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The study aides described here are interactive tools that can be provided for students to help them study and test their knowledge, generally better suited for materials that need to be memorized or repeated practice.
The question-building tools in D2L can be used to create study aids. You can create multiple-choice, matching, ordering, or arithmetic questions. You can set up large question sets and have students receive a random subset of questions on each attempt.
Quizzes and Self-Assessments both use the same question creator in D2L, and it is possible to set up either as a practice activity rather than an assessment tool. For a quiz, you simply don’t link it to a grade item and allow unlimited attempts.
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Softchalk Cloud is a content-authoring environment that allows you to integrate text, media, and other elements into a page that can be uploaded or embedded into your course in D2L. Some of the other elements you can add include self-assessment questions, labeling activities, matching activities, and more. Many activities are drag-and-drop with instant audio feedback when a student gets a question right or wrong.
Softchalk Cloud is licensed by DePaul and free for all instructors to use.
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Quizlet is a flashcard tool that allows for words, images, audio, and descriptions. It has built-in activities and games that are created automatically around each flashcard set and has mobile apps for iOS and Android. Question sets can be found with a search function or created by the instructor and shared with the class.
Quizlet is supported by ads, which can be removed by the instructor or students for a small fee.
DePaul instructor Mika Obana-Changet uses Quizlet to help her students learn Japanese. Students can use her study set as a series of flashcards and other study aids.
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Sometimes textbook publishers and others provide study-aid tools specific to your discipline, like MyMathLab or McGraw Hill Connect.