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bksbLIVE

User Guide (Rev.2.2)


Section A Overview/System Requirements
bksbLIVE User Guide
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Contents


Overview ............................................................................ 2
The bksb Process for English and Mathematics ................ 3
Software supported by bksbLIVE ....................................... 5
System Requirements ........................................................ 8
iPad and Tablet Compatibility ............................................ 8

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Overview of bksbLIVE

bksbLIVE is a fully-hosted online platform that provides one central point of access
for all bksb assessments and learning resources, designed to help students
develop their existing knowledge and skills in English, maths and ICT.
Simple, learner-centric approach
Simplicity is the key to bksbLIVE. It provides an easy-to-use online system
which features a unique log-in for each learner. It then guides them through
the entire assessment and development process.
Fully hosted on-line platform
Although imperceptible to your learners, bksbLIVE is delivered via our secure,
state-of-the-art servers. This brings significant cost and efficiency benefits
no installation, little set-up and maintenance, and instant access to upgrades.
In-depth tracking and reporting
bksbLIVE provides valuable tracking and reporting functionality for tutors and
managers. This is incredibly powerful in lesson planning, student
management and for inspection evidence.
Supports Functional Skills standards
The bksb assessments and resources fully support the functional skills
standards. They are also proven to support learners for achieving GCSEs,
Essential Skills, Core Skills, NEETs, 14-19 improvement and CPD.
Endorsed by City & Guilds
The bksb functional skills process is recommended by City & Guilds, one of
the UKs largest awarding bodies, but is proven to produce outstanding
outcomes for whichever qualifications are being taken.
Youll be in good company
bksb is the longest established solution of its type in the UK. It is used and
trusted by thousands of organisations (including over 85% of FE colleges) and
millions of learners every year to support their skills improvement
programmes.
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The bksb Process for English & Mathematics




Step 1 - Initial Assessment
The bksb Initial Assessment identifies the learners general working level in English
and mathematics, from Pre-entry to Level 3. It is mapped to the Adult Core
Curriculum and also tracks Functional Skills Standards.
We suggest you allow approximately 20 minutes for each assessment. However, this
is guideline a only. We feel it is important that the learner takes whatever time is
necessary, rather than rushing and guessing an answer, thus producing an invalid
result.
Free Writing Exercise
In order to obtain a broader assessment of
English skills, we recommend that a learner
undertakes a piece of free writing. Assessment
guidelines and a marking grid are provided for
quick marking. There are also suggested titles for
a free writing exercise. However, any piece of
writing can be assessed using the grid.

The Assessment guidelines and marking grid are
available in bksbLIVE via the Resources tab

Step 2 - Diagnostic Assessment and ILP
The bksb Diagnostic Assessment identifies the strengths and skill gaps of individual
learners and provides development in bite-sized chunks. The diagnostic automatically
saves after every question. This enables the assessment to be completed in stages if
required.
To produce a valid result, we feel it is important that the learner does not feel under
a time pressure. However, as a general indication, we suggest you allow
approximately one hour for each of the diagnostic assessments.
The bksb Interactive Diagnostic Assessments are available from Entry Level 1 to Level
3 in English and mathematics. Paper versions of the Diagnostic Assessments are also
available on request. To comply with best practice, the appropriate level diagnostic
for a learner to take should be identified by the Interactive Initial Assessment.
The Printable page version of the ILP produced by the diagnostic assessment has
space for target-setting and monitoring by the tutor for each skill gap and space for
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Functional
Skills Scenarios
Problem
solving tasks
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Skill Checks
Interactive
Summative
Assessments
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Interactive
Learning
Resources
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Interactive
Diagnostic
Assessment
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Interactive
Initial
Assessment
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tutor and learner signatures for programmes where learner agreements are required.
The interactive ILP provides links for instant access to the bksb learning resources
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Step 3 Interactive/PDF Learning Resources
Interactive learning resources providing information, examples and self-marking
exercises are available at Entry 2 to Level 2.

At E1 and L3, learners may access the learning resources as PDF documents.
Step 4 Skill Checks
The bksb Skill Checks are an interactive assessment tool for confirming competency
of individual topic areas in the English and mathematics curriculum. Available from
Entry Level 3 to Level 3, they are best utilised as a summative test after the learner
has worked through the learning resources. Rigour is provided by the concentration
of questioning on one particular topic and the high pass mark required - 75%. Skill
Checks can reduce the volume of assessment by the tutor and so release time for
additional learning support where needed.
Step 5 Functional Skills Scenarios
The bksb Functional Skills Scenarios provide an essential resource for all teaching
professionals working with functional skills. There are separate resources covering functional
English, functional maths and functional ICT. These contain scenarios at Entry 2, Entry 3,
Level 1 and Level 2, along with answers, guides and marking schemes. The scenarios are
supplied on CD-ROM in a pdf format, for easy printing. The scenarios provide that vital link
from underpinning knowledge to application. They can be used as a timed practice test or
extracts may be taken from them for use in the classroom..


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Software supported by bksbLIVE
bksbLIVE is built upon a modular concept, enabling an organisation to personalise
the online platform to meet their individual needs. The following software modules
can be incorporated into your organisations bksbLIVE account. Please note that
these modules are all licensed separately.
Initial Assessment (English & Mathematics)
The bksb Interactive Initial Assessment provides a clear indication of a learners
current English and mathematics level from Pre-Entry to Level 3. Both assessments
are in line with the updated Core Curriculum and track the Functional Skills
Standards.
The Initial Assessment is also available on CD for standalone use where no internet connection is
available. Users can take an assessment offline and upload the result to bksbLIVE once an internet
connection is established. A paper-based version is also available for clients who require this
option when access to a computer is restricted.

Diagnostic Assessment (English & Mathematics)
The bksb Interactive Diagnostic Assessment covers Entry Level 1 to Level 3 in English
and mathematics. Both assessments provide a percentage score and produce an
interactive ILP (Individual Learning Plan) which highlights the learners skill gaps and
signposts them to the appropriate bksb Interactive Learning Resources (licensed
separately) that they need to close those gaps.
The Diagnostic Assessment is also available on CD for standalone use where no internet connection
is available. Users can take an assessment offline and upload the result to bksbLIVE once an
internet connection is established. A paper-based version is also available for clients who require
this option when access to a computer is restricted.

Interactive Learning Resources (English & Mathematics)
The bksb Interactive Learning Resources cover Entry Level 2 to Level 2 and are
directly tied to the outcomes of the learners Diagnostic Assessment results. These
resources provide the essential underpinning knowledge in all the subject areas of
English and mathematics to help close the learners skill gaps.

For those learners who achieve either Entry 1 or Level 3, the system provides suitable
learning resources in paper-based format (Adobe Acrobat PDF).
Note that clients who hold a licence for the Interactive Learning Resources also have access to the
full suite of paper-based resources from Entry 1 right through to Level 3 via the bksbLIVE platform,
providing valuable learning materials for those learners who have difficulty accessing the
interactive resources. The bksb Interactive Learning Resources are NOT available on CD and
therefore cannot be implemented on a standalone PC or laptop.

Skill Checks (English & Mathematics)
Following the learning resources, bksb Skill Checks summative assessments are used
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to close an identified skill gap, providing confirmation of competency and
automatically updating the learners ILP where necessary. There is NO paper version
of the bksb Skill Checks.
Note that within the bksbLIVE platform, tutors can manually update the learners ILP as they
improve their skills, but the automation provided by the bksb Skill Checks module significantly
improves workflow and releases valuable teaching time.

ICT Interactive Assessment & Learning Resources
The bksb ICT Initial Assessment, covering Entry 3 to Level 2, has been designed to
assess users against the ICT functional skills criteria and identifies a separate level for
each ICT application, covering:
Word processing
Spreadsheets
Databases
Presentation
Publication
Email
Internet
and General (Security, H&S, etc).

The bksb ICT Initial Assessment identifies the general working level of an individual
learner in the wide range of applications required for functional skills, for example
word processing, spreadsheets, etc. The learners should commence by fully
developing their skills at the identified level via the links to the paper-based learning
resources (available in Office 2003
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, 2007
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and 2010
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) and then start working on skills
at the next higher level. The assessment is fully interactive and self-marking and
identifies one of the following 4 levels for each application: Below Entry 3, Entry 3,
Level 1 or Level 2. As a guideline, we suggest you allow approximately 30 minutes for
the assessment.

The ICT Initial Assessment is also available on CD for standalone use where no internet connection
is available. Users can take an assessment offline and upload the result to bksbLIVE once an
internet connection is established.

There is NO paper version of the ICT assessment.

Functional Skills Scenarios (English, Mathematics & ICT)
The bksb Functional Skills scenarios provide an essential resource for all teaching
professionals working with Functional Skills. There are separate resources covering
functional English, functional maths and functional ICT. These contain scenarios at

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Full suite of learning resources available covering all topics for Office 2003.
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Cover Word, Excel and Access for Office 2007.
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Cover Word, Excel and Access for Office 2010.
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Entry 2, Entry 3, Level 1 and Level 2, along with answers, guides and marking
schemes. The scenarios provide that vital link from underpinning knowledge to
application.
ESOL Initial Assessment (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
The bksb ESOL Initial Assessment can interactively assess a learners level in the three
skills of reading, writing and listening while also offering a predicted grade for
speaking based on the results. The assessment is mapped to the DIUS ESOL core
curriculum and gives education providers the opportunity to have an overview of a
learners level in the different skills.
ESOL Diagnostic Assessment (English for Speakers of Other Languages)
The bksb ESOL interactive diagnostic assessments are available in reading and
writing at all 5 levels Entry Level 1 to Level 2 (10 diagnostics in total). The
diagnostics provide a thorough test of a learners ability in each particular topic area,
for example: punctuation, spelling or grammar. The diagnostics provide a percentage
score and also produce an interactive, individual learning plan (ILP) which highlights
all the learners skill gaps. From the ILP, the learner can get direct links to the
appropriate interactive learning resources
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they need to cement those skills gaps
and, if licensed, Skill Checks to test the learners competency.
Learning Styles Assessment
The bksb Learning Styles Assessment is a quick and concise, interactive, self-marking
assessment that identifies the ways in which individuals or groups of learners prefer
to learn. This uses VAK theory (Visual, Auditory and Kinaesthetic) and can profile
individuals and groups.
PLTS & Employability Skills Assessor
The PLTS & Employability Skills Assessor comprises of an interactive initial
assessment and 6 evidence-generating activities designed to develop the skills
needed to gain and retain employment. It provides evidence of the completion of all
37 PLTS outcome statements (essential for Ofsted inspection).
Dyslexia Quick Check Assessment
The bksb Quick Check is a two-part, interactive dyslexia screener. The simple self-
assessment covers 10 Yes/No questions; the screener is a more detailed assessment.
They help to identify those learners who might benefit from a comprehensive
dyslexia assessment administered by a qualified dyslexia specialist. At the same time,
it screens out those who have general learning problems as opposed to dyslexia, thus
saving time and expense.

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System Requirements
bksbLIVE and its associated assessment and resource modules are universally
accessible via a computer or laptop running the Windows or Macintosh operating
systems. The system utilises a web browser
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and the free-to-download Adobe Flash
Player
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to function.
Minimum System Requirements
Windows, OSX or Linux with the following web browser: Internet Explorer 8 or
higher, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome or any other web browser which
supports the Adobe Flash Player (10.2 or higher) and JavaScript.

Apple iPad compatibility
The bksbLIVE Interactive Assessments, Interactive Learning Resources and Interactive
Skill Checks are compatible with the Apple iPad and other tablet devices, except the
ICT Initial Assessment which will be compatible by early 2013.




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bksbLIVE is compatible with the latest versions of Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari and Opera. For full
functionality, it is recommended that you update your browser to ensure that you are using the latest version.
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Adobe Flash Player is available to download from http://www.adobe.com/support/flashplayer/downloads.html
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