I have rewritten the code for the multiple choice cloze so that it avoids the use of pop-up windows. I have also made the code a little simpler. The tool is now complete and I am planning to write another authoring program using Java for this.
I wrote this exercise because I wanted to give my students some practice in paragraphing. The idea was to produce an online version of the standard kind of exercise where students divide a piece of continuous text into different paragraphs. It’s pretty simple stuff – the user is told how many paragraphs there are and can make a paragraph by clicking at the end of a sentence. Choices can be changed and when the user is satisfied they can check their answers. They get overall feedback and can also get feedback about right or wrong choices at a click. They can continue the task until they are successful.
This exercise has been redesigned and substantially rewritten, prior to developing the authoring tool.
As this is an exercise type that is quite simple, but is also one I use quite a lot at certain times of the academic year, I have made an authoring tool which is in Beta, with release hopefully in March 2013. More details can be found at http://whitetower.e-lang.co.uk.
I have finally got round to finishing the Dialog Builder. I wanted a tool that would allow students to do some work on situational dialogues before attending a class, to act as a sort of warmer. The student hears one part of a dialogue and then chooses from a list of possible responses. If they choose correctly they will hear the next part of the dialogue, until they complete the task.
A while ago I wanted to include a simple navigation bar / indicator at the top of each page in a sequence of pages. The idea was that the user could use it to move between pages in a sequence and at the same time get a clear indication of their progress in the sequence. I wanted them to be able to see how much they had done and how much remained to be done. The result is this simple script.
I have improved the script that I wrote which can be used to display a GMT time in the local time of a visitor to the page, and the script can be downloaded.
Of course this script only works if the user has their computer clock set to their time zone, but the script now includes a button so that a visitor can check this.
There may still be bugs, and I would appreciate feedback so that I can improve this bit of code.