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Website Critique Memo
When first arriving on the home page of the website for the country music artist, Jason Aldean, I was reminded of colored fluorescent lights commonly found in honky-tonk districts or at cheap roadside motels along lonely two-lane highways. This image was spurred by the background graphics that appeared to be an artistic rendering of a photo for an entrance to an old amusement park or county fairgrounds. The faded colors and rundown appearance of the entrance seem to convey a return to a bygone era when entertainment outings were limited to county fairs or traveling carnivals. This background image therefore sets the tone for visitors to the website and newcomers to Jason Aldean's music, which is a return to simpler times and the conventional values associated with life in small town America.
Aside from the background image of a carnival entrance, the most prominent feature is…
There are numerous interactive activities which may be engaged in on the site. There are however some sections of the site which may not be so engaging for children as they are quite dry. For example some of the historical documents which are presented have no interactivity associated and may only be read as the paper versions.
There are clear menus presented down the side to access different areas of the site. There is also a clear link at the top of every page to a site index in case it is not clear where a source would be in the main menus.
There are separate areas of the site which are aimed at different types of audience. For example there is a section dedicated to students and teachers. This ensures that it is easier to find the information which is likely to be…
Weddings by Alice Web Site Evaluation
This paper reviews a wedding planner's website, Weddings by Alice, located at this UL: http://www.weddingsbyalice.com/. The review covers architecture as well as design elements, including site organization, navigation, page layout, and graphic content. Our analysis also discusses effective design principles, and we cite examples where they were followed and where they were not. Throughout the paper we make a series of suggestions for improvement. ather than isolating them as a group towards the end of the paper, they are presented throughout the paper as each design element is discussed. At the end of the paper we provide mockups of a redesigned homepage and secondary page done in PowerPoint which incorporate some of our proposed changes.
We began the Web site evaluation by analyzing the site's purposes and goals. According to the article "Designing an Effective Web Site," "The nature and substantive content…
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The site has also been designed to allow for browsing through a content-based taxonomy that makes the task of finding book areas of interest easily accomplished. This site also works to create a multichannel selling strategy by listing local bookstores retrieved when a visitor types in their postal code, and lists book signing in their area as well. What differentiates this site from many other book-selling sites throughout Australia is the support for features that include enhanced content by areas of interest, in addition to content relevant to specific books of interest. These areas of content include radio interviews, downloadable PDFs, and book reviews are on the website as well. The site also provides one of the most comprehensive lists of best-selling books from any site in Australia as well. Finally, the use of content management systems in the website to enable greater levels of support is also evident in…
Kiku Jones, Lori NK Leonard. 2008. Trust in consumer-to-consumer electronic commerce. Information & Management 45, no. 2 (March 1): 88. http://www.proquest.com (Accessed April 10, 2008).
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Thousands of Websites have sprung up in the past. With numerous Web pages littering the Web, it could be difficult for an average user to figure out just which Website contains trusted and valid content. In that regard, therefore, the relevance of developing Website content evaluation skills cannot be overstated. In seeking to highlight some of the strategies of Website content evaluation, this text concerns itself with a real life Website - http://www.dhmo.org/
From the onset, it is important to note that when it comes to Website content evaluation, there is need for an individual to conduct a critical analysis of information sources. Essentially, there are ten things an individual ought to look out for when evaluating an information source. These include: the author, the publication date of the source, the edition, the publisher, the journal title, the target audience, objective reasoning, coverage, style of writing, and opinions voiced…
Cornell University Library. (2014). Critically Analyzing information Sources: Critical Appraisal and Analysis. Retrieved from http://guides.library.cornell.edu/criticallyanalyzing
UC Berkeley Library. (2012). Evaluating Web Pages: Techniques to Apply and Questions to Ask. Retrieved from http://www.lib.berkeley.edu/TeachingLib/Guides/Internet/Evaluate.html
Media literacy depends on a critical evaluation of websites. The textbook criteria for evaluating websites may include the source (whether it is a research-based organization or not), the audience (whether the audience is scholarly or general), the date of the material (which in science does matter), how the material is presented, and what other people say about the site or how the site is sourced. Language and diction can also play into whether websites are credible or not.
For example, the Website Globalwarming.org does look like a blog, and indeed it is one. The criteria of appearance already raises red flags about the credibility of the source. The "contributors" to the blog are listed as being the "Cooler Heads Coalition, an ad hoc coalition of more than two dozen free market and conservative non-profit groups in the U.S. and abroad," meaning that the information does not come from a research-based…
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The three job sites that I evaluated were Monster.ca, Eluta.ca and Workopolis.com. These are three major job sites in Canada. Workopolis and Monster're older and are more popular in terms of traffic (Alexa.com, see graph), while the newer Eluta trails by quite some distance at this point. The graph shows their Alexa ranking for Canada, obviously with the lower number being better.
These three sites were evaluated on the basis of their content and user experience. The three sites were tested through randomly searching jobs in finance here in Toronto. For the user, the quality of the jobs is another proxy that can be looked at -- the best sites will have the best jobs. There are a number of dimensions along which the sites can be evaluate -- their functionality, their aesthetics and pragmatic considerions. If it doesn't look good, people will be turned off quickly. If…
Bai, B., Law, R. & Wen, I. (2008) The impact of website quality on customer satisfaction and purchase intention: Evidence from Chinese online visitors. International Journal of Hospitality Management.. Vol. 27 (3) 391-402.
Douglas, A. & Mills, J. (2008). Applying a structural equation model approach to evaluating national tourism organization websites in the Caribbrean. Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing. Vol. 17 (2-3) 269-293.
Knight, J. & Pandir, M. (2004). An experimental aesthetics approach to evaluating websites. Aesthetic Approaches to Human-Computer Interaction. Retrieved March 23, 2014 from http://ojs.statsbiblioteket.dk/index.php/daimipb/article/viewFile/7129/6092#page=27
Zhou, Z. (2009). Evaluating websites using a practical quality model. DeMontfort University. Retrieved March 23, 2014 from https://www.dora.dmu.ac.uk/xmlui/bitstream/handle/2086/3422/ZihouZhou_Thesis-Final.pdf?sequence=1
Aramark is an institutional services provider. It runs three different divisions -- food, facilities and uniforms. Aramark serves four main industries -- education, healthcare, sports & entertainment, and business & government. They sell all three services to each of these four customers, but likely have this divisional structure to reflect that there are unique needs for each customer type. There are many different jobs available to hospitality graduates at Aramark, given its size and multitude of services that it provides. There are basically two types -- the internships that are available to students who otherwise do not qualify for the managerial positions, and then there are the managerial positions. Students with no experience are likely to end up with an internship. There are opportunities in food service management, operations and production management, as well as a variety of corporate postings in numerous fields.
The Compass Group
Aramark.com (2015). Website, various pages. Retrieved November 29, 2015 from http://www.aramark.com
Compass-group.com (2015). Website, various pages. Retrieved November 29, 2015 from http://www.compass-group.com
Sodexo.com (2015) Website, various pages. Retrieved November 29, 2015 from http://www.sodexo.com
Policy Website Evaluation: Implications for HUS Service Workers
With the internet increasingly becoming a common source of information for human service workers, evaluating the credibility of information is crucial. The CAAP (Currency, eliability, Accuracy, Authority, and Purpose) method provides a suitable tool for achieving this. In this paper, the tool was applied to three websites relating to child welfare issues: Child Welfare Information Gateway, CWLA, and Childwelfare.com. While the analysis indicates that CWLA is the best website, all the three websites met the threshold for a good website as the least-scoring website attained a score of 8 points out of a possible 15 points. This evaluation has important implications for human service professionals, especially those dealing with child welfare issues. To avoid misleading the public, human service workers must ascertain that the information they use is credible, reliable, up-to-date, and verifiable.
Policy Website Evaluation: Implications for HUS Service Workers
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Website Evaluation: Mayo Clinic
With the preponderance of misleading healthcare information on the Internet, it is important to become a discerning reader with strong science media literacy skills. The Mayo Clinic website has strong search engine optimization and arrives at or close to the top of Google searches for any health-related topic. Therefore, it is important to vet the Mayo Clinic website for strengths, weaknesses, and overall credibility.
The Mayo Clinic is an actual medical group, with clinics, hospitals, and research centers located throughout the United States. It is a credible source, and therefore an authoritative site in general. In a section of the Mayo Clinic website called “About This Site,” the authors (who refer to themselves as the Mayo Clinic Staff) explain their content development policy. Their content development policy effectively clarifies how the articles published on the Mayo Clinic website are written and edited, then developed for the…
Cisco.com for example has an entirely separate mini-site dedicated only to corporate social responsibility (CSR). PetsMart is deficient in this area as well; they could work to create a more interactive online experience for people visiting their site. There are no links to ask for donations for non-profit organizations; this would be a major improvement in the site design. Finally on business ethics, PetsMart has gone to the extent of complying with what the majority of their shareholders require; yet they do not tie together their mission, social responsibility and business ethics all into a cohesive platform for communicating how they are concerned just as much about these areas as they are about selling pet supplies.
Hsiu-Fen Lin (2007). The Impact of Website Quality Dimensions on Customer Satisfaction in the 2C E-commerce Context. Total Quality Management & usiness Excellence, 18(4), 363. Retrieved March 21, 2008, from AI/INFORM Global…
Hsiu-Fen Lin (2007). The Impact of Website Quality Dimensions on Customer Satisfaction in the B2C E-commerce Context. Total Quality Management & Business Excellence, 18(4), 363. Retrieved March 21, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1271280591).
Website Evaluation: Nolo.com
One of the biggest legal information clearinghouses online is the website Nolo.com. Based in the United States, and therefore mainly only applicable to that country, Nolo.com offers a wide range of informational articles and also links to law blogs. Additionally, Nolo.com promotes legal services with the ability for visitors to find a lawyer in their area. Nolo.com therefore combines educational, informational, and commercial services under one rubric. The confluence of information and commercial goals can be problematic, which is why it is important to thoroughly assess the credibility of this website.
The authority of the website can be determined by examining the “About Us” section, which also includes brief biographies of the Nolo staff and the editors of the website. In the “About Us” section, the organization also presents its mission as being directly related to helping ordinary individuals—and small businesses—to empower themselves with knowledge of “everyday…
A one stop destination is understood as a store that offers a complete range of complementary products. As an example, supermarkets are one stop stores as they allow their customers to purchase everything from food and detergents to power tools and clothes. Within the cosmetics industry, a one stop destination store would be one in which the customer can find anything for personal care, including deodorants, lipsticks, waxing products and so on. The http://www.ulta.co.uk / website is one which can be considered a one stop destination store and can as such offer benchmarking opportunities in the analysis of the bobbiebrown.co.uk website. As the bobbiebrown.co.uk website only sells makeup products, skincare items, fragrances and tools and accessories, it cannot be considered a one stop destination.
8 -- E-mail newsletter -- customers are presented with the ability of leaving their email address with the company and receiving notifications of new products, offers…
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Designing a eb Site
Technology is driving society at a pace unparalleled in history creating new attitudes, interrelationships, and global awareness. A new consumer is emerging. This consumer is not easily persuaded by clever graphics or manipulated by fads in design. The new consumer is educated as to his options, and will not settle for less than he feels his money is worth. In the past, a consumer was limited to geographical boarders as he developed purchasing decisions. Products and prices offered by merchants within a few mile radius of his home was the extent of his knowledge. Today a consumer can get information with the click of a mouse, and the buzz of a modem. He shops with a frame of reference formed by vendors across the street, and around the world.
In order to create a web site which is an effective tool for marketing information, product, or…
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Concept of Usability Evaluation
Issues in Usability Evaluation
Heuristic Evaluation Dimensions
Usability Problem Formats
Heuristic Evaluation Process
Inspection Phase 15
Identifying Usability Problems
Usability Problem Preparation Phase 16
Aggregation Phase 17
Procedure of Evaluation
The Static Web Interface
Observing and Quickly Visiting the Interface
Elaborating (Problems) and evisiting (Interface and Materials)
Navigating the Interface
Annotating the Interface
As part of the Web development process, Web developers are confronted with evaluating the usability of Web interfaces (i.e. Web sites and applications). Typically, a combination of manual methods and automatic tools are used for an effective Web site evaluation -- e.g. manual inspection is needed to supplement automatic validation tool results (owan 2000). However, Web projects are highly affected by their fast paced life cycles, leaving little room for full evaluations. Other major factors contributing to this situation are low budgeting…
Bailey, R.W., Allan, R.W., AND Raiello, P. (1992). Usability Testing vs. Heuristic Evaluation: A Head-to-Head Comparison. In Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 36th Annual Meeting. Human Factors Society, Santa Monica, CA. 409-413.
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Business Plan for Freelancer Website
Business Plan for Freelance Website
Freelancer website is a platform where freelance writers, researchers, designers, and other freelancers meet the clients and complete their projects against pre-decided compensation. The business plan constitutes an analysis of the business operations, business environment, financial appraisal, and marketing strategies of a company. The business plan presented in this paper discusses all these elements in the light of research papers, books, and internet sources related to the freelance writing and services industry.
The freelancer website primarily aims to serve the Middle East customers by taking the services of freelancers from the local and international regions. In the future, the company will expand its operations to the Global scale and target the customers from all over the world. In its initial phase of business operations, the freelancer website will have to design its marketing and promotional strategies which are just focused…
Allen, M.A. (2012). Starting your career as a freelance writer, (2nd ed.). New York: Allworth Press.
Bangs, DH, & Henricks, M. (2005). Business Plans Made Easy, (3rd ed.). Irvine, California: Entrepreneur Press.
Beesley, C. (2012, 07, 18). Starting a Freelance Business -- How to Take Care of Legal, Tax and Contractual Paperwork, U.S. Small Business Administration. Retrieved on February 16th, 2013, from
Belew, S., & Elad, J. (2009). Starting an online business all-in-one for dummies, (2nd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley Pub.
Strategic, Tactical and Administrative Crime Analysis
Crime analysis is one of the most important processes in the fight against crime and efforts towards enhancing the effectiveness of the criminal justice system in dealing with crime. In the past few years, crime analysis has continued to expand in law enforcement agencies across the globe. This expansion has contributed to the development and use of different methods of crime analysis including strategic, tactical, and administrative strategic analysis. These techniques of crime analysis are utilized when examining different crime incidents and resolve them. This paper provides a review of different crime incidents using different techniques of crime analysis and an analysis of the various factors of crime in these incidents.
Review of the Crime Incidents
When reviewing these incident summaries, the type of analysis being conducted is tactical crime analysis whose main focus is to promote the short-term development of patrol, investigative priorities,…
The United States Supreme Court is the backbone of the country since it acts as the premise of governance and supreme law of the land. The Constitution has established a unique form of government in which governance is by the people and for the people. As a living document, the U.S. Constitution changes as the country develops and changes. However, the development of the nation's constitution was influenced by several historical and/or philosophical influences. One of the historical influences upon the American Constitution was the Articles of Confederation, which was adopted by Continental Congress. These articles influenced the establishment of the Constitution through prompting discussion on the proper scope of governmental power in the aftermath of the Confederation. The Articles of Confederation influenced the constitutional section on separation of powers because of discussions on governmental power. There was no distinct executive branch under the Articles of Confederation (Halvorson, n.d.).…
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Identify And Evaluate A Website For Credibility
The website chosen for evaluation is http://www.kidshealth.org. The website offers information regarding the health of teenagers and children in a way that is easy for them to comprehend. The website's homepage is divided into four distinct categories to suit the parents, kids, teens, and educators. This makes it easy to navigate within the site depending on who visits the website. For information regarding health, development, and behavior, the website claims it is the most visited site. The information provided on the website is related to teenagers, kids, and all the advice offered is geared towards these age groups. The website can be easily found using Google search engine by typing kid's health, children health, or teenager health. The ranking of the website is high on the search engine, and this does confirm the claim that the website is the most visited site…
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Tony Chips Independent Company Website
Tony's Chips independent company Website
Tony Chips has recently bought a new independent company and the company is interested to move its old Website from external hosted solution to internal web hosting. Meanwhile, the company management is concerned about the redundancy of the Website and insists that the Website should have a back up in case the original Website goes down. More importantly, the site will be designed to allow customer to order goods and services online.
Fundamental objective of this project is to discuss the strategy to build website architecture with minimal downturn to assist Tony Chips to develop a dynamic website that will assist the company to enjoy online business advantages. The paper uses SDLC (system development life cycle) for website development.
Building of Web Architecture
Technical expertise is required to support and maintain online business as well as planning and implementing…
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Tour America Direct
Website review: Tour America Direct (http://www.touramericadirect.co.uk/)
"The push towards networked information and communication technologies (ICT), combined with increased customer expectations, has put extraordinary pressure on the information-centric and service-based tourism industry to extend conventional distribution channels to include the Internet as a major new marketing channel" (Braun & Hollick 2006). Tour America Direct makes use of the Internet to advertise travel deals and packages to the United Kingdom consumer who wishes to travel to America. However, while finding deals on travel is likely to be an attractive proposition in these budget-oriented times, the website design is not conducive to encouraging surfers to purchase from its offerings.
When a website surfer enters the site, the user first encounters a popup asking him or her to talk to the website's live operators. While this might be an advantage for some users, the fact that it occurs so…
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Websites are an effective medium of promotion and providing necessary information. It can be used for the purpose of disseminating knowledge and can also achieve a purpose of publicity. The given below, extract is a review of three websites visited for the purpose of evaluating the traits that should be present in the credible website which provides accurate and complete information, serves its purpose and is user friendly. This evaluation helped us establish a criteria regarding how absence of various elements can affect the effectiveness of the website.
The website is known as www.allaboutexplorers.com. The website is produced on webpress by WOO Themes. Gerald Aungust is the webmaster and lead designer for allaboutexplorers.com. Furthermore, he has been involved in education at junior levels for seventeen years. The second author is Lauren Zucker. She is the research and content specialist for this website. She has been involved in teaching…
Phone numbers are displayed liberally. A stop-smoking hotline is listed with a toll-free telephone number. Links to sponsoring organizations like the Centers for Disease Control allow visitors to read more, and a "Get expert help" section invites viewers to use instant messaging to communicate with a "National Cancer Institute smoking cessation counselor."
Illustrations are used sparingly. No negative illustrations such as those depicting lungs decayed by cancer are included, keeping the imagery on the Web site positive and inoffensive. Most of the illustrations included on smokefree.gov are photographs depicting men and women exercising and enjoying the great outdoors. The images refresh themselves often, like a slide show. The smiling faces on the models imply that quitting smoking will make anyone feel healthier and more alive. Inclusion of people from various ethnic groups in the smokefree.gov photo database is helpful in reaching a broad audience. Background of the Web…
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com -- only random links to sites that may or may not have a passing reference to HIV. There is no persuasive element whatsoever. True but Little Known Facts, however, attempts to be objective and its bullet by bullet approach has the style of a persuasive site -- but, again, because its points are ridiculous, its "minimum bias" and "objectivity" cannot be relied upon.
The content, on the other hand, of True but Little Known Facts appears to be moderately up-to-date, with sources from 2009, 2005, 2001, 1999, and 1993 -- but the sources themselves are incredible (Fybb R. Magee writes an article whose title, in a mix of French and German, can be roughly translated to mean "AIDS in the women and the man; making a hoax") and the documentation ("works sited" [sic]) is poor ("September2005" [sic]) cannot be trusted. Two copyrights exist (another peculiarity) -- one of them…
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Health Care -- Impact Evaluation and Accountability
Accountability to stakeholders should be an integral aspect of any health-related government program. This is achieved by systematic and objective assessment of how a program's effectiveness, evaluation normally involves measuring and documenting a program's effectiveness; calculating a program's outcomes; documenting a program's execution and cost effectiveness; strengthening a program's impact. In the case of health-related government programs, the stakeholders to whom accountability is owed typically are those served by the program, those conducting the program, and those who will use evaluation findings to make decisions about the program. The importance of evaluations for accountability is underscored by the resources provided by state and federal governments for ongoing evaluations to ensure ongoing accountability to all stakeholders. Evaluation for the purpose of accountability can assist stakeholders and specifically those in charge of the programs in a number of ways, all of which in program continuation,…
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MacDonald, G., Starr, G., Schooley, M., Yee, S.L., Klimowski, K., & Turner, K. (2001, November). Introduction to program evaluation for comprehensive tobacco control programs. Retrieved on December 2, 2012 from www.cdc.gov Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/tobacco/tobacco_control_programs/surveillance_evaluation/evaluation_manual/pdfs/evaluation.pdf
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National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. (2011, November 10). Program Evaluation - DASH - Resources/HealthyYouth. Retrieved on December 2, 2012 from www.cdc.gov Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/evaluation/resources.htm
On the other hand, a new business plan should not be so unrealistic as to fail to take note of existing market conditions and real economic pressures. The balance of personalities of team members, between the more practical and introverted, to the more feeling and extroverted individuals gave our team an excellent personality blend of boldness and caution. There was methodological weight behind the market research we conducted, yet there was also innovative thinking in terms of how the product was structured.
Another great strength of our team was the balance of people who enjoyed beginning new projects, and people who enjoyed bringing tasks to completion. One problem with creative idea-generating techniques such as laddering and SWOT is that so many ideas and potential innovations and obstacles can be generated that idea sessions spiral out of control and there is no grounding in reality and no sense of refining the…
Allen, K.R. (2010). New venture creation (International Edition). 5th ed. South-Western
Bolton, B. & J. Thompson. (2004). Entrepreneurs: Talent, temperament, technique. 2nd ed.
esearch evaluation a minimum websites Convention Visitor Bureau's (Cvb's). Critique a websites CVB's write a page narrative findings. It include critique CVB's influence decision a meeting planner. The critique includes limited parameters quality website, information available, details facts, easiness navigation.
Conventions and Visitor's Bureau websites (CVB): Analysis of two websites
Conventions and Visitor's Bureau websites (CVB): Analysis of two websites
Conventions and Visitor's Bureau website (CVB) for the city of New Orleans
The Conventions and Visitor's Bureau website (CVB) for the city of New Orleans presents a positive, upbeat image of the city. It is brightly-colored, and features attractive photographs of the city's famous jazz bands and food. The website sports a header with alternating images, and a list of links to various website sections chronicling recent, planned events, such as a Christmas in New Orleans celebration. All links feature images beside them, presumably to draw the viewer's eye.…
Boston Guide. (2010).Official Website. Retrieved November 18, 2010 at http://www.bostonusa.com/
Conventions and Visitor's Bureau website (CVB) for the city of New Orleans. (2010).Official
Website. Retrieved November 18, 2010 at http://www.neworleanscvb.com/
Internet & Electronic Marketing
Website & Business Model
Target Market & Consumer Behavior
Building & Maintaining Customer elationships
F. ecommendations for Website Improvement
Pace University is a comprehensive non-profit university that offers its educational services to online students and to the more traditional brick-and-mortar student. As the university competes with global universities, the web presence must convey the value and quality of the education as well as enable the student to make an effective impact on the professional or academic world. The career services center at the university is one of the best at providing Co-op job services to its undergraduate population, the ability to find these positions is available online through the university's joint venture with the Experience Network.
Pace has delivered value to its customers by providing the opportunity to leverage either the online or brick-and-mortar education into an internship at a major company…
Comegys, C., Hannula, M. & nen, J.V.i. 2006, "Longitudinal comparison of Finnish and U.S. online shopping behaviour among university students: The five-stage buying decision process," Journal of Targeting, Measurement and Analysis for Marketing, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 336.
Garvey, M.J. 2002, "University heed its learning experience," InformationWeek,, no. 899, pp. 26.
Mastacan, A.M. 2009, "Current Trends in Internet Marketing," Economy Transdisciplinarity Cognition,, no. 1, pp. 48.
Muirhead, W.D. 2000, "Online education in schools," The International Journal of Educational Management, vol. 14, no. 7, pp. 315.
Web Evaluation www.whitehouse.gov is the official website of the executive branch of the United States government. The site includes links to biography pages for the President and Vice President, biographies of Mrs. Bush and Mrs. Cheney, histories of the White House, official speech transcripts, current and recent event news articles, and official statements of policy on issues ranging from the environment to foreign affairs. The White House website also includes a special educational section for kids as well as Spanish-language support. An official Presidential seal flanks each page in a top frame, denoting site authority and authenticity. Unfortunately, however, there is no information about the site's authorship, its web designers, or its editors. Legitimacy is inferred via the White House name and its implied prestige only. Consequently, www.whitehouse.gov also does not include any references to outside sources or websites, as its material is considered to be used as a primary…
Introduction to Evaluation Research
Evaluation Research is a vital aspect of organizational and program establishment and development. Used extensively across multiple industries, Evaluation Research encompasses dozens of methods, some of which overlap and/or encompass other methods. Though the methods vary, they ideally share the common characteristics of good basic research, systematic processes, data collection to increase knowledge, enhancement of decision making, and practical use of evaluation findings. In addition, despite the variations of methods, there are basic steps that can be followed in order to conduct an effective evaluation of an organization or program.
Evaluation Research "Snapshot"
Evaluation Research has been variously defined as a unique method of applied/action research, a social applied/action research method of evaluation, or a unique method of assessing programs (Powell, 2006). These definitions apparently depend on the focus of the definer. However, regardless of the definition, all Evaluation Research apparently has common elements:…
Center for Disease Control. (2011, November 10). Healthy youth: Program evaluation. Retrieved on October 21, 2012 from www.cdc.gov Web site: http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/evaluation/resources.htm
Powell, R.R. (2006, Summer). Evaluation research: An overview. Retrieved on October 21, 2012 from search.proquest.com Web site: http://search.proquest.com/docview/220455507/139E976709F239B2F98/1?accountid=28844
Scriven, M. (1991). Evaluation Thesaurus, 4th Ed. Newbury Park, CA: Sage Publications, Inc.
Federal and State Websites
State/Federal Research Project
Employment raining Panel
Employment training panel (EP) is a business and labor supported Californian State agency, which funds the vocational training costs. EP clearly outlines its programs, and can only involve in fund provision for training employers who are subject to the payment of Employment raining ax. he eligible entities in this case may include single employers who are subject to the UI (unemployment insurance tax), and holding a California Employment Account with a prefix number of 699 or below. Similarly, a group of employers may be eligible. Such groups include Joint Apprenticeship Committees, Chambers of Commerce, Economic Development Corporations and rade Associations. raining Agencies come in as the third group, including educational institutions such as university foundations, community colleges, adult schools, or the regional occupational programs. Additionally, workforce investment boards also contribute in the list of the primary audience to…
This board was established under an Executive Order in response to the decree from the federal Workforce Investment Act of 1998. The board aids the Governor to set and guide policies within the field of workforce development. The governor appoints all the board members, representing the multifaceted workforce including labor, business, higher education, public education, youth activities, economic developments, training, employment, as well as the legislature. This website thereby addresses all members of the public from the entire nation as its audience. The Board conducts meetings on a regular basis, an event during which it encourages the public to attend workforce meetings, and to be positive towards every individual's line of career or work. Inclusively, the website encloses everyone, especially the adults within any area of workforce together with the youths within Youth Associations, which inspire and model them towards their lines of career.
The State Board (California Workforce Investment Board) assists the Governor to set and guide state policies within the workforce development area. The board is responsible for assisting the governor perform the required duties and responsibilities by the federal Workforce Investment Act-1998. The Board thereby formulates a strategic plan that directs its activities in the provision of guidance and support to the statewide system of workforce investment. The Board has got an executive branch agency known as the LWDA (Labor and Workforce Development Agency) that oversees seven main departments, panels, and boards that serve the Californian businesses and employees/workers. Moreover, the board ensures assistance and support to small businesses within California. It created a system of Small Business Liaison that assists business owners and employers through job trainings and hiring employees. The liaison responds to complaints from small businesses and reports the concerns of small businesses to the Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Agency.
The California Workforce Investment Board accrues its funds from a number of sources including grants, tax credits, rebates and reimbursements. Grants come from diverse sources including the automotive industry of transportation and logistics. The hybrid bus and truck voucher incentive projects accelerates the deployment of firsthand hybrid and zero emission buses and trucks. As at October 2012, the program had fund approximation of $18 million. As well, it gets funds provided for the cleaner prerequisite engines, equipment as well as other pollution sources that address the reduction of extra or early emissions. Alternatively, funds from the tax credits equal the percentage of wage payments to the qualified employees.
Mobile Wireless Portal
Evaluation of the eWeek Mobile Wireless Portal
The eWeek Mobile Portal combines an impressive amount of news and analysis on mobile devices, mobile operating systems including iPhone, Android and many others, and the integration of these technologies into enterprise strategies. Coverage of how mobile technologies are used in Customer elationship Management (CM), Sales Force Automation (SFA), and throughout direct marketing is included in the portal's contents. The benefits of the portal are the timeliness of its news and analysis, the depth of reviews of new mobile devices specifically designed for the enterprise, and the links to more advanced technical information as well. The disadvantages of the portal include its heavy reliance on advertising, which tends to clutter up the page and makes it difficult to navigate. Another disadvantage of the portal is the lack of direct access to the more interesting tests of wireless network performance. That…
Boluk, P., Baydere, S., & Harmanci, A.. (2011). Robust Image Transmission Over Wireless Sensor Networks. Mobile Networks and Applications, 16(2), 149-170.
Li, T., Leith, D., & Malone, D.. (2011). Buffer Sizing for 802.11-Based Networks. IEEE/ACM Transactions on Networking, 19(1), 156-169.
Lorincz, J., Capone, A., & Begusi, D.. (2011). Optimized network management for energy savings of wireless access networks. Computer Networks, 55(3), 514.
It also appears to be very reliable and error free. This site contains several pages of information and has a very handy search function for people to use to look up specific things. This site does not have a site map in order to facilitate navigation. Overall this site appears to be a very useful resource for those who are looking for information regarding tenure (Inside Higher Ed, 2009).
The last site that I looked at was one sponsored by the National Education Association. The National Education Association is the largest professional organization and largest labor union in the United States that represents public school teachers. This organization appears to be very reputable within the education arena. The information that is available on this site surrounds the topic of tenure. The site is set up with links to several articles that surround this topic. The information that is presented appears…
American Association of University Professors. (2008). Resources on Tenure. Retrieved from Web site: http://www.aaup.org/AAUP/issues/tenure/resources.htm
Evaluation Criteria. (2009). Retrieved August 26, 2009, from Web site:
Inside Higher Ed. (2009). What Counts for Tenure. Retrieved August 26, 2009, form Web site:
Professional eview of the Sigchi Website
ITM 433 This professional web site review assignments part session long project. For Module 3, assignment familiar professional organization website called
This is a website review for a premier international society called SIGCHI. The main purpose of the website is to bring together people from different locations who are interested in human-computer interaction. Human-computer interaction is mainly concerned in ensuring that computers and computer systems are accessible by people with disabilities. The website provides an avenue for members and non-members to get to know more about the society through the articles posted on its blog, community page and publications. It also provides an easy connection gateway via its email lists to other people who are involved in human-computer interaction around the world.
The website uses a consistent theme thus ensuring consistency in all the pages. With consistency the visitor will not be shocked and…
Hughes, R., Jr. (2001). A Process Evaluation of a Website for Family Life Educators. Family Relations, 50(2), 164-170.
Mankin, R.W. (2005). Entomological Website Usage Patterns. The Florida Entomologist, 88(3), 285-291.
It seems sound to recommend that Adam stop taking Concerta, because it might aggravate underlying bipolar symptoms.
Strattera not stimulating, but it can have side effects, like prolonged erections, and it is also a fairly new drug. It should be prescribed with caution. It is still uncertain whether Adam's conduct disorders are due to his unstable home environment, and not due to any biological factors. Prescribing Strattera seems like a normal course of therapeutic action, but should not be regarded as a panacea.
If you were the clinician, counselor, or therapist, what would be the primary issue you would want to address?
To be diagnosed with ADHD, the individual should exhibit the symptoms in two environments, and Adam's behavior seems to primarily assert itself in the home. With support, he seems functional in school, and he is substantially less functional at home than at school or with his peers.…
There is no support for XML integration, no reporting, no functionality for Gannt chart, PERT, or time-based reporting by deadlines, and in general a complete lack of support for gaining an overview of all projects. The listing of all projects by status is a simple HTML generated list that could be easily created by Yahoo's iteBuilder applications (free from Yahoo) for example. There is also no way to segment out projects by their status or not. All of these limitations could potentially create a high level of security violations as there are no individualized project status definitions apparently in the application. Once someone gains access to even a single project, they can easily get to all projects in the entire system. This application therefore lacks security as well. There are many other limitations from a project management standpoint and collaboration perspective as well including a lack of support for integrating…
Studying PlanProjects is interesting in that it shows why a Web-based application for collaboration or even low-end task management should never be abandoned. The pace of technological change is quickening and the site could have been done in Google APIs probably in a fraction of the time it was created in HTML four or five years ago. The site also is a strong reminder that the selection of online tools needs to be carefully considered as it is clear not much, if any, development is occurring on this site right now.
Assessment of Exercise - Highly relevant to the study of the course as it shows why it is very important to evaluate the viability of vendors before signing up with them. PlanProjects.com is apparently for sale, has 718 users, generates $300 a year in Google AdSense revenue, and has had the Forums shut down due to spam. See the discussion here:
The pcmag website seems to have an ordered structure that makes it easy to follow, simple to locate desired information, and purposeful in its approach. The approach the website seems to be taking is one that would make it a relatively simple matter for the user to find exactly what is desired.
The website's structure is straightforward and simplistic. The structure is three-columns under a banner that features the logo and website pages that can by easily clicked. The columns feature smaller headline links that draw the users attention to specific areas of technology, a 'today's deals' column and a 'latest news column'.
The user can click on any of the specific areas of technology in order to read reviews and find pricing on the various products. Today's deals offer excellent values, and the latest news column provides articles on various aspects of technology, including hardware and software updates…
While luggage fees produced nearly $1.7 billion for the industry, Southwest drew the line. It made its Bags Fly Free strategy the focus of its promotion and advertising campaign (Mouawad, 2010).
Southwest's principal challenge going forward is going to be merging with AirTran and continuing to realize growth. The attainment of AirTran Airways by Southwest Airlines will join together two huge corporations and generate one even grander low cost transporter. The joint carrier will profit from superior markets of degree and the incorporation of processes will be supported by large fleet unity. The consequence is a carrier that is more ready to meet the confrontations of a more and more competitive carrier surroundings and take benefit of tactical occasions better than ever before. This arrangement will benefit all shareholders by way of a growth of low prices for patrons, chances for workers of both corporations and for providers and sellers,…
Mouawad, Jad. (2010). Pushing 40, Southwest Is Still Playing the Rebel. Retrieved January 13,
2011, from the New York Times Web site:
Southwest's Secret to a Positive Corporate Culture: Its Employees. (n.d.). Retrieved January 13,
Even though the American Revolution is seen as justified today, it was not seen as such during its time period, and a sophisticated historian never sees historical events as inevitable. Nor is the decision to go to war ever a purely good ethical decision. Students will be able to take a similarly rigorous analytical approach later on to other periods of history, and to contemporary civil controversies.
The use of art will give added aid students who are visual learners, or who have untapped artistic talents that may go unnoticed in the academic classroom to shine. Making a poster a group project encourages collaboration and discussion. Debate and exchange of ideas is another essential element of the civic process the students will later engage in, as future voters. On this section of website, the graphic of the pointing Uncle Sam, although not historical, underlines the importance of political advertising in…
However, we can immediately see that their purposes are distinct from one another.
From a design standpoint, one grievance with Sanford Burnham is the shortage of active links to immediately usable information. First and foremost, it is of note that in a page with several eye-catching graphics pertaining to particular site destinations (the Center for Nanomedicine, Sanford Burnham's blog) none of these photographs is used as an active link. This is a missed opportunity for site usability that may be perceived as being of marginal importance but in reality can have significant impact on how long a visitor remains on a site and how many pages said visitor is inclined to click-through. This is a shortcoming easily resolved but does impact the site's relative dynamism.
The importance of such a matter is highlighted in a comparison between the two sites, with Research America ultimately compiling a site that is a…
Research America: http://www.researchamerica.org/stemcell_issue?gclid=COuYj67at5sCFQuU7QodsmBAAg
SWOT Company Analysis & Evaluation Project
Like any and every sector in the competitive world, the Information Technology sector has become highly competitive. There are primarily two reasons behind it. The first reason is the effects of the rapidly increasing globalization. This has triggered a sharp wave of raging competition in the corporate sector and organizations are trying to perfect the art of their marketing, management, human resource, production, supply chain and a lot of other functions all at the same time with a single objective of achieving a sustainable competitive advantage. The second reason, which makes the Information Technology sector much more competitive, is the rapid progression and development in this field. Technology gets updated at a rapid rate that calls for excessive research and development. With newer players entering the Information Technology market with much more creative ideas than ever before, the existing firms are forced not only…
Pughes, E. (1995). Building IBM, USA: MIT Press.
Watson, T. (2003). A business and its beliefs: the ideas that helped build IBM. New York: Mc Graw Hill.
As evident in the works of many professionals and scholars, job evaluation is described as a way that helps in establishing a justified rank order of jobs. This process is considered as the starting point for developing the virtual variations of wage rates. In some cases, job evaluation is considered as a systematic process that is geared towards developing pay variations among jobs within a single employer. In the past few years, several methods of job evaluation have been developed to help understand this process and make relatively easier to carry out. In addition to being used as a formal method for setting wage rates and pay scales by an employer, job evaluation methods are used for assessing the value links between jobs. Some of the most common methods of job evaluation include Lott's Point Method, Benge's Factor Comparison, and Multiple egression method.
Benge's method of job evaluation…
Henderson, R.I. (2006). Compensation management in a knowledge-based world (10th ed.).
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
"Position Evaluation is the Foundation of Pay Program Design." (2007). Exempt Pay Program
Design. Retrieved from The Evergreen State College website:
job evaluation methodologies are techniques or systems used to evaluate jobs against universal factors and sub-factors. During this process, the job content is examined against the identified factors and then represented as a point or numeric value. This is followed by comparing the pre-determined pay structure of grades to identify the most suitable pay range assignment. Following the evaluation of a set of jobs in an organization, the unique interpretation of the levels of the factors in the organization and requirements for jobs becomes very crucial. The results of point factor job evaluation methodologies are determined through the use of factor comparison. Actually, one of the most powerful measures for conducting job evaluation is combining point-factor techniques with factor-comparison approaches (Henderson, 2006, p.2008).
There are several point factor job evaluation systems such as Lott's Point Method, Benge's Factor Comparison, NEMA Method, Hay's Profile Method, and Factor Evaluation System. While these…
Henderson, R.I. (2006). Compensation management in a knowledge-based world (10th ed.).
Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Wagoner, L. (n.d.). Job Evaluation Two Point-Factor Methods. Retrieved from University of Houston website: http://www.uh.edu/~wagon/WS_09.ppt
Learning Teams; Website Assigned Facilitator
E-Campus Website -- Phoenix.edu
The ecampus website that governs the user portal for the University of Phoenix is an aggressive and modern website design. The Phoenix brand has integrated a marketing approach that incorporates Macromedia flash as a primary means to engage the user to identify the mobile web for use to integrate learning with mobility. The website is able to effectuate the transition from user activity to the classroom by using the Macromedia to visually accentuate the transition.
The use of web design to convey a message regarding the use, convenience, and service of the website is at the heart of proper design. "For organizations engaged in electronic business, the corporate website has emerged as the single most important interface through which transactions are carried out. This being so, appropriate design characteristics are required to make websites effective. Customers expect websites to be designed…
Fonseca, A., Macdonald, A., Dandy, E., & Valenti, P. (2011). The state of sustainability reporting at canadian universities. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 12(1), 22-22-40. doi:10.1108/14676371111098285
Kovacs, P., & Rowell, D. (2001). The merging of systems analysis and design principles with web site development: One university's experience. T.H.E.Journal, 28(6), 60-60-65. Retrieved fromhttp://search.proquest.com/docview/214800316?accountid=13044
Monideepa T., Jie, Z. 2006. "Analysis of Critical Website Characteristics: A Cross-Category
Nelson, J.L. (2011, Help from higher education. New Jersey Business, 57(4), 53-53. Retrieved fromhttp://search.proquest.com/docview/863372809?accountid=13044
Authors used observations to study result of designs; analyzed minuteaa of history, purpose, and structure of designs; and conducted inmate and staff questionnaires regarding how the design affected their job and quality of life.
160 inmates and 209 staff members participated in survey
Surveys are generally biased and have some shortfalls. This includes the fact of interviewer and interviewee bias where either may perceive the other in a certain way that influences response. Furthermore, context of mood and place may influence response too. The participants may be inadequately aware of their opinion or of their reason for their actions.
In a similar way, they may erroneously attribute their actions to certain intentions that are really contingent on a third issue that may be overt or covert, or concealed to them.
The researchers, in other words, were investigating whether the behavioral components of one place can effect the actions and…
eserve Personnel Management Systems Division: Officer Evaluations
This paper engages in a thorough assessment of the culture, organization and technology of the reserve personnel management that operates as a branch within the Personnel Service Center of the United States Coast Guard: specifically the Officers Evaluation Systems. The method used to assess this particular branch relies heavily on ethnographic skills and related techniques. According to the official website of the U.S. Coast Guard, this is the division which handles "boards, panels, promotions, evaluations, advancements, retirements, resignations, discharges and separations for all reserve officer, chief warrant officers, and enlisted members" (uscg.mil, 2013). This is the division which deals with assignments, copies of records, medical issues and disability, individual ready reserve, promotions, separations, reserve retirement requests, policy waives and a host of other connected factors.
By scrutinizing closely factors like culture, organization, technology and related issues, one is able to obtain an accurately…
Boisjoy, R. (2013). Professional Responsibility and Conduct (Ethical Decisions - Morton Thiokol and the Challenger Disaster) . Retrieved from Onlineethics.org: http://www.onlineethics.org/Topics/ProfPractice/PPEssays/thiokolshuttle/shuttle_pro.aspx
Goldstein, H. (2005, September 1). Who Killed the Virtual Case File? Retrieved from ieee.org: http://spectrum.ieee.org/computing/software/who-killed-the-virtual-case-file/0
Howard, A. (2012, February 22). Data for the public good. Retrieved from Oreilly.com: http://strata.oreilly.com/2012/02/data-public-good.html
Israel, J. (2012). Why the FBI Can't Build a Case Management System. Computer, 73-80.
2.1. Separate Unification - Advantages
A specification has to be made in that this process would commence with the unification of Comsec and its affiliates' websites
In case of success, the websites of other Entrystop subsidiaries would be unified
As such, the unification of Comsec's website offers a prototype
The new website would offer sufficient information as desired by the customers
4.2.1. Separate Unification -- Limitations
Only offers one category of information
Customers may often search to protect themselves against general as well as fire risks, but the sole Comsec website would offer limited data
Lack of an offer for complementary products and services
4.3. No Unification -- Advantages and Disadvantages
No additional risks
No additional costs
No possibility for improvement
Reduced chances to adapt to the changing needs of the customers
Possibility to lose competitive position
5.1. Proposed Solution
Due to the current state of the company…
Bennet, R., Blythe, J., 2002, International marketing: strategy planning, market entry & implementation, 3rd Edition, Kogan Page Publishers
Chaffey, D., 2006, Internet marketing: strategy, implementation and practice, 3rd Edition, Pearson Education
Fletcher, R., Brown, L., International Marketing, 4th Edition
Golberg, D., Prosser, T., Verhulst, S.G., 1998, Regulating the changing media: a comparative study, Oxford University Press
With the dynamic technological world, Web 2.0 since 2004 has been majorly associated with web applications that facilitate interoperability, interactive information, sharing, collaboration and user-centered design on the World Wide Web (About.com, 2011). Instances of 2.0 applications include web-based communities, hosted services, web applications, social-networking sites, video sharing sites, wikis, blogs, mashups and folksomnomies.
A Web 2.0 site is more interactive, it allows its users to interact with other users or to change website content, unlike the non-interactive websites where users are limited to the passive viewing of information that is provided to them. The CIO website is an integral part of this technology and utilizes it fully.
Appearance and target audience
The CIO website has been designed in an easy access display with the various pages quick access tools at the top of the page giving the user a friendly navigation options from the news, to…
About.com, (2011). What is Web 2.0?: Getting Beyond the Hype of Web 2.0 Retrieved march19,
2011 from http://webdesign.about.com/od/web20/a/aa021306.htm
CIO, (2011). News. Retrieved march19, 2011 from http://advice.cio.com/
RAD university website. This author picked the tutorials on the SCTP, TCP and UDP protocols. The essay will include a brief description of the tutorials, what they teach and why these particular ones were picked. It will specifically touch upon advantages that the protocols in the tutorials provide businesses in network applications. This is important because we need to understand how these technologies apply to achieve goals for businesses.
The author found the tutorials on SCTP, TCP and UDP due to their clarity and simplicity. For the author, simplicity and reliable in connection protocols are the most important factors to be considered in businesses applications.
The tutorial is very organized, giving a very simple user experience. It is short, with only the most important information included. It is well within the 3 click rule, with no necessary information being very many clicks away. The tutorial architecture is…
Rad university tutorials. (2011). Retrieved from http://www.rad.com/12/RAD-University-Tutorials/5266/
Designing a Website for a Non-Profit Organization Assignments: HopeTree
This document includes designing criteria and a proposal for a non-profit website which is offering services to assign volunteers. The suggested name for the website is "HopeTree" which is very easy to remember, and gives a good sense of the aim of the site. The target group is young adults who have grown into the browsing technology. Therefore, the networking services such as Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter will be the main tools to reach target audience. In this context, the usability and functionality of the prospective web page will be described with examples.
Nowadays, as a result of rapid growing online technologies, the internet is reachable to everyone. The reasonable price, bundled services with cable TV and telephone brought the internet to almost every house. Most people use internet to deal with their daily errands from submitting school assignments to…
Audience in Communication
Not all websites are written for a general audience. Some websites include technical information geared for professionals in their field. There are also a number of websites that aim to please both types of audiences: those who understand rich technical or scientific jargon and those who do not. This memorandum compares and contrasts two health information websites: WebMD and Drugs.com to illustrate the importance of audience when composing and presenting health-related information online.
The WebMD website is written for a general audience with limited understanding of science or low science literacy. To a degree, Drugs.com is also geared for a general audience, but the difference between these sites is that Drugs.com also has a section for professionals that can be used to make educated and evidence-based decisions about pharmacological treatments. There is, for example, a "Pro Edition" section of Drugs.com as well as detailed information about…
Explain how each of the five evaluation factors for a secondary source influences its management decision- making value.
The globalizing nature of our economy has foisted certain challenges upon business managers and organizational decision-makers. Particular among them is the need to remain abreast of shifting research, newly advanced findings and cutting-edge market theories. In order to do this, an organization's research department must remain steeped in an array of secondary sources with proper discretion of data quality. The Five Evaluation Functions of Purpose, Scope, Authority, Audience and Format help to avail this discretion.
First and foremost, it is recognized that qualifying the credibility of secondary sources is essential to meaningful decision-making. According to ang et al. (1995), "use of the term 'data manufacturing' encourages researchers and practitioners alike to seek out cross-disciplinary analogies that can facilitate the transfer of knowledge from the field of product quality to the…
Nannapaneni, S.K. (2008). Business Research Methods. Morehead State University.
Wang, R.Y.; Storey, V.C. & Firth, C.P. (1995). A Framework For Analysis of Data Quality Research. IEEE Transactions of Knowledge and Data Engineering, 7(4).
The communication aid would need to be durable so that Darmoth could not accidentally break it (he is not always very gentle with his "toys" and often does not realize his own strength) as well as easily portable so that he could carry it around with him. Perhaps having the tool be connected to a strap that kept it "hands free" when he is moving around would be ideal. It would have to be simple enough for him to learn how to operate, but also have a wide range of functions. The device must be able to translate Darmoth's thoughts into something that others -- even those who are not specifically trained -- can understand. The evaluation of a specialist would be extremely helpful so that the best kind of tool can be identified for Darmoth's needs.
The first step I would take in convincing the administration that an outside…
Abilitytech. (2004) Abilitytech: Computer Special Needs Solutions. Retrieved on November 12, 2004 at http://www.abilitytech.com.au/.
ATRC. (2004) Adaptive Technology Research Centre. University of Toronto. Retrieved on November 12, 2004 at http://www.utoronto.ca/atrc/ .
Cook, Albert & Hussey, Susan (2002) Assistive Technologies: Principles and Practice. 2nd ed. St. Louis, MO. Mosby. ISBN 0-323-00643-4
CAC. (2004) Speech and Language Therapy Department. Communication Aid Centre. Retrieved on November 12, 2004 at http://www.cacfrenchay.nhs.uk/cac_hist.htm.
This view is reflected in increasing calls for financial equity among schools, desegregation, mainstreaming, and standardized testing for teachers and students alike; it has been maintained that by providing the same education to all students, schools can equalize social opportunity (Bowman, 1994).
This latter position is typically followed up with the use of a particular curriculum designed to support the approach. In this regard, Bowman suggests that, "Knowledge is thought to exist in the collected wisdom of a canon, and education is the transferral of established wisdom to the learner" (p. 218). Unfortunately, when educators attempt to impose a "one-size-fits-all" curriculum on a diverse study body, there are bound to be problems -- particularly for those students who are already marginalized through language and other socioeconomic constraints.
Furthermore, in many ways, the public schools are unique in that they have been assigned the responsibility of communicating what American society regards…
Artiles, A.J., Higareda, I., Rueda, R., & Salazar, J.J. (2005). Within-group diversity in minority disproportionate representation: English language learners in urban school districts. Exceptional Children, 71(3), 283.
Banks, J.A. (1994). An introduction to multicultural education. Boston: Allyn and Bacon.
Bowman, B.T. (1994). The challenge of diversity. Phi Delta Kappan, 76(3), 218.
Breitborde, M.L. (1993). Multicultural education in the classroom. Childhood Education,
What information was expected to be found and was not there expected to find much more on this site than is present today. To begin with, the SMS is a highly academically focused organization, and as a result its members are continually working on research projects, presenting papers, and also working through many academic calendars and teaching schedules. As a result of the richness of this research one would expect to find at least a trace of these materials on the site, and in fact there are none. This is disturbing. Further, the Strategic Entrepreneurship Journal and Strategic Management Journal aren't offered on a trial basis, and content is not even available from them. Instead there are links to subscribe to these publications. This makes the entire site look like an organization of academicians also promoting these two journals.
Links from the site that are helpful
The site does include…
Silvio Napoli at Schindler India (a) (2003). - Accessible after purchase from the Harvard Business Review Website: http://harvardbusinessonline.hbsp.harvard.edu/b01/en/common/item_detail.jhtml;jsessionid=3XHOCFKZZ3NGQAKRGWDSELQ?id=303086
The World Is Flat (2005) - Thomas R. Friedman, author. Farrar, Straus, and Giroux. New York, NY. Published 2005
Additional reasons include tracking key authors who contribute to the journals and magazines on the site as well. The content is constantly changing and of high quality.
What information was expected to be found and was not there it would be expected to find more analytical frameworks and constructs specifically focusing on how to apply the strategic planning concepts discussed.
One would expect to find for example an analysis of Dr. Michael Porters' Competitive Advantage of Nations' concepts and the use of his determinants of market and competitive demand, Porter (1990). In addition one would expect to find more analysis of the blue ocean strategy as others have done CM Buyer (2005) as well.
Links from the site that are helpful
The site in general is well organized yet lacks links to external resources. As the site is somewhat myopic in this regard, the links to search engines for finding…
Blue Ocean Strategy (2005) - Book by the same name. Published February 3, 2005 by Harvard Business School Press. ISBN 1591396190
CRM Buyer (2005) - Searching for Blue Ocean Strategies. Louis Columbus. CRMBuyer.com. September 23, 2005. Accessed from the Internet on March 29, 2007: http://www.crmbuyer.com/story/46292.html
Porter (1990) - "Competitive Advantage of Nations" Harvard Business Review. March - April, 1990
In the ad, we see a testimonial coming from a working mother. Hence, consumption has already taken place and upon her consumption of the product, the working mother found significant value in it. This can be attested by the product's instrumental value, i.e. she took the product to lose weight and this is exactly what happened. We can also detect its hedonic value when the working mother found the product's website to be helpful and encouraging. This helped make product consumption an enjoyable and positive experience. Product satisfaction, on the other hand, is the result of the value she placed upon the consumed product. In this case, product satisfaction is high because of the positive value obtained by the product from the consumer.
In terms of the type of influence used, we argue that both internal and external techniques were employed. The advertisement appealed on consumer perception and better judgment…
Babin, Barry J. & Harris, Eric G. CB. Ohio: South-Western Cengage Learning. 2009.
ACM.ORG is a massive website that claims to be the biggest and most comprehensive source of information on computer science. A large percentage of people visiting this site are professions looking for current information on computing world, mostly related to postgraduate level of studies. Professionals who are already in the field also frequent the site.
Since ACM is an old website which has been online for nearly two decades, there is a plethora of information and resources available for the computing world. Though it ranks between 5,000 and 6,000 on visitor frequency level according to Alexa ranking, I personally found the site very useful primarily because of its digital library that contained publication with latest information, news and reviews.
The main problem I witnessed with ACM is that of membership. It is a member-restricted site, which means there is no way a guest, can first assess the merits of this…
In addition the extensive use of PDFs on the site for delivering content makes the site ideal for getting articles and using them as references during class discussions.
What information was expected to be found and was not there is surprisingly little said about compliance on this site, specifically relating to the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002) and the role of pricing on managing channels. Columbus (2003) has specifically focused on this areas as well, with special pricing requests increasingly being used as a competitive advantage in many industries. The role of compliance as it relates to manufacturing is not seen, which would have been included in sites with SOA coverage in greater detail.
Links from the site that are helpful
The majority of internally-pointed navigation links are all very well done, as are the links to other publications from TCI Publications. There are not that many third-party sites linked to in…
Columbus (2003) - Squeeze the revenue out of your Special Pricing Requests. AMR Research Alert. Tuesday November 11, 2003. Retrieved from the Internet on March 29, 2007:
Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002) - U.S. Senators Sarbanes and Oxley. Passed in 2002 by both U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Text viewed on the Internet on March 29, 2007: