Here are a few steps to follow when starting out with CYPHER for academia:
Schedule a demo
5 minutes. Request an appointment with our sales team to get up and running fast. Schedule a demo.
Customizing your site
1 hour. This includes customizing your site with your own logo, color scheme, URL, portal images, panels, and social media icons. If required, we can provide web design consulting services to help you with any customizing needs that you might require.
Creating accounts for administrators and teachers
20 minutes. This is usually easily done using our web form option for creating accounts. We also support many other kinds of account creation, such as API, LDAP, email invitations, or bulk import.
Creating an outline of each class
1 - 3 hours per class. This requires basic instructor skills and domain knowledge to determine what each class will cover and create the content outline.
Creating competencies for each class (optional, but recommended)
1 - 3 hours per class. You can create your own competencies in CYPHER or upload your own, then tag class content with the competencies it should be teaching and assessing.
Creating the materials for each lesson
1 - 4 hours per lesson. This is the most time intensive part of implementation, and depends on whether you want to upload your own content or create new content. Our authoring tool makes it easy to create engaging lessons fast.
Creating the assignments for each class
1 hour per assignment. All types of assignments can be created easily. Comprehensive randomized quizzes that select from a question bank can take a little longer.
Beta testing the classes
1 day per class on average. This depends on the complexity of the class. You show it to a small sample of users and then adjust it based on their recommendations where possible.
Creating the learning paths (optional)
30 minutes per learning path. Paths are classes that can have goals as sections, where each goal can represent another class or a certificate. Adding a path is fairly easy, with just a few options to configure.
Configuring the class catalog
20 minutes. This simply requires selecting from several layout options. We recommend using attractive pictures for each catalog category, which can easily be purchased from a stock photo site.
Configuring single-sign on (optional)
15 minutes if using Google Workspace SSO, Auth0 or Office 365.
1 hour if using LDAP/Active Directory, which requires knowledge of LDAP and the ability to configure your LDAP system to be securely accessed by CYPHER. If you want to set up custom SSO, then this requires developer skills in the language of the site you wish to integrate with.
Creating student accounts
30 minutes if using a bulk upload. We also support many other kinds of account creation, such as self sign-up, email invitations, API, LDAP, and purchasing a class via our e-commerce system.