#Getting Started with ThinkSpace
##Before You Start
- ThinkSpace is a web application that can be accessed using most modern web browsers. There is no need to download anything.
- We recommend you go over the ThinkSpace Glossary to learn some of the basic terminology you will find on ThinkSpace.
##Set up your account
When you sign up for a ThinkSpace account through the website, you’ll be asked to fill in your name, email address and password. Easy stuff.
Once you log into ThinkSpace you’ll arrive at your Space List. The Space List will keep track of any spaces you’ve created or spaces you’re a part of, whether Instructor, assistant or student. You can always go back to your Space List by clicking on Spaces at the top bar.
If you haven’t been invited to a space or haven’t created one yet then your Space List will be empty.
To create a new space:
- Click on the New Space button
- Give your space a name. A Space is typically named after the course the instructor is teaching along with the semester it is being offered (i.e., Physics 101 - Fall 2016).
- Click on Update Space to create it.
If you’ve already created one, then click on your space to look inside.
A space is the equivalent of a course. Each space contains a Case List, Space Roster, and a Team Manager.
You can clone a space at any time from the Space List screen. The cloned version will include any cases in the original at the time of cloning. Rosters will not be included.
You can rename your space at any time using the Edit Space button on the upper right.
We currently don’t allow for users to delete spaces but if you’d like one of your spaces to be removed contact us using the support button on the top bar.
Students will only have access to the Case List. They will not be able to see the Space roster or the Team Manager. They will only be able to see Active Cases so your drafts will remain hidden.
From here you can either:
##Exploring a Case
Once you have a case in your Case List, click on it. The first thing you will see is the Case Overview.
The Case Overview gives you, you guessed it, an overview of the entire case from instructions to a complete list of phases. If you’re the instructor of the case you’ll see some extra items that students won’t see like the Edit Case button and the Case Status panel. You also get access to Scores and the Evaluation Dashboard (only for peer evaluations). Edit your case at any time using the Edit Case button.
A case is broken down into bits called Phases. Each phase can focus on a specific learning objective making a longer, more complicated case easier to manage. You can have as many phases as you want.
You can jump into one of the phases by clicking on one in the Phase List or by clicking Start Case. This will give you a sense of what the student will see and you’ll be able to interact with all the same inputs and content. Keep in mind that as you interact with the phases you will be changing the state of the phase (submitting, unlocking, etc…). This will only be affecting your own version of the case and not the students’.