MIS 2102.003 – Joe Instructor – Spring 2013

Course structure


This course applies the XXX method which relies heavily on your active participation and preparation both in-class and online. You are expected to read the case studies and readings and come prepared to engage the class in a meaningful conversation.

You are encouraged to use your knowledge and experiences to build, test, and modify your own concepts through dialogues with the instructor and fellow students. Much of your learning will occur as you prepare for and participation in discussions about the course material. The course material has been carefully chosen to bring the real world into class discussion while also illustrating fundamental concepts.

Preparation for class

Please read as much of the material as possible prior to each class. Please take notes using the following mindset:

  • What are or two key points you took away from each assigned reading?
  • What are one or two key points you learned from the set of readings for a particular session?
  • If you were facilitating today’s discussion, what question would you ask your fellow classmates?

Participation during class

We will typically start each session with “opening” questions about the assigned readings and case study. Students called up to answer should be able to summarize the key issues, opportunities, and challenges in the case study. All students should be prepared to be answer these questions.

If for some reason you feel unprepared to respond to a question, you may say “pass” and I will call on another student. To earn full participation credit, keep the total number of “passes” to a minimum over the course of the semester. Another important aspect of class participation is completion of in-class assignments and contribution to break-out group activities.

Participation around classes

To facilitate on-going learning of course material, we will also discuss course material on the class site. You should plan on commenting on the posts on the main class site.

The site is public and the above activities provide you with a forum to demonstrate your insights and ideas to the rest of the world and to learn from others.

Suggestions for commenting

The comments should focus on professional topics (only). Typical comments are about a few sentences to a small paragraph. The focus should be on quality and not on quantity.

Ideas for comments include:

  • Examples of technologies or issues that demonstrate a concept we discussed in class
  • Reacting to a post and providing a reasoned disagreement
  • Providing insights on how to solve class related problems
  • Providing new ways of thinking about the strategic role of technology
  • Adding additional insights to an existing post/comment

Comments that are NOT acceptable include:

  • Agreeing (or disagreeing) without providing a reason
  • Simply listing a topic without providing an explanation
  • Posting copyrighted material (it is acceptable to paraphrase the material and link to the original source)
  • Using unprofessional or disrespectful language
  • Material that does not fit the course goal

Replace this widget with the 'Recent Comments" widget to display the most recent comments on the site. This is useful if you intend to encourage online commenting and discussion and it allows all the participants to see the latest posts easily and creates a sense of freshness to the site. 


Replace this widget with the "Recent Posts" widget to display the most recent posts on the site. This is useful for students if you intend on posting items on a regular basis. 


Replace this widget with the "RSS widget" to display the most recent news from the main MIS site. This will create a sense of community among students. 

After you have dragged the RSS widget over, use the following RSS feed URL: http://community.mis.temple.edu/blog/category/News/feed/


Replace this widget with the "Blog subscriptions (Jetpack)" widget to allow students to get automatic email updates whenever you add a new post. 

See the post titled "Jetpack"  for more information