Babilon

The CAN-8 language lab software includes Babilon, a system that allows groups of students to talk to each other over the network under the supervision of the instructor. Students in each group speak directly to other members of the same group. Using Babilon, the instructor can:

Starting a Babilon session

To participate in a Babilon session, users must select the Babilon entry in the main menu, and the Babilon console will open.

If there is no Babilon entry in the menu, it will have to be created using the MASTER.

To create the Babilon menu:

  1. Sign in as Master
  2. Navigate to the student menu (make sure to create the Babilon entry in a part of the menu accessible to all students.)
  3. Right click where you want the Babilon entry to be placed and select NEW > ITEM ABOVE or ITEM BELOW.
    creating a Babilon entry
  4. In the in the TYPE section of the Menu properties window, select Babilon.
  5. In the TITLE field, type Babilon or Group discussion.
  6. In the PATH field, type in SVI/BABILON or leave this field empty and the system will generate a path for it.
    creating a Babilon entry
  7. Select OK
  8. Save your menu.
    creating a Babilon entry

To prevent students from a class to be grouped with students from another class for example, create as many Babilon entries as you need. Repeat the steps above in a different part of the menu, and assign it a different path (i.e.: SVI/BABILON2)
creating a Babilon entry

The Babilon interface

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 ID.

The Instructor's Console

Select Babilon in the main menu to start the session and open the console. There are 4 main sections to this console

1. The Babilon Menu:

Located in the top menu bar.
Babilon options
This menu includes the options such as group size, the manual or automatic assignment, and the display type in the wait list.
Each option is detailed in a sections below.

2. The Student WAIT list:

It is important to differentiate the Student wait list from the Group lists (detailed in the next section)

The names in the waiting list and in the group lists are colour coded to indicate the users' status:

This list may be opened and displaying names or it can be reduced to an icon as illustrated below:

To toggle between icon and list,

3. The GROUP list:

Lists the students assigned to a group
open list

Students in the waiting list who are not signed in (white background) still be placed into groups and start working as soon as they connect

4. The Group icons:

Groups can be either open and displayed in Babilon, or closed and represented in the bottom left corner of the interface by icons, each icon representing a group. The icon will vary depending on the size of the group, and if they are empty (no users in that group) or if they include active users

Group icons are only present when the group list windows are minimized.

To toggle between icon and group lists

The Student's console

Users joining Babilon with a student ID will not see the above. They will either be presented with a Waiting for group assignment message, or if the assignment was already pre-selected or placed on automatic by the instructor, they will enter directly the discussion with their group.
The group window with the name of its participating members listed will appear in the center of the student's console.

The name of the group member preceded by a * character is the name of the user currently talking.

The volume graph is a graphic representation of the student's own voice.

To leave the discussion, the student has to exit the Babilon tab.

NOTE: If, during a Babilon session, the user opens a different CAN-8 lesson in another tab, he/she will be disconnected from the Babilon discussion until the Babilon tab is selected again.

Viewing Students

The instructor controlling the Babilon session may view the students waiting by clicking on the Wait icon and it will open to a list as shown on the right.
Note that this list may already be expended from a previous Babilon session.

By default, this list displays the names of all users (users currently online and users who previously signed in Babilon)

Babilon Waiting list