LingoLab.Online

What is LingoLab.Online?

LingoLab.Online is the 'teachers' hub' for LingoLab activities, where they can create a quiz, monitor students' LingoLabCo progress, and create custom sets for use in LingoLabLive & LingoBingoLive.

The format of the LingoLab activity allows for autograded sentence-level quizzing in various modes, avoiding open-ended written responses which can be hard to collect & assess.

What is LingoLab. Online
  1. Creating Quizzes

  • A quiz made on LingoLabOnline can be shared with students via URL or QR code (perfect for in-class testing), with no log-in or registration required (like a Google form).

  • Use any of the default sets on common grammar points (with Japanese-English sentences), or use your own custom set.

  • The teacher can see respondents' per-question quiz results (including time taken to complete) in a sortable table as soon as they have been submitted, which can also be downloaded for Excel.

  • N.B. the cue for LingoLab questions is actually rendered as an image, which means that users can't use a Google Translate add-on to help them get the answer! (test out how easy that is on a Google Form)

2. Creating Custom Sets

To create a custom set, go to the 'Create Set' tab.

You need to input text for at least one 'Term' and 'Definition' to make a set (pictures are optional). If you just want to have a term and picture, just enter a space in the definition field.

You can just type them in (with tab-separated fields), or copy and paste data from a spreadsheet or 'exported' Quizlet set.

To include pictures you need to input direct links to hosted images (you can not upload images). Here are several ways to get/make direct links:

  • If you first make the set without images, from the 'Manage' page you can open the set editor. Just click on the blank image entry for any item to search for images based on the 'term', then click the desired image to add it.

  • You can easily copy image links from any webpage when using the Chrome browser by right-clicking on an image and selecting 'Get image address'.

  • You can use a Chrome add-on called 'Image Link Grabber' which copies all image links on a page in one click. (it's perhaps easiest to then paste these links into a spreadsheet that has your term & definition data, and then copy paste it all to the LingoLab custom set maker.)

  • If you already have a specific set of downloaded images that you want to use, upload them to an image-hosting site, like DropBox or the nice free site https://imgbb.com/, which lets you copy all image links from a folder. N.B. Images on Google Drive can't be linked to, unfortunately!

  • (N.B. hosting your own images ensures that the image you include in a set is not deleted, which is a risk with using external URL links)


3. Monitoring Students' Progress sent from LingoLabCo

  • Students can share an ongoing record of their progress with their teacher, by entering their teacher’s Gmail address with which the teacher signed up for a LingoLabOnline account. They do this from their Profile page in LingoLabCo, in the ‘Share progress with:’ section. (They also enter their name & class here - though these can be edited from the teacher's side - handy for correcting those common misspellings!)

  • The progress record is then continually shared and updated from that time on, and the user’s ongoing progress can then be seen by the teacher via the ‘Progress Tracker’ tab on their LingoLabOnline account.

  • The teacher can view records in a sortable table format for particular sets, or for particular students. They can search and sort the tables by class, student, date, number of items completed in set, and error rate. (The ‘Error rate’ displayed for a student for a given set shows the average number of errors per question, providing a rough idea as to the level of difficulty demanded by that set and mode for that student.)

  • Teachers can assign particular sets for students to do as homework, asking them to complete a specified number of items (i.e. by attaining a ‘green progress level’ with them) by a certain time. (LingoLabCo continues to provide review of the assigned set for each student until they have gotten all the target items correct, providing the extra review just to those students who need it.)