iSpring 8.3: Leverage New Authoring Capabilities

Today the advanced iSpring 8.3* has been released! The coolest enhancement is part of the TalkMaster tool, which now allows users to record voice overs for characters. With this new option, dialogue simulations are even more realistic than ever before! Audio narrations can also be recorded with the QuizMaker tool now, which is available as a component of iSpring Suite. To learn more about these and other enhancements, read this article.

*If you already use iSpring 8, the new iSpring 8.3 is available for you totally free of charge under your complimentary Maintenance Plan.

Voice overs in iSpring TalkMaster

The silent era of conversation simulations has come to an end, as you can record voice overs with iSpring TalkMaster, a built-in component of iSpring Suite. Listening to an interlocutor (rather than just reading his lines) helps train speech perception skills, which are critical in real-life communication.

Check out this demo dialogue simulation with voice overs and a branched scenario:

After you’ve created a conversation script, you can record voice overs for the character(s) and reply options. If desired, you can even provide feedback messages with audio too.

In case you want professional voiceover actors to record all the narrations for you, simply use the Export Script option – it will save the whole script as a .doc file.

The voice overs need to be saved under the filenames indicated in the script. Once the voice overs are ready, you’ll be able to use the Bulk Import option. All the audio files will be added to the corresponding scenes automatically.

To learn how to record and import voice overs, read this step-by-step guide

Customizable feedback in iSpring QuizMaker

Well-designed interactive tests not only assess how much students have learned, but provide opportunities for them to learn more. One way to turn your quizzes into an effective tool for teaching, not just measurement, is to create and customize feedback messages. This is easy to do with iSpring QuizMaker 8.3, which is integrated into iSpring Suite.

With the updated iSpring QuizMaker, you can:

  • Add images, audio and formulas to feedback messages.
    Tell why the chosen answer is either right or wrong, and illustrate your ideas with explanatory images, formulas, sounds and even audio narrations that can now be recorded and edited right in iSpring QuizMaker.
  • Set default messages for the whole test.
    If you don’t want to design specific feedback messages for different answers and questions, simply create two basic messages: one that will be displayed whenever the right answer has been chosen, and another to be displayed when a student makes a mistake.
  • Turn feedback messages off when they’re not needed.
    Sometimes, you may not want your students to know the right answer immediately (e.g., on online exams or final tests). In this case, you can easily turn feedback messages off, and later turn them on again when needed.
  • Customize the color scheme of your feedback messages.
    Apply one color to the top bar of the correct answer feedback (as a rule, green), and another one for incorrect answer feedback (as a rule, red).

One more piece of good news is that your students also benefit from the 8.3 update, as they can now hide feedback messages and return to the question slide at any time.

Learn more about customizing feedback in iSpring QuizMaker

Voice overs in iSpring QuizMaker

It’s now possible to record and edit voice overs right in iSpring QuizMaker. This feature is essential when you want your students to hear the question instead of reading it (e.g., for assessing listening skills in a language test).

You can record an audio narration for a question slide or even a feedback message. The recorded and imported audio tracks can be fine-tuned with the built-in audio editor, which removes background noise, deletes fragments of audio, and much more.

This short video tutorial demonstrates how to add audio to a question in iSpring QuizMaker:

Even more enhancements

Improved questions in the QuizMaker tool

The proportion between premises and responses in the Matching question can now be easily modified. This means that even a long text (e.g., an extensive definition) in the response field will fit in. The text display has also been improved in the Sequence question type.

The fill-in-the-gap text and reply choices in the Word Bank Question are now separated into two different fields, which can be moved and resized in any convenient way.

New themes in iSpring QuizMaker

Feel free to choose one of the 36 new beautiful color themes to make unique, visually-engaging quizzes and surveys.

Built-in microphone setup wizard

Now you can adjust your microphone right in iSpring products, without running any additional setup utilities on your computer. Whenever you need to record an audio narration, the built-in microphone setup wizard will help you choose the optimal recording device, and easily adjust it.

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Summary

Version 8.3 gives e-Learning developers new capabilities while still facilitating the authoring process. Recording voice overs and customizing feedback messages make tests and dialogue simulations even more effective than ever before. All the enhancements can be found in the brand new iSpring Suite 8.3. If you haven’t tried this authoring toolkit yet, feel free to download iSpring Suite 8.3

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6 comments on “iSpring 8.3: Leverage New Authoring Capabilities
  1. Taylor Scanlon says:

    BRAVO! Excellent new features – Thanks!

  2. Viele Kunden haben danach gefragt, jetzt geht Audio im TalkMaster und im QuizMaker.
    Super. Danke!

    Grüße von
    Guido Hornig
    http://lern.link
    iSpring Partner in Deutschland

  3. Sarah Holmes says:

    These updates sound really great. When looking at future updates, would it be possible to allow audio narration for the book interaction? This would be really useful for creating audio books and creating book interactions for primary school children and visually impaired learners.

  4. iSpring says:

    Thank you for your feedback a lot! We hope you’ll enjoy using the new features of the 8.3 version. As for the audio narration for the Book interaction, your request has been passed to our product development team. See it in one of the future updates.

  5. rafaelruizruiz says:

    The new updates are excellent and I congratulate you on your very good job, but I still miss the chance of adding audio in the answers to the questions in QuizMaker.

  6. iSpring says:

    We are glad to hear that you like the new updates.

    Audio answers can be used in various fields of knowledge (music schools, spoken part of a language test) but it’s impossible to evaluate the recorded audio answers automatically. It’s more like an essay type of a survey question (non-graded) that a teacher has to check and set score manually.

    We have received several feature requests like yours, so we’ll discuss this with our development team to put it on our roadmap soon. It will help us if you submit a feature request form and send it to our support email: https://ispri.ng/c6nW

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