Question types: Poodll Recording

Maintained by Picture of Justin HuntJustin Hunt
An audio/video recording question type for Moodle. It uses HTML5 audio and video recording on supported browsers, and falls back to flash and other technologies where required. It is also possible to provide responses to questions using the Poodll whiteboard feature. It requires the Poodll filter be installed. Recording from mobile devices is also supported.
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The Poodll recording question type allows students to record audio or video (or draw pictures) as responses to quiz questions in Moodle. A variety of HTML5 recorders are available, each designed for classroom use. Teachers can select the type best suited to the situation and the students including: recorders for assessment, recorders for small displays, recorders for practice and review, and recorders for simplicity and ease of use.

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Use Cases

Assessing Student Speaking

Without audio or video recording, it's often impractical for teachers to evaluate a student's oral responses. Recorded audio and video questions allow asynchronous assessment of student speaking, allowing teachers to preserve valuable instruction time. The Poodll Recording Question is idea for remote learning contexts in which learners lack the opportunity to demonstrate speaking skills in a shared physical space.

Speaking Practice

In language learning contexts, teachers are always searching for new opportunities to get their students speaking. Recording questions give language learners the opportunity to practice basic skills such as self-introductions or provide oral responses to prompts prepared by the teacher. Recording questions provide an open response format for students to express themselves to the best of their abilities.

Getting Started

Poodll Recording Question requires the Poodll Filter.

  1. Visit the Poodll Essentials page at
  2. Take a "30 day Free Trial"
  3. Register your Moodle site URL on your member page
  4. Dowload and install the Poodll Filter. Be sure to read the support documentation.

Then you can install Poodll Recording Question as usual from the Moodle plugins directory. Please see the Poodll Recording Question support documentation for more information on installing and using Poodll Recording Question.

About Poodll

Poodll has been making plugins for Moodle since 2011. Our software has helped teachers build and deliver language courses in thousands of Moodle websites worldwide. Search for "Poodll" in the Moodle plugins directory to see a list containing more than 25 of our plugins. Poodll is based in Nagasaki, Japan.

See Also

Cloud Poodll Question Type

Cloud Poodll Question Type

Its lightweight, has no dependencies, stores everything in the cloud, and can transcribe student speaking 



This plugin is part of set PoodLL.


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  • Picture of Cihan Oncel
    Sun, May 24, 2015, 5:17 PM
    I tried this plugin in moodle site(2.9) draw pictures didn't work.
    Thank you.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Tue, May 26, 2015, 3:54 AM
    Hi Cihan. Thanks for the report i will try and test and make any changes for Moodle 2.9 soon. It may be a week or two yet.
  • Picture of Степан Юферов
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015, 5:56 PM
    Justin, I made a quiz with a single task: to record an extract of a text. I allowed unlimited number of attempts in the test settings. A student can make the recording repeatedly- I can see the conversion and uploading processes. Then the recording can be listened to by the student. But I didn't find the way for the teacher to listen to the student's recordings. Can you help?
    One more thing. When I choose mp3 in the settings, the recorded file is uploaded to the site. Where does the sound file go, if I choose the web service, (don't remember it's name now)?
  • Picture of Степан Юферов
    Tue, Aug 4, 2015, 5:57 PM
    Btw, can it only be added in a quiz?
  • Picture of Степан Юферов
    Wed, Aug 5, 2015, 1:03 AM
    I tinkered about my issue and was a success. I had to install 2 more plugins: assignment_type and assignment_submission. I made an assignment, and it worked well. I think I understand about Red5 recorder to. l believe that it is a piece of programming code located at the Poodll server that makes recording and converting possible. But the recorded file is always uploaded to my site directory. Right now I'm puzzled with the question how to clean my site of those mp3 files when I'm done evaluating them. Maybe there is a simple solution to it, and I thus sound naive, but I'm totally new to Moodle _ it's my 4th day tackling it. Thank you for great plugins!
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Wed, Aug 5, 2015, 8:40 AM
    Thanks Stepan. The recordings are stored in Moodle's file system. Moodle has its own one of those. And the files and directories have names like '1123f08gyy12445pp.mp3.' So just forget about them. If you want to delete them, delete the assignment or the quiz attempt that contains them. You can also "reset" the course which will wipe the whole course clean of student data.
  • Picture of Danny Naegeli
    Sat, Dec 12, 2015, 3:30 AM
    MP3 and Videos are being blocked by safe exam browser. Any suggestions.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Sat, Dec 12, 2015, 8:57 AM
    Oh really? I have never tested with the safe exam browser.
    The video and audio recorders by default use the red5 server. That is likely to be an issue. But the "MP3 recorder" works without any 3rd party server, so it is worth checking if that works. If file uploads are allowed, you could force html5 mode and then instead of a recorder, you would be able to upload a file from the PC. In the case of a tablet device that would also give you the option to record. In my opinion those are all still long shots and I do not think there will be much else you can do from user perspective. I would have to try it out and make some changes in all liklihood.
  • Picture of Erwin Ancheta
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016, 8:53 AM
    This tool is cool! Can I add this plugin in Moodle quiz question type?
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Mon, Jun 13, 2016, 9:00 AM
    Hi Erwin, that is what it is for. So it should work. Good luck.
  • Picture of Yosof Alshafey
    Sat, Dec 1, 2018, 7:06 PM
    Currently I have uploaded the poodll to my platform. But he registers and does not store his registration, so I can not raise him to the platform
  • Picture of Giulia Covezzi
    Thu, Jan 14, 2021, 8:11 PM
    Unfortunately the plug in doesn't work with safe exam browser. It's not possible even to upload from computer. Any solution? We would like to use poodll for the examinations.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Sat, Jan 16, 2021, 1:58 PM
    Hi Giulia. I will have to test and report back about this.
  • Picture of Justin Hunt
    Mon, Jan 18, 2021, 8:19 PM
    Hi Giulia, I tested this on the latest SEB on MacOS and the browser does not seem to support WebRTC so we can not get an audio or video stream. This might not be a limitation on a Windows version of SEB. I will test this also, but it might be difficult to provide a consistent solution to all your students
  • Picture of Yash Tambe
    Fri, Feb 12, 2021, 5:43 PM
    When video is getting uploaded.. and if I clicked on Question "Quiz navigation".. I am getting one popup with alter message "Leav page". If I cancel it then only.. my "Previous page " and "next page" navigation get disbaled.. can you please check
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