What would you do when you could not understand a new vocabulary?
a. Take out my antique dictionary and look for the meaning.
b. I will go google and search for the meaning.
My answer is B. Usually, I will ask Mr.Google the meaning of the vocab. It will tell me everything.
Which newspapers format do you prefer?
a. Of course is the traditional newspapers! The physical one.
b. E-newspapers a.k.a. online news.
c. Both physical newspapers and online news.
My answer is C. Sometimes I do enjoy to read free copy of newspapers when I am in the class. However, I will also read online news, perhaps it is more environmental friendly and easy to access, especially when the free newspapers are not available.
How will you get your scholar references when you need them for assignments?
a. I go library and look for the journal books.
b. I will look for online journal.
My answer mostly is B. University of Wollongong (UOW) has e-library, I can get any journals from there. However, I still will go library to get the physical book if no e-books are available.
My test result is “I rely on Internet a lot!”
Google is always the best tool for us to search anything that we do not know or understand.
Picture retrieved on 24th April 2013 is from kialio.dreamwidth.org.
The digital media in nowadays is sophisticated especially the World Wide Web. It allows you to do many things. It can be your learning tools such as dictionary, books in electronic form (e-book), information source and many more. How many of us are still using snail mail to contact friends? We could use social networking sites or chatting applications to talk with friends even there is a long distance in between. Due to media convergence, Internet can do everything for you including music, video, and many more. For example, you can go iTunes to get the latest album from Justin Bieber or just go YouTube for the music videos. Everything just goes online and this is the digital phenomenon in nowadays.
In addition, it is not longer special to have online courses. Since the Internet is equipped with various tools from information to social networking and you can get anything you want just by Google it. You can even get your Bachelor Degree certificate by attending online courses. The students can access to special portal or “blackboard” (e-learning) for lesson videos and they could ask their lecturer questions by chatting software, e-mails, or web-cam. We can receive knowledge easily from Internet. Here is an example of open learning which is free online course. Students get to learn the lessons via videos.
Buckland, R 2012, Lecture 0: Introduction – Computing 1 – Richard Buckland UNSW, YouTube.com, retrieved on 24th April 2013 available on URL: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ktfIkfNz99Y&feature=youtu.be]
Internet is fulled of various resources. However, are they free of charge? Some online courses are available for free but in general topic. Then, some scholar articles or journals could cost $30.00 and above for one copy only. So, how do students could afford to purchase more than one journal? Miller (2010) said that the Internet is such a universe and collaborative networks for lecturers and students could and they could work with information that are freely available on the Web. As I mentioned during the beginning, UOW do have e-library with more than 10, 000 journals and we students could access to all the journals for free. This is the biggest advantage of e-library. On the other hand, some materials on Internet are open sources and users could get them without paying a penny. This is the power of Internet. We can receive thousand of open sources such as software, e-books, and many more. As one of the university’s primary mission is to deliver knowledge in depth and the Internet enables the university to work and teach with variety and credible information (Miller 2010) either it is chargeable or open source.
We, the students are benefit from e-library that provided by the university with tons of journals. However, it becomes a struggle for higher education to get the print documents which is fully copyrighted because they are expensive (Miller 2010). It is also a challenge for the individuals who do not have access to e-library. Then, a boycott activity was occurred – Boycott Elsevier. More than 10, 000 scientists pledge to boycott Elsevier as the website is charging expensive for knowledge (Elsevier n.d.). Elsevier is one of the leading journals and books providers and it can charge base on pay-per-view which means one copy for one time or pay $31.50 for one journal via personal print subscription. It is really expensive. Eventually, the expensive journals will result collges or universities cut subscriptions and consequently lower in quality of education especially on 1999 to 2000 (Heindel et al 2005). However, Elsevier and other journal providers do give free access to certain contents. The problem is the free contents are only limited to “abstract” only and we call it as “guest view”. You still have to pay it for full access.
The Internet are available for everyone, open sources are free, and we have many things on Internet are free. Why can’t the journals to be free also so higher education could provide students more journals and knowledge?
Actually, not all providers are charging costly. For example, AccessMyLibrary is now offering students and educators with free access to more than 30 million online articles (Anonymous 2007). This is amazing! There are also free e-mail, blogging for schools which is provided by ePals (Anonymous 2007). These are from an article written in 2007. That is 5 years back and with more and more sources are available freely. For sure, there are changes and improvements within these 5 years. By today, we do have e-library, we can access via e-library to get the paid journal. We also can enjoy free services such as Facebook, YouTube, Word Press, MOOC (Massive Online Open Courses) and many more.
In my opinion, we are not necessarily 100% rely on paid copyright journals either we pay by our own or provide by university’s e-library. We still can wisely use open sources to complete our assignments or to work with open source information. For example, Wiley Open Access (http://www.wileyopenaccess.com) allows us to get full access to journals and research articles that are published under Wiley (Wiley n.d.). So, we can go Wiley to search for journals instead of JSTOR.Open source is another option for us.
Anonymous 2007, What’s ONLINE, T.H.E. Journal, Vol. 34, No. 10, pp 4
Elsevier n.d., Journal pricing, Elsevier.com, retrieved on 24th April 2013 available on URL: [http://www.elsevier.com/journal-pricing]
Heindel, N D et al 2005, Are chemical journals too expensive and inaccessible?: A workshop summary to the Chemical Sciencces Roundtable, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology, The National Academies Press, Washington D.C.
Miller, R E 2010, The coming apocalypse, Pedagogy, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp 143 – 151
Wiley n.d., About Wiley open access, WileyOpenAccess.com, retrieved on 24th April 2013 available on URL: [http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/view/index.html]