Rich Internet Applications

RIA Announcement

Dear CLEAR Community -

We continue to hear from many of our Rich Internet Applications (RIA) users and want to provide you with an update on the current status of the tools. The Center for Language Education and Research’s RIAs have continued to be affected by a recent change in MSU’s border firewall rules. This has severely impacted audio and video recording and playback (the core features of our tools), rendering the tools largely unusable. We understand that as an educator and user of the technology, this is frustrating for you and your students. We apologize for the inconvenience and frustration this may have caused.

We have worked for several weeks, in conjunction with MSU’s IT community and MSU’s College of Arts & Letters, on a variety of solutions and in the end have reached the difficult decision to discontinue the RIAs and focus on continued development of a new set of tools with similar functionality that will best serve the language education community going forward. This was not an easy decision to make. However, underlying technological issues (e.g., aging server infrastructure, potential vulnerabilities and compatibility issues inherent in Flash) required us to act quickly.

As of January 18, 2017 the current set of RIAs is no longer available.

We will be curating a list of alternate tools which may be used in the place of some of the functionality the RIAs provided. As we move forward with developing newer versions of our most-used tools, we will provide opportunities for the language education community to engage in the design, development, and selection of future innovative tools that best serve your needs. We will be providing periodic updates and will be asking for feedback throughout this process.

More details and timelines will be available soon. If you have any questions or feedback, please contact CLEAR at

RIA Troubleshooting

The information contained here and here may be of assistance in troubleshooting common RIA issues. You can also refer to our YouTube channel for instructional videos on some of the most popular RIAs.

About Rich Internet Applications (RIAs)

The goal of the Rich Internet Applications project is to create tools that are informed by language acquisition research, and engage language learners in active learning.

Using our Rich Internet Applications toolset, incorporating speaking and listening into your language class is easier and more flexible than ever! The tools can be used in many different ways: for in-class activities, student projects, homework, or assessment. Because they are tools, not completed materials, they will work with your textbook, language, and level. RIA is a way to help you easily integrate technology into your language class.

The programs are free to use. The project is funded by a US Department of Education grant, and managed by the Center for Language Education And Research at Michigan State University.

The Rich Internet Applications tools run in your web browser. Nothing to download or install! Audio recording and playback happens through the Flash player, which is free and available for all common platforms and browsers.

Rich Internet Applications: Audio and Video Dropbox, Conversations, and Mashups


This video is a recording of a live streamed workshop given by Scott Sterling for the Center for Language Teaching Advancement (CeLTA) at Michigan State University. It was given on 26 November 2013.

Checking Your Audio Settings

These programs make heavy use of audio recording. You can check to see if your computer is configured properly by using a demo voice recorder.

Note Regarding iOS Support for RIAs

Many of you have asked us about adding support to the RIAs for iOS devices such as the iPad. We are making plans to enhance the RIAs with HTML5 web standards that will enable you to create and manage your RIA learning tools on your iPad. Thank you for your support and we look forward to providing you with these enhancements in the coming months.



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