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During South by South West, the largest technology festival in the world, addiction to your smartphone / apps was a hot topic. Some speakers even claimed that digital cocaine had been scattered over our smartphones and increasingly there is a movement that strives for technology designed with human values ​​at core. But in the meantime, the use of smartphones is still increasing and there is more and more technology fighting for our attention. And then we also have to study.

A number of advocates of more human technology, such as Tristan Harris and Jaron Lanier, have started a movement called Time Well Spent. It’s not about the time you spend with your apps, it’s about the quality of the time you spend. One of the results they have achieved is that iOs and Android now report the screen time and what you do on your smartphone. This assignment builds on the above thinking and the first results achieved.

The central question is: Make a prototype of an app that combines data about your screen time and what you do on your phone with your (planned) study activities and converts these results into a dashboard that you coach!

Consider, but not exclusively, inspiration and questions such as:

  • Can you think of things like productivity loss meters / attention loss meters / etc …
  • Are there other ways to look at study activities, etc …
  • How do you translate insight into what you do on your phone?
  • How do you ensure that the data stays local?
  • How do you convert data into action (nudging, influencing, thinking);
  • Can you ensure that the data is validated, so that the data is not discussed, but the results;
  • Can you figure out how many hours someone was / should be at school (gross time) and translate that into time that he / she really paid attention to the study (net time);

–       A successful prototype will be presented at the Educause meeting in Chicago in October and at the Education Days in November at Surf.

–       The possibility is being investigated to include the functionality in the Fontys student app (for 45,000 students). After all, that is where the student comes already, so it is best to coach there. That is why every now and then Stucomm, the builder of the App, will be involved;



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