9. Creating exercises

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There are two places in Connect where you can create exercises:

  1. From the teacher interface when in a session
  2. In the Session dashboard where you create the sessions
teacher interface, in a session
Session dashboard, Exercise templates

Creating the exercises works in the same way in both places, the only difference is that in the Session dashboard, the exercises you create are exercise templates, which you can assign to any session and reuse as many times as you want. You can also share these templates with other teachers in your institution. However, any of the exercises you create from the teacher interface within a session can also be saved as templates with the click of a button.

Creating exercises

Begin by navigating over to Exercises in your teacher interface and click on +New Exercise

New exercise

Give the exercise a name, and click on the ‘+’ sign under the editor as highlighted below:

Exercise name, plus sign

This opens up the exercise editor. You can use the editor to add different parts to your exercise by clicking on them. You can change the order of the parts at any point.

Exercise editor

The exercise editor looks like this:

There are two kinds of parts in the editor – CONTENT and TASKS. You are free to use these parts in any way you want, but we’ve included some examples below.

CONTENT parts

Text – allows you to add text to the exercise. This can be e.g. instructions, prompts, chapters from a book and so on. The editor also supports images.

Record Audio – allows you to record audio by using your microphone. You can use this part for audio-based prompts, example phrases and so on.

File – allows you to include files within an exercise. For example, you could include images, pdfs, presentations and so forth, anything that is relevant to the exercise.

Embed content – This is a more advanced feature. It can be used to include content from other websites that generate embed codes – like Google Maps for example.

Youtube embed – This part allows you to embed Youtube-videos within your exercises. Vimeo and Daily motion are also supported.

Webpage embed – This part allows you to embed an entire web page within the exercise. Note that some websites don’t allow embedding, so it’s a good idea to check if the embedded page is displayed properly before sharing the exercise with your students.

TASKS parts

Recorders

There are two different recorders in Connect, Simple and Advanced. The difference between them is explained below. This how they look like when used in an exercise:

Simple recorder – This part adds a recorder to your exercise. By default, it will record the individual student working on the exercise. However, there is a setting at the bottom of the Simple recorder which will record all incoming audio streams as well:

Include all audio streams selection

if this selection is made, everything the student hears through Connect is recorded as well. This can mean their pair/group, the teachers voice, audio streamed by the teacher etc.

Advanced recorder – This part is a two-track recorder. This means that there’s an assignable master track, and another track for recording student audio. You can use audio and .mp4 video files as the master track. You can also easily record yourself as the master track by clicking on the record button:

Record button in Advanced recorder

Recording yourself is a quick and convenient way to create ‘Repeat after me’ exercises for self study. Simply click on record, read your list of words or sentences and the recording is automatically assigned as the master track.

File upload – This part allows your students to upload files which are included when they submit the exercise. For example, a Word document essay, their presentation etc.

Writing space – This part allows your students to write long form answers. These are answers are not automatically graded.

Multiple choice – This part allows you to create multiple choice questions. They are automatically graded after students submit the answers back to you.

Q&A – This part allows you to create questions with a definitive correct answer. These are also automatically graded when students submit the answers back to you.

Gapfill – This part allows you to create gapfill / fill in the blanks type of exercises. Simply copy and paste text in, highlight a section and click on ‘Gap’ to create the gaps.

Changing the order of parts within an exercise

You can simply drag and drop the parts to any order you wish within an exercise. The easiest way to do this is to first click on Show content to collapse the parts, like below:

Changing the order of different parts within an exercise

Dividing an exercise into different pages

To create pages within an exercise, drag the parts over to the New page area

Dividing an exercise into different pages

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