Open thread: Protester, politician, celebrity or scientist? Who represents the spirit of 2011 in your eyes?
As an independent thinker and a woman, I believe that the Nobel Peace Prize given to Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Leymah Gbowee and Tawakkol Karman "for their non-violent struggle for the safety of women and for women’s rights to full participation in peace-building work" clearly represents the spirit of 2011. We might agree or disagree with Government policies but women are taking very important leading roles, like the Presidents of Argentina and Brazil, and the Chancellor of Germany. Organizations like Vital Voices, whose main voice is Hilary Clinton, works towards the empowerment of women. Because I believe in the empowerment of Women, I think these three WOMEN represent the spirit of 2011.
The field of corporate sustainability reporting is maturing and evolving, making it important to keep up with the changing standards and expectations long after you complete this lesson in Sustainability 101.
Social media continues to be a key issue for businesses, and findings in this infographic show that 71.2 percent use social platforms for customer service, as well as conveying some fascinating insights into how businesses utilize these networks.
Among the findings, 87.5% have seen a positive impact from using social media. Only 11.5% of businesses saw no noticeable difference while 0.5% actually saw a negative difference. Compared to 2011, 13.7% more businesses have been utilizing social networks for upwards of two years.
Social media can be a far cheaper investment for customer service, as well - 77.6% of businesses have allocated less than $50,000 to their social media efforts in the past year. 11% have allocated $50,000 to $100,000, 5% have allocated $100,000 to $250,000, and 7% have spent over $250,000.
Take a look at the infographic and related article for more statistics on how companies are utilizing social media for positive benefit...
There is a new digital divide on the horizon. It is not based around who has devices and who does not, but instead the new digital divide will be based around students who know how to effectively find and curate information and those who do not.
"The following is a list of archived Blackboard Collaborate sessions. Click on the title of the session to view the recording.
Welcome & Orientation (Jan 14, 7pm ET)Welcome & Orientation REPEAT (Jan 15, 1pm ET) – fast-forward this session to 46:21 as it looks like someone hit the record button early.Introduction to Twitter (Jan 16, 1pm ET)Introduction to Social Curation (Jan 17, 12pm ET)"
Before designing any product, it is always smart to have a reality check on our target market. I find this findings of this Learning Technologies Trends analysis very informative. Hope you find it relevant to our course.
Now that we busy writing on our journals, I thought to past along this enlighting article written by my friend Andrea Hernandez (a 21st century education specialist and blogger at EdTech Workshop) and colleague I've learned so much from.
She analyzes the subject of “who is your real audience” as a teacher and blogger. I though this article relevant to our writing on our profiles and journals. I now question you, who are we writing for? Are we writing for the fact of being voted the most likable? Or are we truly hoping start a conversation and to connect with other people at this course?