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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com, 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 ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’. 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!