The Recording item can be used for:
- assessment of speaking, pronunciation, or presentation skills
- assessment of simultaneous or consecutive interpreting skills
- recordings of oral exams.
Note: To be able to make a video recording, the users need to have a webcam installed on their computer.
Dual track recording and left-right ear playback
In the assessmentQ Recording item the participants' answer is recorded in dual-track mode, i.e. the source and the recording are separate tracks.
When used for simultaneous interpreting exercises, left and right ear playback is supported. The source file will play in the left ear, the recording in the right ear:
- The participant will be able to listen to the recording in stereo when the Play button in the player is enabled.
- The grader will be able to listen to the recording in stereo while grading.
Note: Left-right ear playback is not supported for exercises that are marked as consecutive interpreting items. When listening to the recording of a consecutive interpretation, both the source and the participant's interpretation are played back in both ears.
Requirements for end users
End users who start a recording item will be prompted to allow access to their microphone and optionally webcam. This prompt can be slightly different depending on the browser they are using, however, it is important for them to give this access. If they don't, they will not be able to start a recording and thus answer the item.
Procedure to create a recording item
Proceed as follows to create a Recording item:
- Click in the folder in which you want to add your item.
- Select Recording.
Result: The content pane of the item is opened.
- Enter the item name in the breadcrumb at the top.
- Enter the instruction in the first block.
- Click in the interaction block, containing the placeholder for a video, and upload a media file (audio or video) in the Block properties tab.
- Click Preview to try out your item.
- You can use the following video formats as the source of a Recording item: mp4, wmv, avi, mov, 3gpp, webm, ogm, ogv, and mpg. When you upload your source, it will be transcoded to mp4 format (H264 + aac).
- You can use the following audio formats as the source of a Recording item: mp3, m4a, ogg, oga, wma, aac. When you upload your source, it will be transcoded to mp3 format.
- The maximum file size you can upload is 128 MB.
- The end user can make a recording of maximum 300 MB. This corresponds more or less to 1 hour and 30 minutes of video and to 8 hours of audio. When the maximum limit of 300 MB is reached, the recording will stop and be uploaded automatically.
The Recording exercise contains a number of options that allow you to customise the item to your own specific use case. You find these options in the Block tab:
- Record participant webcam: enable this option if you want to user's webcam to be recorded too. The user needs to give permission to assessmentQ in the browser to access the webcam and needs to have a webcam. If either of these conditions is not fulfilled, only audio will be recorded.
- Start recording automatically:
- When you enable this option and the option Consecutive recording is disabled, the recording will start automatically as soon as the user opens this item.
- When you enable this option and the option Consecutive recording is enabled, the recording will start automatically as soon as the playback of the source file is finished.
- You can define a delay for the automatic recording to start.
Notes: When Start recording automatically is activated, only one recording attempt is allowed.
- Limit the number of attempts: Allows you to define how many times the user can start a new recording. Each recording will overwrite the previous one.
- By default, the number of attempts is unlimited.
- When it is limited, the user will see how many attempts remain in the assessmentQ player, and will see a warning message when he starts a new recording:
Note: assessmentQ also provides the option to store all attempts of a recording instead of overwriting the previous one with a new one. This, however, can have an impact on the available storage you have in assessmentQ. Contact your account manager for more information about this option.
- Consecutive recording: when you enable consecutive recording, then the source file will be played back completely in the player. When the playback is completed, the recording will start automatically, allowing the user to record his consecutive interpretation of the source file. In case the user has multiple attempts, each new attempt will start with the playback of the source file.
- Show the Play button to the participants: when you enable this option, the user can first playback the source file without recording anything yet, so as a kind of preparation. The user can also playback the recording he made. Disable this option if you don't want the user to have playback control.
- Playing the source file upfront does not count as an attempt, so when you enable the Play button, the user can playback the source file many times without any impact on his attempts.
- When the option Start recording automatically is activated, the Play button will only be available to playback the recording. The user will not be able to playback the source file before making the recording.
Scoring a Recording item
A Recording item cannot be scored automatically, therefore the scoring mechanism of the Recording item is always Manual scoring. This implies that Recording items are always scored in the Grading module.
In the Grading module:
- the Grader can see all participant recordings.
- depending on his download permission, he can download the recording as MP3 or MP4 for archiving purposes.
- for simultaneous interpreting recordings, the grader can hear the source file in the left ear and the student’s interpretation in the right.