Dialog

Background

Using dialogues is particularly interesting to develop conversational skills. Dialogues can be used to become familiar with standard key vocabulary and language expressions.

The Edumatic Dialog item type allows users:

  • to read and/or listen to a dialogue,
  • to complete missing dialogue lines by means of text input or recordings,
  • to make their own recording of the dialogue and compare their recording to the original.

As for the open question and the recording exercise, the dialogue exercise allows for manual correction. In the Edumatic Reporting module, you can play back the users’ recordings and give a score.

Examples of dialogue exercises:

  • Example 1: The user can read and listen to the dialogue. No input is required from the user.

  • Example 2: The user can, after reading and/or listening to the dialogue, record and listen to his own version of the dialogue lines.

  • Example 3: The user has to fill in the missing dialogue lines.

  • Example 4: The user has to record the missing dialogue lines.

Tip: In both examples 3 and 4 an author can allow a student/candidate to see hints (when hovering over the Info icon).

Procedure

Proceed as follows to create a Dialog item:

    1. Right click the folder in which you want the Dialog item to appear.
    2. Select New item.
      Result: The screen Make new item appears
    3. Select the item type Dialog.
    4. Name it.
    5. Click OK.
      • Open the tab Properties to add or change the metadata of this item.
      • Open the tab Content and click on the text icon to add a text field or the asset icon to add an image, sound or video , … .
    6. Click  to add a dialogue participant.

      In the Identification section, select:

      • Use name, if you want to show the name of the participant in the dialogue.
      • Use avatar, if you want to show the avatar of the participant in the dialogue.
      • Use name and Use avator, if you want to show both the name and the avatar of the participant in the dialogue.

      In the User response section, select:

      • Recording, if you want the user to record the missing dialogue lines for this participant.
      • Text, if you want the user to fill in the missing dialogue lines for this participant.
      • No user response required, if the user does not need to complete the dialogue for this participant.

      Repeat this step until you have added all dialogue participants.

    7. Select the participant for who you want to add a dialogue line and click .
    8. If you add a dialogue line for which:
      • the user needs to fill in the dialogue line:
          1. Click in the dialogue line to open the corresponding Dialogue line tab below.
          2. Add the possible answer(s) in the Correction answers section of the Dialog line tab.
            To add alternative solutions, see 
          3. Tick Correct for correct answers.
          4. Fill in the score.
          5. Optionally, add keywords for which you assign the score.
      • the user needs to record the dialogue line:

        Click in the dialogue line to open the corresponding Dialogue line tab below.

      • no user input is needed:

        Enter the dialogue lines and click in the dialogue line to open the corresponding Dialogue line tab below.

      Repeat this step until you have added all dialogue lines.

Warning: If you create a dialogue exercise for which the user needs to record the missing dialogue lines and you want to score this exercise, you need to set the maximum score for this exercise before using this it in a publication:

  1. Open the Question tab at the bottom of the page and click Override.
  2. Enter the maximum score.

Adding alternative solutions

If you want to add alternative solutions, see adding alternative solutions.

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