Where Is The Difficulty?
Well-known writing schools (Istanbul Film Akademi Screenplay Writing,
Uğur Mumcu Araştırmacı Gazetecilik Vakfı and Sinemart) have been
explored. While collecting the assignments from students, they are using
Google Groups, a Google product for discussion groups
The main advantages of the product is both being free and its simplicity
of using with just sending a mail. However Google Groups has two main
constraints. All students and teachers need a Google account. Accounts
other than Google can still use the product but not with full
functionality. Also making comments is another constraint when the
concern is writing schools. The comments from the other members of the
class appear as replied mails, the information relating replied mail and
part of the assignment is missing.
Submitted assignments are evaluated and brought to class by the teacher.
Later, these assignments are discussed with the group. During the
discussion, owner of the assignment should either take detailed notes of
the comments or some of them would be lost. Also if some of the comments
are lost, remaining ones will not provide a collaborative environment.
Illegible handwriting degrades the efficiency of comment done. However
the product of handwriting is subject to being destroyed or it can be
lost. Since paper is corporeal, it can be damaged easier than a digital
document. Even if the paper is still in hand and the comments are
legible; in order to edit the commented assignment quickly and save
safely, it is necessary to use technology.
The technology is continuously developing, yet pen and paper images are
still inseparable with the action of writing. So, the solution to
replace the current system should be simple enough to be usable by the
people who cannot keep up with the latest technology. In other words a
new system to evaluate assignments should be user friendly.