STATE REP RACE Judy OConnell To Hold Campaign Kickoff Rally On June 28

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Committee for Judy O’Connell for State Representative is holding a Campaign “Kickoff” Rally on Thursday, June 28, 2018, from 7:30pm to 11pm, at the Tewksbury/Wilmington Elks (777 South Street, Tewksbury).The event will include music, light refreshments, and cash bar. Donations appreciated. For more information, visit http://www.JudyForStateRep.com.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedBREAKING NEWS: 19th Middlesex State Rep Election Results Are In — Dave Robertson WinsIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”CAMPAIGN FINANCE: Judy O’Connell Raises $10,000; Spends $4,000 Thus FarIn “Government”last_img read more



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Mueller report dives into Russian election interference and Trump campaign

first_img Now playing: Watch this: 98 Politics Security Share your voice Tags Originally published April 18, 8:05 a.m. PT. Updates, 8:51 a.m.: Adds more detail; 9:02 a.m.: Includes responses from lawmakers. 11:39 a.m.: Adds more analysis from the report; 1:48 p.m.: Includes response from Kellyanne Conway. But the report has landed in a politically charged environment, and repercussions are likely to persist for months.Some lawmakers remain skeptical, because of the Justice Department’s role in redacting multiple pages of the document, as well as Barr’s input on its release. At a press conference Thursday, Barr said he had no objection to Mueller testifying before Congress. Rep. Adam Schiff, chairman of the House Intelligence Committee and a Democrat from California, invited Mueller to testify shortly after the report’s release. “After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin,” Schiff said in a statement. Sen. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee and a Republican from North Carolina, didn’t indicate whether he intends to have Mueller testify, but he noted that the committee would be releasing its own findings soon.  “I look forward to presenting the American people with an accounting of the facts the Committee has uncovered as we conclude our own investigation. It is my hope to release the first of our final reports in the coming weeks,” Burr said in a statement.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren, also criticized how much was redacted in the report, joining the growing demand for Mueller to testify before Congress. President Donald J. Trump and special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.  Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images; Win McNamee/Getty Images The Mueller report, released to the public Thursday, is offering a deeper look at the efforts by Russia to meddle in the 2016 presidential election, including ways that intersected with actions by members of Donald Trump’s campaign.The nearly two-year investigation, led by special counsel Robert Mueller, concluded that Russian interference took place through two channels. The first was a social media campaign designed to favor Trump and to disparage rival candidate Hillary Clinton, and more broadly to sow discord among American voters, and the second involved “computer-intrusion operations,” including hacking, against members of the Clinton campaign.”The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion,” the report says. You can download the report, some of which has been heavily redacted at points to shield sensitive information, from the special counsel’s website here. (We’ve also embedded the report at the bottom of this article.) It was released to Congress and the public Thursday following a press conference with Attorney General William Barr.  Barr emphasized that the investigation failed to find that any Americans, including those working to elect Trump, colluded in Russia’s schemes.”There was no evidence of Trump campaign ‘collusion’ with the Russian government’s hacking,” he said.  Shortly after Barr’s press conference, the president claimed victory in a Game of Thrones-styled tweet. “Game Over,” read the tweet, addressed to his political opponents. The ongoing drama of the Mueller investigation has seized the public’s attention and shined a spotlight on the ways Russia has been able to manipulate the US electoral process — an issue companies like Facebook and Google and agencies like the Department of Homeland Security are still working to address.  The special counsel wrapped up his investigation and delivered his report to Barr on March 22. The next day, Barr provided Congress with a four-page summary of the roughly 450-page report and received criticism from some members for the summary’s lack of details. Following the release of the Justice Department’s summary, the White House said the report was a “total and complete exoneration” of Trump. Barr’s summary, however, noted that Mueller’s report said in regard to obstruction of justice that “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”  The report found that the Russian government would benefit from a Trump presidency and that Trump’s campaign benefited from Russia’s efforts, but didn’t find any coordination between the two parties. On Thursday at a veterans event at the White House, Trump called the investigation a “hoax” and said, “This should never happen again to another president.” At a press conference outside the White House on Thursday afternoon, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway said Mueller’s report exonerated the president.”There was no collusion and there was certainly no criminal conspiracy with any Russians,” Conway said. Russian meddling The investigation was heavily focused on connections between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives, but the report also gives an in-depth look at how election meddling played out through technology. The special counsel examined how Russian hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee and used social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to spread disinformation. As the investigation proceeded, the special counsel’s office announced multiple indictments, including charges against 12 Russian hackers behind the DNC’s cyberattacks and 13 Russian nationals for spreading disinformation on social media. The propaganda efforts’ chief accountant was also charged. More on the Mueller report The facts on the Trump-Russia case How to read the Mueller report for free AG says no evidence of Trump collusion in report Findings will be delivered to Congress on CD, says report Memes all about being redacted for your amusement Justice Department indicts 12 Russian cyberspies suspected… Though the evidence didn’t point to an agreement between the Trump campaign and the Russians on election interference, Mueller’s investigation turned up issues with key members of the campaign, including former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former campaign advisers Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump attorney Michael Cohen and longtime Trump associate Roger Stone.     Stone has been accused of communicating with WikiLeaks, which published thousands of hacked emails stolen from Hillary Clinton’s campaign and the Democratic committee. Last Thursday, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested after being kicked out of the Ecuadorian embassy in London, where he’d been in asylum for more than six years. and is facing extradition to the US over hacking charges.  Tech giants have also fallen under the investigation’s scope. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said his company was working with Mueller’s office. Russian operatives had used fake personalities on the social network to pose as Americans arguing on divisive issues. Facebook was also heavily scrutinized over its Cambridge Analytica scandal, involving a UK data analytics firm with consultants who worked with the Trump campaign. The firm, which harvested data on 87 million Facebook users without their permission, kicked the hornet’s nest on privacy issues for Facebook, leading to multiple congressional hearings and changes within the company. Mueller’s investigation questioned Cambridge Analytica’s former director of business development, Brittany Kaiser. Cambridge Analytica and Zuckerberg were not mentioned in the report. The special counsel’s office scrutinized Twitter as well, looking at tweets Trump sent related to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former FBI Director James Comey. Trump has taken to Twitter to criticize Mueller’s investigation, often calling it a “witch hunt” and arguing that there was “no collusion” and “no obstruction.” Russia’s hacking efforts Mueller’s indictment against 12 Russian hackers last July detailed that their operations started in March 2016, as hundreds of files containing malware infected the DNC’s servers. The Russian malware stole thousands of emails, which were posted on WikiLeaks and DC Leaks, a website created by Russian hackers posing as Americans. The defendants are members of Russia’s military intelligence agency, the GRU.   The hacking victims included John Podesta, who was Clinton’s campaign chairman during the election, with 50,000 emails leaked online. The Russian hackers also bought servers to host their operations, paying more than $95,000 for setups, Mueller’s investigation found. The malware was discovered on at least 10 different DNC computers and allowed hackers to steal passwords, take screenshots and monitor network activity. They searched for terms like “Hillary,” “Trump” and “Benghazi Investigations.” Another hacking group from the GRU targeted the US’s election infrastructure, hacking systems belonging to state board of elections, local election officials, and US companies that supply voting software and machines, the report noted. Mueller’s investigation found that Russian hackers looked for vulnerabilities on election websites in more than 24 states. When the GRU successfully hacked Illinois’s Board of Elections, it gained access to a database containing information on millions of voters in the state. The investigation also found that Trump’s campaign had a strategy in place if WikiLeaks released stolen emails from Clinton’s campaign. The report detailed communications between Donald Trump Jr. and WikiLeaks during the campaign. On Oct. 12, 2016, WikiLeaks asked for Trump to tweet out a URL. Two days later, Trump Jr. tweeted out that same URL.  screen-shot-2019-04-18-at-12-31-25-pmWikiLeaks asked Trump Jr. to tweet this URL out on Oct. 12. Twitter But while Mueller’s investigation found direct contact between Trump’s campaign and WikiLeaks, it did not find any evidence of coordination or exchange of services. The social media storm Mueller’s investigation also found that Russia was backing a $35 million operation to meddle with US politics through social media. The money was spent between January 2016 and June 2018 and dedicated to spreading disinformation on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The operation ran like a professional social media marketing campaign, with specific departments in search engine optimization and graphic design, along with a staff of hundreds who posted on social networks. The operation studied political groups on social media starting in 2014 and mimicked their tactics, Mueller’s investigation found. The group behind the effort, the Internet Research Agency, was directed to support Trump’s campaign and attack Clinton, according to the investigation. The operation also spent $60,000 on Facebook ads, $6,000 on Instagram ads and $18,000 on Twitter. screen-shot-2019-04-18-at-11-31-15-amA screenshot of a Trump post from Mueller’s report. Department of Justice The report showed that the first ad the IRA paid for was on Instagram, on April 19, 2016. The ad said it came from the “Tea Party News,” and it asked people to upload photos with the hashtag “#KidsForTrump.”  The disinformation campaign was so successful that Facebook estimated the posts had reached up to 126 million people on the social network, with more than 80,000 posts. They also hosted rallies and events posing as Americans — sometimes even tricking the Trump campaign.  A post from August 2016 from Trump’s official Facebook account posted photos from a rally the IRA had organized. The Russian state-actors would pose as Americans opining on divisive issues like race, gender and gun control. The goal was to create political chaos by fueling intense arguments around these issues. The IRA tricked politicians and social activists with the fake personas, targeting battleground states like Colorado, Virginia and Florida. It also used stolen Social Security numbers and birthdates of US citizens to set up PayPal accounts. While members of the IRA had contact with Trump’s campaign, the investigation found that no one from the campaign knew that they were speaking with Russian actors.  The only American charged in Russia’s disinformation efforts was Richard Pinedo, a fake ID salesman in California, who sold bank account credentials to the IRA, which allowed the group to use PayPal. He pleaded guilty to one charge of identity fraud. He was sentenced in October to six months in prison and six months house arrest.  You can read the redacted Mueller report here:   1:59 Comments Now playing: Watch this: This is a disgrace. The American people deserve answers—and Special Counsel Robert Mueller should testify publicly before Congress. #ReleaseTheFullReport pic.twitter.com/ROG0Bt6JVq— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 18, 2019 1:45 AG Barr: Trump campaign did not work with Russia in election…last_img read more



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LGBT And Immigration Activists From Houston Go To Austin To Criticize SB4

first_img X 00:00 /01:19 Photo: Courtesy of Melissa Allala / Houston GLBT Political CaucusFran Watson, president of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus (third from the left), looks at State Senator Sylvia Garcia (center) during a press conference held in Austin as members of the group visited the Texas Capitol to voice their concerns over SB4 and SB6.Two lobbying groups from the Houston region that don’t typically work together joined forces in Austin this week to criticize bills that have to do with two of the hottest political topics this year for the Texas Legislature.Members of the Houston GLBT Political Caucus and immigration activists who are worried about Senate Bills 4 and 6 visited the Texas Capitol on Monday to express their concerns to state lawmakers.SB 4 would punish cities that don’t cooperate with the federal government in regards to detaining undocumented immigrants, while SB 6 would require transgender people to use public bathrooms based on their gender at birth and not on their gender identity.Tammi Wallace, co-founder and co-chair of the Greater Houston LGBT Chamber of Commerce, said at a press conference that “ultimately, SB 6 sends a message that Texas is not open for business and that we will discriminate, at all cost, to our state’s economy on the back of business owners, particularly small businesses.”Carla Perez, a member of the Texas chapter of United We Dream, the largest group representing DREAMers in the United States, explained they are tying SB 4 and 6 together because that can make their advocacy more efficient.“We are here to ensure that our elected officials know, and that the state knows, that you cannot just deport immigrants and throw our LGBTQ brothers and sisters under the bus,” Perez noted at the press conference.The Texas Senate has already passed the so-called anti-sanctuary cities bill and there is a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday March 15th in the House of Representatives, while the so-called bathroom bill is still being debated in the upper chamber. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen Sharelast_img read more



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Full Show Involving The Private Sector In Storm Prep And Political Roundup

first_img 00:00 /50:43 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X On Wednesday’s edition of Houston Matters: In the weeks since Harvey, we’ve been telling you how government agencies are planning for future storms. Now, a local expert says the private sector should get involved. We talk with Jim Blackburn about what he envisions. He’s the co-director of Rice University’s Severe Storm Prediction, Education, and Evacuation from Disasters (SSPEED) Center.Also this hour: It’s time again for the Houston Matters weekly political roundup with analysis of national, state, and local political stories with an eye to how it all might affect Houston and Texas.Then: You might recall our story from this past spring about how a team of investigators has a theory as to who might’ve committed eleven unsolved murders in and around Galveston in the 1970s. Now, as a new documentary series on the murders is set to debut, the Galveston County DA has reopened the investigation into the murders of two of the young women. We revisit that story of The Eleven.Plus: This year, the Pappas chain celebrates 50 years. Their first restaurant, Dot Coffee Shop opened in 1967. We talk with family member Christina Pappas about the legacy of her family’s chain.We also offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more



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Ellen DeGeneres Gives Away Tickets Rallies Astros Fans at The University of

first_imgAttention all @UHouston students. You have 3 hours til you need to be at the E. Cullen building and be on my show.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” held a local Twitter live shot at the University of Houston on Tuesday, October 24th.Ellen tweeted on Monday and Tuesday inviting  Houston Astros  fans to arrive to the E. Cullen Building on campus dressed in the biggest costumes they could find for a chance to win World Series tickets. – / 9 I’ve got something very big planned for tomorrow. If you’re anywhere near @UHouston, be ready. #EarnHistory— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017 I’m giving away something huge at @UHouston tomorrow. I’m not gonna tell you what it is. (#WorldSeries tickets.)— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 23, 2017center_img Everything’s bigger in Texas! Today, 3:30PM @UHouston… wear the biggest outfit for a chance to win tickets to one of the big games!— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017Via live shot, Ellen asks her fans to rewrite the lyrics to “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” explaining why they should go to a championship game.The finalists with the best costumes were narrowed down, and after singing their songs, Ellen declared UH students  Damian Falcon, Tahj Bell, and Jesus Quiroga the winners of the World Series tickets I can’t believe the amazing turnout at @UHouston today. Thank you to each and every person who showed up. You’re all incredible.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) October 24, 2017 Sharelast_img read more



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The joy of freedom

first_imgDuring the event, the ambience gave a nostalgic patriotic feel to the whole place. The stalls were set up selling tiranga flags, t-shirts, bangles, badges, kites, candy floss etc. 100 kites on a single string high flew high at all three Dilli Haats. Jashn-e-Azaadi at Dilli Haat had a lineup of cultural programmes throughout the event. A piano artiste played his tunes at public demand at the venue. There was a flag hoisting ceremony at 10 am on 14 August. Dilli Haats had folk music and dances each evening at 6.30 onwards from 13 to 15 August. All the Dilli Haats illuminated during the Jashn-e-Azaadi celebrations and gave the visitors a chance to shop for the tricolors merchandise, khadi products etc.last_img



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Eutelsat 65 West A Eutelsats 65 West A satellite

first_imgEutelsat 65 West AEutelsat’s 65 West A satellite is now fully powered-up and is ready for service across Brazil and Latin America, according to the firm.The satellite, which launched on March 9, is located at 65 degrees West, which Eutelsat says is a premier location for broadcasting in Brazil.Eutelsat 65 West A is a tri-band satellite offering C, Ka and Ku bands. The latter is optimised for direct-to-home (DTH) reception and corporate connectivity in Brazil, Central America, the Caribbean and the Andean region.Eutelsat said that together with Space Systems Loral it has carried out transmissions in Extremely High Frequencies using an experimental payload on Eutelsat 65 West A. The two companies are now analysing the potential of the Q/V band (40-50 GHz) as an enabler of future Terabit satellite broadband programmes, according to Eutelsat.“Extremely High Frequencies stand to enhance the performance of the next generation of High Throughput Satellite programmes. By offloading backhaul links between a satellite and its hubs from the Ka-band to the Q/V band, significantly more bandwidth can be made available for users,” said the company.last_img read more



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Harmonic reported a wider net loss and lower reven

first_imgHarmonic reported a wider net loss and lower revenues compared to a year earlier in its second quarter earnings report.The company said its Q2 net revenue was US$82.3 million (€69.9 million), compared to US$109.6 million for Q2 2017, and that it made a net quarterly loss of US$31.5 million, versus a net loss of US$20.7 million a year earlier.Patrick HarshmanBookings for the second quarter were US$91.1 million, down from US$117.3 million in Q2 2016, while total cash, cash equivalents and short-term investments declined by US$2.4 million to US$52.9 million.“Market demand for video infrastructure delivered through SaaS is accelerating,” said Harmonic president and CEO, Patrick Harshman.“During Q2 2017, with respect to our OTT SaaS business, total contract value grew 90% sequentially to 8% of total bookings, reducing near-term revenue and profitability but establishing a trajectory for stronger financial performance mid- to long-term.“Additionally, recent material CableOS bookings and field deployment success bolster our confidence in the growth outlook for our Cable Edge segment.”last_img read more



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Lukas Moodysson Swedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson

first_imgLukas MoodyssonSwedish filmmaker Lukas Moodysson will create HBO Europe’s first original series out of Scandinavia.Scripted show Gösta (its working title) will be a “mix of comedy and Dostoevsky”, according Moodysson, who will write and direct all eight episodes.HBO Nordic, which is part of HBO Europe, has been searching for its first original series out of Scandinavia for well over a year.“Lukas’s unique voice has established him as a leading filmmaker both in Sweden and worldwide, and his vision for this series makes it a perfect fit as our first original commission from HBO Nordic,” said HBO Europe’s executive VP of original programming and production, Antony Root.Memfis Film is attached to produce the show, which will follow a well-meaning 28-year-old child psychologist from Stockholm, who gets his first job in a small rural town and rents a cottage in the middle of the woods.“The unlikely hero at its heart will not only be recognisable to our Swedish audience, but will have resonance with our audiences across Europe, and internationally too – everyone will be rooting for Gösta,” said Root.Hanne Palmqvist, who has been leading HBO’s Nordic programming search as commissioning editor and VP of original programming, added Gösta would be a “insightful, fun, multifaceted and bitter-sweet story that says a lot about the time we are living in”.Director Moodysson is known for his 1998 breakthrough movie, Show Me Love (Fucking Åmål), plus other such as Together (Tillsammans), Lilya 4-Ever, and We Are the Best! (Vi är Bäst!).His long time collaborator, Lars Jönsson, is producing the 8x45mins series, with Palmqvist, Root and Steve Matthews executive producers.Shooting begins on location next year ahead of an anticipated 2019 debut.TrustNordisk has distribution rights outside of HBO Europe’s operating territories, which are largely in Scandinavia and Central and Eastern Europe.last_img read more



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Videogame streaming platform Twitch has announced

first_imgVideogame streaming platform Twitch, has announced that its latest ‘loot’ for Prime members is a 30-day subscription to anime streaming service Crunchyroll. Twitch Prime, the platform’s equivalent of Amazon Prime, offers subscribers monthly ‘loot’. These usually come in the form of free games or in-game items, but this deal with Crunchyroll marks the first non-gaming related perk. Crunchyroll is a well-established name in online streaming, with more than 45 million registered users and 2 million subscribers to the paid premium tier. Its library is made up of more than 1,000 series and 30,000 episodes. It has had a long relationship with Twitch, operating its own channel and making it the home of its annual Anime Awards show.Eric Berman, head of partnerships at Crunchyroll, said: “While we constantly focus on delighting Crunchyroll fans, we also feel it’s our responsibility to continue to proliferate the popularity of anime to new audiences“We pride ourselves on working with like-minded, fan-focused partners and are excited to offer all Twitch Prime members a free pass to Crunchyroll right in time for the huge spring anime season.”This perk is double the length of Crunchyroll’s own free trial and does not require users to insert any card information.last_img read more



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How Online MBAs Use Technology to Enable Authentic Connections

first_imgHow Online MBAs Use Technology to Enable Authentic Connections About the AuthorMetroMBA AdminView more posts by MetroMBA Admin Sponsored ContentTechnology has dramatically blurred the line between the digital and offline worlds; we can do almost anything online these days, ranging from ordering groceries to exploring Africa to attending college. However, one of the points of debate across nearly all fields is how the online experience compares to the parallel offline one; this has been especially true in online degree programs: Can online degrees provide the same value as their face-to-face counterparts?The challenge of engaging and preparing students is two-fold for online degree programs. They need to cover the same key topics and transfer the same volume of knowledge as their on-ground counterparts. However, another part of the attraction of top MBA programs is that they not only develop students’ business acumen, they facilitate long-lasting connections that can lead to career opportunities and professional connections. That level of engagement presents a much bigger obstacle than catching someone’s attention long enough to complete a simple e-commerce transaction. Technology in the Online Classroom: Two Major Lessons LearnedOne of the things that makes a great online MBA successful is technology. Of course, if it were just an issue of investing in the latest and greatest tech solutions, every university would have successful digital learning programs. Further complicating things is the boom in technology built to solve this problem; which solution is best for the online classroom, and which will help build skills that will carry over into students’ careers.After looking at some of the technology decisions at the University of Southern California’s Online MBA program, we found two major lessons for how to be successful with the kind of engagement these programs need to facilitate.1. Innovate With PurposeIt’s easy to see the concerns over rapid technology evolution, whether you consider this 2015 New York Times article about innovation happening too quickly for businesses to keep up, or William Smith’s Morley, in which he wrote that widely available news and faster travel options would destroy relaxation as we know it, in 1886.The technology we use will always be changing, whether it’s 1886 or 2186. One of the things that is hard to admit, though, is that the thinkers who said it would be impossible to keep up were right. Particularly at an organizational level, it really is impossible to stay current with every technology innovation that emerges.The difference between success and failure—in the virtual classroom and in global business—is how they adapt new technologies to their environments.One example of this in action comes from the University of Southern California’s Online MBA program. There are countless options for encouraging deeper collaboration and facilitating connections in an online setting, including a growing list of business collaboration tools as well as universities who opt to build their own social collaboration platforms. Sometimes, though, the answer is much simpler.One of the things that stood out from USC’s Online MBA is that, in addition to the classroom sessions and videoconferencing, students chat and connect over WhatsApp. One of the biggest lessons from this experience is the fact that, sometimes, the best solution for a given problem is something students or employees are already using; it just needs to be embraced in a way that supports desired outcomes.Why it Matters: Both businesses and universities may be reticent to allow important work and collaboration to exist outside of the platforms they control; and, there are certain instances (i.e. regulation) where allowing consumer-grade technology is a poor choice. However, embracing a student or employee-driven approach to collaboration is essential to making it work, particularly in a virtual setting. Rather than try to force students off the tool they’re comfortably using, USC can focus on smarter investments in other areas that are critical to online learning, like high quality video conferencing and learning management systems.2. Outcomes First, Technology SecondIt may seem counterintuitive at first, but the best strategies for utilizing technology don’t start by considering technology—they start by considering desired outcomes. If the goal is to facilitate the creation of real connections in a virtual space, using technology to enable this will need to feel natural and incorporate features that bring some of the same qualities of face-to-face interaction.For online MBAs, there is a second and critical part to solving this challenge: Increasing students’ familiarity with tools that they will need to use in their professional lives.For both businesses and higher education institutions, approaching this problem primarily from a technology perspective is the wrong approach. By thinking about desired outcomes, organizations can better guide their technology choices.For example, with software for videoconferencing, there are myriad options. From a purely technical standpoint, many schools might first consider a solution like Blackboard Collaborate or Canvas’ built-in conference tools because so many already have Blackboard or Canvas for their Learning Management Systems.These platforms may be enough from a functional standpoint, but, for developing true connections in an online MBA, user experience is an even more critical element of software used for video and teleconferencing. Considerations like these led USC’s Online MBA program to leverage Zoom, a dedicated communications platform, for conferencing in addition to the Canvas LMS for facilitating learning. Zoom lets students see the instructor, as well as their fellow classmates on live video, making it closer to face-to-face interaction than many alternatives. It’s also easier to schedule meetings on short notice with the ability to send calendar invites, offering similarity to the spontaneous brainstorming sessions that might happen in a classroom or office.Why it Matters: The best solution for a given problem isn’t always the one that comes integrated with the rest of the software organizations already have. Especially for an online MBA, it’s also important to consider technology that has value beyond the classroom, as this will better equip students to succeed in their careers. The second component of this is to think about software that readily integrates with platforms people use in their daily lives anyway. Even if it is just the ability to send a meeting invite over Google Calendar, individual features can make the difference.The Results: When Technology is Used EffectivelyThe biggest result of USC’s smart use of technology is that students can and do form real connections that lead to face-to-face interaction. For example, many students organize meet-ups in their area, so that those who live away from campus can still participate in the Online MBA community.The deeper social connections, coupled with classroom learning and group discussions, also create unique opportunities that would not be as easily made without digital engagement. In USC’s case, one team of students in the recent cohort is planning to open their own business together.The Bottom Line: Universities have historically struggled to keep pace with technology adoption. Regardless of whether a program is online, offered on-campus or uses a hybrid approach, though, the best MBA programs will stay ahead of the curve by considering outcomes first and avoiding the temptation to innovate without a clear purpose.To learn more about the USC Marshall School of Business Online MBA, visit the Marshall website. Last Updated Oct 8, 2018 by MetroMBA AdminFacebookTwitterLinkedinemail center_img regions: Atlanta / Baltimore / Boston / Chicago / Dallas / Denver / Houston / London / Los Angeles / Miami / New York City / Online / Philadelphia / Research Triangle / San Diego / San Francisco / Seattle / Toronto / Washington, DC RelatedHow Online MBAs Use Technology to Enable Authentic ConnectionsSponsored Content Technology has dramatically blurred the line between the digital and offline worlds; we can do almost anything online these days, ranging from ordering groceries to exploring Africa to attending college. However, one of the points of debate across nearly all fields is how the online experience compares to…June 19, 2018In “Featured Home”How Potential Employers View an Online MBAGoing back to school for your MBA is a huge commitment of money, time, and effort. For most, the reward—an MBA—is worth the sacrifices required. However, it still doesn’t make it any easier. Thankfully, in today’s technologically advanced world, there’s another option to a Full-Time, Part-Time, or Executive MBA—the Online…May 17, 2016In “Advice”The Online MBA: Which Programs Matter?Have you ever wondered what it would be like to earn your MBA online? We wanted to take an in-depth look at the advantages of an Online MBA program and what it looks like to complete your graduate business education online—how long it will take, what activities will be available…June 6, 2019In “Featured Home”last_img read more



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