Sunday, February 10, 2013

online learning

Online learning: My experience of online learning

In formal, educational contexts

Basically, the internet provides a lot of resources with online users not limited to certain classes or groups. Especially the broadband service and technology was launched and instead of 56K modem, the online users can browse the information on the internet easily and conveniently. At the same time, the personal computers (PC) have been enhanced to super-computers level. It means that their speed on mathematical processing was upgraded.

              In the past, most people would be thought of using PC as database and spreadsheet. Generally there was no idea of online learning. Most PC users would learn how to operate their own PC before using their software like dBase, WordStar, WordPerfect and Lotus 1-2-3.

              But now, everything changed already. Since Windows 95 to XP, Mac OS and iOS of iPhone, suddenly most users would use the PC for their online learning rather than application of the PC software.

              In formal, on educational contexts, I will use the Bilingual Legislation Information System of Department of Justice to search the legislation contexts and find the legal terms in Chinese and English. It was because I took the Legal Translation at University. Thus I needed such tools for my learning.

              In the past, I would check the paper form of dictionary but now I only use the Yahoo dictionary. For my learning in translation, I tried to use Google Translate. It is powerful tool for me to compare their translation with my translation. Consequently I would merge two together.

              Likewise, sometime, I needed some information but no reference books at home. Online resource will be the best choice to me. Oxford and Longman have their homepage for checking dictionary.

              At university level, the intellectual property rights are crucial to every scholars and students. Since some online resources provide academic checking, researchers and students are required to submit the works. It can prevent plagiarism.

In informal – out of class contexts
              Since Wikipedia – the free encyclopedia online – was launched, it caused a big evolution in academic. It was because every user can be doing authors to write what they want to write or like subjects. As long as editor approved their editing, all subjects can be published online.

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