Using Stimulus Media


What is a Stimulus Media Activity
System Requirements for Source Media
How do you Set up Stimulus Media
How do you Record Responses with Stimulus Media
How do you Play/Critique a Stimulus Media Response


What is a Stimulus Media Activity?

The Stimulus Media Activity Types allow the instructor to specify a Stimulus/Prompt media for an Activity to which the student presenters record their responses, or simply provide commentary. This is particularly useful in interpreting or interviewing activities, or for reinforcing evaluation skills.


System Requirements for the Source Media Feature

The Stimulus Media feature requires the browser to process two video windows simultaneously - the stimulus video and the recording video.  While this is easily accomplished by current generation computers, older ones may struggle to render both the stimulus playback and the recording smoothly, at the same time. The primary constraints are video processing memory and horsepower, and unfortunately, there is no set "video system requirement" that results in successful or unsuccessful use of the feature. In general, dedicated video RAM will perform better than "shared" RAM.  

If your computer is older (or is newer but has very low-end video processing) and is struggling to keep up with both video windows simultaneously, some options are:

  • Restart the computer to allow a fresh, maximum set of resources for the activity
  • Arrange to use a newer machine for your Stimulus Media activities in GoReact

Also please note that the simultaneous play/record functionality for Stimulus Media is not currently supported on mobile devices, since they do not support live stream recording (which is required for the synchronization).


How do you Set up Stimulus Media?

First, create an Activity using one of the "Stimulus" Activity Types.  On the settings screen there will be a Stimulus/Prompt Media box, where you'll click the +Media button or select "Student Selected Stimulus/Prompt".  This second option allows the students the ability to provide their own stimulus video.  From the "+Media" button you can record a new video or upload an existing one, add a YouTube link, add an audio file, or choose a file that is already in your Library.  (Note:  you may be prompted for Flash to be allowed access to your camera or microphone.  Click Remember and/or Allow, then Close.)

  • Record:  If you wish to record a new video as your source media, click the Record button.
  • Upload:  If you will be using an existing file as your source media, click Upload.
  • YouTube:  If you will be using a link to a video on YouTube as your source media, there are a couple of things to keep in mind:
    1. Links must be the actual embed link for the video itself, not a link just to the webpage where the video resides.
    2. Linked videos must be publicly accessible. GoReact cannot display videos that require a password or have other security protections.
  • Audio:  Click the Audio button if you wish to record voice only for your source media.
  • Library: If you're setting up an Activity with a Source Media that you've previously uploaded or linked, click the "Library" button. Choose the existing media item, and it will be assigned to the new Activity.  (Once you add Source media to your account, they will remain available for you to use and reuse through your Library at any time.)
  • Student Selected Stimulus:  Upon Activity Creation for a Stimulus Video Response activity type you can select the option to have "Student Selected Stimulus".  This option allows the students the ability to provide their own stimulus video.


How do you Record Responses with Stimulus Media?

Create a video as usual, and select the appropriate Activity.  When the recording screen loads, it will have the Stimulus Media on the left, with the normal Record window on the right for the participant's response.


When you click "Begin," two things happen together:

  1. The Stimulus Media begins to play.
  2. The Response Video for the student presenter begins recording.

If this is a simultaneous / continuous type of response Activity, just continue the recording and click "End" when the response is completed.

If this is a consecutive / conversational type of response Activity, the recording student may pause the Stimulus Media any time a response is required (just click on that media window), then play the Stimulus Media again when they are ready.

NOTE: In all cases, the Response video will record continuously unless paused by the user.  GoReact will track the activity on the Stimulus during the Response recording.

IMPORTANT: Use headphones when recording a Stimulus Media response (unless the Stimulus Media has no audio). This will prevent you from hearing the Stimulus echo in the background of your Response recording.


How do you Play/Critique a Stimulus Media Response?

Giving feedback to a Stimulus Media response from a student is just like any other video session. Click the yellow "Critique" button on the video from your Dashboard, and the video session will load.  You'll make comments and give other feedback the same way you do with any other video. 

The only difference is that the Stimulus Media will be shown next to the student recording and the videos can be resized or repositioned any way you like. As you play back the video session, the Stimulus Media will play/pause in the appropriate spots where it was played/paused during the student's recording.

Echo/double audio note: If the student recorded without headphones and you are hearing double audio, you may click the "Mute" button on the corner of the Stimulus Media to keep it silent and listen only to the response.

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