Moodle - embeded voice recording

Hi all!

I  use Moodle  for online teaching and I would like to see in Moodle module a voice recording and validating responses software (even grading responses) whereby students can compare their recordings to the original and are graded at the same time (something like that one in Auralog "Tell me More") . The idea would be to create a module with an embeded recorder that start-stops recording and then stores it in the server for the teacher to check. Does any one know of a software like this? A plugin that can be embeded into an HTML page and work from the server side?

I’ve also read this topic at the ICT4LT website but I could not find anything about the software I’m looking for. Do you know “if” and “how” PRAAT can be embeded in Moodle? Your help would be greatly appreciated.



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Comment by Carmen on August 4, 2011 at 11:20

Thanks to Edit and David.

@Edit: I know very well nanogong and how it works but it hasn't what I need. I'll have a look at BYKI that i don't know.

@David: Thank you david for your answer. I know VoiceThread too. I find it very useful and interisting for a lot of activities but not in this case.

@Edit & David: What I need is a software that can be installed in moodle and has a spectrograms. Students listen to the audio and see the spectrogram of that sentence. I xan put only a static picture of the spectrogram but it isn't the same thing to watch it in action.


Comment by David Richardson on August 4, 2011 at 9:20

OK, embedding didn't work on this forum. Instead, here's the link:



Comment by David Richardson on August 4, 2011 at 9:19

This might not be exactly what you're after, but have you looked at VoiceThread?


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This is a VoiceThread Field Work Task from my spring course in Sociolinguistics. If you click on my picture, you'll be able to hear the nature of the task. Clicking then on the images for each of the students lets you hear their responses. As you can see, you can collect responses using audio+video or just using audio.


I've just put a picture in the middle of the screen (I named my students' groups after famous sociolinguists!), but you could put a recording there, or a PowerPoint presentation, or a document.


You can use VoiceThread free of charge in a limited way, but a site license only costs $99. I usually embed VoiceThread tasks on pages in Moodle, so that the students access it from the rest of the course web site (this particular VoiceThread task had a follow-up on Moodle, where each student had to write a report about their task on their group's wiki).

Comment by Edith Paillat on August 4, 2011 at 0:52

Hi Carmen,

I am not sure whether this will give you all the answers but you might want to take a look at Nanogong applet. I have used the basic functionlaties of this applet on a page to allow students record their voice after listening to a written text in samoan: have a look. I am no tusing the server side of this applet and there is no saving  option on my page, but there are ways of allowing the saving functionality with a server. As for the automatic grading with voice recognition like tell me more these are two other complex kettles of fish. The flash card authoring programme called BYKI (Before You Know It) might do the trick if the online version allows for the audio recording component (with a comparative waveform for the native/studentrecording) as it does within the locally installed application. Good luck with that.

Comment by Carmen on July 29, 2011 at 20:08

Thank you, Graham, for your reply. I know that "prosody approach" is not very popular among teachers due to many difficulties. I hope to find another way to manage the problem because my boss has set his mind on speech analysis and ask me for helping ( I really don't know if "help" is the right word) him in this project.




Comment by Graham Davies on July 29, 2011 at 16:15

This appears to be an area of weakness of most Web-based materials. I have not seen an efficient and easy-to-use Web-based package that offers listen/record/playback activities of this sort. But CD-ROM-based programs have been offering such activities for over 15 years - which may be what you read about at the ICT4LT site (which I edit). Auralog's programs have offered Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) software since the 1990s. Personally, I prefer the EuroTalk CD-ROMs, which I have used to pick up the basics of Polish and Mandarin Chinese. They offer lots of listen/record/playback activities (not ASR) - which are especially useful for beginners in a foreign language. I have not found anything comparable in a purely Web-based environment. I am not all that impressed by ASR software. It works some of the time and it may motivate some students, but it often fails to assess pronunciation adequately. On one occasion I found that the Auralog software kept telling a native French speaker that her pronunciation was not up to scratch! The human ear is still the best judge.

Some years ago I worked for the BBC on a Web-based package for beginners in German. I wanted it to include listen/record/playback activities, but the BBC programmers thought that this would be too complex to handle in a Web-based environment, especially with the high level of traffic that BBC sites handle. The solution was to ask learners just to repeat new phrases out loud, talking to the computer screen!

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