I downloaded Anki as introduced by Damon’s post here:

It appears to be based around a flashcard type interface. Flashcards are arranged into “decks”.  Operation is via display of a “question”. One then selects “show answer” and the answer is shown.  One then selects when to receive a review of that answer.

There are things that I think it is missing:

  • There seems to be no way to auto grade a question:  you simply imagine the answer in your head and then reveal the answer. At that point you indicate how long you want the card to wait until it is used again.
  • There is no way to do multiple choice.
  • I am not sure if there is a way to show a graphic and then ask the person to select the correct item on the graphic.
  • Anki seems best used for a positive-experience tool that is not used to directly assess the learning experience.  As such it will not be possible to use it to auto-assess.

Anki is open source and based on Python, so it is probably possible to set these components up as well.

More later

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