While in Germany 560.000 people*, mainly jobless men, are suspectedly suffering from the addiction to gaming, communicating, consuming videos or buying on the internet, a valid classification of the so called online-related addictions is still under review. In the US a call to action has just taken place, propelling the alarming issue right onto the medical board. Internet Addiction is a serious enough disorder to ask: what are the approaches on the psychology behind it?
Category Archives: todays’ learnings
I am very happy, I finally found another infograph really worth showing in our blog. #1 activity on the throne seems to be reading which makes perfect sense and has some influence on my marketing strategy and on the product settings, you bet. Still I have no idea what people are actually reading, regarding the following fact: 1/5 smartphones has been fallen into a loo, urinals not included.
A well-behaved document is an electronic document that is both user friendly and library friendly.
As for the PaperC.com books they filed the following under “User friendly”:
- reading software is readily available (check).
- it is in an open format and does not depend on proprietary (paid) software for display, styles and multimedia content (check)
- searchable (check),
- has bookmarks (check)
- an interactive table of contents (check check check)
- Except for copyrighted material it should not be password protected (check)
- print it out (no)
- and to copy/paste portions of the text (check)
- add bookmarks and comments of his own (check)
That’s 9 out of 10 and as for the printing we’ll implement a third party-service if need is.
Once we opened up fully, there will be even more:
- add links, videos and other resources
- regroup content in an own document within the platform
- implement material in your website or blog via the document API
- use documents in multiple versions collaborative within the “document history”
and many more things. We hope you like it!
The well-behaved document provides benefits for librarians and libraries, too:
is a document that has useful embedded metadata which librarians, digital asset managers and individuals can exploit to classify a document with little or no manual intervention, that is searchable and which can easily be indexed for full-text searching across a collection of documents.
University and public libraries prefer to keep the metadata of all their documents in separate catalogues or data bases for reasons of integrity and maintainability, but since one does not exclude the other, embedding the same metadata or a selection thereof also directly into a digital resource, automatically makes this data available to third parties who download or otherwise obtain access to such resources which they may want to preserve locally in their own knowledge base and/or to consult offline. Notation in attribute/literal pairs is probably adequate for most private or local repositories.”
There is some work to do but we’ll keep all this in mind.
Thank you John for your invaluable feedback and support,
*The Dublin Core set of standard meta terms or a basic subset thereof in combination with appropriate software is probably the best option to ensure that meta data is applied in a consistent manner and therefore has a better chance to be useful to librarians, content managers and individual users worldwide. They are already in use in many university and national libraries and they support refinements and namespaces (vocabularies) that can be adapted to the needs of organizations and user groups.
http://dublincore.org/workshops/ popularized the idea of “core meta data” for simple and generic resource descriptions. The fifteen-element “Dublin Core” achieved wide dissemination as part of theOpen Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH). It is also the default format used by Adobe® Acrobat® in the display of PDF files.
The amount of technology in classrooms varies widely from “we have no internet” (1 out of three undergraduate schools in Germany) to a top ten list of the most innovative colleges using technology like “hotseat – a twitter-like interface allowing micro discussions.” While in July I wrote about the increasing grade of acceptance of digital textbooks and devices, now a new study even claims that digital devices are saving students time - and add some fun to getting your chores done.
Before we’re drooling on the wonderful results of the study, let’s admit that a majority preambled that “the e-books were awkward, hard to navigate, the collaborative features are hard to use” – many even said they simply don’t like reading on the devices. This does not take me wonders regarding many the offered eBooks and tools so far – if it’s not cool, you will not use it. Solution: build a cool platform, offer hight quality digital content (tagged reasonable prices to it) and be truly observant on students needs. Now here we go with some not too surprising, maybe a little tummy-driven base facts:
- The survey revealed that technology has become a significant part of students’ everyday lives with the average using three devices daily.
- A majority (67%) can’t go more than one hour without using some sort of digital technology, with 40% not lasting more than 10 minutes.
- Print textbooks are losing their reputation of being indispensable. Only 5% of students say textbooks are the most important item in their bag and a majority of students say they are more likely to bring a laptop (51%) than a print textbook (39%) to class.
- 79% of those college students report they have done a quick search on a mobile device or tablet to verify something right before a test or a quiz.
- according to the study, the majority of 68% is saving two hours or more each day and nearly one in six students (14%) saving five hours or more.
And there a few things that show how technology really influences the way we learn and how much we learn:
- Nearly 3 in 5 students (58%) report that they frequently are unable to complete required reading in time for class and of those, a majority (51%) said they would be more likely to do so if they had digital textbooks that could be accessed on a mobile device, eReader, laptop or tablet.
- Online courses are gaining popularity with 58% of students reporting they have taken an online course, motivated primarily by being able to take the class when they please to (63%), not having to physically be in a class (48%) and being able to learn at their own pace (47%).
- Online has gained some influence in certain administrative areas (a majority of students (79%) have submitted assignments or papers online) and rehearse situations: 71% have taken online tests and quizzes.
Social Media Components now and then
- While 10 or even five years ago students hesitated to phone call or mail a professor (let alone invite them to private parties) now 18% of the asked students have received materials from their professor via Facebook.
- 84% of students have had professors post a class syllabus online and 78% of students have received class news and updates from their professors via campus systems, such as learning management systems or student portals.
Those Numbers are impressive now – but what if we imagine colleges and universities would in fact use the possibilities, todays technical development holds? Think of multimedia homework and papers, enhanced digital thesis material, created on your tablet in a simple framework like “wordpress for assignments” with video widgets and different layers of data. Think of the full library of your campus (the digital one, the worldwide web one) sorted by relevance for you always at hand. Think of your Greek-claas as a tandem with Athens, just starting a hangout within a textbook because you’d like to know the correct pronunciation - match with colleges in different states or even countries to find students and professors struggling with your subject. Work in collaborative projects with students from Ghana and India because of their special interest and knowledge.
Think of a system that allows you to really work with your books and devices without redirecting you to wikipedia, dozens of blogs and social networks because you as the intelligent user created a surrounding that provides only relevant information, that makes you work concentrated so you can put the device at the side for more than 10 Minutes. Think of being productive because you use the technical improvements not the other way around. In the near future, we will see the rise of metadata and semantics and once we combine this with a perfect work surrounding and significant tools, education enters a new stage. Again: if it’s not cool, you will not use it. Let’s make something cool.
Infograph, source see below: