Flashcards are non-gradable activities designed to allow learners to review content and help them commit it to memory.
Authors can add text or an image to each side of each card. Learners view the front of the card, and try to remember, imagine, or guess what's on the other side. Flashcard activities are marked complete when a learner has flipped all the cards in the activity.
How to create Flashcard activities
With the activity editor:
- Use the Filter by group icon to make and/or review activity settings that apply only to specific groups.
- Preview the activity.
- Save changes.
- The Flashcards Activity Editor includes three tabbed screens:
- Use the Activity screen to add/edit basic content, information, and metadata about an activity that is visible/accessible to the students (e.g., activity titles, thumbnail images, introductory content, instructions, attachments students need to complete the activity).
- Use the Settings screen to configure the way you want the activity to work for students (e.g., objective mastery and badge details, visibility, access).
- The History screen only appears when changes have been made to an activity since its creation. Use it to review changes and restore previous versions of the activity's content.
Some cards in the activity editors are collapsed by default; to expand them, select the arrows.
Use the Activity tab to:
- Provide the title of the activity.
- Provide a thumbnail image to represent the activity by selecting the plus sign next to the thumbnail.
- Recommended file type: PNG or JPG Pearson Connexus converts all files into PNGs.)
- Ideal size: 400px x 400px (Pearson Connexus automatically resizes images, therefore uploading images smaller than 400px x 400px may reduce quality.)
- Create descriptive content that appears at the top of the activity using the Pearson Connexus rich text editor.
- Select Add Activity Instructions to open a rich text editor to create additional instructions.
- On the Flashcards card, select the desired card display format that you want students to see:
- The stack display shows the front of one card at a time. Students select it to see the other side, and then move to the next card in the stack.
- The grid display shows the front of all of the cards at once, and students can select any of them to see the other side.
- Select Add Card to create each card.
- Specify what you want displayed on the front and back of each. For each card, you can choose:
- Text and enter any text you want. Text that exceeds the size of the card can be scrolled.
- Centered image and provide the image you want centered on the card so it is all shown. You will also need to provide alternative text that describes the image for accessibility purposes.
- Full card image and provide the image you want to take up the card (if the image is not square, it will be cropped). You will also need to provide alternative text that describes the image for accessibility purposes.
Centered image example
- Select Add Attachment to provide files for students to review before starting the activity.
If you choose to set a due date(not available for continuous courses), you can specify:
- The due date and time.
- Whether you want to allow late submissions, if so, select the late admission rule and grace period allowed.
Select Choose Objective to align the activity with one or more objectives.
Visibility and access
With Visibility and access settings, you can choose to:
- Make the activity visible to:
- Students, teachers and observers: this is the default setting for activities intended for students to complete.
- Teachers and observers: this setting works well for Lesson Guide materials that observers like parents, mentors, etc. need access to. A map icon appears next to these activities in the Activities pages for teachers and observers.
- Teachers only: this setting works well for lesson guide materials that only teachers need. A map icon appears next to these activities in the teacher Activities page.
- Select the Hide from student's table of contents and to-do list box. Note that it is still accessible with course links and bookmarks unless otherwise restricted.
- Select the Block access until student completes other activity box.
- If it appears, you can check the Require passing score if gradable for mastery(optional).
- Select Choose Activity, and select the activity or activities that you want to make access dependent on.
- Select the Block access until student masters objective(s) box, select Choose Objective, and select the objective(s) you want to make access dependent on. This option only appears for core courses with objective mastery.
- Select the Block access until a specified date box and enter the desired date and time. This option does not appear for continuous courses.
- Select the Student must enter a password to view this activity box and enter the desired activity password in the field. This is different from assessment-specific passwords, which must be entered each time a student attempts the assessment and are managed in the assessment Advanced options card.
- By default, students must enter this password only once and can access the activity without entering the password thereafter.
- Also, you can select the Require password each visit to override the default if needed.
Select Choose Badge to select one or more badges that you want automatically awarded to students who successfully complete this activity.
Admins can create custom metadata fields for activities in their domain. This content is only visible to teachers, course authors, etc. and provides further insight into an activity, such as:
- An activity description for course authors.
- An idea of how this activity fits into the goal of the course or the big picture.
- Essential questions that should be answered by the activity or that students should keep in mind as they complete it.
- Any relevant vocabulary.
- Associated resources.
Some of the fields under Metadata ask for content that, if set up by your system admin, can be used to make an activity searchable in the Digital Library. Contact your system admin to find out if there are fields in your domain that can be used this way.
Advanced activity options
Manage advanced activity options, such as:
- Changing the activity's folder location using the dropdown.
- Giving the activity a new Activity ID in the field.
The History tab records changes made to the activity and allows you to retrieve previous versions:
- Select the version you want to restore.
- Preview the content.
- Select Restore.
Pearson Connexus does not itemize changes to all setting but does track them. Users can access them by selecting the Details link that appears at the bottom of the history table.