From the beginning, we decided as a group to devise a strict plan of meetings, discussions and documentation in an attempt to ensure success in this task. Having all partaken in group work before, often with mixed results, we knew that, for a group to work efficiently, each member has to make equal effort.
We agreed to work independently on assigned tasks such as: research, design or theoretical areas of the module like the tetrad or data considerations. Then, fortnightly, we would meet to share and discuss the work that we had each done individually. Furthermore, to keep track of progress and to ensure tasks were dispersed equally, we kept an active Google Doc which included a list of assigned roles and actions that needed to be completed (see appendix 1.3).
Because of these measures that we had chosen to implement, teamwork was rather easy and the workflow was natural and egalitarian. Between the three of us, we divided the major facets of this task. My main role was in the conceptualisation and design of our application. As I mentioned earlier, we decided to change our preferred platform from Appypie to Adobe XD; this was a decision made by myself as I felt that the adobe software enabled a more conducive design experience and, subsequently, a more eye catching and stimulating visual experience.
On a personal level, I feel that I have learnt a lot during this task – utilising skills that I hadn’t used before. Firstly, I have gleaned a newfound knowledge of application design and development – something that I hadn’t done before but now feel relatively confident in doing again. The practical elements of this assessment allowed me to be more creative in areas that essay writing simply doesn’t permit. Secondly – when working as part of a team, I often find that one naturally finds their place within the hierarchy. I like to think that I have played an important role within the group; in regard to both contributing to the task and also in a motivational and management role. I enjoy the responsibility of leading a team and, whilst there was no obvious management structure within our group, I feel as though I was effective in organising sessions and assigning tasks. In addition, this task has instilled a confidence within me that I can work efficiently and successfully on practical assessments. During my time at university, I have chosen modules that are essay-centric. I enjoy writing and often feel more comfortable writing an essay rather than the practical nature of TV or Radio. This module, however, has helped to convince me that I can be successful in practical facets of this discipline.
Technology is an essential area of human advancement. To progress technologically is an improvement of the human species. Be it large or small, I feel that learning technological skills and, crucially, the context of said technology in the modern era is becoming ever more important. Media as an academic discipline can be viewed through the lens of three key areas; technology, humanities and social science. This module, and the work that we have undertaken as a result, is part of an integral aspect of media studies. Whilst our concept is currently small-scale, it makes one consider the successes of the myriad technology tycoons of Silicon Valley and their humble beginnings. Facebook and Apple had to start somewhere – media technologies could be the first cog in the machine that produces the next major digital platform; and why not Libro?
Our application is designed purely as a platform for learning – a means of satisfying a human desire; that of curiosity. People seek the new, they want information and they want it now. Whilst books are becoming slightly less popular, they have also stood the test of time and have not been supplanted unlike the newspaper or the radio. Media pedagogue Nicholas Carr describes books as being ‘the most resistant to the net’s influence’ and that ‘whilst book publishers have suffered some losses of business as reading has shifted from the printed page to the screen, the form of the book hasn’t changed much’. Libro is proud to champion a medium that refuses to fade into the background and, hopefully, will help to continue perpetuating the circulation of knowledge that can be derived from the humble book.