[Interview] Memonic as an enabler for life-long learning


Dan, a student who was passionate about Legos back in the days of his childhood, uses Memonic for his everyday tasks and gathering research at school. However, since learning is a life-long activity, he plans to use it far beyond that. Please read on to get to know Dan and the way he integrated Memonic into his life! If you’d like to do such a short interview with us, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at alex [at] memonic [dot] com.

You’re a Memonic user. Why?
As a student, Memonic offers me a research desk in the cloud. Being able to securely store my notes, bookmarks, and clippings where they can easily be retrieved is super sweet. I like that I can work privately in groups, or share clips just between friends. I was pleased with the desktop clipper which I used to capture presentation slides from a school lecture. That got me thinking about combining captured slides with notes and tagging them all into a collection that’s easier to search through and study.

While I may use Memonic as a student for now, I’m confident that I will be able to use it to synthesize all that I’ve gathered and want to learn about throughout my life. More than anything else, I see the web as an enabler for life-long learning. I’d be interested in figuring out how groups can use Memonic as a collaborative learning tool. That goes with my expectation that one day the Memonic squirrels will help their users pool together their gems of knowledge into a significant collective intelligence.

What do you dislike about Memonic and yet you keep using the service?
I have found that Memonic is not yet perfect. The browser tool sometimes slips away from me before I can tag or file the content I’m gathering. Also, while scrolling down through a large collection it takes too long to load. Maybe jumping ahead by page number would be quicker. But honestly, accessing all the content in an instant would be my preference. I’d also like a more granular search function that filters multiple tags and retrieves any mention of a word from content I’ve previously bookmarked. Another thing, where is the heck is the community at? Maybe there is one, but there should be an clearer way to discover fellow Memonic users.

How does Memonic compare with Legos?
As a child I loved Legos. I enjoyed discovering how the different building blocks could be combined to create cool structures. I compare Memonic to Legos because I see tagging like a way of identifying different blocks that can later be combined. The next step beyond curation is synthesis. I find tagging helps me determine the size, colors, and shapes of a given piece of content. These various types of content can be combined into larger structures. Building such structures is how we learn. Anyway, I admit that much of what I’ve accumulated in Memonic remain like scattered Legos in my messy childhood bedroom, but I’m getting more organised. I guess that’s part of the fun. Let me know if you want to come and play along.



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