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Group Assignment: Globalization and Outsourcing
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1) Overview Globalization and Outsourcing-
Globalization is the “worldwide movement toward economic, financial, trade, and communications integration. Globalization can pertain to terms such as the free market, westernization, the “Internet Revolution”, and global integration. Globalization has always existed. For example, people would trade along the Silk Road between Europe and Asia. However, globalization has sped up drastically in the past couple of decades, and it is continuing to happen today. Some examples of globalization are Starbucks in Algeria, the United Nations, and Chinese films being played in San Jose.
There are many positive aspects of globalization. First, it is easier to communicate today compared to recent decades. With the use of cell phones, video chatting, instant messaging, twitter, and other communication devices, people all around the world are allowed to communicate easily. There is also a “diffusion of knowledge”. With our new ways to communicate, knowledge can be spread around the globe in a swift fashion. Next, since there is international competition, creativity and innovation are sparked to make our globe a better place to live. This also prevents a monopoly and keeps a balance of prices. Lastly, the barrier between different cultures is broken. Film, food, dance, music, clothing, and more cultural aspects are spread because of globalization.
Outsourcing is sub-contracting non-core functions to a third party. There are many reasons why a company would outsource. First, there would be an increase of focus on the core of a business with outsourcing. Since a company outsources some of their non-core activities, a company can focus on the most important parts of their company. Also, a company can hire people with the most experience. They outsource because they have a broader pool of possible employees. Lastly, many companies outsource to increase profit. This is the biggest reason why companies outsource. Many places, such as Asia, can manufacture products for a cheaper cost than places like the United States. Outsourcing maximizes productivity and profit. These are just some reasons why a company may outsource.
One of the most interesting things that I learned was about globalization. Even though globalization has always existed, the globalization process has rapidly sped up in the past decade. Many of the technologies we have today were not around two decades ago. It is mind-boggling imagining a world without all of the technologies that we have today. I could also not imagine a world in which multiple cultures were not integrated into everyday life. American culture is truly a melting pot of world cultures.
2) Wiki Editing Process
I believe that there were strengths and weaknesses of my wiki team. One strength of my team was that each team member contributed work on his or her assigned topic. Everyone contributed to the wiki. This was a success because everyone was able to focus on his or her topic. Our wiki had important information about each subtopic. Nevertheless, I believe that our team did not do a great job of utilizing the discussion tab. Many people posted ideas about how to improve our wiki. However, nobody would take any action to fix the problems. For example, one member asked everyone who put their name at the end of the work they completed to delete their name because (a) it was a collaborative project and (b) it would make the wiki as a whole look more professional. Nobody deleted their name from the wiki, so I deleted all of the names. I feel that everyone thought that it wasn’t their responsibility to delete the names and that it was a waste of time. In this way, I feel that our group did not do a great job of working together to meet a common goal, or collaborating.
I believe that one of the biggest obstacles of this project was that no one designated himself or herself the editor of the page. I believe that this caused our wiki to not look as professional and neat as possible. For example, there were many different fonts and different sizes throughout the whole wiki. Also, some of the text was bolded while other text wasn’t. Our wiki was not very consistent in formatting. Also, the fact that we didn’t utilize the discussion tab as much as possible was another obstacle. Many problems, such as formatting, could have been fixed through better communication. Next, slow script was an obstacle in the actual editing of the wiki. Editing the wiki was not possible from every computer, which made it difficult to complete the wiki. These are all obstacles that I faced during the editing phase of the wiki.
My group did not adequately cite sources. All of the sections had many in-text hyperlinks to websites. However, only four sources were cited in the Works Cited section of the wiki.
I am happy with my wiki, but I believe that it could have been better. I believe that all of the information that our wiki contained was informative. Also, there were many graphics within the wiki that were strategically used to keep the audience’s attention. On the other hand, our wiki would have been more presentable with a uniform, including font and size. All and all, even though there could be improvements to our wiki, I am satisfied by the work and outcome of our wiki.
3) Outsourced Video-
I created a video for Alexander F. from RLHS. He requested a short clip of someone looking something up on Google. I clearly understood what he wanted in his outsourced video request and I promptly filled it. My outsourced video made it into Alexander’s final video about Google. I believe that my video made it into the his final video because it was what he requested and I explored Google Web, Google Images, Google News and more within the clip.
I also created a video for Nikhil S. Nikhil wanted a clip expressing how I thought Web 2.0 tools have affected science. I understood what he was asking the clip to include. The clip I created made it into Nikhil’s final video about Web 2.0. It made it into the video because it concisely fulfilled the requirements that Nikhil specified in his request.
I fulfilled a request for Emily S. Emily needed someone to make two clips. In the first one, she wanted a short clip of someone waving at the camera for five seconds. In her second clip, she wanted the person to look confused or curious. I understood what Emily wanted because she had explicit directions about what she wanted in her video. Her final video contained the clips I provided for her. My clips fit the criteria she asked for in for request.
I requested two clips in my request for an outsourced video. In the first one, I asked for someone to talk about what they think globalization is. It did not have to be a formal definition. It was also fine if it was not completely accurate. In the second clip, I asked someone to talk about what they think outsourcing is. It also did not have to be a formal definition, and it didn’t have to be completely accurate. I did not receive a video from someone outside the school. I received a video from Emily S. I think that I didn’t receive a video from somebody in the Flat Classroom Project in a different school because I did not consolidate my idea fast enough. Therefore, I didn’t post my request as quickly as possible. I used Emily’s video because it was exactly what I asked for in my request. My final video would not have been as strong if I didn’t have the outsourced clips.
4) Final Video
My initial idea for my video was to first define globalization, and then explain the topic further and help the audience better comprehend what globalization is by giving them an example of globalization. Next, I would define outsourcing. Further, I would talk about the most prevalent form(s) of outsourcing today. I followed my initial idea in my final video. I incorporated the outsourced clips by including clips about what a teenager today thinks each of the two terms mean without background knowledge.
I am very proud of my final video about globalization and outsourcing. I would say that I created a high quality video in iMovie. My video was high quality because it included a clear voiceover, legal pictures, enhancing music, and real life clips. All of these aspects of my video made it well constructed, informative, and entertaining. My audio was very clear. It was easy to understand and was recorded at a good pace. This made it easy to understand. I could have made my video better by maintaining more of a steady pace. Overall my pace was easy to understand. However, I sped up at times. One thing that I could have done to improve my movie was to make it more of a story. I tried to incorporate a story by talking about how Starbucks globalized, but I could have made the whole thing into a story. This would have perfected my video.
Here is a video by Emily S. from AAHS. I believe that her video is exemplary because of the music, audio, and picture. The background music helps the video flow. She has a very lucid and engaging voice throughout the video, which really helps the audience understand the information and maintain focus. Lastly, the pictures and graphics are very clear and give a visual aid to the information.
Another video that I believe deserves recognition is called Wireless Connectivity by Liz A. from ISA. Liz’s video deserves to be acknowledged because the introduction of her video really grabs the viewer’s attention. Making the word, “wireless” with cords, or wire, was a very clever way to introduce the topic at hand. Out of all of the Flat Classroom projects I have watched, her introduction was the most captivating. I found myself watching the entire video.
*Note: There is also an audio version of this in my video section.