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Creating & Grading PoodLL Audio Recording Assignments

Why Do This

The PoodLL voice recorder gives you the capability to add this media anywhere the text editor is available. For an instructor this includes adding short audio instructions in the description field of any assignment,  as well as creating assignments that require audio responses from the students. You can also provide audio feedback to these assignments.

Recordings get less reliable as they get longer. Best not to venture over 2 or 3 minutes.

Setup/Playback Requirements 

• Use a recent version of Firefox, Chrome, or Safari.  Do not use IE. 
• If recording or grading student's audio submissions using an external microphone and/or camera, connect these to your computer before proceeding.
• Check/ adjust your computers settings to ensure the attached devices are set as the default for recording.


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Creating an Audio Recording Assignment

 Recording Your Prompt Within the Text Editor

 Grading Audio Recording Assignments

Creating an Audio Recording Assignment

1. On your course homepage, click the Add an activity or resource link at the bottom of the topic where you wish to add the Assignment.

2. Select Assignment from the list of Activities.

3. Click the Add button.

4. Complete the General and Availability sections as you would for any assignment.  If you want to add your audio recording to the Assignment prompt, see Recording Within the Text Editor below. 

Submission Types

5. Submission types: select Online PoodLL.   We advise against selecting both Online text and Online PoodLL, as some students will create their audio response in the text editors instead if the assignment submission area, causing grading problems for you.

Submission type poodl

6. The other options will be grayed out as they pertain to regular paper submissions.

7. Scroll to the ------online Poodll ------ settings area within the submission box.

8. Choose from the Poodll rec. Type - AudioRecorder

9. PoodLL Rec. Time Limit: set the maximum time for the students recorded response, by selecting minutes or seconds from the dropdown, and entering a number in the field to the left. Important: Voice recordings should be 3 minutes or less.

choose a submission type when creating the assignment

Feedback types

When grading, you have the option to record audio feedback for the student, in addition to, or in place of the other options. For a description of the other feedback types, click the ? to the right of the feedback type.  Note: you may select more than one option.

Set capability to record audio feedback:

8. Feedback types: select Feedback PoodLL.

9. PoodlLL Recorder Type: select Audio recorder.

10. Show download link: selecting “yes” will add a download button so students can download your audio feedback recording.

poodll feedback type

11. Complete the remaining sections as you would for any other assignment.

12. Click Save and return to course.

 Recording your Prompt Within the Text Editor

If you are not planning to record an audio prompt for the students to respond to in  your Assignment, skip this section. 

  1. In the text editing area, locate the microphone icon and click on it. You may need to click the expand toolbar icon, to locate it.
    recording button in the text editor
  • The first time you record, you may see a popup message asking you to allow Cougar Courses to access your microphone.  If the recorder doesn’t appear, check for a popup window, or your computer notifying you that it has blocked a popup you’ll need to enable.

click to allow access to your computer's microphone


2. Click Record to begin your recording. This will start the timer.
text editor recorder

3. Click Stop when finished.

4. Click the Play button to check your recording.   You can start over by clicking Record again.

5. Click the Upload button to submit your recording for processing.

6. Once you see the Uploaded successfully message, click Insert.

click upload, wait for verification, then click Insert

7. Once the recording is Inserted, it will appear in the text field with a .mp3 file extension. Do not attempt to change the name of this file.
Poodll file name

Grading an Audio Recording Assignment

1. Click the assignment name on your course homepage.

2. On the Grading summary, click the Grade button.
grade summary

  • To navigate between submissions, use the next arrow or the change user dropdown at the top right.
  • If the submission type is set only to audio, you can click the first icon at the bottom right of the screen, to expand the right pane.

    navigate between submissions

3. Listen to the student’s submission.

4. Enter a grade.

5. If you enabled this option, use the Feedback PoodLL recorder to record your feedback.

listen to audio file and select a grade

Once your feedback has been uploaded, the player will display just above the recorder.

6. Scroll to the bottom and Save changes before navigating to the next submission.

record feedback and submit