Monthly Archives: January 2012

Face-to-face lecture vs. the online asynchronous alternatives

January 26, 2012
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Face-to-face lecture vs. the online asynchronous alternatives

Economic crises loom for all higher education institutions.  Undergraduate and graduate programs compete for faculty attention, even more so as funding designated for new positions and for existing faculty diminishes.  The pressure is increasing for courses to be moved online, in order to liberate some of the expenses associated with physical classrooms.  Online teaching methodology…

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Chapter 11: Another Kodak moment?

January 26, 2012
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Chapter 11:  Another Kodak moment?

Kodak declared Chapter 11 bankruptcy on January 19, 2012.  It has until February 15, 2013 to present its reorganization plan.  Blaming its financial insolvency on the economic recession of 2008, the company needs to find a viable business model.  Begun in 1988, as the answer to photography for the masses, its early cameras included the…

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January 2012 Activities

January 26, 2012
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January 2012 Activities

Using your classroom teams in their online Wiki sites, have students conduct the following studies: Choose a company that has obtained the Benefit Corporation status.  Evaluate its reasons for opting for this status.  Has the status contributed to its sustainability model?  Support your conclusions with concrete details. Investigate the orange supplier industry.  What impact does…

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Benefit Corporation explained

January 26, 2012
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Benefit Corporation explained

The social entrepreneurial business model challenges business developers to think differently.  In this video clip, Kyle Westaway, a New York attorney specialized in social venturing with experience in building social entrepreneurial companies, presents the essential elements of the Benefit Corporation legal structure.  He differentiates it from the more traditional forms such as the LLC and…

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A quick APA style primer

January 26, 2012
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A quick APA style primer

David Taylor, an online educator with a doctorate of arts in composition and rhetoric has posted this useful video clip for users of the APA style guide, who would like a quick tutorial on how to format research papers.  The easily-consumed video gives step by step visual explanation for setting up the major components of…

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Online bibliography creator

January 26, 2012
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Online bibliography creator

The Bedford Bibliographer is an online citation machine created by Mike Palmquist of Colorado State University.  The multi-purpose generator can set up reference lists in MLA, AOA, CSE and Chicago styles.  Additionally, the generated source cards can be annotated with personal reflections and other website source information.  The service is free to use, after a…

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Online rubrics

January 26, 2012
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Online rubrics

In running today’s courses, assessment rubrics are important teaching tools.  They provide guidance to the student learner on expectations and progress.  They provide guidance to the instructor on course learning and individual performance.  Designed correctly, the rubric tool can make grading easier and less time-consuming for giving individual feedback.  Many competing offers exist for online…

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Reiser on Benefit Corporations

January 26, 2012
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Reiser on Benefit Corporations

Social enterprise owners believe that both social good and for-profit motivation can co-exist in the same organization.  Needing an appropriate legal structure to support this dual vision of sustainability, the proponents launched the movement to legalize benefit corporations.  Reiser, a Brooklyn Law School professor specialized in nonprofit organization law and a respected expert in the…

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The Benefit Corporation―stakeholder power changes

January 26, 2012
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The Benefit Corporation―stakeholder power changes

On October 10, 2011, California Governor Jerry Brown, signed into law two new forms of corporations:  The Benefit Corporation and the Flexible-Purpose Corporation.  Joining New York, Hawaii, Virginia, Maryland, Vermont and New Jersey, California now offers businesses the right to pursue social missions as their main purpose.  No longer tied to the need to increase…

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OJ industry, the FDA and the power of government

January 26, 2012
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OJ industry, the FDA and the power of government

Carbendazim, a fungicide used to overcome blossom blight and the black spot mold commonly found on orange trees, must not exceed 10 parts per billion if used in food products, according to the US Food and Drug Administration legislation.  Over the past year, the FDA tested 59 samples of juice, juice concentrate and juice powder…

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