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This page contains the operating instructions for the program "Cardbox e-learning". To facilitate the overview, it will be split into several sub-pages that can be accessed via a table of contents.


Creating Packages

Planning and Structuring of the Package

In advance should be clear roughly how the structure of the learning package should be. In particular, how many levels of hierarchy has the package and how they are to be subdivided.

For example, it may consist of lessons and sub-lessons and the sub-lessons then contain the index cards. Per sub-section you should allow 30-50 flash cards.

Package creation is possible in 2 ways in principle:

  1. Online - Creation
    With the launched program a learning package is entered interactively
  2. Offline - Creation
    The content is entered with an editor into a CSV file and then the data exchange function is used to import it into a learning package.

Creating Packages Online

This is done interactively with the program.

Preparing Steps:

  1. Using the menu command "Learning Package - Edit Treeview" the tree view is switched to edit mode. First, context menu commands are now enabled and secondly, the index cards become visible as numbered entries in the tree.
  2. Via radio button "Edit Mode" the main area will be switched in the edit mode. In this mode two textboxes are visible, serving the input of Question and Answer content.

Entering Lessons and Sublessons:

  1. Click the node that is to get a subentry. In the beginning, only the root node is present. It gets lessons as subentries. These get sublessons as subentries. Sublessons then finally include flash cards.
  2. Then right-click the same node - a context menu opens.The allowed commands are enabled.
  3. Select "Add Group" - an entry is created and given a name automatically. The name can be changed later in a meaningful label.

Input of a Label for Lessons and Sublessons:

  1. Invoke the context menu command "Edit Name" in the same way - the box turns into an input box. (The node to be processed must be selected)
  2. Enter the designated title.
  3. By pressing the Enter key you leave this mode.

In the same way entries can be deleted again and entries for card files can be generated. The entries for cardfiles are numbers, which cannot be changed.

Input of the Content of Cardfiles:

  1. Left-click the card file you want to edit (e.g. with the left mouse key). Its current content appears in the main area with both textboxes.
  2. Enter Question and Answer, these will be saved automatically.
  3. The Answer can also get structured content by using a Html - Editor, the so called Tiny Mce Editor. To activate the Tiny Mce Editor press the button "Html Editor Mode" - the editor occupies the whole main area and can be left by pressing the buttons "Okay"and "Cancel". Its features are more or less intuitiv.

Creating Packages Offline

To create packages offline you must prepare a CSV file. It can be imported as Learning Package by using the data exchange function of the program. How you can import will be explained in the section about data exchange.

General structure of the CSV file:

  1. Each cardfile occupies an own input line
  2. Exactly the first cardfile of each lesson / sublesson is signed with the name of those lesson / sublesson
  3. Delimiter between the items is the semicolon. Single entries of a cardfile must not contain a semicolon or newline character.
  4. To make semicolon / newline in Question / Answer usable, the following "Entity References" can be used: {semi} for a semicolon, {newline} for a line break.
  5. The whole file must be encoded in UTF-8 code.

A single line is structured as follows:

Column Content
1 Lesson name for the first cardfile of a lesson, empty for successors
2 Sublesson name for the first cardfile of a sublesson, empty for successors
3 Empty
4 Question of the cardfile
5 Answer of the cardfile
6

Empty or a reference to a sound file in mp3 format (relative to csv file), intended for the pronounciation of foreign vocables

A sample file will be provided here . It contains 3 lessons from a English - German - Learning Package.


Learning and Testing

Transfer of Lessons into a Cardbox

Choose the intended lesson / sublesson by clicking its checkbox in the tree view and click the button to transfer the lesson into the cardbox (down arrow).The contained cardfiles can be recognized in the symbolic cardbox at the bottom by its dark-grey color.

By using the cardbox tabs (below the Mode - Radio buttons) you can choose the desired cardbox. This is enabled only in Base Mode. This way several cardboxes are supported. The currently active cardbox is visually displayed together with a learning statistic at the bottom.

Presenting the Cardfiles in Learning Mode

To activate this mode simply press the radio button "Learning Mode" and then press the button for cardfile extraction (up arrow). By marking the checkbox "Random" you can control a random extraction order. The cards will be taken from first compartment and stay there after their presentation.

Presenting the Cardfiles in Test Mode

To activate this mode simply press the radio button "Test Mode" and then press the button for cardfile extraction (up arrow).The following steps are traversed:

  1. Extraction of the cardfile and presentation of the question
  2. Unhiding the answer (down arrow on the right-hand side of the question)
  3. Evaluation of the answer (Buttons on the right-hand side of the answer). The result of the evaluation can be "accepted" or "refused" meaning you have either answered correctlyand the cardfile will be resorted into the next compartment or you have not answered correctly and the cardfile will be resorted into the first compartment for sooner repetition.

As you can do in the Learning Mode, you can choose a random extraction. Additionally you can exchange foreign vocable ("Question") and native vocable ("Answer") during the test. This can be done with the checkbox "Exchanged".


Extra Functionality

Additionally the following extra functionality exists:

  1. Data exchange in the menu Learning Package (export, import). This will be explained in an extra section.
  2. Open, Create and Rename in the menu Learning Package
  3. Editing of cardboxes in the menu Cardbox
  4. Display of the "About" - Box in the Help menu. It displays version information.
  5. Display of the User's Manual in the Web by using the Help menu.

Editing the Cardboxes

In Base Mode you switch to the edit mode of the cardboxes by using the menu command Cardbox - Edit Cardboxes. The cardbox tabs change their view. You can do the following:

  1. The "In Use" state of each cardbox can be changed by clicking the appropriate checkbox.
    A cardbox with the checkbox unchecked will be invisible in the normal state
  2. Per input box you can edit the name of the cardbox.

Data Exchange

Fundamental Sequence of the Data Exchange

  1. Invoke the command to display the data exchange dialog in menu Learning Package
  2. Choose the Data Source Provider
  3. Choose the Data Source File (grayed out if provider does not use one)
  4. Choose the Data Sink Provider
  5. Choose the Data Sink File (grayed out if provider does not use one)
  6. Press the Copy Button (enabled if all requirements are fulfilled)
  7. The progress bar indicates, if the Copy action is active yet

Explanation of the Data Source Providers

These are the sources of the Data Exchange. The following are implemented:

Provider Explanation Particularities
CSV Import Import from a CSV file Use required format
OPEN Sql Database Source Learning package is the source for export The package just opened in the program
Sql Database Source Learning package is the source for export

A package not opened but existing as MDF file

 Explanation of the Data Sink Providers

These are the sinks or targets of the Data Exchange. The following are implemented:

Provider Explanation Particularities
CSV Export Export in a CSV file  
Null Sink Null Sink No output generated
OPEN Updating Sql Database Sink Just opened package is target of an import The package just opened in the user interface. The structure (e.g. number of lessons and cardfiles) must remain the same, only their content maybe updated
Sql Database Sink Learning package is target of an import Target is a MDF file (package), it may exist and will then be overwritten
Updating Sql Database Sink Learning package if target of an import Only used to update the content

Attention! Use both "Updating" sinks only in exceptional cases, f.i. if you wish to improve the content of some cardfiles in the CSV file and then want to reimport the file.

Example for a CSV Import

  1. Choose CSV Import as data source provider
  2. Choose an existing CSV file
  3. Choose Sql Database Sink
  4. Choose a not existent MDF file
  5. Press Copy
  6. Open the learning package just imported with Learning Package - Open Learning Package
   

   
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