Content creation workflow

1. BABELIUM AUTO SIGN UP

When using Babelium through Moodle, the users of your Moodle platform get a Babelium account of their own for the platform defined in the plugin’s settings page (by default, http://babeliumproject.com). This account remains “inactive” unless certain conditions are met:

  1. You have an “Instructor” role in one or more courses of the Moodle platform
  2. You have edit permissions in one or more courses. That is, you have the right to add or edit new or existing assignments or activities.

If you meet those conditions, you can “enable” your Babelium account following these steps:

In your Moodle platform

  • Go to one of your courses
  • Turn editing on and click on Add an activity or resource
  • Choose Assignment and click on Add
  • In the form, go to the Submission types section
    • Check Babelium submissions
    • Pick an exercise from the list of Babelium exercises.
  • Fill the Assignment name and Description fields
  • Click on Save and return to course

If you followed these steps, you will receive a Babelium account activation email in the e-mail account defined in your Moodle profile. This email contains your temporary username and password.

In your email client

Welcome to Babelium Project.This is an automatically generated account for http://babeliumproject.com.Please keep this e-mail for your records. Your account information is as follows:Username: btutorial4423
Password: tTDoLdAU1ZPlease visit the following link in order to activate your account:
http://babeliumproject.com/Main.html#/activation/activate/hash=9MbfhXq5Tb1hQ5qrVnlA&user=btutorial4423

Thank you for registering,

The Babelium team

In your Babelium platform

When you visit the previous link a new browser window will open. The account will activate and you will be redirected to http://babeliumproject.com. The password on the email is random, so we encourage you to change it before doing anything else. For that purpose:

  • Click on the Login button
  • Input the username and password you received in your e-mail, then click Ok
  • When you are logged in, you will see your username at the top right corner. Click on your username to see your profile (i.e. btutorial4423)
  • A new screen will appear. Choose My Profile and then change password.
  • Input your previous password in the form and write the new password twice then click on Save changes.

To make sure you successfully changed your password, sign out (using the X icon beside your username) and sign in again using your new password.

2. CREATE NEW EXERCISES

Babelium uses videos with some interaction points to help learners improve their speaking skills. Babelium offers a set of general purpose exercises you can use, but if you want to build content that is more focused to your learner’s needs you will have to create it yourself.

If you want to learn how to create new material please visit the Exercise creation tutorials section of this blog.

3. UPLOAD YOUR EXERCISES TO BABELIUM

After preparing the new exercise, you have to upload the video file you exported from your video editing software to Babelium, and add some interaction points so that it becomes available for practicing.

In order to do this, first go to http://babeliumproject.com and sign in the system.

Upload the video file

  • Click on the Upload button (It is beside the platform’s logo)
  • A new form will appear
    • Title: exercise title
    • Description: exercise details
    • Tags*: comma-separated topic terms. For example: cities, verbs, declension, pollution
    • Difficulty level: the perceived difficulty level according to CERF (A1, A2, B1, B2, C1)
    • Language: this field is self-explanatory
    • Video licence**: Tell the system about the licence of the content you are uploading. If you choose a Creative Commons licence the system will consider the content is “public” and therefore any Moodle user with editing capabilities will be able to use it. If you choose Copyright the content will be considered private and will be available only to you in the Moodle platform.
    • Author/URL: If the file or exercise was made by someone else you can credit the author using this field.

These data is used to classify the exercise. The next line lets you choose the source of the video file. It can be either a file stored in your computer or something you record on the spot using your webcam.

(*): tags are useful for finding related videos more easily

(**): You should give a thought to the license you apply to your content. We advice to discuss this matter with your company or your colleagues and see what is best for you before uploading any new content.

Manage the content you uploaded

To know the status of the content you uploaded or to edit/remove it you can do the following:

  • Once you sign in, visit your profile (i.e. click on btutorial4423)
  • In the new window choose My videos

This area displays all the contents you have uploaded. You can use it to change the title, the description… of your exercises. Also you can check the status of your files:

  • Available: the video ready to be used in the platform
  • Unprocessed: the video is uploaded but still needs to be converted. This task can take up to 15 minutes depending on the current load of the server.
  • Rejected: the video has been rejected due to some error

Using the checkboxes on the left we can select multiple videos and Delete them.

My exercise is ‘Available’. What is the next step?

Your video is ready for the system, but it still lacks something to be considered a Babelium exercise. Babelium doesn’t know when or where the learner should speak in the video. You have to define some interaction points or subtitles to let the system know where the interaction takes place.

4. ADD INTERACTION POINTS AND PUBLISH EXERCISES

To add subtitles or to modify existing subtitles you have to go to the Subtitles section. There you will see a list of the exercises that are available in the system, sorted by date.

If you click on an exercise you will see a subtitle editor with the currentmost version of the subtitles for that exercise (or an empty subtitle editor if nobody added subtitles to the exercise yet).

The following video shows the whole process of subtitling a dubbing exercise type. The interaction for this kind of exercise is the hardest to work on. Monologue-type exercises are easier, the usually consist of a single subtitle which goes from the beginning (00:01.000) to the end (00:45.000) of the video with a role labelled Learner and a text that says something like Your turn.

I published the subtitles. Where is my exercise?

When you publish the subtitles the exercise becomes available for practice. You will find it among the exercises listed in the Practice section.

When the exercise appears in the Practice section it is deemed as final and therefore it will be available to pick in your Moodle platform.

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