I have also requested this feature be added, ASAP, and as a high priority.
The text, whether Bible or other ancient text, has always been the focus of Accordance. Thus, the historical text is central, everything else is [just] a "tool" to use to research it. Our most developed features, therefore, have always been those that relate to the text. This includes User Notes.
However, Accordance is growing beyond being a research tool in biblical studies to becoming an instructional platform for biblical studies. As an instructional platform, particularly at the lower levels, the textbook ([e.g. NT/OT Introduction, Hebrew/Greek Grammar, etc.] is central, not the text. This change means we need a radical change in our thinking (and therefore our programming). Students will want to take notes on their textbooks and classroom lectures. Teachers and scholars will want to make corrections and comments in the margins of their tools. In essence, we now need to have "tools for tools."
The simplest and most obvious of these is to allow User Notes on a tool. There are, however, even more possibilities. For example, what about practice quizzes, so students can test their retention of key concepts? There is currently no way for someone to include an actual test with a tool: matching questions, multiple choice questions, even essays, where a student could mark the answer in the module itself. [One would assume then that the grading of such a test would happen automatically, with links to the material in the tool that provides information to correct any errors.]
This change can be described simply as moving from eTexts, to eResearch, to eLearning. While the description itself is simple, I assure everyone that the programming would not be. We would need to dedicate massive resources to it, which can only happen as Accordance is adopted by churches, synagogues, colleges, universities, and seminaries as their standard platform. That would provide the large user base we would need to achieve such a goal.
OK, I know, I have taken a[n apparently] simple request and blown it out of proportion—but a man can dream, can't he?
This is mine.
Edited by Timothy Jenney, 12 April 2013 - 09:54 AM.
Timothy P. Jenney, Ph. D.
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