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General info on the Cardbox activity

General info on the Cardbox activity



The Card Box activity is still in pilot operation in winter semester 2021/22 and is therefore currently only available in a few selected course rooms. If you would like to participate in the pilot, please contact the RWTHmoodle support via
The Cardbox activity has been optimized recently. Some of the newly available functionalities are not yet described in this documentation. This will therefore be updated soon.


The Card Box activity can help your students memorize vocabulary, technical terms, formulas and definitions. To do this, course participants create virtual learning cards with a question and answer page. For this purpose, a keyword or vocabulary is written on the front and the solution on the back. These flashcards are practiced according to the so-called "card box principle".

The activity should not be used for graded assessment purposes. Please use other activities like Assignment or Quiz for this purpose.


The card box principle

A card box consists of several compartments. New cards are sorted into the first compartment and repeated after only one day. Correctly answered cards move one box further, wrong or not answered cards move back into the first box. The numbers on the compartments indicate after how many days the cards should be repeated in each compartment. In total, a card must be answered correctly five times at increasingly long intervals until it is considered permanently learned and leaves the card index box.


Visualization of the basic idea of the Cardbox principle


Advantages of the card box

  • By repeating several times over an extended period of time, the learned contents are better remembered. This is called "spaced repetition".
  • The card box automatically displays the cards that are not yet mastered or need to be repeated again. Due to the automatic selection of the index cards, the selection of the contents to be learned does not have to be made by the learners.
  • For learning, query methods are more effective than pure reading.
  • By using mobile devices, learners can learn anywhere.


last changed on 10/12/2021

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