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General info on the Cardbox activity

General info on the Cardbox activity


The Cardbox activity can help your students memorize vocabulary, technical terms, formulas, and definitions. To do this, course participants create virtual flashcards with a question side and an answer side. A keyword or vocabulary is written on the front and the solution on the back. These flashcards are practised according to the so-called "flashcard principle".

The activity follows a collaborative approach since, in addition to the managers, the students themselves can also create flashcards or expand them with supplementary answer suggestions.

The activity should not be used for graded assessment purposes. Please use other activities like Assignments or Quizzes 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

  • The learned contents are better remembered by repeating several times over an extended period of time. 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.

Managers view:

Screenshot: Manger's view of cardbox activity


Students view:

Screenshot: Student's view of cardbox activity



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last changed on 08/15/2023

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