During the 2012 NAFSA Conference and Expo, the GoAbroad Team was pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Innovation Awards. As part of a continued effort to recognize the hard work and dedication this year’s nominees, GoAbroad will be sharing individual features of the 2012 GoAbroad Innovation Awards finalists over the coming weeks. This week, we are thrilled to bring you the Innovative Use of Social Media finalists!
Please join us in congratulating the following Finalist of the Innovative Use of Social Media Award:
International Studies Abroad
Introduced in early 2011 by International Studies Abroad (ISA), the ISA Worldwide Alerts were implemented as a tool for disseminating time-sensitive emergency information through ISA’s social networks for current ISA students, their families and their friends. The content of the alerts–designated by #ISAworldwidealert on social networks–provides details on emergency situations in specific program locations, including confirmation that all ISA students at relevant sites abroad are safe and accounted for in the event of an emergency.
The alerts harness the strengths of social media to provide up to the minute news on emergency situations–natural disasters, evacuations, political turmoil–affecting ISA programs, students and staff abroad.The alerts have successfully been used to notify students and parents about the massive volcanic eruption in Iceland, the uprisings in the Middle East and the recent student protests in Chile. Previous alerts can be viewed here: http://studiesabroad.com/worldwide-alerts.