Using Online Flashcards to Increase Student Engagement

– Darla Ausel

Although students have been creating and using paper-based flashcards as a study tool for many years, technology has made it even easier to have flashcards anytime, anywhere that students have their cell phone, tablet, computer, etc.

Mark Mitchell’s article, “Moving Beyond Memorization: Students Understanding Content and Concepts,” identified four simple principles for studying and then identified the study technique that can incorporate these four principles well: flashcards! Online flashcards take a successful learning strategy and then build upon that strategy by utilizing the power of technology.

Figure 1. An example of flashcards made in StudyMate.

Figure 1. An example of flashcards made in StudyMate.

Why not try adding online flashcards into your D2L course site using StudyMate by Respondus? See Figure 1. StudyMate is a software tool that helps you create online flash cards that can be published directly to your D2L course.

With StudyMate, you can also create interactive activities such as fill in the blank flip cards, crossword puzzles, and multiple choice question cards. These activities easily integrate into D2L with format options for iPods, tablets, and smartphones.

Instructors can create their own questions, or easier yet, many of the publishers have test banks that will integrate with StudyMate – making your work even easier! And best of all, Clarion University has a site license for StudyMate Author, so there is no charge!

Want to see demo activities?
http://www.studymate.com/sample

Want to have StudyMate installed on your office computer?
Call Computing Services HelpDesk x2640

Need help creating flashcards or other StudyMate activities?
Want instructions for embedding the activities in your D2L course site?
Contact the Learning Technology Center x1848


Darla Ausel is the manager of the Learning Technology Center/Computing Services. She has over 16 years of experience as an instructional designer in higher education. She has also been developing/teaching online courses for past six years. 
 

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