Nutty but NEAT

February 20, 1998

Computer rage and technofear may be trends of the 1990s, but researchers at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth are finding that their effects can still be outweighed by a more traditional complaint - fear of being thought a loony.

Under the admirably named NEAT programme, Aber students can now get instant advice on computer problems from an expert who can also, via a link, see their screen. The only hitch is that people using the service have to talk into a microphone, giving those around them the impression that they are holding an animated discussion with themselves. NEAT researchers, who point to the immense potential implications of the technique for distance learning, hope that once the scheme is extended to every terminal in the university, inhibitions will be overcome.

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Most Commented

James Fryer illustration (27 July 2017)

It is not Luddism to be cautious about destroying an academic publishing industry that has served us well, says Marilyn Deegan

Jeffrey Beall, associate professor and librarian at the University of Colorado Denver

Creator of controversial predatory journals blacklist says some peers are failing to warn of dangers of disreputable publishers

Hand squeezing stress ball
Working 55 hours per week, the loss of research periods, slashed pensions, increased bureaucracy, tiny budgets and declining standards have finally forced Michael Edwards out
Kayaker and jet skiiers

Nazima Kadir’s social circle reveals a range of alternative careers for would-be scholars, and often with better rewards than academia

hole in ground

‘Drastic action’ required to fix multibillion-pound shortfall in Universities Superannuation Scheme, expert warns