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.
When you create a new Interactive Audio, you see the following screen.
The title, in the example: Interactive Audio, can be changed from within the LMS (Blackboard, Brightspace, Canvas). You can also fill out a different title here, but in this case the old name will show in your course-overview.
To upload an audio file, drag and drop your desired audio file, or click choose audio to search for it on your computer. If your desired video can be found online, copy and paste the link in the paste link field.
Click use copy of existing to select a previous Interactive Audio assignment of you or one of your colleagues. A copy of this existing assignment will be made, copying all teacher contributions (comments, questions, instructions). Student contributions are not copied.
All Interactive Audio in this list are assignments that you are added to as a teacher. To add yourself to an assignment of a colleague, simply open this particular assignment. After, this assignment will also show in the use copy of existing-list. (If you are using FeedbackFruits through our platform or .direct, this feature is not available, instead you can copy the existing assignment.)
After you've uploaded the audio file, you can click preview. This can be useful if you need to check if you uploaded the correct file. You cannot add questions or comments in the preview, you must publish the audio file before you can do so.
Click settings to expand the settings field. Here you can enable the copyright protected material option. Enabling this option stops students from downloading the file. If you disable this option, students will see a download button, which allows them download the original file.
You can also enable the option that lets students post practice questions (disabled by default). Having students ask and answer their own and their peers' questions can be a valuable learning experience, but is not always desired.
Finally, you disable the option that lets students add comments to the document (enabled by default). Comments can stimulate interactivity with the study material, but is not always desired.
Click the red + button to add instructions to the assignment.
If you add an instruction module, scroll back up to write your instructions (see screenshot below for an example).
When you have uploaded an audio file, given it a title, specified your setting and have written your (optional) instructions, click publish in the top-right corner of the screen. Click change file if you wish to replace the audio file with a different one.
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.
Adding Practice Questions and Comments
When you have published your audio file, click Start listening to open 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. If you want to add an overall question or comment you use the '+= button in the lower right corner.
Practice questions are inline practice moments for students and can be added by the teacher as well as by students when enabled. Comments can be questions or discussion points and can be added by the teacher as well as by students when enabled. Add comments if you want inline discussions in the audio: students are able to respond on each others comments. Click here for how to add a comment or practice question.
You have now finished setting up your Interactive Audio.