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Flash Cards and Social Systems

Not long ago, we released our flash card beta for the Linux Academy: Students could create flash cards to study from right on the website. But as we know, betas are never the final version of something, and our flash cards have evolved into something much more. Make no mistake: They still function as digital flash cards, but a social aspect has now been added, as well as a more user-friendly system with which to study.

New Flash Cards

When you “play” a deck, cards will appear (or not) based on the number of times you have gotten the card correct. When finished with a card (viewing the back), it can be designated as right, wrong, or memorized, and you can go through your cards using the mouse or keyboard commands for ease of use. When a card is memorized, you will no longer see it. In contrast, if you get a card wrong it will show up more and more until you get succeed.

Social Flash Cards

People don’t often think of social features when they think of studying flash cards — especially online, the practice of reviewing a digital deck can be a relatively limiting experience. Linux Academy looks to solve this by letting instructors and students help each other through our flash card rating and forking system.

If you choose to share your decks, others can review them, use them, or even take their favorite cards and add them to their decks. But it doesn’t end there: The use and sharing of flash cards is used to enhance your student reputation, a concept that will eventually tie into other aspects of the website.

So, how does reputation work?

Reputation changes with forks (or copies) of a card, as well as likes and dislikes, and spam reports. So you gain reputation when someone likes or forks a card, as well as when you report an irrelevant card as spam (and it’s confirmed). You lose it when your cards are disliked, reported (and confirmed) as spam, or when you report a card as spam when it is not. Similar, getting friends to like/fork your cards for the reputation boost will also decrease your overall score.

The decks with the most likes and forks will also be farther up on the deck page for a course, letting others know that your deck is quality and beneficial not just for you, but all students!

Ready to start creating cards and getting those likes and forks? We’ll be looking for the top decks in the coming weeks, and rewarding the top ten users with $200 Amazon gift cards. More details will be revealed soon, but that shouldn’t stop you from making decks now!

Elle K

Elle is a technical writer and Linux aficionado at Linux Academy.

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