“Composer” User Guide
Welcome to the User Guide for the TILE platform’s “Composer” tool. This guide explains the key features and functions of this administrative tool, which you can use to build and maintain learning programs, activities, and resources in the platform.
Compose a TILE Course
“Composer” is the name for TILE’s admin tool, which allows those with administrative privileges to build new learning programs (called “Courses), edit existing courses and resources, and to configure various platform settings. Your privileges as an Admin user give you access to these features.
Learning programs in TILE can be built and maintained in three different modes. This guide focuses on the Expert Mode.
Access the TILE Course Composer
Access TILE at: https://dcm.toolwire.com/alai/admin/login.jsp?r=p
Enter your TILE credentials to log in.
The Toolwire Integrated Learning Environment opens.
Select Composer at the top of the screen. (Courses are built and maintained in this area of the TILE platform.)
The Composer screen displays and changes the menu options on the left-hand side of the screen.
Select the Courses heading to display the Courses menu.
Then, select the Courses item to load the Courses page. This is where you go to create, clone, edit, preview and delete courses. You are now ready to build a course!
A 6-Step Process
Learning programs are called “Courses” in TILE and are built in six simple steps. This process is explained below, showing examples with the current Expert Mode building tool.
Step 1: Name Course
The first step is to create a name and place for your course in the TILE product. This is done on the Courses page.
First, make sure you are in the right Track. Now you’re ready to add your new course. Select the Add Course button at the top of the page.
Or, if you want a head start you can “clone” (copy) an existing course by selecting Clone in the course context menu.
Select the “Accenture Workshop Sand Box” for the Target Track and then click the Clone button. A copy of the “Sales Sandbox” course will be added to the course list.
Select Edit in the context menu for the new course to revise its name and settings.
Try It Out!
Try adding a new Course, using the information shown below.
Now enter information about the course, including the following:
Course Name. The name of the Course, as you want it to appear to learners in the user interface.
Status. This is set to ‘Enabled’ by default, which means the course listing will appear in the user interface.
Setting the Status to ‘Disabled’ will hide the course from learners; setting it to ‘Not Published’ will display it to learners as a disabled course item with a “Coming Soon” icon. Either of these status options are recommended while you are building and testing your course.
Position. This is the order you want the course to appear in the My Learning or Course Central list (‘1’ for first, ‘2’ for second, etc.).
Spaced Repetition Schedule. This option allows you to select a Spaced Repetition Schedule (SRS) that has already been defined, or to disable this feature (by leaving it blank). See SRS section for more details.
Course Description. Enter a description of your course, which may include the purpose of the course and/or the main topics covered. This description appears to the learners in the Course Menu screen.
PLP Status. This enables the Personalized Learning Path option which means there will be a pre-assessment to guide each learner to a personalized learning path for the course. Set to ‘Enabled’ to make PLP available but optional for learners; set to ‘Required’ to force all learners to attempt the PLP pre-test.
Completes Tile. Setting this to ‘Yes’ tells the system to complete a Tile when the learner tests out of it in the PLP pre-test. Setting this to ‘No’ means the learner gets a “Fast Forward” pass for the Tile instead – which means they do not have to complete learning resources, but still have to pass the Tile quiz in order to complete the Tile.
Description. This is the message that appears to the learner to describe the PLP test and how it is beneficial. You can go with the default message here, or revise it according to preference.
Training Quiz. Setting this to ‘Enabled’ displays the Quiz in the Tiles. Setting it to ‘Required’ also displays the Quiz, but also makes it a requirement to complete the Tile. Setting it to ‘Disabled’ hides the Tile Quiz.
Save the Course when you have finished entering the information.
Optionally, you may choose to edit the pictures associated with a course. You can do that by using the context menu and choosing Change Picture.
You can add pictures by either uploading from your computer or by linking to a picture’s location on the Internet using its URL.
Picture is the image that shows as a thumbnail icon to represent the course in My Learning. Its recommended dimensions are 139×133
Picture on Hover is the thumbnail that appears when hovering over the course thumbnail icon. Its recommended dimensions are also 139×133. Many course composers choose the same image for both.
Picture for Splash Screen is the image used to “brand” the course in the Course Menu screen. It is more like a banner, and its dimensions are 400×280.
Step 2: Create Mosaics
Next, you will define groups for the competencies in your new course. These are referred to as “Mosaics” in the TILE platform, and they help to organize the learning content instructionally and visually.
First, select Mosaics in the panel at the left side of the screen.
Now select the course you just added in the Course drop-down menu next to Display Options. Then select the Add Mosaic button.
Try It Out!
Try adding a new Mosaic, using the information shown below.
Now enter information about the Mosaic, including the following:
Name. The name of the Mosaic, as you want it to appear to learners in the user interface.
Status. This is set to ‘Enabled’ by default, which means the Mosaic will appear in the Course. (Setting to ‘Disabled’ will hide the Mosaic in the Course.)
Position. This is the order you want the Mosaic to appear in the Course Menu (‘1’ for first, ‘2’ for second, etc.).
Description. Enter a short description of the Mosaic.
Save the new Mosaic when you have finished entering the information.
Next, repeat this process to add more Mosaics.
You can also clone existing Mosaics if you prefer – just select Edit for in the context menu, give it a new name and make other changes to the Mosaic settings, then select the Clone button.
Step 3: Create Tiles
Now it’s time to create competencies, or “Tiles,” for your course. A Tile is the basic building block of a course in the TILE platform. Each Tile contains learning resources, activities, and quizzes that relate to a single competency. (Tiles must be assigned to a Mosaic in order to appear in the Course interface.)
First, select Tiles in the panel at the left side of the screen.
Now make sure your Course and Mosaic are selected, then select Add Tile at the bottom of the page.
Try It Out!
Try adding a new Tile, using the information shown below.
Now enter the following information about the Tile:
Name. The name of the Tile/competency, as you want it to appear to learners in the user interface. (TIP: Limit the name to 40 characters to display properly.)
Status. This is set to ‘Enabled’ by default, which means the Tile will appear in the Course, if assigned properly to a Mosaic and at least one Resource. (Setting to ‘Disabled’ will hide the Tile in the Course.)
Position. This is the order you want the Tile to appear in the Course Menu (‘1’ for first, ‘2’ for second, etc.).
Test Out Points. This is the amount of “bonus” points a learner receives for testing out of a Tile in the PLP pre-test. The default is 250 points.
Mosaic. Select the Mosaic, or competency group, the Tile should appear in.
Save the new Tile when you have finished entering the information. Next, repeat this process to add or edit more Tiles.
You can also clone existing Tiles if you prefer – just select Edit for in the context menu, update the name and other settings, then select the Clone button.
Step 4: Add Resources
Now that your Mosaics and Tiles are in place, it’s time to add your learning resources and quiz questions. You can add several types of learning resources to each Tile.
First, select Resources in the panel at the left side of the screen.
Make sure your course is selected in the Course drop-down menu. Then select the Add Resource button.
Try It Out!
Try adding a new Resource, using the information shown below.
Now enter information about the Resource, including the following:
Resource Name. The name of the Resource, as you want it to appear to learners in the user interface.
Status. This is set to ‘Enabled’ by default, which means the Resource will appear in the Course, if mapped to at least one Tile. (Setting to ‘Disabled’ will hide the Resource in the Course.)
Position. This is the order you want the Resource to appear in its resource group in the Tile (‘1’ for first, ‘2’ for second, etc.).
Type. The standard resource types in TILE are Guides (reference material and instructional graphics), Videos (video-based learning content), Lessons (self-paced learning content such as Web-based training), Activities (practical exercises such as simulations and virtual desktops), and Quizzes.
Display Type. The TILE platform can display resources in different ways. (See next row in table for more information on Resources and Display Types.)
URL/Filename. This is usually the URL to a resource hosted on the Internet but it can also be a filename, if the resource is hosted directly in the TILE platform.
Format. This is the format of the resource, so the learner knows what to expect when they view it. Formats include Case Study, Online Lesson, Online Reference, PDF, Sim/Game, Video, and Virtual Lab.
Duration. The estimated duration (in minutes) to complete the resource.
Unlocked. This setting determines if the Resource is available right away (“Always”) or if it is only available during a specific SRS recharge cycle (see SRS section).
Points. The number of game points you want the learner to receive for completing the resource. (See next row in table for more information on Resources and Points.)
Completion Logic. This is how the resource judges the completion by the user and awards points.
Completes Tile. Set this to Yes if you want the Resource to be required in order to complete the Tile.
Save the new Resource when you have finished entering the information.
Repeat this process to enter all of the resources for your course.
Resource Display Types
The TILE platform can display resources in different ways, including the following:
- iFrame (displays externally-linked content in embedded TILE window). This is usually the best option for externally-linked content.
- Popup (displays externally-linked content in a separate browser window).
- Secure iFrame. Same as iFrame, but used when content is accessed on a secure website via SSO/SAML.
- Video (displays video files hosted directly in TILE platform)
- PDF (displays PDF files hosted directly in TILE platform)
To test the display type for a new Resource, copy/paste the URL into the Test URL field at the bottom of the Resource page. Select iFrame or Popup at the right side of the entry field, and then click Test URL.
NOTE: When linking to a resource via iFrame, it is recommended to get permission from the hosting website.
To test the display type for an existing Resource, click the context arrow next to the Resource and then select Test Resource.
NOTE: You can also use the Test URL and Test Resource features to periodically check the web links of your resources (to make sure they haven’t changed).
You can assign any amount of points to a resource, but we recommend the following point ranges for each type:
- Guides – 100 to 200 points
- Videos – 100 to 200 points
- Aids – 25 to 50 points
- Practice Lab – 200 to 300 points
- Quiz questions (automatically set to 25 points per question)
If you have a large amount of Resources to add to a course, you may prefer to Import them into your course as a batch file.
To create a batch file, document your resources and their attributes in a spreadsheet and then save it as a CSV file. Select this file in the Import dialogue box and then select OK to import the resource information to the platform.
NOTE: a template CSV file is available to use as a “starter” file if desired.
Add Quizzes (and Questions)
You can also add Quizzes and Quiz Questions to your course at this time.
First, select Quizzes in the panel at the left side of the screen. The Quizzes page loads.
Make sure your new course is selected in the Course drop-down list and select a Tile you want to add a Quiz.
Quiz Name. The name of the Quiz, as you want it to appear to learners in the user interface.
Tile. Associate the Quiz with a Tile.
Status. This is set to ‘Enabled’ by default, which means the Quiz will appear in the Course, if mapped to at least one Tile. (Setting to ‘Disabled’ will hide the Quiz in the Course.)
Type. The standard quiz types in TILE are PLP (Personalized Learning Path) and Training. Select ‘PLP’ if you want the questions to appear in the course pre-test, select ‘Training’ if you want them to display in a Tile quiz.
Passing Threshold. This is the percentage of correct answers needed to pass the quiz.
Number of Questions. What mix of Easy, Medium, and Hard questions would you like to appear from the relevant Question Bank? The number of questions entered for each question type will be the number that appears to the learner in the assessment.
Duration. The estimated time needed to complete the quiz, in minutes.
Now select Quiz Questions in the panel at the left side of the screen.
Make sure your new course is selected in the Course drop-down list and select a Quiz you want to add a question to.
Try It Out!
Try adding individual Quiz Questions and Answer Choices.
Now enter information about each Quiz Question, including the following:
Question Text. Use this Text Editor box to write and format your quiz question.
Quiz. Select which Quiz the question should appear in.
Status. This is set to ‘Enabled’ by default, which means the quiz question will appear in the quiz.
Position. This is the order you want the question to appear in the quiz (‘1’ for first, ‘2’ for second, etc). You can also change the order of questions by dragging them in the Quiz Questions list view. NOTE: This only applies if the Questions Order is set to “Bank” in the Quiz>More fields settings.
Difficulty. Select Easy, Medium, or Hard.
Multi Select. Select Yes for questions with more than one right answer.
Randomize Choices. This option allows the quiz to show the answer choices in a random order. This is not recommended for True/False questions or questions where answer options need to be in a set order.
Explanation. TILE can display a hint or explanation if the learner gets the quiz question wrong. Enter the content for that explanation here, if desired.
Select Save to add each Quiz Question.
To add answer choices to each Quiz Question, select the Add Choice in that question’s context menu.
Now enter information for each quiz question answer choice, including the following:
Choice Text. Use this Text Editor box to write and format your answer choice.
Status. This is set to ‘Enabled’ by default, which means the answer choice will appear with the question.
Choice Correct. Select ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ to indicate if the choice is correct or incorrect.
Select Save to add each answer choice. Each question may have 2 or more answer choices.
Instead of adding quiz questions and answer choices one by one, you can also import all of them at once using the quiz import function.
Select the Import button at the bottom of the page.
The Import Quiz Questions dialogue box displays. Select the Tile you want to import quiz questions to.
Then copy/paste the content of your quiz into the XML Content window (content must be in XML format).
Or you can select Choose File. Browse to and select your quiz question file, and then select Open. (NOTE: your quiz questions must be in XML format.)
Select OK to import your quiz questions into the TILE platform.
NOTE: a template quiz XML file is available to use as a “starter” file if desired.
You can Preview individual quiz questions, or quizzes as a whole, at any time. This allows you to check question behavior and content formatting without having to load the whole Course.
Step 5: Map Resources to Tiles
In this step you will map the resources you added to each Tile (competency) in the course. This step will create the collection of resources for each Tile that appear to the learner in the user interface for the Course.
First, select Resource Mapper in the panel at the left side of the screen. The Resource Mapper page displays.
The Resource Mapper is an interactive matrix that allows you to connect your Resources to Tiles. The Tiles you entered for your Course are displayed along the top of the mapping matrix, shown within the Mosaic categories you assigned previously.
Your Resources are listed vertically along the left side of the mapping matrix.
To map a Resource to a Tile, point your cursor to the matrix cell that corresponds to both. An information box displays, confirming the name and code of the Tile and name and code of the Resource.
If the mapping information is correct, click the cell to map the Resource to the Tile.
A dialogue box will appear, asking you to confirm that you want to map that Resource to that Tile. Select OK if the information is correct. Or you can Cancel if you decide you want to map the Resource to a different tile.
NOTE 1: You can map a Resource to more than one Tile.
NOTE 2: A Resource must be mapped to at least one Tile to appear in the Course. And a Tile must have at least one resource mapped to it in order to appear in the Course.
Continue selecting cells in the mapping matrix until all of your Resources are mapped to at least one Tile.
Try It Out!
Try mapping all of your Resources to Tiles.
If you would like to add more Resources or Tiles to your course, you can do so directly from the mapping matrix! Just select the Add Resource or Add Tile buttons located next to the matrix.
After you map each Resource, a green marker will appear in the matrix to represent the mapping. Each marker includes an icon to indicate the Resource Type.
You can select the Show Usage Statistics button to display a count of the number of times each Resource has been accessed by your learners.
Step 6: Preview and Publish!
Now that you’ve mapped your resources, your new course is built and is ready to preview.
First, select Courses in the panel at the left side of the screen. The Courses page displays.
Before you can preview the new course you made, you first need to enroll yourself in it. Select the context arrow for your course and select the Enroll Me option.
Then select OK in the confirmation box.
Now that you are enrolled, you can preview your course. Click the context arrow again for your course, and this time select the Preview option.
Your new course will open in a new browser window.
Try the “Personalize” pre-test to check the PLP behavior. Or navigate to your Mosaics and interact with your Tiles, Resources, and Quizzes to test the course.
Keep editing and updating your new course until you’re happy with it.
Once your course is ready to publish, make sure your learners have been registered as users into the TILE platform. Select Users in the panel at the left side of the screen. The Users page displays.
Make sure the Product for your course is selected in the upper right corner of the screen.
To add a user, simply enter his or her email address at the top of the page and then select Register.
Then select OK in the confirmation dialogue.
The new user is registered into your Product (and Course).
You can also register many users at the same time by importing a list in CSV format. Select the Import button at the bottom of the page.
Then select Choose Files in the Import Users dialogue box. Browse to and select your list of users, and then select Open. (NOTE: your user list must be a CSV file, formatted as shown in the CSV Content window.)
Select OK to import your list of users into the TILE platform.
Now it’s time for the final step: publishing your course! To do this, go back to the Courses page by selecting Courses in the left-side navigation panel.
Then select the Context arrow next to your new course and then select Edit.
The settings for your course are displayed. To publish the course for use, simply change the Status field from ‘Not Published’ to ‘Enabled.’
Congratulations, your course is ready!
Spaced Repetition Schedule (SRS)
The Spaced Repetition Schedules (SRS) are used to re-engage learners with concepts and skills before they “decay” and are lost from long-term memory. In other words, getting them to review and practice concepts and skills, just before they forget them, will help with long term retention. Spaced repetition in TILE is implemented through the use of battery icons and messaging. It is recommended to use the default SRS schedule, but if you prefer to customize it, follow the instructions below.
Spaced Repetition Schedules can be activated for a course using the SRS option in the left-side panel.
To add a new SRS, select the Add Schedule button.
Now configure the new SRS:
Schedule Name. The name of the SRS schedule for admin reference only.
Status. This is set to ‘Enabled’ by default, which means the new SRS is available for use in any Course in the Product.
Email Notifications. You can set how often and how many times learners get email reminders about needing to recharge Tiles. These emails apply to the entire course – learners will get one email per reminder if any Tile in the course needs recharge (they will not get “spammed” with email reminders for each Tile). Set the frequency of emails in the Every X Days field and the Max Number of Times for the emails as well.
Spaced Repetition Details.
- Quiz Score – the right most column is the minimum score to recharge the Tile. All three columns trigger the recharge “decay rates” displayed below them.
- Disabled – use this column to disable recharge cycles
- Days until ## recharge – use these rows to set the “decay rates,” which is the amount of time until the Tile is fully “empty” and in need of recharge activities.
Save the new Mosaic when you have finished entering the information.
Composer Guide – August 2017