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SocioLearner content is built around courses, lessons and activities. Courses contain one or more lessons, and lessons contain one or more activities.
When you first log in, you’ll be on the Course page. Start by creating a course, or open an existing course.
From the Lesson page, add a lesson, then start adding activities.
To see how your new course will look to learners, login as a learner. Use a learner ID (check the user list to find one, or ask your administrator). You can use two different browsers (Chrome & Firefox) to view both the instructor’s and learner’s screens at same time.
Browser 1: Login as instructor. This is a Worksheet Edit page.
Browser 2: Login as a learner and view the learner’s worksheet.
There are two basic types of activities: SocioLearner activities and Worksheets.
Worksheets are good for self-study. With Worksheets, you can add:
Worksheet Edit page: Add text notes with the post-it icon. Change your text formatting, insert links and view the HTML code (advanced).
Learner’s worksheet: The text note.
Worksheet Edit page: Add audio clips with the speaker icon. MP3 and OGG files are accepted. You can also record your own audio clip using the Record button on the Edit page. Add an optional caption.
Learner’s worksheet: The audio clip.
Worksheet Edit page: Add an unscored audio recorder for learners to record and practice. Add an optional caption.
Learner’s worksheet: The unscored audio recorder. The learner’s recording will be automatically saved.
Worksheet Edit page: Add a scored audio recorder using the checkmark-microphone icon. Enter the target vocabulary in the box. The voice recognition system will compare the learner’s recording to the target vocabulary and return a score.
Learner’s worksheet: The scored audio recorder. Clicking Submit will compare the recording to the target vocabulary and will return a score.
Worksheet Edit page: Add multiple choice questions using the radio button icon. Click the radio button beside the correct option.
Learner’s worksheet: The multiple choice question.
Worksheet Edit page: Add fill-in-the-blank questions with the pencil-and-box icon. To create blanks, highlight target words in the text and click the toolbar button.
Learner’s worksheet: Fill-in-the-blank question.
Items are added in sequence on the worksheet. Add as many items to a worksheet as you like.
You can reorder items by dragging and dropping them into a new sequence.
To delete an item, click the X on the right side of the item.
All items on a worksheet are tracked for completion. If an item is scored, it’s scored automatically.
SocioLearner activities are good for instructor-lead oral coaching and practice. With a SocioLearner activity, you can add:
SocioLearner Edit page: Add activity details here. Format text and edit the source HTML. Add an audio attachment (like an instruction prompt).
Learner’s SocioLearner activity: Activity details and audio attachment show here.
SocioLearner Edit page: Add a model recording. On the Model Recording tab, choose an audio file or record your own voice. You can have learners listen to the model first, record first, or record and listen simultaneously.
Learner’s SocioLearner activity: The model recording. Learners and instructors can also make comments on the model recording (see below for commenting).
All SocioLearner activities are tracked for completion. If you set a score, you’ll also be able to manually score learners’ recordings.
Preview and edit your new SocioLearner activities just like a worksheet.
Assessments are a special kind of lesson. You can add SocioLearner activities and worksheets to an assessment, just like a regular lesson. However, in an assessment:
There are two ways you can open your learner’s work: the Show Rec page or the Track page.
The Show Rec page is good for scoring and reviewing all the recordings in a single SocioLearner activity.
Open the Show Rec page using the Show Rec button beside SocioLearner activities on the Lesson page.
The Show Rec page lists all learner recordings for that activity, and shows you whether there are new recordings since you last checked.
Click View New or Review to open a learner’s recording. You can review, score, and make comments on the learner’s recording.
The Tracker is good for scoring and reviewing large amounts of learners’ work, both Worksheets and SocioLearner activities.
Open the tracker using the Track Progress button at the top of the Lesson page, or beside the course title on the Course page.
On the Track page, each box represents an activity. The icons are:
Click an icon to open learners’ work. You can review all activities, and make comments and score SocioLearner activities.
Only SocioLearner activities need to be scored. All other activities are automatically scored.
To score learners’ SocioLearner activities:
1. Open a recording using the Track page or the Show Rec page
2. Entering a score in score box, top right.
To leave comments on learners’ SocioLearner activities:
Scroll through all comments as they appear underneath the waveform.