Avenue

Avenue™ is an innovative e-assessment platform for building custom language tasks to capture, evaluate, archive, and visualize progress of video-based learner performances in any world language classroom.

For more info, visit http://avenue.emcp.com/Info/.

Click here to sign up to demo Avenue.

Quick Start Guide for TeachersQuick Start Guide for Students

System Requirements

  • Operating System: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8, Mac OS 10.6+. (iOS 6.1 or higher for the iPad App. Click Here to download)
  • Broadband Internet Connection: Minimum 256kbps connection speed required.
  • Web Browser: Internet Explorer 7+, Firefox 17+, Google Chrome or Safari.
  • System Memory: 1 Gigabyte or higher.
  • Adobe Flash Player 10.3 or higher required.
  • A webcam is required for recording video.
  • A microphone is required for recording audio.
  • Speakers or headphones are required for audio playback.

Checking Your System Requirements

Before logging in, Avenue will automatically check your system to ensure optimal performance. If your device is not meeting the system requirements, you'll be given directions on how to address them.

Accessing Your Camera & Microphone

To use Avenue, access to your webcam and microphone is required. When the popup box appears asking for permission to access your camera and microphone click "Allow." If you want Avenue to remember your settings, right-click your mouse anywhere on the screen, click "Settings..." and select the "Remember" checkbox.

What version of Flash Player do I need to run Avenue?

How do I know what kind of operating system my computer is running on?

My recording doesn't have audio. What should I do?

I tried to update my Flash Player, but nothing is happening! It’s still telling me I need to do an update. What do I do?

Why isn’t my camera turning on? I can’t click the ‘Allow’ button on the pop up box.

I’m having trouble viewing the media. Sometimes the video is choppy or I only see the loading bar or a black screen where the video is supposed to be. How do I fix this?

When I log into Avenue as a student, I don’t see the class I’m supposed to be enrolled in or the task I’m supposed to complete. Why is that happening?

Why Can't I use Avenue On My ChromeBook?

What version of Flash Player do I need to run Avenue?

Avenue will run on Flash Player version 10.3 or higher. Avenue, like all Flash applications, benefits from your computer running on the latest version of Flash Player and operating system. If you haven't updated to the latest version, you can do so by visiting get.adobe.com/flashplayer/.

How do I know what kind of operating system my computer is running on?

  • To check your operating system on a Mac, select the Apple menu bar at the top of your screen and select “About this Mac.” A window will then pop up with the computer information.
  • To check the version for the Windows operating system, click the Start button, type winver in the search box and then press enter.

My recording doesn't have audio. What should I do?

Please follow the steps below:
  1. Right-Click the video box on your screen and select “Settings…”
  2. In the Adobe Flash Player Settings menu, click the microphone icon
  3. Use the drop down to make sure that your webcam or built in microphone array are selected as the microphone source
  4. Speak or clap your hands to make sure that audio is registering. You will see a green bar go up and down, and possibly hear an echo from your computer speakers. If not, try a different selection in the dropdown menu.
Avenue Microphone Settings
  1. Once you have confirmed that audio is being picked up by the mic, click “Close” and try recording your video again.

I tried to update my Flash Player, but nothing is happening! It’s still telling me I need to do an update. What do I do?

There are a few possible issues here:
  • You downloaded the latest version of Flash Player but didn’t actually install it. You may have to temporarily disable your AntiVirus software to complete the installation. After downloading the Flash Player installer, double click on it to begin the installation process:
  • The operating system on your computer is lower than what is required for Flash Player 11. Flash Player 11 requires at least Mac OS X 10.6. If you are using Mac OS X 10.5 you can upgrade to 10.6 with the Snow Leopard upgrade sold at Apple Stores. Once you have upgraded to Snow Leopard or a newer operating system you will then need to install the latest Flash Player. Please check the system requirements for Flash Player 11 here: adobe.com/products/flashplayer/tech-specs.html and compare them to your machine.

Why isn’t my camera turning on? I can’t click the ‘Allow’ button on the pop up box.

Go to Flash Player Global Settings manager here macromedia.com/support/documentation/en/flashplayer/help/settings_manager06.html.
  1. Select the avenue.emcl.com in the list of websites.
  2. Select "Always Allow" check box.
  3. Restart the browser.
NOTES If the avenue.emcl.com site is not in the list then you may need to revisit the Avenue site and wait until the Allow Camera image shows. Once that shows then retry the steps above.

I’m having trouble viewing the media. Sometimes the video is choppy or I only see the loading bar or a black screen where the video is supposed to be. How do I fix this?

There are several possible ways to solve this. We recommend:
  • Plugging into a wired connection as it will give you a faster connection over a wireless connection.
  • Checking your Internet Speed. You can check your speed at speedtest.net. For best result you will need 1 to 1.5 Mbps. You may contact your Internet Service Provider for options on increasing your connection speed.
  • Try disconnecting other Internet devices such as browsers, downloads, video games, YouTube and Netflix. These all use download and upload bandwidth. If there is a lot of network traffic going on it will may down your video. Please close these down and try again.
  • A choppy Flash video may be the result of  a low-functioning camera, a slow computer or a computer running on battery, which can sometimes decrease the performance. Make sure the equipment you are using is in optimal condition.

When I log into Avenue as a student, I don’t see the class I’m supposed to be enrolled in or the task I’m supposed to complete. Why is that happening?

It’s possible that your instructor hasn't invited you to join the class yet. Please contact your instructor and let them know that you need to be invited to the class. The instructor will provide you with a link to join. If you joined Avenue after your instructor sent out the task, they will have to reassign it to you.

Why Can't I use Avenue On My ChromeBook?

In order to access Avenue you need to have your camera and microphone enabled. ChromeBooks require you to allow the camera and microphone prior to using them. On your first visit to the site, you will be prompted to allow the camera and microphone. Please click the Allow button at the top of the browser as shown below: Allow Camera and Microphone

If you do not see the prompt please follow the instructions here: Allow Camera and Microphone