Interactive Audio lets you upload an audio file and add practice questions or comments to it. Practice questions help you and students gauge their comprehension of the audio contents. Furthermore, questions and comments can help guide students to the most important arguments in the audio file, or jump start online discussions about its contents so that students are better prepared for class.
If you want to reuse a previous Interactive Audio from yourself or one of your colleagues, click on use copy of existing. A copy of this existing assignment will be made, copying all teacher contributions (comments, questions, instructions). Student contributions are not copied.
If you want to create a new assignment, start with filling out the title. Depending on your LMS, the title you set when creating the assignment in your LMS is already copied here. You can read more here on changing the name of the assignment in your LMS or in FeedbackFruits.
To upload an audio file, drag and drop your audio file, or click choose audio to search for it on your computer. If your desired audio file can be found online, copy and paste the link in the paste link field. If you want to use a link to an audio file, it is important to this link is publicly available.
After you've uploaded the audio file, you can start with editing the settings. Click on open audio to view the video and start adding questions and comments. If you want to replace the audio file with a different one, you can click on change file.
Adding Practice Questions and Comments
When you have uploaded your audio, click open audio to view it and add practice questions and/or comments. Select the right timeframe in the audio to link a practice question or comment to this specific part.
Practice questions are inline practice moments for students and can be added by the teacher as well as by students when enabled (see settings). Comments can be questions or discussion points and can be added by the teacher as well as by students when enabled. Students (and teachers) are able to reply to each other's comments, making it possible to have inline discussions. Click here for more information on how to add a comment or practice question.
Click settings to expand the settings field.
Copyright protected material
Under settings you can enable the copyright protected material option. Enabling this option stops students from downloading the audio. Otherwise, students will see a download button, which allows them download the original audio file. If you use a link to an audio file on the internet, you will not have this option. Students will not be able to download the audio file, but will be able to navigate to the website where the audio file is hosted.
Separate annotations per group
This option lets your students discuss the material in smaller groups. Or you can make the audio file accessible per class instead of publishing it to all students in the course.
After enabling the option to separate annotations per group, you have to define the groups you want to use in the LMS. See this article on how to select the appropriate groups for your Interactive Audio when FeedbackFruits is fully integrated in your LMS. Can't select groups from your LMS? This article explains how to create your own groups using a CSV file.
When using groups, students only see the annotations of students within their group. As a teacher you can filter on a specific group, or see the annotations of all students in the assignment. In the Overall Student Progress overview, you will see the metrics per group.
By default, students are allowed to post comments to the audio file. Comments can stimulate interactivity with the study material, but this might not always be desirable depending on your set-up. Therefore, this option can also be disabled.
It is also possible to say that students are allowed to post practice question (disabled by default). Having students ask and answer their own and their peers' questions can be a valuable learning experience. Therefore, this can be enabled if desired.
When you allow students to post their own practice questions, you will see a new options appear: students can see each other's answers on practice questions created by students. When enabling this option, students will be able to see anonymised answers from their peers after they have answered the question themselves.
Students contribute anonymously
All students contribution in this activity (discussions, questions and answers to questions) are shown to their peers using pseudonyms. Teachers always see the contributors name.
It is also possible to add custom subtitles. Click on 'add' to open the subtitle menu, here you can add or hide subtitles. You upload subtitles via .srt or .vtt file. If you don't yet have a subtitles file, you can also create your own. Read here how you can create this file.
Deadlines & realtime control
It is also possible to have an start and/or end date by which the students are able to make contributions to the assignment. This is available under the Deadlines & realtime control option. For more information on how to set this up, and how this affects the assignment, click here.
Additional modules can be added to the assignment to further the pedagogical value of the assignment. These module can be added by clicking on the blue plus-button at the bottom of the assignment in 'edit' mode.
It is possible to add instructions to the assignment to introduce the assignment and give the students additional instructions on how to complete it. It is possible to add an attachment or a voice recording to these instructions.
Grading can be added to the assignment in the form of the Configurable Grading module. Here you are able to grade students based on their participation (for example, did they participate in all the discussions) and performance (how did they score on the Question Cards). You can find more information in the link above.
Reflect on the activity
A reflection step can be added to the assignment that can be graded optionally and should be completed after the main assignment. It is possible to set a separate deadline for this step, to set a minimum and maximum word count and additional instructions.
Publishing the assignment
When you finished with setting up your assignment, click publish or save in the top-right corner of the screen.
After you publish the audio file, you can click the three dots in the top-right corner of the screen to edit the assignment (change the file, edit the instructions, enable/disable students downloading the audio, adding practice questions and/or comments). Here you can also download the original audio file, without comments/practice questions.
You have now finished setting up your Interactive Audio!
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