Crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing is a sourcing model in which individuals or organizations obtain goods and services. These services include ideas and finances, from a large, relatively open and often rapidly-evolving group of internet users; it divides work between participants to achieve a cumulative result. The word crowdsourcing itself is a portmanteau of crowd and outsourcing, and was coined in 2005. As a mode of sourcing, crowdsourcing existed prior to the digital age (i.e. "offline"). There are major differences between crowdsourcing and outsourcing. Crowdsourcing comes from a less-specific, more public group, whereas outsourcing is commissioned from a specific, named group, and includes a mix of bottom-up and top-down processes. Advantages of using crowdsourcing may include improved costs, speed, quality, flexibility, scalability, or diversity. Definitions In a February 1, 2008, article, Daren C. Historical examples Timeline of major events G.
Sales & Marketing Advice | Both Sides of The Table I’m going to increase my writing about sales & marketing in the near future. I put a few posts up front that I have already covered in the Startup Series. But I will soon begin a discussion about sales methodologies. Stay tuned. 10 Marketing Tips for Startups Some Other Thoughts on Sales & Marketing 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. Sales Methodology (PUCCKA) Why a methodology in the first place? 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. More Thoughts on Sales 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7.
5 education providers offering MOOCs now or in the future Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have become a surging trend in higher education, and traditional academic programs are scrambling to figure out where that trend is headed. These virtual courses are taught by accredited professors from around the world to disseminate content, inspire collaboration and assess students' work. Unlike a one-way series of YouTube tutorials, MOOCs have start and end dates just like a traditional physical course, and students can be evaluated—and in some cases certified—for their work. Colleges and universities are partnering with MOOC institutions, such as Coursera and edX, to afford their students and other do-it-yourself learners the opportunity to supplement their education. See what these five names in MOOCs are doing to enhance the online learning experience: 1. Classes include short video lectures and weekly assignments. 2. EdX will emphasize self-paced and wiki-based collaborative learning, online laboratories, and other interactive features. 3. 4.
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Brainfluence: 5 Brain Tricks to Make Customers Buy | Inc.com - Aurora Roger Dooley wants your business to succeed. So he's laying down the facts and dissecting recent brain and behavior research to enable you to tap into consumers' brains. Fact No. 1: People aren't always rational thinkers. In truth, research shows that a huge amount of decision-making is actually based on subconscious factors. In both his new book, Brainfluence, and in a recent interview, Dooley offered several ways to use "neuromarketing" to do a better job persuading consumers. 1. Are you using a stylish, elegant font on your signage? A study shows that more ornate fonts make people assume a task to be more time-consuming than when the same task is explained in a clearer font. "Probably nine times out of 10 the simpler font is going to be the better choice," Dooley says, "because the text will be more likely to be read, for one, and you'll better convey information." 2. Bottom line: If you're a restaurateur, take dollar signs off the menu to increase your sales. 3. 4. 5.
Education/Transformation « figuringfifty Since earning my MA in Educational Psychology, more than 20 years ago, I’ve taught in many different contexts and I’ve spent a good portion of my time thinking about how people think and learn. The last several years of my career have been spent primarily in the on-line classroom. Like many other college level instructors, I’ve been feeling my way…trying to figure out how best to translate a face-to-face learning experience into a digital one. Until recently, I’ve learned more about what doesn’t work, than what does. For example, trying to plug one format into the other, without taking into consideration the true differences in communication and community (among other things) only makes for an unwieldy and frustrating experience for both student and teacher. This unhappiness is not something I’m used to. One thing I firmly believe is that education is a relational endeavor. I’ve been exploring the use of Web 2.0 tools, playing with services like Skype, Prezi, Glogster, and Youtube.
Cassette tapes are the future of big data storage - tech - 19 October 2012 THE cassette tape is about to make a comeback, in a big way. From the updates posted by Facebook's 1 billion users to the medical images shared by healthcare organisations worldwide and the rise of high-definition video streaming, the need for something to store huge tranches of data is greater than ever. And while hard drives have traditionally been the workhorse of large storage operations, a new wave of ultra-dense tape drives that pack in information at much higher densities, while using less energy, is set to replace them. Researchers at Fuji Film in Japan and IBM in Zurich, Switzerland, have already built prototypes that can store 35 terabytes of data - or about 35 million books' worth of information - on a cartridge that measures just 10 centimetres by 10 cm by 2 cm. This is achieved using magnetic tape coated in particles of barium ferrite. Using tapes should cut down drastically on energy use, too. New Scientist Not just a website! Share on hootsuiteShare on emailShare on gmail
501(c)(3)U - The Online University for Nonprofits More Americans Are Using Mobile Phones While Watching TV Thanks to the growth of smartphone adoption, about half of U.S. mobile phone owners use their devices while watching TV, a new study suggests. According to a Pew Internet & American Life Project report, cellphone users not only look up information online in real time and keep themselves occupied during commercials via their handheld devices, they are also interacting with friends. About 23% of cellphone users send text messages to others watching the same show in a different location. Other popular "connected" activities include looking up information mentioned on TV (20% have done so in the last 30 days), posting comments online about a show (11%), playing on phones during commercials (38%) and voting for a reality show contestant (6%). The study — which was conducted among 2,254 American adults ages 18 and older — also revealed that men and women are just as glued to their phones while watching TV (52%). SEE ALSO: Man Watches 252 Netflix Movies in a Month, Gets Invited to Netflix HQ