The assignments feature of SightReadingFactory.com allows students to launch sight reading exercises, and record their perfoamnce. Their educator can then grade the assignment, and give the student feedback. This page describes the following steps a student takes to launch and record an assignment:
- Check the dashboard for due assignments
- Check microphone level
- Take the assignment
- Review the assignment
Note: Students can complete Sight Reading Factory assignments on laptops, desktops, Chromebooks, and other netbooks using modern versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11. Students who wish to take SRF assignments on their iOS device (iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch) can do so using our free iOS app. Students taking assignments on Android smartphones or tablets can do so through the Chrome browser if the device is running Android version 5.0+ and Chrome version 48+.
Once educators enroll a student in their classes, the student will see assignments which are due for that class on their Dashboard in the 'Assignments' tab. The student will be able to launch the assignment if the assignment has not already been completed and the student has not exceeded the number of attempts allowed, as specified for the educator. Clicking 'Launch' does not count as an attempt by the student: an attempt is assessed only after the student sees the music for the assignment.
When the student launches an assignment on a laptop or desktop, SightReadingFactory.com prompts them to make a sample recording and listen to it to ensure proper microphone sensitivity before proceeding. Some computer microphones will are too sensitive for recording instrument/voice performances by default. Once the student records a sample performance, they can re-play it. If it sounds good, they can launch the assignment. If it does not sound good, SightReadingFactory.com provides context-sensitive help videos to walk the student through adjusting their microphone sensitivity. The microphone level check is not required for students using the iOS app.
When the student is satisfied with the recording quality, the assignment is launched. The student will have to select their instrument/voice type and then select any configurations (level, time signature, key signature) that the teacher did not pre-select for them. Once configured, the assignment composition is presented, along with a countdown timer (set to a length of time specified by the educator when the assignment is created). When the countdown timer is finished, the student sees and hears "preparation beats" to lead them in to the exercise. When the preparation beats complete, the microphone starts and the student should begin playing. When the exercise is completed, the student is given 4 choices:
- Listen - The student can listen to the recording they just made.
- Submit - Submit the assignment to the educator of the class. The educator will now have access to the assignment from their dashboard. The educator will be able to listen to the performance, and share a grade and feedback with the student. Once an assignment has been submitted, the student will not be able to launch it again.
- Try Again - If the educator specified "Max Attempts" and the student has not exceeded them, the student can try another exercise without submitting the current performance to the educator. When a student tries again, a new sight reading exercise will be generated for them.
- Exit - The student can leave the assignment page without submitting anything to their educator.
Once a student has submitted an assignment to their educator, they can find feedback on it in the 'Assignments' tab on their dashboard by clicking 'Review' next to the assignment. From the Review page, they can view the orignal composition, listen to the original performance, view the grade and read any feedback given by their educator.
For more information on assignments from an educator perspective, please see Feature Focus: Assignments for Educators