- The story of this site
For years students have used flashcards to help review vocabulary in a foreign language and regardless of the language, the cards were always structured the same way, foreign word on one side and native langue definition on the other. For the majority of languages this works perfectly, however Chinese presents a unique problem as there are three pieces of information a student needs to know, the Chinese words, the native langue definition and the word's pinyin spelling, but how do you make a three sided flashcard?
Nick Geiser, a Chinese language student at the University of Texas at Austin, began working on this problem on his own using a FileMaker Pro database. He was able to develop a system that allowed for the display of anywhere from one to three items but due to the limitations of FileMaker Pro was not able to easily share this with his fellow students nor could he include audio recordings.
Nick had recently used the UT website Chinese Take-In which he found to be an excellent test of his understanding of the language. He appreciated that something so complex was an open educational resource so he paid a visit to the website's creator Dr. Wen-Hue Teng to show her his FlieMaker Pro project. Dr. Teng immediately saw value in the project and brought it to Liberal Arts Instructional Technology Services (LAITS) for further development.
LAITS worked with Nick to transfer his personal version into a fully functioning website for all students.
Wen Hua Teng
Senior Lecturer, PH D
Wen-Hua helped develop the best pedagogical way of presenting the cards as well as recorded and check the content.
Site Concept/LAITS Student Technology Assistant
Nick came up with the original site concept and developed the first working beta version of the site. He also cleaned up the backend database and provided invaluable information about the way students will actually use the cards.
Joseph TenBarge Jr
Director, Liberal Arts ITS/Assistant Dean
Associate Director Liberal Arts ITS
Jim handled funding issues.
Project Manager/Audio Engineer
Mike helped coordinate the various talent that worked on this project, oversaw the recording process and helped with compatibility testing.
Roger did wonderful things with the jQuery Mobile code, resolved issues with the backend database and integration with DASe.
Art Director / STA Program Manager
Suloni worked with her web development team to the design the layout and feel of the site and made sure everything stayed on schedule.
Student Technology Assistant
Angie worked with Suloni on the design layout of the site and transformed the Dragon/Tiger logo concept into the amazing design on the front page.
Jianxin James Cheng
James recorded all male voiced items.
Senior Software Developer / Analyst
Peter provided expertise in best practices for development and deployment.
Assistant Audio Engineer
Kayla worked on the inital recordings.
Assistant Audio Engineer
Jacob edited and mastered the recordings.
Carl Blyth, Rachael Gilg, Justin Davis, Steven Miller, Rachael Hollums, Gary Dickerson, Melinda Heidenreich