Dialog Card - Record audio inside the Create Content / Edit interface

dodsoner's picture

The workflow of creating and editing dialog cards would be immensely improved by adding the option to record new audio for cards "inside" the content creator / edit interface -- as the dictation tool already allows.

Currently, the options for adding audio to the front of dialog cards are:

  • upload a file
  • paste a link or other audio source URL

What I'm suggesting is a third choice, to record audio inside the editor. If this feature was helpful for dictations, where only a few audio files are typically added, it will be even more helpful for dialog cards, which (in my practice) typically have more items.

This would allow users to create dialog cards with audio 100% inside the content tool, which means no switching back and forth between applications, or setting up file naming conventions that can lead to errors between items.

These issues add up every time I create dialog card content with audio. Even a small set of cards can mean recording 8 different files, naming them, typing and re-typing the script or text, and uploading them to the corresponding card. And if I edit the text in H5P, I have to switch applications and re-record the audio.

Each new file, and upload, and re-record, and switch between applications is another chance for the creator to overwrite or mismatch audio content to the text (let alone any images!). And, file selection and management brings the creative process to a crawl, as it's all about finding exactly the right details, repeatedly and repetitively.

For a set of 8-10 cards, having an audio recorder option inside the content creator would cut my own time for creating new dialog card sets down by half. And, it might make an even larger difference for newer creators.  Most importantly, I think it would be even more of a welcoming development environment.

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BV52's picture

Hi dodsoner,

Thank you for contributing your ideas on how to make H5P better! With the H5P supporter program the H5P community can now vote for and fund the top voted H5P features. Also there are developers in the community who every now and then work on a feature they find interesting or useful. You can also help by developing or help (crowd) fund the development of this feature.


papi Jo's picture

Hi dodsoner,

What you want is extremely easy to implement. It's only a matter of adding one line in 2 of the dialogcards scripts. I have created a pull request here: https://github.com/h5p/h5p-dialogcards/pull/116

Joseph aka 'papi Jo'

dodsoner's picture

Any updates out there on this issue? Quizlet just changed its freemium options, and I know many instructors are looking for tools to switch to.