Using the SAM software
Using the SAM software
Skills Assessment Manager (SAM) is among the most up-to-date and effective training and testing platforms available. To get started on your course in the CSA lab, just double-click the SAM 2010 icon on the desktop. This opens the SAM software.
You can log in using your nine-digit student number followed by @gbc.ca as your user name, the initial password is gbc123 (you will be required to change your password upon initial connection.)
User name: student email@example.com (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Initial password: gbc123
If its the first time youve ever logged in, youll be asked to read and agree to a licencing statement. Click ok. Then click "ok" two more times on the two pages that follow. This will take you to the SAM Home page.
From the Home page click SAM Assignments or My Assignments to get to the Assignments. On your Assignments page, youll see a list of modules. These are the modules in which you will train and take tests. You must pass all your tests to pass this course.
Click the link to your first module's training. Training has three modes, and all three are equally important. Do not skip any of the training modes. They are as follows:
Observe mode is automated: the software will show you how the task or function is carried out. You watch what happens in Observe, then you try it yourself in Practice. You will need to click the "play" icon to run Observe. At the lab, Observe is a visual function; if you do your training at home, you can use Observe's audio feature.
In Practice mode, youll be asked to use the mouse or keyboard to complete the same task you just saw demonstrated in Observe. Youll receive clues and tips as you carry out the task.
Apply is the final and most independent step. Without any clues, youll be asked to complete, by yourself, the task youve now followed and learned about through the three previous steps. Apply is similar to Practice, but without the clues. You must complete this step in order to have the task added to your record (in SAM) of completed tasks.
Be sure to use all three of the learning modalities for every single task you need to learn. If some tasks are familiar enough to you (if you have used computers before) you can move straight to Practice and Apply.
Once you have completed the Apply part of the task, SAM will move you to the next question. If you arent able to successfully do the Apply, you should go back to Observe before re-attempting Practice and Apply.
Just remember to always complete all three steps in the training, after each step you must complete the Task Complete button or your SAM training record will show the task as not done.
When you have successfully completed your training, and you feel confident you can pass the test, let one of our lab facilitators know. The facilitators will get you seated in the testing area, and log you into your test. Only a facilitator can log you into the test.