Recording & Assessing Individual Orals
Via the Classes > IA > Orals Tab
Select your class from the list which appears under the My Classes tab. Language classes will have an Orals tab, which has a roster of student names. Click on a student to record their Individual Oral.
Recording the Oral in ManageBac
Once the student is ready, click Record to begin. Once you have finished, press Stop. From here, you can Play your recording back, or just click Save.
You must click Save here for the recording to be saved in ManageBac. Clicking Save Changes at the bottom of the page will not save the recording.
If you already have the recording saved as an MP3, you can upload it to ManageBac using the Upload MP3 or M4A file tab.
To use the recording feature, please ensure your browser is the latest version of Google Chrome or Firefox.
Entering Extracts and Global Issue for Students
Teachers can Add Extracts to each student's Oral worksheet to record the documents or images used for the Oral by the student.
The Works used list available for Extracts to select from is configured via the Learner Portfolio or Orals tabs in the class.
Students can enter the Global Issue and up to 10 bullet point Notes in the Orals tab on their end. This information will then also be stored on the Orals tab in the class for each student from teacher's view.
Locking and Unlocking Student Outlines
Teachers can Lock Student Outlines for all students in the class from the Orals roster and then unlock the Outline form for students individually at the time of their Oral during the preparation time.
After the Oral has been recorded, you can also export Student Notes and Global Issue to a Student Outline Form via the right navigation panel of each student's Oral tab. The exported form will be placed automatically in the eCoursework Staff folder on the student's Portfolio.
Assessing the Individual Oral
Once the commentary is over, you will be able to assess the student using the form at the bottom of the page. You will also be able to write comments about their work. Once you have finished, click Save Changes, which will store your student's Assessment on the site. If you do not wish to assess them at the present time, you can leave this part blank and come back to it later by clicking on the student's name under the Orals tab.
Please note that the Assessment should be written and saved after the oral recording is already saved on the site. Clicking Save Changes before the oral has been properly saved may result in losing the recording.
Generating PDF documents for submission to IBIS eCoursework
After the Oral has been recorded, scored and extracts and Global Issues have been entered for each student, teachers can export PDF documents of the Criteria and Teacher Comment, the Extracts used and the Student Outline form via the right navigation panel of the Orals tab for each student.
These PDF documents will also be included if the admin level user generated IB Forms via the eCoursework tab of the student's Portfolio. That way, the PDF documents would be stored for each student together with any other forms that need to be submitted to IBIS eCoursework in one place.
Best Practices for Orals Recording
If recording remotely
The recording process for Orals uses your computer's microphone. To prevent any interference if recording using an online meeting or device, we recommend the following:
- If possible use two devices, one for the online meeting and one for recording the Oral in ManageBac.
- If one device is used, test recording during an online meeting and saving a recorded Oral on the device to ensure no compression or other interference in the recording occurs.
- If one device is used, use online conferencing software known to not interfere with the recording. ManageBac has tested Google Meet, Skype, or Zoom, all of which will work. You may use other online conferencing software, but we recommend testing first to ensure it will work with our system.
- Do not use headphones when recording, as this will prevent the audio from being picked up on ManageBac. Ensure the student is audible using your computer speakers.
Alternatives to recording audio in ManageBac remotely
Alternatively, if you prefer, you could record the audio of your online meeting and then upload the recorded file to ManageBac for the Oral and student. This is possible for files stored in .mp3 or .m4a format via the Choose file tab.
Learner Portfolio in Group 1 Classes
According to the IB DP Subject Guide for Language and Literature subjects:
"The learner portfolio is not specifically assessed but it is an important place for students to explore and reflect upon their works in relation to global issues.
In relation to the preparation of the individual oral, the learner portfolio provides an opportunity for
- keep an ongoing record of the different global issues that could be related to each of the texts they read
- explore links that could be established between different texts on the basis of common global issues they address
- explore how key passages in the texts they have studied represent different or similar perspectives on one global issue through both form and content
- trace the evolution of their thinking and planning in connection with the global issue and how its cultural value, its definition and application to the texts they read have changed through their inquiry
- reflect on the challenges that the internal assessment poses for them as individual learners."
Accordingly, students are able to add items and entries to their Learner Portfolio and tie these directly to Global Issue and the Individual Oral assessment component, so that teachers can review and advise on these as needed ahead of conducting the individual oral. It is left to the teacher to apply best practices for teaching and learning with how much assistance students require with selecting an appropriate extract for their IO.
Please see Managing the Learner Portfolio for further information and details.
Submitting Orals to the IB
Via Classes > Orals
Once the candidates requiring moderation have been defined on IBIS, you can easily Download the MP3 recordings. You can then upload your MP3 recordings directly onto IBIS.
You can also use our IB eCoursework drag n' drop service to drop recordings directly from the student portfolio into eCoursework. To learn more, click here.