Scriptovia, a tool for student collaboration

June 13th, 2007 at 12:00 am

Here's a new beta that might be of interest to students. applies the concept of a Web 2.0 application in such that it maintains an online community where academic documents are uploaded and shared. The site contains various essays, reports, and even thesis documents which students can use as references when doing their own assignments. They can also post their own work on the website for others to see, to comment on and even for them to critique.

Admittedly, the web has developed into a very useful tool for the academe. The amount of factual information on the web has increased throughout the years with lots of academic papers being uploaded for free. Online learning, distance education and various scholarly collaborations have become more mainstream in recent years. And just like any new website, Scriptovia has a very ambitious goal and that is to “become the number one online education portal”. However, just like any website Scriptovia has a few significant drawbacks.

By signing up to Scriptovia, users can discuss, upload and collaborate on various school assignments and reports. Sign up is quick and easy. The site features good categories and tags for easy browsing as well. The site design aesthetically is not the best but is relatively neat and functional. Plus the website is free.

However, this type of academic online community can produce the opposite results. Instead of helping the students to become more motivated or inspired, they can become lazy and start plagiarizing the works posted on the site. Scriptovia claims that they will provide students with an environment that will help them distinguish the line between collaboration and plagiarism. But frankly, I don't see how the site will be able to manage that. Still, the site is a great tool for students who are looking for inspirations and a good read.