SAS Facilitator Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Exciting news, the wait is over!  We have been working with a creative agency over the last 6 months to enhance your delivery of the SAS Small Group Program through updating the existing SAS Computer Game into a new SAS Digital Headquarters (SAS Digital HQ). Below is a list of general and SAS Facilitator specific questions about the transition to the new SAS Digital HQ.

One of the main aims is to increase device compatibility meaning that core learning activities are now accessible for tablets (e.g. iPad’s), laptops and desktops (subsequently moving the game out of Adobe Flash software). The game now has a fresh look and feel, including clearer navigation pathways through the level activities.

We will also be releasing new functionality such as an integrated Skill Tracker and Progress Dashboard later in 2020. From the 20th of January, 2020 you will be provided with access to the following at no extra cost:

  • Easily accessible software for you and your families;
  • A pre-recorded optional tutorial and transition support materials through your SAS Facilitator Portal in the New Year; and
  • The ability to upgrade your existing product key to transition to using the new digital SAS Headquarters.

 

  • Fresh look and feel
  • New user interface for both tablets and keyboard/mouse devices allowing for increased device compatibility.
  • Colour scheme choices
  • Adobe Flash Software no longer required
  • Updated fun mini games
  • Updated interactive Mission Journal
  • Clearer navigation pathways through the level activities for all SAS program types (SAS-SG, SAS-SA & SAS-WOC) allowing for a smoother game flow.

 

New enhancements coming later in 2020

  • Reporting dashboards to allow adults to see a player’s progress in game activities and Mission Journal completion
  • Digitised Emotionometers and Code Cards
  • Digitised option for the Skill Tracker

 

To take a look at what is new and different, please view the SAS Digital HQ trailer!

The new SAS Digital HQ is still designed to empower children to learn how to recognise emotions in others, regulate their own emotions, and develop social skills for a range of social challenges. The core learning concepts of each level remain the same, as well as:

  • Access will remain a 1 user profile with a 12 month renewable licence (from date of Product Key activation)
  • Agent Ardon, Junior Detective and the other SAS Cadet characters will continue to support children through game play.
  • The “open_access” code can still be used to flexibly move through the game.
  • The supporting physical resources (e.g Emotionometers and Code Cards) that align with the game remain the same.

Great care was taken in the development process to replicate the existing key learning experiences for children. The new SAS Digital HQ is one component within the evidence-based SAS interventions available.

Core learning activities are designed to be for tablets (e.g. iPad’s), laptops and desktops. Please see next question for detail on technical requirements of these devices.

The Mission Journal, Skill Tracker (for SAS-SG users)*, and E-Telligence Pack* will also be usable on a smaller mobile device.

* These items are aiming to launch across 2020 in a staged approach. 

For full device compatibility please see our Digital HQ Technical Requirements Page.

 

Recommended Browsers:

Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge.

  • We do not recommend that you use: Internet Explorer not recommended.

Recommended Internet Connection

An internet connection of ADSL2+ or better is recommended for smooth game play.

If your current SAS Computer Game Product Key is still active (has not expired), you will have two options.

  1. Keep Playing

As long as the original game works on your system, you can keep playing your version maintaining the play with progressive unlocking; or

  1. Transition to New SAS Digital HQ

Contact us to transition to the new SAS Digital HQ free of charge. Please note with the latest version:

  • All player data will recommence as if you had never played (i.e. as a new agent).
  • Your current expiry date will remain in place.

If your SAS Computer game Product Key has expired, please contact the team at SST to discuss pricing and upgrade options support@sst-institute.net

SAS Digital HQ is designed to have a one user profile. There is also the option to open up the game using the “open_access” code which allows for flexibility when choosing to target specific activities.

Please refer to “What stays the same” for more information.

Once the SAS Product Key is activated there is a 12 month licence to play followed by an option to renew for another 12-months of game play. 

The new SAS Digital HQ will incorporate a new Reporting Dashboard* that provides authorised adults with a summary of the child's progress in the game.

 

*We aim to launch this function later in 2020

A passionate Brisbane based full-service creative agency called BigFish worked with SST to enhance existing content and create the new elements to build the new SAS Digital HQ.

If your SAS Computer Game Product Key is still active (has not expired), you can contact the team at SST at support@sst-institute.net and we can assist.

You will have two options:

  1. Keep Playing

As long as the game works on your system, you can keep playing the current version of the SAS game maintaining the play with progressive unlocking; or

  1. Transition to the new SAS Digital HQ

Contact us to transition to SAS Digital HQ free of charge. Please note with the latest version:

  • All player data will recommence as if you had never played (i.e. as a new agent)
  • Your current expiry date will remain in place.

To transition, please fill out the SAS Digital HQ Transition Request Form and allow us 1-3 business days to complete your request.

If your SAS Computer game Product Key has expired, please contact the team at SST to discuss pricing and upgrade options.

You can definitely still use your existing SAS resources with the new SAS Digital HQ.

Our current SAS Recommended Retail Pricing (RRP) for single orders remains valid to 30th June 2020.

Please complete the existing technical support form on the SST website https://www.sst-institute.net/technical-support

Please contact a team member via email sas@sst-institute.net or +61 7 3720 8740 

It is planned that the digital HQ will include two types of reporting:

  1. Progress Dashboard

For viewing individual cadet progress.

  1. Small Group Progress Dashboard

Optional group progress reporting for SAS Facilitators to easily access group and individual reports from one location.

SST have provided support materials and updated SAS Facilitator Manual content for you to use. You can access this through your SAS Facilitator Portal.

Please note that later in 2020 SST will be releasing a digital SAS Facilitator Manual for your convenience. All existing V2 trained Facilitators will be given free access to this digitised manual.

Any inactivated SAS Product Keys will now automatically be updated to SAS Digital HQ when they are activated.   

If you activated your SAS Product Key prior to January 20th, 2020 please see ‘I have the Adobe Flash/ original version of the game, what do I do now?’.

If you have an active product key using the original version of the game, you can choose to continue playing this version progressively unlocking as you go. Your access to this game will cease when your 12 month licence expires or if Adobe Flash stops working on your device, whichever comes sooner. SST will no longer be supporting technical issues related to Adobe Flash. 

Alternatively you may choose to transition to the SAS Digital HQ free of charge.

To transition, please fill out the SAS Digital HQ Transition Request Form [LINK] and allow us 1-3 business days to complete your request.

  • All player data will recommence as if you had never played (i.e. as a new agent)
  • Your current expiry date will remain in place.

The new clear game navigation through activities is set up to assist with using the game for our different intervention types: SAS Small Group (SAS-SG), SAS Stand Alone (SAS-SA), SAS Whole Of Class (SAS-WOC).

When you purchase SAS Family Kits, the product key will be the SAS-SG game mode so that children and families are prompted though the SAS Digital HQ aligned with the flow of the SAS Small Group modules.

Content of the psychical E-Telligence Pack and Gadget Pack items remain the same.

An internet connection of ADSL2+ or better is recommended for smooth game play.

These Browsers will work best: Chrome, Firefox, Safari and Edge.

We do not recommend that you use: Internet Explorer not recommended.

 

We recommend the following minimum requirements for your devices:

Windows 10

Core i5 2.0 GHz

4GB RAM

or

Mac OS X 10.11

4GB RAM

Core i5 1.6 GHz

or

iPad Air 2

iOS 11

 

For a full list of technical requirements please see the SAS Digital HQ Techinal Requirements Page.

The product key activation process remains largely the same with some slight updates:

  1. an account is created on the SST website;
  2. the product key is activated;
  3. a game play code is presented(the game play code will now be 5 characters instead of 4);
  4. players' demographic information is collected; and
  5. privacy consent from the player’s parent/legal guardian is obtained.

It is planned that the SAS Digital HQ will include two types of reporting dashboards.

  1. Progress Dashboard

 For viewing individual cadet progress. This can be downloaded and shared if desired.

  1. Small Group Progress Dashboard

Optional group progress reporting for SAS

Updated materials are provided in your SAS Facilitator Portal which also includes a pre-recorded tutorial. There is no charge to access the updated materials.

You have two choices:

  1. to continue the program with them using the current game; or
  2. transition them to Digital HQ free of charge, noting that they will need to recommence from the beginning. Their data from the current game will not transfer.

To make your choice, please consider the child’s personalities and abilities of the cadets in your group as well as how far you are through the SAS Small Group Program.

To transition, please fill out the SAS Digital HQ Transition Request Form for each Product Key and allow us 1-3 business days to complete your request.

The new SAS Digital Headquarters contains some elements designed for small devices (phones) and other elements that are not recommended and disabled from viewing on small screens.

To maximise the learning outcomes, it is recommended that the main game play be accessed on tablets (e.g. iPad’s), and larger devices.

No. To maintain the data you would need to continue playing the original game. Please see your options below:

  1. Keep Playing

As long as the current game works on your system, you can keep playing your version maintaining the play with progressive unlocking; or

  1. Transition to New SAS Digital HQ
  • All player data will recommence as if you had never played (i.e. as a new agent)
  • Your current expiry date will remain in place.

To transition, please fill out the SAS Digital HQ Transition Request Form and allow us 1-3 business days to complete your request.

No. We have provided all our SAS Facilitators with complimentary information on transitioning to the use of Digital HQ through your SAS Facilitator Portal. This includes Facilitator Manual updated pages, Digital Materials updates, and a pre-recorded tutorial.

The team at SST are also available to support further queries.

For more information on SAS Digital HQ please review the following materials:

 

If you have any queries that were not answered by these documents please email the SST Team at sas@sst-institute.net