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The Design, Use and Evaluation of Hypermedia Flashcards as a Teaching Tool


TLRPTIL Volume 49, Number 2, ISSN 8756-3894


H-cards have most of the advantages of traditional flashcards. They can be examined in a particular order or at random. In CD-ROM format, they are fairly portable since in many colleges and universities, each student is required to have a laptop computer. In online format, it is easy to add new h-cards to an existing set, and errors can be corrected. H-cards also have features lacking in traditional flashcards. High quality images, including photographs and textbook figures (with permission) can be used. Every student has access to the same set of cards, and individual h-cards do not get lost, torn or coffee stained. However, it is important to back up files. Test scores, survey results and other student feedback show that h-cards are an effective study tool and fun to use, whether alone or as part of an active learning experience. While the examples presented are from university-level science courses, the basic idea can be applied to any topic and any educational level.


Palombella, A.L. & Johnson, D.P. (2005). The Design, Use and Evaluation of Hypermedia Flashcards as a Teaching Tool. TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning, 49(2), 46-54. Retrieved November 20, 2019 from .

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