This course applies the case study 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.
The educational objectives of this course relate to the ability to apply general concepts and knowledge to specific situations. The issues around the use of information technology in organizations do not present themselves in a neatly packaged form with a clear-cut boundary. Nor do they come with a well-defined set of decision criteria. Indeed, decisions often involve difficult choices which require character, responsibility and sensitivity. After all, we are not just dealing with technology. We are also dealing with people and organizations. Discussion pedagogy puts students in an active learning mode, challenges you to accept substantial responsibility for your own learning, and gives you first-hand appreciation of and experience in the application of knowledge to practice. Through a discussion pedagogy you are encouraged to use your knowledge and experiences to build, test, and modify your own management concepts through dialogues with the instructor and fellow students. In summary, 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
At the beginning of each class you will turn in a brief summary of the reading assigned for that class period. To facilitate discussion, please keep a copy for yourself in addition to the copy you turn in. Your weekly summary will briefly address these three questions:
- What is one key point you took away from each assigned reading? (One-two sentences per reading)
- What is one key point you learned from the reading as a whole? (One-two sentences maximum)
- If you were facilitating today’s discussion, what question would you ask your fellow classmates?
Participation during class
We will typically start each class 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 between classes
To facilitate on-going learning of course material, we will also discuss course material on the class blog in between class. Your comments on the class site will further the quality of our in-class discussions.
The site and platform are public and the above activities also provide you with a forum to demonstrate your insights and ideas to the rest of the world and to learn from others. As a general guideline, you should be commenting once each week.