(Original post by CuddlyDuddly)
I really wish I'd spotted this competition when it was running. I'm not really sure how I missed it as I'm a regular visitor to the OU section.
Oh well. I hope people don't mind but I would like to post my idea on here anyway. Who knows, someone might come along and develop it anyway.
Degree Genie - The One Stop Shop For Planning & Organising Your Study
The purpose of the application would be to bring together many aspects of a students study routine, combining many of the tasks into a single application. This includes scheduling, notetaking, research paper management, assignment writing and more.
It might help to look at the image I've attached whilst reading through the description. I only came up with this a few hours ago so it's still a very rough outline.
Calendar management (reminders, alarms etc...).
Notetaking (typed, handwritten, audio).
Research Management (handling of research materials (images, documents, notes, images, audio, video), linked to specific modules.
When you enter the application it will prompt you to create a master folder. This is the overall container for all your future content and will normally be named after the qualification you are studying, in the attached image I have used the LLB Law Degree as an example.
You would then set about creating a series of module folders which map to your course outline, breaking your study into smaller more manageable chunks. In this case the W100, W200, W201 and W300 modules.
Under each newly created module folder there will be a set of standard options: reminders, notepad, research and documents. These options are specific to the module folder they fall under. So you can setup a task or reminder for a deadline within that specific module, or add a research item for a TMA within that module.
The yellow event buttons at the top of the page show options linked to the master folder and the qualification as a whole. For example you can see ALL reminders for your study, ALL notes etc.... ( You can also add items here which are not specific to a module but your study as a whole, maybe your registration letter or a specific University Policy document).
The application would allow you to manage a variety of electronic resources related to your study in a single place. You can store the official course PDF documents for each module, read through them, highlight, make handwritten or typed notes, record audio notes or lectures, then use the various compiled research to help create your assignment.
When you come to the end of the year exam preparation you have all of the material you've used, from official course manuals to handwritten notes in an organised structure. Need to find that assignment you submitted, what about the recording of a tutor phone call you had six months ago, bang... All there ready to access.
Other misc ideas:
Obviously you would want the ability to move items around within the structure, move a notepad item into your research area.
The ability to tag items for a database keyword search.
The ability to save scribbles and handwritten notes onto existing items (PDFs, pictures etc...).
The ability to not only set reminders but link them to specific items within the folder structure.
Anyway I hope someone might find this useful.
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