Perhaps everyone knows about e-books by this time. But everyone should now be looking forward to having a-books; that is, if one wants to learn more seriously something on the field of seafaring.
A pioneering company is revolutionizing maritime education and training. Through the use of technology, it customizes the content of a book to the specific level and needs of the learner.
“Our books are electronic, but forget what you have learned about e-books. We make a-books,” says Mr. Mike Esplago of TERP, an education and technology company based in Haugesund, Norway.
A-books are even compared to Waze, because it “identifies your starting position and then customizes the content to give you the fastest route to knowledge.” For example, TERP technology has just created a book on leadership which:
Firstly, shall collect specific inputs on your personality traits, cultural views, conflict management strategies, and leadership approaches; and/or
Through a gap-book or a test for readers to identify knowledge gaps or other specific areas of a lesson which needs to gain more focus;
From then, these inputs shall be the basis to generate a custom-tailored content that will adapt to the learning preferences and target knowledge gaps of the reader.
TERP Technology allows multi-sensory learning which will make the learning process more effective. Since data absorption is easier when more of human senses are in use, an a-book presents its data through text, animation, videos, graphics, micro lesson, illustration, and sound.
A reader can watch videos first that will lead one off to the basics of the subject matter, then s/he can go through the text format afterwards to supplement more facts or data, thus, enabling a deeper understanding of the lesson.
Additional tests and feedback are given to track each student’s progress as they go through the book as well as for the teachers to identify and customize learning tools based on weaknesses and strengths that are reflected on tests taken by the students.
All of these are made possible through its founders. TERP was founded in 2014 by its CEO Leive Kare Johannessen, who has served as a naval officer, and head of the Western Norway University of Applied Sciences maritime education department, and Magne Arseet, a mathematician and professor who now serves as the editor-in-chief of TERP.
Tor Ivar Vage joined the team in 2017 who has helped to maximize the technology to create a more unique and modernized a-book format convenient and accessible to all its readers.
The foremost concept of the new technology primarily focused on maritime education and risk management. However, TERP has also created books specialized in fitness education. A-books are now used in colleges and universities including one of the three largest business schools in Europe, the Norwegian University of Technology and Science (NTNU).
In Southeast Asia, TERP targets to contemporize maritime education and training through maximizing the use of this technology. It is said that TERP is now in process to publish a book which will mainly include the international STCW code which standardizes maritime education in the world.
TERP also plans to establish a company in the Philippines and offer publishing companies, organizations providing certifications, and companies that need internal training to publish their content in an a-book format so that a revolutionized maritime education would be more accessible to aspiring Filipino seafarers as well as to maritime entrepreneurs.