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A flashcard set is a tool to help learners acquire and consolidate knowledge. Questions about learning content are recorded on flashcards and answered by the learner. The answers have to be assessed by the learner themselves with the help of predefined answers.

Depending on the correctness of the answer, the card is moved a stack forward or backwards - until all cards have been worked through. To allow for a selection of specific flashcards, filters are available.

Content

Usage: Learners' View

Overview

In the upper area of the course element, you will find the various Cardboxes of the flashcard set. The number of boxes is determined by the creator of the flashcard set. The number in the right corner represents the total number of flashcards in the cardbox.

Below the cardboxes, it is possible to make settings for the learning with flashcards. For example, you can choose a category, set a level of difficulty, or determine the order of the flashcards.

Overview Flashcard Set

 

Functions for users

Learning with flashcards

To learn with a flashcard set, proceed as follows:

 How to do that?
  1. Open the course element Flashcard set .
  2. In the upper area, you will find various cardboxes .
  3. If you start learning, only the first cardbox is highlighted in blue. All available flashcards will be in this box. If cards have already been answered correctly and moved to subsequent boxes, they will also be highlighted in blue and presented to the learner during the learning process.
Overview of cardboxes

4. If necessary, select a category , set a level of difficulty , and/or determine the order of the flashcards .

Define category, difficulty, and order

5. Click on Learn to start the cardbox.

Learn button

6. The first flashcard opens.

7. Enter your answer in the text field Your answer and click on Respond .

Flashcard

8. A sample solution is shown. Now you have the following options:

  • Mark answer as correct
 Learn more ...

Correctly answered cards are automatically placed in the following cardbox, where they can be answered again.  

  • Mark answer as incorrect
 Learn more ...

Incorrectly answered cards remain in the cardbox. They can be answered again at any time.  

9. The respective next flashcard will be displayed until all available flashcards have been processed.

Sample solution


Add notes

To add a note to your flashcard, proceed as follows: 

 How to do that?
  1. Open the course element Flashcard set .
  2. Start a cardbox as usual.
  3. A flashcard opens.
Flashcard
4. Click on Note .Note button

5. It opens a text field in which you can enter the note. A note is only visible to you personally.

The note is not automatically displayed when the flashcard is opened another time. To display the note, click on the button Note (see step 4).

Text field note

Configuration: Authors' View

In the course editor

The following functions are available in the course editor:

Add a course element flashcard set

 Click to open instructions on how to add a course element ...

To integrate a course element into your course, proceed as follows:
1

Open the course you want to edit.

Use the pencil icon at the top of the page to open the editing mode.

Switch from the course view to the editing mode

2

Select a course element from the menu on the right.

Select course element

3

In the new window, you can define the position of the new course element within your course structure (left navigation pane). The available positions are marked with an insert icon.

To insert the new course element into an existing substructure, you need to open the substructure by clicking on the small triangle symbol next to its title. The area will open and you will again see insert icons at the positions which are available.

Click on the insert icon at the desired position within the structure. The selected area will be highlighted.

Confirm your choice with Insert course element.

Insert course element into the course tree

4

The element will be inserted into the course structure at the selected position.

Depending on the course element, you have to make additional configurations or add content in order to complete the configuration.

For these changes to take effect, you must publish the course. The course element will then also become available in the course view.

Configure and publish course element



General configuration 

settings

In the course editor, you can see the following configuration tabs:

Title and description
 Configuration options in the tab title and description ...

Course editor settings in the tab title and description
ElementsDescription
Title

You need to enter a title for the course element. The title can comprise a maximum of 100 characters. All special characters and numbers are permitted. The title will appear in the navigation menu of the course and also as a heading in the content area.

 Changes to the title of the first course element, the so-called main course node ...

(warning)  If you change the title of the first course element, the new content will only be applied to the main course node and then displayed in the opened course. If you wish to edit the course title or description, you can do so using the more settings menu of the course.

SubtitleYou can enter a subtitle for the course element with a maximum of 255 characters. All special characters and numbers are permitted. The title will appear as a tooltip in the navigation menu and - if selected and configured accordingly - as a subtitle in the content area.
Description

Here you can describe the course element. The description will appear in the content area below the title.

Depending on the settings configured in the element Display, this additional text is displayed to the user when opening the course element. The user can expand or collapse the view of the text.


Display

Define which information about the course element should be displayed in the course view. In addition to the content, you can optionally display the title and description. All course elements are provided with a reasonable presetting, which mostly includes the setting Title, description and content. You can adjust this setting in accordance with the options available for each course element. For an example of the different setting options, refer to the help page Displaying information about the course element.

Set link for this course element

Each course element can be accessed via fixed link addresses. Therefore, an internal and an external URL is assigned to each course element. These direct links to concrete elements can be used within courses or provided to learners. The URLs are located below the title and description of the element and will appear upon selecting Set link for this course element.  

  • External link: To refer to this course element from outside of the course or learning platform, you can use the external link and insert it, for example as a href attribute, into the desired HTML page.
  • Internal link: To set a link to another course element within the same course, you can insert the internal link as a href attribute into the desired HTML page.
IDYou will need the ID number of the course element (on the bottom right), for example, if you wish to use the expert mode in the visibility or access tab.


Visibility
 Configuration options in the tab visibility and access ...

In the areas Visibility and Access, authors and course owners can individually determine the presentation of course elements. If no input is made in the access area, the content of a course element will by default be visible to all course participants after publishing the element. Apart from the general options listed below, additional configuration options are available depending on the course element.

The following general options are available for the configuration of visibility and access:

Course editor - Tab visibility and access


General configuration optionsDescription
Blocked for learners

If you select this checkbox, all other configuration options will disappear. The course element content is now exclusively accessible for tutors and administrators of the course.

Block access or visibility for learners
Depending on dateMark this checkbox to specify a particular access time. You can set individual dates or date ranges by filling in only one or both input fields respectively. You can also create or delete dates via the + and - buttons.

Set access or visibility rights depending on dates

Depending on group

Select this checkbox to restrict the accessibility of the course element to learning groups or learning areas. You can then select existing groups and areas or create new ones.

If you set restrictions with the configuration option "depending on group", the corresponding course element will be restricted for all non-members of the group. This includes, for example, users who have not yet confirmed the group invitation or who are on the waiting list for a group. Such users cannot yet see or access the restricted course element.


Set access or visibility rights depending on groups

Depending on assessmentHere, you will find all assessable course elements. These include, for example, the elements test, assessment, task, or structure. 

If you select the option Check for "passed", you will be able to choose a course element from the input field Course element, which the user must have passed as a prerequisite to accessing this course element. 

If you select the option Check score, you can indicate a number of points in the input field "Passing score", which have to be achieved in order to be able to access the course element.

Set access or visibility rights depending on assessments

Depending on attribute

The visibility of this option is system-dependent.

Via this option, you can set visibility or access rights according to user attributes. Only users who meet the predefined attributes will be able to see the course element or have access to its content. Multiple attributes need to be linked with an operator (AND/OR).

Different kinds of relational operators might be available depending on the selected attribute. For example:

  • "contains the value"
  • "does not contain value"
  • "has exactly the value"
  • "does not have value"
  • "starts with value"
  • "ends with value"
  • "greater than" (>)
  • "less than" (<)
  • "greater than/equals" (<=)
  • "less than/equals" (>=)

A list of all available attributes of several selected institutions can be found on the page Overview of the OPAL-Shibboleth attributes.

Set access or visibility rights depending on attributes

Apply rules also for author, owner and tutorThis option does not become visible until one of the other options has been selected. If you activate the checkbox, the same access rules which apply to users will also be valid for tutors and course administrators.

Apply rules also for author, owner and tutor

PasswordThis option is only available in the area Access and can either be applied to the whole course or a structural element of the course. Enter the desired password, which users will need to use in order to gain access to the course content, in the text field.

Set access or visibility rights depending on passwords

Display expert modeClick on the button Display expert mode to open an input field, which allows you to perform a more complex configuration according to your needs. For more detailed information about the expert mode, see the help page Publishing within Courses (Expert Mode).
Set access or visibility rights in the expert mode
Advanced configuration optionsIn the case of individual course element types, there are further attributes to configure access to editing rights for course participants.

If various restrictive single options are set, they will be linked with AND, i.e. all conditions of the single options must be met for the user to see and have access to the course element. The only exceptions are the single options Attributes. In this case, various restrictive single options can also be linked with OR. The OR linking only requires the fulfilment of one condition in order to enable visibility or access, unless other restrictive single options prevent this.

All restrictions are also automatically valid for all subordinate course elements.

Note about hiding access restrictions

If a course element is visible, but there are

  • current or future access restrictions or
  • restricted rights for the course element,

the user will be informed accordingly when accessing the course element. This information helps the user to learn more about the functions available, e.g. which functions will be available at what time and under what conditions.

If required, however, you can hide this information text (from the user) for each course element individually.

 How to do that? ...

Notification message about existing access and authorisation restrictions in the course view:

Course element with notification message about authorisation restrictions

1

To hide this message, open the course editor and switch to the Visibility tab of the respective course element.

In the section Information if course node is visible but not accessible (max. 248 characters), remove the check mark in front of the entry Show access restrictions below the text field.

Publish your changes.

Course editor setting to hide notification message

2

The note will no longer be visible in the course view.

Course element without notification message about authorisation restrictions


Access
ConfigurationIn this tab, you can select, create, and import resources. Detailed instructions are given in the following section Special configuration settings .
MultilingualismIn this tab, different translations can be added to individual course element areas.

Special configuration settings

In the tab Configuration , you can assign one or more flashcard set resources to your course element. Choose one of the three options:

  • use an existing learning resource Flashcard set (option 1),
  • create and use a new learning resource Flashcard set (option 2), or
  • import a new learning resource Flashcard set (option 3).

 Start the configuration for all three variants as follows:

1.

2.

Open the course element Flashcard set .

In the tab Configuration , click on Add, create or import flashcard set .

Add, create or import flashcard set button 
 3.Displayed is a page that contains functions to create and import new flashcard set resources, as well as a list of your existing flashcard set resources. Decide on one of the following options:Overview of resources
3a (Option 1:) To use an existing learning resource Flashcard set , select the desired resource via the   link Choose .
3b

(Option 2:) To create and use a new learning resource Flashcard set , click on Create . It opens a page for creating a new learning resource.

 Expand further steps ...
  • Enter a title for the new resource and add a description if necessary.
  • Click on Save .
  • As a next step, you can add an image to the resource using the Upload button.
  • Click on Finish to complete the creation process.

The newly created resource is now automatically used as a resource for the flashcard set course element and displayed in the tab Configuration under Add, create or import flashcard set .


Create resource
3c

(Option 3:) To import a new learning resource Flashcard set , click on Import . The default upload page of the system opens.

 Expand further steps ...

Select the location of the file you want to import and upload the file.

  • The page for creating a new learning resource opens.
  • Enter a title for the imported resource and add a description if necessary.
  • Click on Save .
  • As a next step, you can select an image for the resource using the Upload button.
  • Click on Finish to complete the creation process.

The newly imported resource is now automatically used as a resource for the flashcard set course element and displayed in the tab Configuration under Add, create or import flashcard set .

Import resource
4

The selected resource is now automatically used as a resource for the flashcard set course element and displayed in the tab Configuration under Add, create or import flashcard set .

Resource selected
5

Publish your course to complete the configuration and to make the resource available to participants.

 

Functions after adding a flashcard set resource 

Edit or remove an added resource

Once a flashcard set resource has been added, you have the following options:

To detailed view

Use the button To detailed view to switch to the detailed view of the added flashcard set resource. Among other things, you will find information on the supervisors and access rights in this area.

Remove flashcard set resource

If you have added more than one flashcard set resource, you have the option to remove one of these resources. To remove a flashcard set resource, proceed as follows:

 How to do that?
  1. Open the course element Flashcard set .
  2. Switch to the tab Configuration in the course editor.
  3. Click on Remove next to the resource you want to remove.
Remove resource


Edit flashcard set resource

By using this button, you will switch to the editing mode of the resource. Here you can create new flashcards and edit or delete existing flashcards:

 Create new flashcard ...
  • Open the course element Flashcard set .
  • Switch to the tab Configuration in the course editor.
  • Click on Edit .
Edit button

4. Click on the Create flashcard icon.

5. It opens a new flashcard.

Create flashcard icon
6. Give your flashcard a title by clicking on New flashcard .Enter title

7. Now you can enter the following content:

  • Front: Enter the question about the learning topic.
  • Back: The back of the flashcard contains the correct answer (sample solution) to the question on the front.
  • Metadata: Flashcards can be filtered by category and level of difficulty. Assign this metadata to enable flexible learning. The metadata item Other is not displayed when learning with flashcards, since it is only meant for the author to take notes.
Enter content
8. Click on Save .Save button
 Edit flashcard ...
  • Open the course element Flashcard set .
  • Switch to the tab Configuration in the course editor.
  • Click on Edit next to the resource you want to edit.
Edit button

4. Select the flashcard you want to edit and make your desired changes.

5. Click on Save .

Save button
 Delete flashcard ...
  • Open the course element Flashcard set .
  • Switch to the tab Configuration in the course editor.
  • Click on Edit next to the resource you want to delete.
Edit button
4. Select the flashcard you want to delete and click the Delete icon.Delete icon
5. Confirm the deletion process with Yes .Confirm deletion process

Adjust number of learning boxes

Via the setting Number of cardboxes , you can determine how many times a flashcard must be repeated before it is considered as learned. To customise the number of cardboxes, proceed as follows:

 How to do that?
  • Open the course element Flashcard set .
  • Switch to the tab Configuration in the course editor.
  • Now choose the desired number of cardboxes below the selected flashcard set resource. Any number between two and five is possible.
Number of cardboxes
In the course view

In the course view of a course element Flashcard set , you have access to all the functions available to users.