The Moodle Language Lab
After spending too much money on a proprietary web based language lab and receiving inadequate support, Campus Saint-Jean and Oohoo.biz have created an Open source language lab for Moodle.
This language lab is based on consultations with University professors, High School teachers and students. Features are constantly being added. However, there are now enough substantial features to release a version.
Basically, this replaces the traditional cassette tape language lab. There is a module for students to record themselves and teachers to review and grade the work. This version also includes a class monitor. So, if a teacher uses it inside the classroom, he/she can monitor student progress the same way they used the traditional language lab by listening to live streams of the students, responding live to students, giving a thumbs up and so on.
It also offers an integration with the Moodle WYSIWYG, allowing recordings to be done virtually in any activity or resource wihtin Moodle. This feature has been used in our classes throughout the past year. For example, we had an oral forum instead of a written forum. Professors would leave spoken messages in the grade book. This was really well recieved by the students.
Features in this version:
- Recorder integrated in the Moodle HTML Editor.
- Student recorded activity.
- Class monitor
- Moodle grade book integration
July 2011 release will include:
- Dialogue module
- Video recording
- Spectrograms of recordings
- Speech analytics: Student records sound and the system compares with native speech.
The language lab requires the following server technology to function properly
- Red5 Media Server (version .8 download: http://code.google.com/p/red5/)
- XML Socket Server (palabre. download: http://palabre.gavroche.net/)