Studying the Online Way

Hello

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I said, ‘Hello’ to a new start as a uni student in my new city, Perth, a few weeks ago  and I didn’t think it had been that long since I was last at uni but a lot seems to have changed.

I’m doing some classes online this semester, which is a first, and I’m really enjoying it. I miss the face to face interaction but it’s kind of neat knowing that you are learning with a group of people scattered about the place.  I also like the freedom of when I study and where, tending to spend the days outside studying and listening to lectures.

Another thing I’m loving is the access to e-resources and the fact that so many textbooks are available online. I know that I’ve blogged about the this concept before, and my views were much keep the book and turn the page. I’m still very much a believer in the book, and will still choose a printed book over an e-book, but for textbooks it does make my life easier. I like the flexibility it brings, just like being able to choose where and when I study I get to choose the format of the text.

The only thing I really wonder about is if I’ve sat next to someone in my one and only internal, traditional, face to face lecture that I’ve conversed with at length on twitter or discussion boards. I wonder if switching from social media to real-life situations gets lost in translation.

 

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@allbooklovers where have all the #books gone?

I’ll be honest, I’d never really given much active thought to the history of the book. Books are something that I’m constantly surrounded by, maybe I’ve been taking advantage of the privilege. We all know that man has recorded facts and stories for thousands of years from cave paintings to chiseled markings on stone to long diaries and bestsellers. It’s nothing new that we like to record what we do and how we do it.

Cave painting (http://www.faculty.umb.edu)
Cave painting (http://www.faculty.umb.edu)
Twittering and tweeting
Twittering and tweeting

We just have to take a look at all the social networking sites to see our need for recording our every day lives. We all need to share everything from the mundane to the life changing experiences. I recently wrote about the impact ebooks are having on our bookstores, and I do think it’s a tragedy that this is occurring. But, it’s essential to consider why it’s happening.  Not everyone gets to have a book published, granted, not everyone wants to have a book published and when we spend time looking at the content of specific social network we can see that it’s not exactly works of genius being posted, but we all have this innate need to record/ share what we’re doing.

I should point out that I’m becoming a social media junkie a little more every day. I have account in many sites and actively participate in recording my everyday history and rambles. It does have it’s merits. We’re a society built on instant gratification, and social networking checks all the boxes.  It’s also a reason why ebooks are doing so well. We click ‘buy’ from  our armchair and the book miraculously appears. Instant gratification.

Since writing my post about my disappointing visit to what used to be my favourite bookshop I have thought a lot about books. As a child, I was extremely lucky, I had so many books. We had bookcases and bookcases filled with various stories, facts etc. And, I wonder what it will look like now but maybe more so in a few years for children. Will they have the privilege of seeing and having access to huge bookcases or shelves overflowing with journeys, tales and experiences? Or will they have a small tablet within easy reach? Will the mystery and magic of the story be lost?