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.

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:

  1. Click  in the folder in which you want to add your item. 
  2. Select Recording.
    Result: The content pane of the item is opened.
  3. Enter the item name in the breadcrumb at the top.
  4. Enter the instruction in the first block.
  5. Select the second block, containing the placeholder for a video, and upload a media file (audio or video) in the Block properties tab. 
  6. 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.

Recording options

The Recording exercise contains a number of options that allow you to customise the item to your own specific use case:

  • 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. 
  • Record the 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.  
  • Show the Play button to the participants: enable this option if the user can first playback the source file without recording anything yet, so as a kind of preparation. Disable this option if you want to force the user to start the recording immediately in the player. 

    Note: 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. 

  • 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. 

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, and he can even download these as MP3 or MP4 for archiving purposes as well.

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System requirements for recording

The assessmentQ itembank

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