The first time I saw iversity’s Ambassador Program, I ignored it after spending 2 minutes on its web page. I thought the program was meant only for students, just like many of the ‘campus ambassador’ programs in India. The iversity program was going viral then and a lot of my Facebook friends were sharing it excitedly. So, this time round, I’ll thank the information overload for goading me to check the program again.
Ah! An iPad. An Apple device. I haven’t had the chance to own an Apple device till now but knew from 2nd hand accounts that the device was mesmerizing. Then you had a chance to win 500 pounds [hereinafter referred to as the Mango :)], which translate into Rs. 50000 in India, which is a nice one month’s salary for an upper middle class living.
The prizes made the race worthy. But was the race worthy without the prize? I checked up on iversity on Google. It seemed trusted, following the footsteps of Udemy, Coursera and Co., trying to become a European MOOC powerhouse. Getting students in India to check these courses out, and do them if they found the content useful seemed to a ‘nice’ if not a noble idea. And then, I was on a mission.
I run a website called Lawctopus.com, and sorry for the shameless tub thumping, but at 65000 unique visitors a month, it’s India’s most popular website for law students. So a banner advertisement on Lawctopus was my first step. The iversity’s dashboard is technologically sound and pretty neat. With the percentile scores, it also made the whole exercise a competitive one. Just with the ad I was able to reach the top 5%, but after a very limited number crunching (I am not capable of more than ‘limited’ number crunching :)), I realized I won’t be in the running for the Apple and the Mango!
Here Comes Everyone
Lawctopus has a network of around 80 college managers. We assigned them a task. The college managers who get the three highest number of registrations (using my link) will get an award from Lawctopus. Initially I thought that this whole idea was unethical. I read the rules and there wasn’t anything against ‘ganging up’. From then on it was a breeze. And finally I did get the prize. The iPad arrived safe, but slightly late, which is understandable. And ladies and gentlemen, this is my 6th blog post, after which I do hope to get the Mango too!
Blogging for iversity has been an enriching experience. It allows me to showcase that side of India which many non-Indians won’t know about. That’s the best part of being an iversity ambassador: you are an ambassador for your country. Through your writing, you present its educational history, news, perspectives etcetera.