OpenStudiers are a talented bunch! Not only can they ask and answer questions, they can design owls, and make videos! We asked them to chronicle their back to school pains in a video! Videos are posted in our YouTube channel, OpenStudying.
Our moderators, Swag and Thomaster organized the competition and managed it! And our judges have weighed in to select the winner. We loved all the videos, they were all so great. We agonized over it and your votes and views helped! But in the end we selected:
Akash is a high schooler in Abu Dhabi and is usually busy taking EdX courses and OpenCourseWare courses, studying for his SAT and all the other things that keep high schoolers busy.
He is great addition to the OpenStudy community – a dedicated helper and a good friend! We loved his video because he captured the essence of Back to School – with humor and great theatrics! He gets an iTouch and we may ask him to send us a video of him rocking to the sounds on the iTouch!
Check out his winning entry and all the others!
Guest blog by OpenStudier, Karatechopper
Do you have what it takes?
Would you like to be a role model, extend your friendships and gain leadership skills? Consider applying to become an Ambassador! Ambassadors on OpenStudy are the users with a small purple “A” badge by their username.
What do they do? Ambassadors welcome new users and help them get used to the site and help them not feel overwhelmed! They practice the Code of Conduct and encourage others to adopt this Code! Being an ambassador is a responsibility: you commit to being warm, welcoming and friendly at all times. In addition, in this leadership role, you will be asked to help OpenStudy in small tasks– spread the word about OpenStudy initiatives for example. As one of the leaders of the community, you learn what it takes to be a leader: earn the respect of the community, improve your communication skills, learn new negotiation skills, get better at working with peers, managing projects, and getting along with team mates from all over the world. Oh, and it is a whole lot of fun!
So now the question is, “How do I apply to become an ambassador?”
Step 1: Fill out the form. Saifoo and I created a super simple application form.
Step 2: Email your photo id to email@example.com. We need to see your face and name. Photo ids may be your student id, driver’s license, passport picture, etc. When you email your photo id, please state your username so we know who you are and can keep track!
Step 3: Proof: In a separate email to firstname.lastname@example.org, please send in some of your best work examples. By your ‘best work examples’, we don’t mean just you helping someone solve simple homework problems, those are great, but we want more! Your examples tell us whether you seem to be a role model and they tell us how ready you are for ambassadorship. Some examples of what you can send in are Welcoming greetings, sometimes when you bring up the code of conduct to correct someone, or some directions guiding the new users on how to use the site. About 3-5 examples are enough for you to send to ‘email@example.com’. These can be URLs of questions on OpenStudy or screen capture images. Even after you send in your 3-5 examples please don’t stop saving them! Keep a folder on your desktop labeled with these examples. The folder will help you keep organized and if chosen as an ambassador it will be very useful in the future.
What we do: We go through all applications and announce a set of Ambasaadors about once a month. The Moderators are asked to vote as well. Unfortunately not all applicants are chosen to become Ambassadors. But don’t lose heart. You can always resubmit your proof for the next time.
What happens next: We recognize Ambassadors who excel in their work We may have small competitions to motivate ambassadors with as an iTunes giftcard or anAmazon gift card! Also, college letters and recommendation letters may also be provided if we feel you are doing an amazing job. Over time some Ambassadors become Moderators. Others are chosen to take on the role of Interns and help with special projects. For example, Saifoo and I manage the Ambassador program. Swag, Thomaster and Andriod are running the #BackToSchool video contest. SnuggieLad has been helping with Facebook and Owl avatars. Many of us are members of the User Advisory Council and help the OpenStudy team make important decisions.
Remember, as an Ambassador you belong to a select team of people who love to help and love to learn. You give OpenStudy a positive outlook and will make tons of friends in the process. Do you have what it takes to become an Ambassador?
And for more information please visit: http://openstudy.com/study#/updates/51475607e4b04cdfc5830ef7
If you have questions, you can talk to me on OpenStudy
Have a good day!
We are “Growing Global, Going Global” in September. September is Global OpenStudy Month.
Time for World Domination! And you have a role to play! We’ll break it down into Owlishly simple steps:
1. Download poster.
2. Print it
So, its the end of summer! And its Back to School everywhere! And you are looking forward to going back to school, right? Tell us what it is like!
Our talented interns, Swag and Thomaster are running a “Back to School Pains” video competition.
In a short 1 minute video, tell us us your thoughts on “Back to School Pains“. Keep it short. Make it creative. Keep it humorous. And if you can make a connection in your video to OpenStudy, well, brownie points for that!
We’ll post the videos on the OpenStudying Channel and your friends can get to vote with their Like buttons. Spread the word. Tell them about it.
Deadline September 15, 5 pm Pacific time.
You have to be an OpenStudy member. Sign up if you are not yet a member.
Fill out the application form: and include the link to your video
You know where to find Swag and Thomaster!
The winner of our Mobile App for OpenStudy Design competition is well known to OpenStudy regulars. Constant chatterer on pretty much all chats, he contributes to an amazing range of subjects: mathematics, music, computer science and of course design. He has an opinion on most everything and pretty good ones at that. He is generous with his help and can be counted on to hack up something in a jiffy. This summer he is helping OpenStudy create posters and video!
Folks who voted for this, (C) loved the clean and simple lines, the OpenStudy colors and the minimalistic approach!
The winner is: Dumbsearch2 aka Sean Le Van! Congratulations!
We also loved Thomaster’s entry (A). It was thorough and insightful. So we are giving his entry honorable mention!
Here is the winning entry once more!
Remember the Mobile Design Competition. Well here are the top 3 entries of the Mobile design competition. We love all of them! Pick your favorite! Vote for one of them: A, B or C.
A: Username: thomaster
B: Username: hba
Show the world your cool with this limited edition OpenStudy T-Shirt. It is yours for only $19.99 + shipping. We are only releasing 48, so get yours quickly.
It is not really a T-shirt but a message. It is about supporting OpenStudy- so you can get all the help you want for free. It is about telling everyone that you care about OpenStudy and its mission to give fast, free and fun help. So get your T-Shirt and show the world you care about OpenStudy.
And send us a picture of how you study in style in your OpenStudy T-shirt. Prizes for creativity and coolness!
How do I get my T-shirt?
Select a size. Tell us if you are Superman or Wonderwoman.
Give us your address.
And keep checking the door for the people in brown (UPS of course).
When we have 48 orders, we’ll start shipping.
Oh, and don’t forget your buddies, get a Tshirt for your friends. Study in style together.
Of course, Mom and Dad! Make them proud that you care about studying.
At this time we are only shipping to US destinations. International orders soon.
OpenStudy Global Interns
You asked for it!! We are recruiting our 2013 Global Interns.
You have to be actively enrolled in school or college. Recent college graduates are also welcome to apply.
Interns will work on all of these three areas.
- Community Management: Interns will learn to manage and monitor the OpenStudy community, respond to user prompts, deal with community issues, develop and run new loyalty and engagement programs like the Ambassador program.
- Analytics: Interns will learn to use the latest social media analytics tools like Google Analytics, MixPanel etc and also work with OpenStudy’s database.
- Sales/Marketing/BizDev Social media: Interns will use social media tools like Facebook, Twitter and Linkedin for marketing, retention and user growth.
Experience: Applicants must have an OpenStudy SmartScore of 30 to apply.
Hours: We need a commitment of at least 10 hours a week, for at least a month.
Attitude: More than experience, we are looking for interns who have demonstrated ability to work with people cross culturally, who have an interest in social networks, who have demonstrated leadership and are ready to challenge themselves. We are looking for friendly outgoing people with an interest in entrepreneurship and who can communicate well across ages and cultures.
Salary: None. But we will write you a letter of recommendation and kick start your resume!
Please fill out the form online.
Applicants will be interviewed on a rolling basis starting May 21st.
Join the growing group of OpenStudiers making a difference, doing well and doing good!
Your friends at OpenStudy want you to StudySmart (TM) this finals month. Studying smart is not just about getting great help on OpenStudy. Here is a little extra so you can come out of exam week with a smile on your face. Here is our Finals Care pack!
1. Brain food number 1: Peanuts
A little protein a little carb and whole lotta taste! And it comes with the recommendation of one of our most active OpenStudiers, Nincompoop! And if you don’t believe him, read this: ” The blend of protein, niacin, and fiber in peanut butter sandwiches is an ideal cocktail for boosting and maintaining blood sugar, so your kid can stay focused ..”
Follow the instructions on the site to print the coupon. And take it with you to the store.
2. Brain Food number 2: Chocolate:
You are going to love this! In a study elderly folks who consumed chocolate drinks improved on their cognitive tests and verbal fluency! Hey, if it can help the elderly,think how your cognitive functions can zoom!!! Grab the Dove bars! Follow the instructions on the site to print the coupon. And take it with you to the store.
3: We saved the best for last!
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