NanoGong in Moodle 2
The Homepage
Moodle is a free, open source learning management system. It is the most widely used learning management system across the world. For more information on Moodle you can visit the Moodle homepage.

NanoGong provides a very simple and transparent voice support for Moodle 2 through the NanoGong activity and the NanoGong plugin for the Moodle 2 HTML editor.

NanoGong Plugin for the Moodle HTML Editor (TinyMCE)

The Moodle installation comes with an HTML editor (called TinyMCE) which can be used to create HTML text in many different places in Moodle 2. This HTML editor can be extended using the NanoGong plugin so that it is extremely easy to add audio objects within the editor text. That means you can create audio-enriched content almost anywhere in Moodle 2.

The below left image shows the button which is used to create an audio object, in the HTML editor. Clicking on the button brings up a separate window containing a NanoGong recorder, as shown in the picture on the right. A voice message can then be recorded and added into the text.

The Toolbar Button
The Toolbar Button for Creating an Audio Object in the HTML Editor
The NanoGong Recorder
The NanoGong Recorder in
the Insert Sound Window

The audio-enriched text is displayed just like any other HTML text except a 'speaker' icon is used as a placeholder for a voice message, as shown below. To listen to the voice message the user simply clicks on the 'speaker' icon to bring up a NanoGong player, and then clicks on the NanoGong play button to play back the recording.

The NanoGong Player
The NanoGong Player within the HTML Text -
i) A 'Speaker' icon indicates there is a voice message in the text,
ii) After clicking on the icon, a NanoGong player appears which can be used to play back the message

Using the NanoGong TinyMCE plugin, audio content can be created in forums, assignments, quizzes and many more places.

NanoGong Moodle Activity

The NanoGong activity is an exercise that can be included in a course. Using the activity every student in the course can submit voice recordings. Teachers in the course can then listen to these submissions, give feedback, and, if desired, assign a score.

The Voice Message Submission
An example of a student view showing two recordings made
by the student together with a message to the teacher
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For Students Using Moodle

Students can record their voice more than once in the activity. In addition to their recordings they can also send a text message to the teacher. After grading, the students can view their grade, as well as any voice/text response from the teacher.

When enabled in the activity, a student can view the recordings of other students.

The Voice Message List
Teacher view of recordings made by a student
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For Teachers Using Moodle

For a teacher, there are two views of recordings made using the NanoGong activity.

The first view shows the recordings made by each student. The teacher can listen to and give feedback on the recordings, together with a grade, if desired. The second view shows all student recordings in chronological or reverse chronological order.

Scores given to the submissions are linked to the gradebook and therefore the exercise can be part of course grading. By default, the maximum grade is 100, although this can be changed in the NanoGong activity settings.


Easy Backup of NanoGong Activity

The NanoGong activity module supports backup/restore functionality. Administrators can easily backup/restore a course which uses the NanoGong activity, using the standard Moodle backup/restore procedure.

The Backup Screen
The Backup Procedure Includes NanoGong Activity
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