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Tuesday 11 June 2013

Learnist - App Review

When I first looked at the Learnist App I thought it was akin to Facebook meets Agony Aunt; in fact it is rather more than that.

The developer tells us "Learnist makes sharing what you know and learning from others fast and easy by remixing anything on the web like videos, ebooks, maps, blogs, podcasts, surveys and more into a simple and elegant learning resource on any topic that you can share with anyone. Learnist is like a collaborative, multimedia and interactive ebook from the future.".

This is a rather more accurate reflection of the raison d'être for Learnist.

Now for the ACIDS test:

After signing in (see Security), you are invited to pick a topic, or search for a specific one of your choosing. Once you click 'done', the App goes away and finds related boards. You then peruse these boards and can 'like', 'follow', or 'share' the boards

The Icon at the top left of the screen allows you to check your profile (including following and followers). You can stop getting information on a topic just by touching the board title.

The plus icon (looks very much like a Swiss flag to me) at the top right of the screen allows you to add a new board, compete with category choice and description, thereby allowing you to publish and share your knowledge. This new 'Learning' (not my choice of word but, very obvious, nevertheless) can then be based on camera, gallery, or url. You can then add an image to your board and choose to share and/or follow the board, as well as entering a comment. You can then add additional learning to this board, as and when appropriate.

Learnist is a great way to find information on a topic in one place.

The App is free, as is signing up and creating an account.

Learnist will not give you every little bit of the information on a topic in one place but, it is an excellent start, so as not to be overloaded.

The App worked well, although it did unexpectedly quit a couple of times. I could not find a way to delete a board once it had been created with an iOS device. This necessitated using the web interface on a PC.

The usual warnings apply if you sign in with your Facebook account (where you authorise access to your public profile, friend list, email address, and photos). The alternative is you need to give your full name and email address.

ACIDS Test Rating:

This could just be a major step forward, if universally adopted.

To find out how the ACIDS Test works, click here.

You can get Learnist here and support for the App here.


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  2. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.1 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    - Twitter Authentication
    - Adding and editing Tags on Boards and Learnings
    - additional settings
    - bug fixes and optimizations

  3. The developer advises that there has been an update to version 3.3 of the App.

    This includes the following enhancements and alterations:

    Various bug fixes


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