last year I created a listening test using the lesson function in our institution's version of moodle. Essentially we have the moodle interface with the institution's branding.
All the students started the lesson at the same time. The lesson had an audio file of 6 minutes then there was an 'essay' to complete in the next chapter. It worked fine in a dummy run with 20 students. However, when we tried to use it with 150 students the lesson froze or students could not access the lesson. Often an error message appeared such as in the attachment. We eventually had to stagger it through the day and it worked but it was not ideal as some students could tell the other students what they had done.
I am thinking of trying it again this year but instead of 150 students all accessing the same audio file. I was planning to create duplicates, put the students in groups of 20 and so each group would be accessing a different file albeit with the same content. My question is, will this help matters?
Also, our institution now has its server in the cloud and apparently, it has more capacity. So hopefully, that will help too.
Thank you in advance for any advice!