Babilon is a fully integrated function of CAN-8 that allows the instructors to create discussion groups. The instructors can listen and participate to these discussions, or alternatively record and evaluate them later on.
With Babilon, instructors can:
If you are not familiar with the Babilon interface or the options available, we strongly advise to read this section first. The information needed to set the groups is detailed here.
Although the Babilon function is included in CAN-8, it does not by default appear in the menu. It must be added in the main menu in the area of your choice.
If you want to prevent students from a class to be grouped with students from another class, create several Babilon entries in different parts of the menu. You can create as many Babilon entries as you need.
To add Babilon to the menu:
Right click where you want the Babilon entry to be placed and select NEW > ITEM ABOVE or ITEM BELOW.
To create another Babilon entry in the menu, repeat the steps above but make sure to assign it a different path (i.e.: SVI/BABILON2) at step 4.
Upon starting a Babilon session, the system will differentiate users signing with an Instructor ID from users signing in with a student ID. The interface presented, as well as the options available, will change according to the user privilege.
Select Babilon in the main menu to open the Babilon console. There are 4 main sections to this console:
It is located in the top menu bar.
This menu includes the options available for Babilon, such as group size, manual or automatic assignment, and the display type of the wait list.
These options will be detailed in the sections they apply to.
The Wait list displays the name of students waiting to be assigned to a group. The window title bar caption is WAIT
By default, this list displays the names of all users (users currently online and users who have previously signed in Babilon)
The names in the waiting list are colour coded to indicate the users' status:
This list can be simplified to show only the names of the students belonging to a specific class, or to show the list of the students currently signed in.
You can reduce this list to an icon as illustrated below:
List when minimized
To toggle between icon and list
This icon is located at the bottom of the Babilon interface with the group icons.
Groups can have 2, 3 or 4 members. The sizes of the groups are set before you start assigning students to them.
From the Babilon menu, select the number of participants per group. This setting is for all the groups. You cannot have a group of 2 and a group of 3 for example.
Each group is represented by a small window and labelled Group A, B, C,..., X
You can have simultaneously
The names of the students belonging to a group are listed in the group window. As for the waiting list, the students' names are colour coded.
Groups can be either open and displayed , or closed and represented in the bottom left corner of the interface by icons, each icon representing a group.
To toggle between the group listing window and the icon:
The icon will vary depending on the size of the group, and depending if they are empty (no users in that group) or if they include users
Groups of 2
There is a maximum of 24 groups of 2, each assigned a letter from A to X.
Groups of 3
There is a maximum of 16 groups of 3, each assigned a letter from A to P
Groups of 4
There is a maximum of 12 groups of 3, each assigned a letter from A to L
Icons are colour coded to indicate if they include users or not:
The icons are black and white if no-one has been assigned to that group. (the group is empty)
The icons are coloured or partially coloured when the group includes users (active or not):
In this illustration
Icons indicate how many members are in the group. They do not indicate if these members are active (signed in) or not. To see the students' status, you must restore the group to its original size and look at the background colour of their names.
Users joining Babilon with a student ID have a simpler interface.
If they have not yet been assigned a group (if their name is showing in the instructor's waiting list instead of inside one of the groups), they will be presented with a Waiting for group message.
If the assignment was already pre-selected or the instructor set the group assignment on automatic, they will enter directly the discussion with their group. Otherwise, they will start as soon as the instructor select their name in the waiting list and place them in a group.
The names of the members in the group will be displayed.
The name preceded by a * character is the name of the user currently talking.
Students cannot see the other groups.
To leave the discussion, the student must exit the Babilon tab.
If, during a Babilon session, the user opens a second tab in another CAN-8 lesson he/she will be disconnected from the Babilon discussion until the Babilon tab is selected again
There are 3 methods to set a Babilon session.
Students and their instructor must be connected to Babilon at the same time.
The name of the student will be moved from the waiting list to the group window and the discussion will start right away.
While waiting to be assigned to a group, the students will see the following message
You can pre-set groups manually before the students log in. The instructor will not have to be signed in at the same time than the students. As soon as the students sign in, the group conversations will start. This method, contrarily to the automatic assignment, allows the instructor to choose which students are grouped together.
To pre-set the groups, the students' names must be present in the waiting list, although not necessarily active. The students' names will be shown in the waiting list if they have entered Babilon at least once. You will therefore not be able to use that method with students who have not previously signed in Babilon.
The steps are as follow:
The name of the student will be moved from the waiting list to the group window.
The discussion will start automatically the next time (and as soon as) the students enter Babilon.
When group assignment is set to Automatic, students are randomly assigned to groups as they sign in. There will be no waiting time as they enter Babilon. CAN-8 will make sure that no student is left alone in a group. If necessary, students are taken from their original group and assigned to a new group to provide company to a student who would otherwise be alone. As an example, if you have set the groups to be of 4, and only 5 students sign in, CAN-8 will place 3 students in group A, and 2 in group B.
This method does not require that the students' names be listed in the waiting list. The discussion will start as soon as the students select the Babilon link.
Independently of the mode of assignment selected (manual or automatic), the instructor can always move a student to a different group.
The name of the student will be removed from the initial group list and shown in the new group list.
Instructors have the options to listen to a group discussion, or to join a discussion.
The instructor can listen to any group discussion at any time. When in Listening mode, the instructor cannot talk to the group members, and the members are not aware the instructor is listening.
To listen to a group, click on the icon on the left of the group header bar and select Listen.
To stop listening to a group, click on the icon on the left of the group header bar and select Leave.
The instructor may join and participate to a discussion with any group, at any time.
When joining a group, the name of the instructor is shown with the names of the other group members.
To join a group, click on the icon on the left of the group header bar and select Join.
To leave the group, click on the icon on the left of the group header bar and select Leave.
To record a discussion, there must be at least 2 active students in a group. Active students are students who are currently in that Babilon session, and placed in a group. If there is only one student present in the group, the recording will not start.
Recordings can be set while students are active in Babilon, or preset for the next time students log in.
You can stop a recording at any time, even if it has been preset for a certain time length.
Click anywhere on the line listing the recording you want to stop (it should say Busy Recording). At the stop recording prompt, select OK
You can only listen to the recordings once it is stopped.
We mentioned earlier that when Babilon is set to automatic mode, a student may be moved from a group to another one to balance the number of users per group. If the student was moved while the groups were being recorded, this student will show in several group recordings; when you highlight (click on) the name of a student in the Participants list, it will highlight that same student's name in all the Replay lists this student was recorded in:
Selecting a student's name in the Replay list will highlight this student's recording in magenta in the volume graph. This will give you a visual clue of the participation level of each student.
To delete a recording:
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