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Comparing and developing a framework for human activities

As expected Task 4 turned out to be a rather challenging one. A good comparison needs some effort and time. To get started we should first think about what aspects we are going to compare (what is it we are comparing and in comparison to what) and how to structure the comparisons. The most trickiest part seemed to be coming up with a “comparison framework” (aspects/characteristics that are taken into account while comparing). Some of you preferred to talk about your personal impressions and evaluations (about the ease of reading schemes or whether it was interesting to read or not, etc.) of the actual Weblog posts. Or on the other hand, a rather common approach was to make a summary or a short overview of others’ descriptions and left the actual comparison elements for the reader to figure out. However, I there are interesting attempts, which provide a list of aspects as a basis for carrying out comparisons.

Despite of a somewhat modest output for Task 4, your comparing attempts finally resulted in various interesting models and frameworks for describing human activities, be it just text, colorful graphics or simple schemes; pointing out a list of elements or demonstrating also connections and relations between them (see for example Olga, Sander, Maria, Alessandro).

I was trying to gather your ideas and make a summary of your models.
First, as the main elements of your study plans were work, study, family, hobby (in some cases a slightly different vocabulary was used), it was obvious that they were also used as important elements of your generalised frameworks. The second group took a process perspective, in which one asks him/herself a list of “questions” in order to plan and carry out an activity. The process starts with a motivation or personal need as an important trigger. Alessandro even extends this starting point by emphasising personal vocations, personal interests, personal beliefs, rational considerations. The next important step in the process is to set up personal goals. As soon as one has defined his/her goals, there is a need to evaluate existing resources (or limiting factors versus opportunities), be it time, technology, economic factors, skills, etc. and adjust the planned activity with the existing ones and with the existing schedule.

Third, I would also like to point out that a bit different approach is taken by Marko, which looks promising, but needs a bit more explanation; by Marta, which demonstrates yet another perspective (important elements to consider are physical activity, mental activities, biological needs, relaxing) and some others.

Thank you very much for your attempts to come up with a model/framework for representing human activities. Your contributions provide a good basis to move on with the next task.

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