Picture Rosters Tool Suite

The Picture Rosters Tool Suite provides picture flash cards to to assist instructors with learning to recognize students in the class. This tool also provides a random student selector to help ensure that students are called upon evenly in class or discussions. These tools are augmented by the abilities to display rosters and photo grids for classes and save them to PDF for offline viewing and/or printing.

Instructors and TAs who are listed as such in UAccess Student will automatically see their classes and will have access until 30 days after the end of the class. 

Dr. Paul Blowers was the visionary who came to us with the original flash card and random student picker concept for this application. Soon afterward, Dr. Boris Reiss suggested the photo grid option. Both of these contributors generously provided samples to illustrate the desired functionality. This app obtains pictures via a bulk Application Programming Interface (API) that provides access to CatCard pictures. We extend our thanks to Dan Mayhew at FSO-Technology for his help in this vital portion of the project.  

The latest version of this application uses both EDS and D2L to determine those with instructional roles who are allowed to access their respective classes for use with the tool.


Instructor Menu:

Instructor Menu
Instructor Menu

 

Instructor Class Menu Options
Instructor Class Menu Options

 


Flash Cards:

This provides a programmed implementation of a spaced repetition interactive learning system modeled after a system developed by Sebastian Leitner in the early 1970s (Harris 2014). Although Leitner used physical flashcards with algorithms for physically moving cards from partition to partition within a box, this application simulates this system in software. The pictures and names (blurred for anonymity) in the screen shots below are for illustration purposes, shown as they appear on a popular mobile phone. 

Flashcard (view / guess name)
Flashcard (View and Guess Name)

First, look at the picture and try to remember the name. When ready, 

touch or click Open Eye / View to check your answer. This will 

progress to the next stage as depicted in the image to the right above.

When ready for a break or if your session progress is complete, touch

or click Home to exit the flashcard function.

 

 

 

Flashcard: (Check Name)
Flashcard (Check Name / Score)

Now, check your name guess vs the name displayed above the picture 

and score your guess: 

Touch or click Correct to indicate a correct recognition. 

Touch or click Incorrect to record an incorrect recognition. 

Your score will be tallied and you will be presented with the next

flashcard from the deck.

When ready for a break or if your session progress is complete, touch

or click Home to exit the flashcard function.

When you have guessed and scored a correct recognition, that will increment the streak value for that student's flashcard. However, when you miss, the streak value is reset to zero. All flashcards with a streak value of zero will be included in the next session's flashcard deck. Flashcards with a streak value greater than zero will be deferred for their streak value number of sessions. This means that the flashcards for recognized students will be shown less frequently than those that have been missed. The increased spacing of the correctly recognized flashcards helps to reinforce memory in harmony with the forgetting curve (see https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forgetting_curve). The overall system implemented here in software is based on a system developed in the 1970's by Sebastian Leitner (see https://www.virtualsalt.com/learn10.html).


Random Student:

The random student picker may be useful in class discussions both as an aid in recognition of students and to ensure that students are called upon as evenly as possible. This function randomly selects students from the class whether or not they have available CatCard pictures. The random selection is made from among those students having the lowest selection count. Thus, a student will not be shown again until all others in the class have been selected. The sample screen captures below (pictures and names blurred for anonymity) appear as they would on a popular smart phone.

Random Student Picture and Name
Random Student Picture and Name

Touch or click Forward / Next to advance to the next randomly selected student.

Touch or click Home to exit the random student picker.

Random Student Picture and Name
Random Student Picture and Name

Touch or click Forward / Next to advance to the next randomly selected student.

Touch or click Home to exit the random student picker.


Photo Grid: 

Generate a photo grid and save it to PDF for either offline viewing or to print. This compact format of pictures with names below them can be a great aid in learning to recognize students. Below is a sample of the first page of a PDF document showing the layout for a typical class (pictures and names blurred for anonymity).

Sample Photo Grid saved to PDF
Sample Photo Grid saved to PDF (pictures and names blurred for anonymity)

Availability:

Currently, this tool is available to all instructor roles as listed in UAccess Student with the exception of the "Type 4 - Dept Admin" role that is not a student facing role. We are investigating how we may be able to add support for additional roles in the future.

Classes are populated well in advance of the start of the class, however, some newly enrolled students may not yet have CatCard pictures until around the start of class. Overall, about 93% of students have available CatCard pictures, but the distribution across all classes is not even.

To get started, click on the link to the tool below and login with NetID+. From there you should be able to see your classes having positive enrollment. If you enjoy using this tool, please spread the word amongst your faculty colleagues!