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Author Topic: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'  (Read 2888 times)

Beth UK

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Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« on: June 20, 2011, 04:16:59 AM »

A couple of people here know that my background is actually nursing. I'm about to start a new course that will mean learning a lot of information by heart (boring, repetitive, but it has to be done). I need a program that will throw pop-ups onto the screen at random intervals asking a question and demanding an answer - like a cross between sticky notes and educational flash cards. I would like to configure it to NOT ask questions that I am happy with - but instead, to repeat questions I am less familiar with.

I already use Anki - a flash card program. However, this does not have the ability to randomly ask a question on screen.

Does anyone have any suggestions - have done all the usual background search and come up with zero!

Help needed!!! :)


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Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« Reply #1 on: June 20, 2011, 06:11:03 AM »
I have not tried this but it may be a help.

http://www.ghacks.ne...form-software-cabra/

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Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« Reply #2 on: June 20, 2011, 06:45:35 AM »
I have not tried this but it may be a help.

http://www.ghacks.ne...form-software-cabra/

Thank you - although it's quite a nice little flash card program it doesn't have the 'sneak' factor I'm looking for - like someone asking you a random question out of the blue without any warning!

With most flash card programs you have to start the program and begin a set period of study.I think what I want is something that can surprise you with a question - little bit like a pop-up notes reminder.

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Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« Reply #3 on: June 20, 2011, 08:37:10 AM »
I think you will have a very hard time finding it.

What you're asking for is for a program to steal focus, which is generally considered evil. Pure evil. Evil as in the Devil would shun it.

I can see the point to it, but really, I think you're going to need some luck in finding it.

If you have some code handy for someone, or if you have some VERY specific format ready that can be implemented quickly, then I think you can see if someone will build it for you.

The basics for it aren't very hard. It is however... esoteric.

If you know XML, that would be very good. XML is very easy to create and consume, so it would be an ideal format to contain the questions/answers.

Don't expect anyone to input data for you, but that's a good study exercise, so it shouldn't be a deal breaker. ;)

(I'm interested, so do post back. I may be able to help out, but no promises.)
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Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« Reply #4 on: June 20, 2011, 08:51:00 AM »
You would have to know the program is running.
So no sneak factor would be possible in that respect.
Plus, possibly, setting the 'flash cards' on a timer,
never heard of a random timer, but it could be here somewhere.

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Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« Reply #5 on: June 20, 2011, 08:54:48 AM »
You would have to know the program is running.
So no sneak factor would be possible in that respect.
Plus, possibly, setting the 'flash cards' on a timer,
never heard of a random timer, but it could be here somewhere.

For a program like that, I'd have the user set a minimum and maximum time between displays, then each time it is displayed, I'd calculate a new time inside of that interval.

But you bring up a good point -- if there's a program that can randomly bring another program to the forefront (focus), then that would solve the problem.

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Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« Reply #6 on: June 20, 2011, 09:11:16 AM »
You would have to know the program is running.
So no sneak factor would be possible in that respect.
Plus, possibly, setting the 'flash cards' on a timer,
never heard of a random timer, but it could be here somewhere.

For a program like that, I'd have the user set a minimum and maximum time between displays, then each time it is displayed, I'd calculate a new time inside of that interval.


Yes - that's what I was thinking of here - the question selection is 'random' (selecting from a list of possible questions that I can input) and the timing is based on 'not within a minimum period' but 'not exceeding a maximum period'. For example, a question is posed within say 15 and 45 minute intervals (not evenly spaced)...

Depending on whether I get a question right or wrong I then mark the question in some way that then impacts on how frequently that same question is asked. If I answer a question correctly it goes to the bottom of the list and gets asked again perhaps three or four days later.

Thanks for the discussion about this guys!

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Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« Reply #7 on: June 23, 2011, 09:03:50 AM »
We are working on a product that covers this and need beta testers. If anyone wants to know the details, PM me.

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Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« Reply #8 on: June 27, 2011, 03:10:24 AM »
Evernote is working on something like this as an iPad app..



http://www.readwrite...flash_cards_with.php
http://www.padgadget...rethinks-flashcards/

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Re: Help! Ideas for software aimed at 'learning'
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2011, 07:43:36 AM »
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I think you will have a very hard time finding it.

What you're asking for is for a program to steal focus, which is generally considered evil. Pure evil. Evil as in the Devil would shun it.

I can see the point to it, but really, I think you're going to need some luck in finding it.

If you have some code handy for someone, or if you have some VERY specific format ready that can be implemented quickly, then I think you can see if someone will build it for you.

The basics for it aren't very hard. It is however... esoteric.

I'd post this on the Coding Snacks request forum if you haven't.  This would be fairly easy to code.  I might even take a stab at it.