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Asking an Audio Question on an Assessment

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What Does It Do?

Audio-based questions offer an alternative strategy to pose questions on exams.  While such questions may appeal more broadly to contexts of foreign language acquisition, there are a number of possible scenarios where instructors may benefit from posing questions in this format.

How You Can Use It

  • Pose an audio-question in a variety of different question types
  • Allow students to listen to the audio question as many times as needed to provide an answer

Accessibility Notice: In the event that a student has a hearing or speech accommodation, the professor would need to work with the Office of Student Accessibility (OSA) to assess alternative options for the specific student.


  • Speak clearly into the microphone. Preview/test as needed to ensure a good audio level.
  • Prepare students that a question(s) with an audio recording will be on the upcoming exam.  Students will need to have their speakers enabled and set at a comfortable volume to listen to the question(s).
  • As always, Chrome or Firefox are recommended browsers to students when taking an exam.


  1. Begin creating/editing an assessment in the Tests & Quizzes tool.  Note: for instructions on how to begin creating assessments, please see additional guides on Tests & Quizzes.
  2. Select a question type (i.e. Multiple Choice, T/F, Short Answer/Essay, etc.).Select a question type in the "Add Question" drop-down.
  3. Scroll down to the question field and click the "Show All Rich-Text Editors" link above the field.  This will allow the instructor to utilize the functions of the Rich Text Editor in the question field.Click the "Show All Rich-Text Editors" option to reveal the editor.
  4. Once in the Rich Text editor, place the cursor in the editor and press the "Enter" keyboard key a few times.  This will allow an instructor to supply any needed instructions in front of the recording that will follow.  Alternatively, the instructor can always type up the question first.Place your cursor within the template to make any edits or changes.
  5. Now, click the "Recording" button on the Rich Text Editor.The recorder button can be found within the function palette of the editor.
  6. Use the audio recorder interface to start, stop, preview, and then finally, post the recording in the Question field.  Note: a recording can only be up to three minutes in length.The audio recording interface includes a number of functions that allows the user to record, stop, preview, and post.
  7. Once the recording has been posted, it can be previewed again or even deleted as needed in the Rich Text Editor.Click the "play" button on the recording to preview, if necessary. You can also delete the recording.
  8. Set any other question configurations as needed.
  9. Once the exam is published, this is a preview of what the audio question will look like to the student.Students can click the play button within the question to play the audio.


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