My hotpot plays the flash payer and the mp3 file on my computer just fine. When I upload it though I only get the flash player graphic. I have attached the said file.
If this is Moodle 1.9, make sure that you also upload the flash file itself and place it in the same directory as your jqz.
It is moodle 1.9.10 and the flash player and the flash file have been uploaded too, but I only get the graphic of the flash player that won't play the sound file.
I think it's because you have a space in the name of your mp3 file:
If you change it to:
it should be OK
It's not a good idea to have spaces in the names of files on the Internet - I would change the names of the .jqz and .htm files too.
I did what you suggested but the problem persists. Frustrating and educational!
Maybe you didn't change the code in the exercise:
<object type="application/x-shockwave-flash" data="hbs_mp3player3but.swf" width="150" height="20" style="vertical-align: middle;">
<param name="type" value="application/x-shockwave-flash" />
<param name="src" value="hbs_mp3player3but.swf" />
<param name="data" value="hbs_mp3player3but.swf" />
<param name="codebase" value="hbs_mp3player3but.swf" />
<param name="FlashVars" value="TheSound=track_1m.mp3" />
<param name="allowScriptAccess" value="sameDomain" />
<param name="movie" value="hbs_mp3player3but.swf" />
<param name="loop" value="false" />
<param name="quality" value="high" />
<param name="wmode" value="transparent" />
and regenerate the exercise?
I've done this on Gordon's test site : http://bateson.kanazawa-gu.ac.jp/moodle/19/mysql/mod/hotpot/view.php?id=87 and it all works fine (with an mp3 file of mine and a flash player I've renamed to be the same as yours).
To see it, log on to Gordon's site with:
Thank you so much! I tried the link you sent me. It plays some very brief, incomplete, incoherent sound. As far as the corrections to my flash mp3 files I corrected them all and regenerated the exercise and I"m still getting what I've been getting. Stan had some excellent pointers about the whole approach and I will take him up on it.
Thank you for your help.
I just took the shortest mp3 I had to hand: me saying the word "sun". Out of context it's not very coherent, is it? I've replaced it by a limerick.
If you replace it by your original mp3 file, it will play that.
I suggest you download the files on Gordon's site and compare them carefully with yours. There must be some little thing...
By the way, I completely agree with Stan's suggestions for breaking up your test into more manageable "bits". I always remember Martin Holmes' remark years ago: "The Internet is bite-sized".
Glenys is absolutely right about spaces in file names.
However, I should mention the pedagogical side of your JQuiz.
I understand you want to make a test with Reading, Listening, Vocabulary so you've got 180! questions! Are you really planning to have so many?
a/ HotPotatoes is meant for teaching, not testing. Students can easily figure out an answer by looking at the code. So it's unreliable for testing. Moodle Quiz or other tools may be more suitable.
b/ it is not peadagogicaly justified to have students answer 180 questions.
How much time will it take them to go through the whole lot? What about scrolling up and down? How about cognitive load? There are plenty of things to consider.
I've been teaching on Cambidge ESOL Exam Prep courses for the past 15 years and have been invigilating Cambridge Exams since 2000 and even these whole-day exams look humane as candidates get 15min breaks and a lunch break between the different Papers - Listening, Reading, Use, etc.
Let me exemplify and suggest a procedure at the same time.
Split you exam in skills - Reading, Listening, Vocabulary - you decide on the sequence later (Test generally do not allow for a choice as to the sequencing of the exam components)
Take a skill and split it further into parts (e.g. Cambridge ESOL Exams, Listening involves Multiple Matching, Note-taking, and Multiple Choice) and make each part a separate HotPotatoes activity. (It'll make it also easy to debug, as well as will reduce the dowload time; at present you have 4-5 and different sound files - the 50MB issue you started the thread). Ok, each Part will be done in a different HotPotatoe - note-taking in JCloze, Multiple Choice in JQuiz, Multiple Matching - depends on how you want to display these, there may be different choice of a hotpotato.
You do the Reaing and Vocabulary the same way.
Now here comes Moodle for sequencing and grading. (You may want to install QuizPort, though)
Have an entry page for the test and plan an entry page for each skill with full instructions for the students, timing, procedure, etc.
Start with the first hotpotato and use the sequencing feature Add quiz chain, Show next quiz, set attempts allowed to 1, choose the grading - first, last attempt, average grade...
This will give you the chance for item analysis, whole and per user ...
I'll stop here, enough food for thought. If you think it'll suit your needs, let me know and I'll try to be more helpful.
BTW, how much teaching staff do you have at EPIKINONIA school?
Thanks a million for your time and insight. I will definetely follow through with it. It makes so much sense.
We are 15 teachers at EPIKINONIA.