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Akyeampong publishes book chapter

Dr. Albert Akyeampong, assistant professor of education, is author of a book chapter titled “Replacing Proprietary Software with Open Source Software: Implications” that has been recently published in Collaborative Communication Processes and Decision Making in Organizations, copyright 2014.

In the chapter, Akyeampong says most companies face high expenditures and numerous challenges in today’s competitive industrial environment where cost of technology can be an extra burden. To address these challenges, businesses can use Open Source Software (OSS). Even though OSS provides many benefits, including high-quality software and substantial profit, OSS also has a number of disadvantages. In several countries, governments have begun to recognize the importance of OSS and have started to adopt explicit policies on. The chapter identifies different OSS that are currently used or have the potential to substitute other proprietary software packages in business; how organizations share information and how OSS is used globally by organizations and governments and their implications thereof is reviewed.


Akyeampong attends Fulbright-National Geographic Digital Storytelling National Committee Screening Meeting

In April 2014, Akyeampong was invited to serve on The Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship National Screening Committee in New York.  The Fulbright - National Geographic Digital Storytelling Fellowship is a new component of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program that provides opportunities for U.S. citizens to participate in an academic year of overseas travel and digital storytelling in up to three countries on a globally significant social or environmental topic. The fellowship is made possible through a partnership between the U.S. Department of State and the National Geographic Society.

To assist in the selection of candidates, the Institute of International Education (IIE) convenes a national screening committee. The Institute of International Education (IIE) annually conducts scholarship competitions for U.S. graduate students wishing to pursue study, research or professional training abroad under the Fulbright Program sponsored by the United States Department.

The selection process involves reading and rating applications prior to meeting with fellow committee members and recommending a limited number of candidates for further consideration. The student application consists of biographical information, a three-page statement of grant purpose, one-page personal statement, resume and publications, references, affiliation, transcripts and a foreign language evaluation, where appropriate.  Applications was made available to screening committee members for online review via a password-protected website prior to the meeting. In addition, reviewers assessed samples of applicants’ digital storytelling portfolios via a separate web-based system.   


Akyeampong's Upcoming Conference Presentation

Akyeampong has also been invited to present his paper “Using Digital Storytelling to Promote Critical Thinking among the Millennials” at the 2014 Association for Educational Communications and Technology (AECT) International Conference in Jacksonville, Fla.  The conference theme is “Learning, Design, and Technology.” The conference is scheduled to take place Nov. 4 - 8, 2014, in Jacksonville, Florida.

In his presentation, Akyeampong says critical thinking is an important part of college experience. Colleges offer courses that aim at helping students to develop critical thinking skills. Critical thinking is the art of conceptualizing, analyzing, reflecting and evaluating with a view to improving a concept. The current generation of students belongs to the Millennial Generation: those born between 1981 and 1999. This generation has grown up immersed in technology. To develop creative and critical thinking skills a digital storytelling course was designed for freshmen in a mid western university in the United States of America. This research reports on experiences in the transition course designed to help freshmen develop critical and creative thinking skills using digital storytelling as a tool.