First Journal Entry

Jonathan believes that the Internet provides the opportunity for people to share their experiences with others in cyberspace.

Today was the day of my graduation from my degree in Multimedia Studies from the University of Glamorgan, I got a 2i overall, but managed to get a first in my project.

As you may know if you read the Pontypridd & Llantrisant Observer, my degree project was to develop a virtual community for the Llantrisant Town Trust. Llantrisant Online, as it is called, has many things in common with other virtual communities; in that people can post messages, chat in chat rooms and find information, but also has a few unique features. Using the feature called the ‘Circle of Friends’, people can build networks of their online friends and categorise them according to whether they are family, people they trust or people they do not trust. If someone is trusted they gain one point, if they are not trusted they loose one point.

I am now hoping to take my research further to do a PhD, something I have wanted to do since I was eleven. I want to find out whether virtual environments can be designed in such a way that they encourage people to carry out certain actions, like posting to a message board in a virtual community, or buying a product in a virtual marketplace. I will do this by developing a virtual marketplace that learns about the person using it and adapts to encourage them to continue using it.

Digital Classroom of Tomorrow Project

The Digital Classroom of Technology Project is exporing the boundaries of digital technologies and their application to learning.

The Project was started by Jonathan Bishop in July 2002 and has outputted a number of publications and prototypes since then. In his MSc E-Learning Thesis, Jonathan proposed a conceptual model to direct the design of e-learning systems in a blended learning environment, which while reliant on policy changes in order to exist tomorrow, is technically possible today.

This model is based on the view that the classroom of tomorrow will not simply consist of educators and learners or indeed only hard-wired personal computers, but will be accessible at a distance through many forms of new media, including mobile phones, personal digital assistants (PDAs) and interactive television (iTV). Indeed, the classroom of tomorrow may consist mainly of these ubiquitous systems, not tied to any geographical location or boundary. Portable technology could enable people to learn anywhere; on the bus or on the train, while at home or while on the plane.