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List of Features
- Create and share flashcards online
- Work collaboratively on flashcard sets
- Enrich flashcards by images (upload), videos, and LaTeX-based math formulas, and many text formatting possibilities (Word-like interface)
- Automatic, customizable learning schedule according to Leitner system
- Query modes which help focussing on weak spots
- Query options include swapping of question and answer, and an automatic comparison mode.
- Learning statistics as tag-cloud, based on keywords which are assigned to flashcards
- Visualization of learning progress as a diagram
- Long-term statistics and after each learning session
- Rights management for each cardbox
- Catalog of all cardboxes which are configured for public access
- Import, export, (XLS, CSV, Html) and print flashcards
- News system which informs about events like creating and editing flashcards in all currently used cardboxes, and (as RSS feed) reminds on learning schedule
- Social network features like making friends, mail; and automatically finding experts for specific keywords among friends
- Privacy settings
- Classroom features which help a teacher to assign cardboxes to a whole class
- Newsfeed about activities in cardboxes of class
- Learning statistics which relate to a whole class: Easy to find out how pupils perform with specific flashcards, cardboxes, and keywords (which are assigned to flashcards)
- Querying dialog
- Rating after querying
- Analysis of the learning process
- Learning statistics as word cloud
- Learning statistics as a diagram
Learning-MethodsThere are several learning methods.
The first - "Learning by schedule" - will be the starting point in most cases - works according to the Leitner Flashcard System (read about it on Wikipedia). The other methods help to focus your learning process on the areas in which you have the largest learning need.
Querying dialogThis is an example of a query dialog.
Rating after queryingNow the default answer is shown. If you entered an answer in the screen before, it is also shown for comparison.
Now you have to decide whether you were right with your answer - rate yourself.
Some more options the swapping of question and answer, and/or the vocabulary mode.
Analysis of the learning processAt the end of the learning session, you see in a graphical analysis which share of all cards you knew in this session, and how your learning progress went so far.
Below the known and not-known flashcards are shown in detail.
Now you can go on learning, or let yourself be queried exactly the flashcards which you didn't know the answer side of. This is great for concentrating on your weak areas! Or you can just start over.
Learning statistics as keyword cloudIn the long-term learning statistics, this "Cloud" of words indicates the areas in which you have the largest learning needs. It consists of keywords, which you assigned to different flashcards. Flashcards with the same topic should be assigned to the same keywords. The larger the size of the word in this word cloud, the learger is your learning need in this area.
Learning statistics as a diagramA "learning curve" shows how many flashcards you could reply correctly at different points of time.
Ediscio for teachersWhen Ediscio is used in the classroom, it will make your pupils create their learning material cooperatively. The have the opportunity to help and correct each other. The powerful learning system of Ediscio will help them find out their personal learning focus. For a teacher, Ediscio's automatic logging feature makes it easy to supervise, correct, and give advice, if needed.
OverviewClasses can easily be created and administered. You get a history about all activities in all cardboxes which you assigned to your class.
Class-related learning statisticsThere are different learning statistics for your class.
Aims of Ediscio
Ediscio wants to connect modern and innovative approaches in eLearning with ease of use. The software is in a constant development process, in which the feedback of the users is seriously taken into account: Via the integrated board of Ediscio it's easily possible to get in contact with the author and to discuss extensions or changes of Ediscio's functionality. Feedback of educators gets special attention to make the use of Ediscio in classroom as easy as possible - and to maximize successful learning of pupils.
Another aim of Ediscio is to keep in touch with newest developments in information technology. Thus, functionality of the Web2.0 area is integrated and used in learning processes to enhance intuitive gathering of knowledge, and interaction of users.
Making of Ediscio
I startet to write the first version of Ediscio when I prepared myself for an audition in my studies, which
was computer sciences at the RWTH Aachen.
The audition would be about "Introduction to Databases", "Implementation of Databases" and
"Operating Systems". I gathered lots of audition protocols and typed their content into my PC. Then I got
the idea that I needed to implement an algorithm that posed me the question which would possibly
face me in the audition. And best would be if this algorithm would pick exactly the questions
which I performed worst in the average. Additionally, one of my first idea was to have a tag cloud which
would point out my key learning areas and was based on tagging the questions.
So I decided to implement a quite simple flashcard program, and as I wanted to learn something about databases, I made it a web application based on MySQL and PHP. Everything went fine: The audition went well, and I got my diploma. Afterwards, I saw that the most challenging topics of the audition were indeed highlighted by the tag cloud of my application! So, together with the good learning experience I made with my app, I thought that it would be a pity if no one else except me would use this thing. As it was already a web application, I continued that path and implemented a lot of social network stuff around the basic learning algorithm. I went on and on and on, created a fancy name for everything, uploaded the stuff to a well performing webspace, and there we are. :-)