Tuesday, October 28, 2008

World's Best Presentation Contest 2008

Going through some of my students' presentation slides when I came across MalaysiaCrunch blog on World's Best Presentation Contest 2008 organised by SlideShare.net.

Its an eye-opener experience looking at other's presentation design which are quite captivating for the readers. I always try to learn to improve my presentation slides design by looking at others' design and here is such a great opportunity to do so.

Prizes for the competition includes MacBook Air, Amazon Kindle, iPod Nano, iPod Touch and Presentation Zen (book). The list of winners were voted by users and a list of judges include Guy Kawasaki.

The winners are:

1st Prize: Thirst from jbrenman
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: crisis design)

2nd Prize: Foot Notes from Melanie.K
Foot Notes
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: design inspirational)

Some of the other interesting presentations:
Winner of the Business category: Storytelling 101 from ethos3
Storytelling 101
View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own. (tags: theme sherlock)

and there are lots more at the SlideShare.

There are also some entries from Malaysia too.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

E-Commerce Defined

Scenario 1:
Step 1: Browsing a web site's online catalog, looking for a specific product and compare its price with another few web sites.

Step 2: Select the item into online shopping cart and click checkout.

Step 3: Enter the payment information such as Credit Card or PayPal information, billing and shipping addresses.

Step 4: Receive immediate notification of the successful transaction.

Step 5: Wait for the item to be delivered to your place or download it from the website (for digital product).

The steps or scenario mentioned above is one of the example on how e-commerce works in our daily life.

What is E-commerce?
E-commerce is the process where business transactions such as buying, selling and exchanging products, services and information through the computer networks, particularly the Internet. E-commerce also can be performed through the Intranet and Extranet.

It is also known as a digitally enabled commercial transaction between and among organisations and individuals. Digitally enabled transactions include all transactions mediated by the digital technology, mainly through the Internet and the Web. Commercial transactions involve exchange of value (money) in return for products and services.

In short, e-commerce means performing online business transactions. Its a way of doing business, through the Internet.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Blogging Resume

After a break from blogging (mainly because of the final exam marking), I'm now back on blogging.

New semester just started on Monday. Since it is a relatively short semester with a 7 weeks of lectures and tutorials sessions, the current teaching team did not continue with the previous semester's assignment where students were required to create blogs.

For this semester, the assignment is on evaluating a transaction e-commerce website in Malaysia. Beside this, students are also assessed through mid-term test and a group presentation. Presentation topics range from Internet security, mobile payment systems, digital divide, wireless revolution, e-government to corporate blogging.

The are ample of information being available in this blog on topics mentioned. Feel free to browse and search the information through:
1. Search engine (at the top right side of the page)
2. Related Label (at the 2nd column)
3. Related post.
4. Posts at some of the students blogs.

Enjoy the new semester!