Clavier Companion - May/June 2017 - 25
Students noted the biggest drawback of Collabra as use of
only the front-facing camera, which created difficulties with
accurate recording of their hands. Efficient recordings also
depend greatly on strong internet connections. If students
experienced intermittent or poor Wi-Fi signal, audio and video took a while to record or appear on the site, and upload
times for external videos were slow. Students also found that
they could not delete attempts on the assessment page, so
the site became cluttered. When grading assessments, instructor comments are limited to 500 characters. However,
comments on student practices are unlimited, so teachers
may wish to use this function if they anticipate a need for
Although I appreciated the time stamp on recordings,
these were sometimes inaccurate. For example, Collabra
began marking students late at 6:45 p.m., even though the
assessment was not due until 11:59 p.m. that same evening.
I had to edit the time on the original assessment so that
students were not marked late. Despite these technical
drawbacks, however, I had the opportunity to discuss this
and the above issues with two members of the Collabra team,
who assured me that they are working to fix these concerns.
Through our conversation, it became clear that the team takes
all feedback seriously and desires to create the best possible A graded student assessment video.
product for their customers.
While my students and I found
the Collabra assessment a viable
and welcomed alternative to inclass quizzes, we barely scratched
the surface of the platform's
capabilities. If used with private
students, instructors can monitor
First Impressions ToolBox
and view student practices
between lessons. We could then
Leave lasting impressions on
offer students specific feedback
"how to" play and "how to" think!
on their practice habits and
provide options for more efficient
and effective strategies-before
they even arrive for their weekly
lessons. Additionally, because
Collabra tracks every minute
of practice, students are held
accountable for their practicing
Collabra could offer pedagogy
instructors a streamlined way
and guide student teachers.
Ultimately, however, Collabra
provides an adaptable, open602--‐264--‐5188
ended interface that successfully
offers instructors an interactive
platform to meet an extensive
variety of educational needs.