A virtual Convention on Students’ Quality Circles



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A Virtual Convention on Students’ Quality Circles

Waqas Ahmad

Jack Holmes

Paula Malysevaite

Edited by

Richard Ennals

Emeritus Professor, Kingston Business School

Corresponding author: richard.ennals@gmail.com

Kingston University Kingston Business School

Working Paper 2014/2


Abstract
Kingston Business School is hosting the 17th International Convention on Students’ Quality Circles in June 2014. It is clear that international demand for places exceeds the capacity of the Kingston Hill campus. Kingston students of Global Information Technology in 2011-12 explored how the new technology might help to solve this problem, by enabling the holding of a virtual convention. Three students: Waqas Ahmad, Jack Holmes and Paula Malysevaite, leading members of the Students’ Quality Circle SQC Kingston Hawks, are now members of the Convention Organising Committee. This edited Working Paper, drawing on their research reports, is intended to assist preparations for the virtual convention.
Keywords: social media, software, Students’ Quality Circles, videoconferencing, virtual events,

Setting the Scene
Waqas Ahmad

Table of Contents




2.0 Diversity and Internationalisation 4

2.1 Deploying Diversity as a tool for Internationalisation 4

3.0 Student Quality Circles 5

3.1 SQC convention in 2014 5

3.2 Technology options for talks and lectures 6

3.3 Technology Options for second track of activities 6

4.2.6 Mobile Assistance 9



7.1 Case study for commercial use of QC approach in Pakistan 10

9.0 Personal Activity Log 12

10.0 References 13

Executive Summary 14

Table of Contents 15

1.0 Introduction 16

2.1 Keynote Track 16

2.2 Workshop Track 16

2.3 Real-time updates 17

2.4 Online Resource 17

3.1 Keynote Track 18

3.2 Workshop Track 19

3.3 Real-Time Updates 20

3.4 Online Resource 20

3.5 Overview 20

4.0 Incorporating Asia 21

5.0 Case Studies 21

5.1 London Web Summit 21

5.2 Tomorrow’s Web 22

5.3 Learning from the cases 23

6.0 Advisable technological applications for Kingston 2014 24

6.1 Keynote Track 24

6.1.1 Livestream 24



6.2 Workshops 25

6.2.1 Google+ 25



6.3 Real-Time Updates 26

6.3.1 Twitter 26

6.3.2 Tumblr Blog 26

6.4 Online Resource 27

6.4.1 YouTube 27

6.4.2 Slideshare 27

7.0 Conclusion 28

9.0 Log 30

1.0 Overview 31

2.0 Organisational Objectives 32

2.1 Global Communication 32

2.2 Internationalisation of higher education 32

2.3 International Projects 32

2.4 Lessons to be learned (ICT and e-learning) 33

3.1 The New Business School building 33

3.2 Video conferencing 34

3.3 Cloud computing 34

3.4.1 Social Networking 36

3.4.2 Facebook 36

3.4.3 YouTube 36



3.5 Website 37

4.0 Potential Partners 38

4.1 Samsung 38

4.2 Google 39

5.0 Summary 40

6.0 Log of activities 41

7.0 References 45

Vector Study (2008) Quality Circles. Available at: http://www.vectorstudy.com/management_theories/quality_circles.htm (Accessed: 28 March 2012). 45

Cloud Computing Topics (2012) Cloud Computing and QoS Compatibility for Business Video Conferencing. Available at: http://cloudcomputingtopics.com/2011/07/cloud-computing-and-qos-compatibility-for-business-video-conferencing/ (Accessed: 23 April 2012). 46

comScore Data Mine (2012) People Spent 6.7 Billion Hours on Social Networks in October. Available at: http://www.comscoredatamine.com/2012/01/people-spent-6-7-billion-hours-on-social-networks-in-october/ (Accessed: 23 April 2012). 46

Plos Computional Biology (2010) Ten Simple Rules for Organizing a Virtual Conference—Anywhere. 46

Wikipedia (2012) Social Responsibility. Available at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_responsibility#Corporate_Social_Responsibility (Accessed: 16 April 2012). 46

wiredacademic (2011) Stanford Attracts 58,000 Students for Virtual Artificial Course. Available at: http://www.wiredacademic.com/2011/08/stanford-attracts-58000-students-for-virtual-artificial-course/ (Accessed: 20 April 2012). 46

Google (2011) Google Grants: In-kind advertising for non-profit organizations. Available at: http://www.google.com/grants/ (Accessed: 20 April 2012). 46

LifeSize Communications (2011) Cloud Based Simplicity Meets Business-Class Performance. Available at: http://www.lifesize.com/Products/Cloud_Based_Video_Conferencing/LifeSize_Connections/Connections.aspx (Accessed: 8 April 2012). 46

Google (2011) Symbiosis: Co-Evolution of Emerging Technology, Learning Theory, and Instructional Design. Available at: https://sites.google.com/a/boisestate.edu/edtechtheories/caron_brennaman (Accessed: 20 April 2012). 46

YouTube (2012) Get more into learning. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/education (Accessed: 16 April 2012). 46

YouTube (2012) Get more into learning. Available at: http://www.youtube.com/education (Accessed: 16 April 2012). 47



The Show Me Campaign (2011) Samsung Launches Second Annual "Solve for Tomorrow" Contest In Partnership with John Legend's Show Me Campaign. Available at: http://www.showmecampaign.org/list/news-media (Accessed: 24 April 2012). 47

Samsung (2012) Samsung Blue Education. Available at: http://www.samsung.com/africa_en/africancitizenship/index.html (Accessed: 24 April 2012). 47

The Show Me Campaign (2011) Samsung Launches Second Annual "Solve for Tomorrow" Contest In Partnership with John Legend's Show Me Campaign. Available at: http://www.showmecampaign.org/list/news-media (Accessed: 24 April 2012). 47

Kingston Business School is due to host the 17th International Convention on Students’ Quality Circle in June 2014. This convention offers great potential while linking the SQCs across borders of subject, age and nationality. The main theme of the upcoming convention is not to end the process when we finish the event, but to make it the beginning of an international movement for continuous development. This will also enable Kingston University to collaborate on different projects such as UNESCO ASPnet and Grundtvig, by using a single platform. This report evaluates the different Information and Communication Technologies available in order to make this convention global and international in real terms. The recent opening of new Business School building presents the latest technological opportunities; from these technologies we can take full advantage in our convention. The different technological routes available have been discussed in this report with more in depth view of one of the most suitable virtual platforms for the event.




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