A standard practice for instruction in smaller classes has been to collect index cards from students with information about themselves. Why not move some of this to an ANGEL discussion board so students can see each other’s answers?
Using discussion boards in general is a good way for students to both discuss course content and for them to learn more about their classmates (and perhaps build a stronger learning community). An introduction message board is a good way to get started using message boards.
Even if students do not comment on every post, there is a good chance that they are reading them, and you may learn something interesting yourself.