Thoughts on “Project Classroom Makeover” in Cathy Davidson’s Now You See It

April 1, 2012 at 3:13 pm Leave a comment

Given this upper respiratory infection that is lingering too long, I am a bit behind in our consideration of Cathy Davidson’s Now You See It.

I have a different perspective than most of my colleagues in the New Media Faculty Seminar in that I teach in a graduate professional program–the M.S in Management Information Systems, not in one of the traditional undergraduate disciplines. Our students are primarily working adults; some are looking to move into information technology and others are looking to move up within information technology. They are focused on specific content and specific skills.

Does this mean that Davidson’s Chapter 3 “Project Classroom Makeover” does not apply? I believe that it can apply.

As an example, one of the assignments in the MIS545, Computer Organization & Architecture, course is a technology project. The idea is to explore a topic in information technology, be it hardware- or software-related. The paper is to be submitted to me via a course management system dropbox. What I should have considered is, why not make the technology project be an amended Wikipedia entry? The most valuable piece is that students “could contribute to public discourse” (Davidson, p.100).

The second example is the second major deliverable in this course: the systems project. The idea here is to describe and evaluate a business system. There is a checklist for the hardware and software, but the important objective is to evaluate its effectiveness by talking with those who use the system. Perhaps sharing the results with these people would be beneficial for students and for those who were interviewed. Again, students could contribute to public discourse.

A third example is the course project in another of my courses, MIS689, Strategic Information Technology Management, our capstone course. The objective of the course project is to take everything a student has learned in the program and apply it by developing and/or evaluating an organization’s technology plan.  Why not share results with the company?

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