University professors hear a lot of commencement speeches. But one I heard this weekend was unlike any other I've ever experienced.
By combining the power of digital media, passion for philanthropy, and mobile technology, graduating students at Queens University of Charlotte helped the John S. & James L. Knight Foundation give away $100,000 on the spot during their commencement speech. The experiment was the brainchild of graduation speaker Eric Newton, senior adviser to the president of Knight Foundation.
As a professor who studies digital media, many people often ask me how I stay current in the field. Studying social media and digital media can be a tricky business in that new things are always being added to the market and new strategies proliferate for employing tools that exist.
In my practice, staying current is about three different components: Keeping up with the newest developments, experimenting with digital tools, and innovating in the classroom.
Keeping up with the latest tools
In April 2011, Kyle Christie, a media relations assistant at the University of Sheffield, was writing in The Guardian about the use of social media to publicize academic research focusing on examples coming mainly from his workplace and belonging usually to sciences.
As pressures increase in the UK to make the higher education system more profitable as well as produce and publicize high-quality research and with international impact, the discussion about whether social media can or should be used by researchers is ever so current.
On 20th Dec, 2012, we SMCAssam completed the 1st successful year of team work, integrity and coordination and formation of the chapter.
To mark this 1 year of being into existence, we tried to bring smiles to the faces of the kids of an orphanage home "Jyoti Snehalaya" in Guwahati, Assam.
With an insider contribution from the members, we did our best to this cause to celebrate the mark.