before they achieve high scores. One good way to assess learner performance is to evaluate learner engagement, as measured by number of attempts at each game (and duration of attempts). This information can be reviewed by instructors at any time by generating a report from within the box under the heading “Generate Reports on Learner Performance” on the Manage page. Another way to assess learner performance is to look at learner scores on games, with particular attention to improvements in scoring over repeated attempts at a game. You can also access this information at any time by generating reports. Finally, there are assessments available with 25 multiple choice questions that correlate to key learning points in the areas of negotiation, collaboration and competition, and managing people.
No, you do not have to pay for access to the portal. We expect you to assign learners to your course modules, and learners have to pay $39 for two years access to the games and videos in the portal. Alignor believes in keeping the cost for learners very reasonable so that instructors are encouraged to assign the games and videos to learners.
The Learner Groups function on the Manage page allows you to organize learners in a variety of ways, such as by class, subject, course, year, cohort (or other ways you may choose). This makes it easier for you to assign course modules to a group (instead of individually to every learner), which is convenient if you have multiple courses. It also makes it easier to pull out reports for a specific group (for example, Project Management class, Spring of 2017). Also, if a course has multiple cohorts (batches) of learners over a year (and in the future, over many years), a Learner Group may be the most convenient way to create and view reports (rather than as course modules). As part of the process of creating a Learner Group, you will indicate which course modules are assigned to that Learner Group. Once you have created a Learner Group with the course modules indicated, you can then assign learners to that group.
Each learner assigned to a learner group will receive an automatically generated email explaining how to enroll in the portal for the course modules assigned to that learner group and, if applicable, pay for access to the games and videos you have included in the course module for that learner group. Once a learner enrolls for that learner group’s course module, she will be taken to a page in which she can access the games and videos you have assigned in your course modules for that learner group. The learner will also be able access reports showing how much time she has spent playing each game and what her scores have been on each game. It is possible that a learner can be assigned to multiple learner groups by you or other instructors. If this occurs, the learner’s previous results playing a game will be reported for the new course module. If you would like learners to play a game again (even if they have played the game previously in another course module), you can instruct learners to do so. The learner reports function in the portal will show each learner’s attempts to play each game again as part of the new course module.
No, there is no limit. You can organize learners by groups and course modules in a variety of ways, such as by cohort.
A learner will be listed as “enrolled” on your Manage page when you assign that learner to a Learner Group and the portal has sent an invitation email to the learner. A learner is listed as “registered” on your Manage page when that learner has created a learner account in the portal. A learner is listed as “subscribed” on your Manage page when that learner has paid the $39 fee for access to the games and videos in the portal. If a learner has within the previous two years already paid for access to the portal, then that learner will be listed as “subscribed” as soon you register that user in a new Learner Group.
Yes. All of the instructions, background information and interactions in the learning games include text. Learners can opt to read or listen to background information and instructions in the games. In addition, all of the instructional videos include closed captions.
As an instructor, you can generate a variety of reports on learner performance at any time. To generate reports, select from three reporting formats from within the box under the heading “Generate Reports on Learner Performance” on the Manage page. The three reporting formats show data on learner performance by 1) Learner, 2) by Group, or 3) by Course Module. Depending on the report format you select, you can view the data in varying ways. The reports can show how each learner performs on each game, including a) how many attempts each learner made; b) each learner’s low score, high score and average score; and c) the total time each learner took, the minimum and maximum time taken, and average time taken.
If you are having any kind of technical problems, you can contact us by email or call us at +1-866-987-9888. We will generally respond to your inquiry within 48 hours.
There is not a formal instructor guide. Instead, there are a number of helpful resources built into the learning games and videos. For example, there is a brief description of each game and video to the right of name of the game or video. To read the descriptions, click on the arrow next to the name of the game or video. Another great resource for instructors is the feedback provided at the end of every game. Each game has both specific feedback based on the choices learners make and general feedback that emphasizes key learning points. The general feedback can easily be incorporated as key discussion points in the classroom. Finally, each video has both a learning objectives screen at the beginning and a summary of key learning points at the end.
Learners can either pay the $39 fee online through the portal with a credit card, or they can purchase a code through your organization or institution. If you need Alignor to provide codes for sale through your organization or institution, please contact us. Each learner who pays the $39 fee will receive a full two years access to the portal.
If you have registered an instructor account, you can decide how to use the learning games and videos in your courses. You can use the games and videos in a number of ways, including showing learners the games and videos without signing learners up for a learner group. If you create a learner group with at least 6 new paid learner accounts, you will receive 2-years free access to the portal. If you do not have at least 6 new paid learners assigned to a learner group within the first six months of your registration as an instructor, Alignor reserves the right to close your instructor account. Alignor believes that the most effective learning occurs when learners have the opportunity to play the games and watch the videos at their own pace and receive individualized feedback, which the games provide and the portal reports.