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Thoughts on “The Epic Win” in Cathy Davidson’s Now You See It

Cathy Davidson discusses the use of games in Chapter 5 “The Epic Win” of her Now You See It.

As readers may already be aware, I am director of a master’s degree program in management information systems at Benedictine University.  The capstone MBA course, MBA671, Strategic Management, includes a large-scale business simulation game, where teams of our students compete against thousands of teams across the globe. In the last few years, M.S. in Management and Organizational Behavior students have participated along with MBA students. Beginning with Fall 2012, my M.S in Management Information Systems, students will also participate.

Some years ago, this capstone course was shared among several programs: MBA, M.S. in MOB, and M.S. in MIS. We did not have an integrating experience like the business simulation and, eventually, MOB and MIS Programs went back to offering their own capstone courses. The business simulation has made us reconsider. Why not include information technology and management students along with business administration students in teams running a company? The benefits to all students should be significant; different groups of students bring different talents to the experience. How should these different talents be leveraged to make their virtual company more successful than other students’ companies?

April 1, 2012 at 3:51 pm Leave a comment

Thoughts on “How We Measure” in Cathy Davidson’s Now You See It

In the last few years, I have considered asking students in our M.S. in Management Information Systems program to construct an electronic portfolio. I have thought this would be valuable for our students; they would have a way to organize what they have done in all their courses and would reflect upon their work. Chapter 4 “How We Measure” in Cathy Davidson’s Now You See It gives me some support. Why not have a way to present accomplishments to current or future employers? Why not have a way to understand what a student has accomplished?

April 1, 2012 at 3:29 pm Leave a comment

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

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?

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

‘Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, and Laggards’ or ‘Digital Natives and Digital Immigrants’?

In my previous post, I used the terms innovators, early adopters, early majority, late majority, and laggards. These are psychographic profiles that have been used for over five decades; these profiles were originally developed to characterize the purchase patterns of hybrid seed corn. These profiles are routinely used in information technology as part of the technology adoption lifecycle.

More recently, the terms ‘digital immigrant’ and ‘digital native’ have been used to describe different sets of computer users. Marc Prensky discusses these at length in his 2001 On the Horizon article titled “Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants”.

Do these two sets of terms really describe the same phenomenon? Are digital natives the innovators and early adopters and are digital immigrants the early majority, late majority, and laggards? Is there some other difference being described? I prefer a behavioral distinction rather than a distinction based on birth year.

February 26, 2012 at 4:55 pm Leave a comment

Innovators, Early Adopters, Early Majority, Late Majority, or Laggards?

Last week’s open discussion at our NMFS was on “The Reluctant Technologist” [February 20, 2012]. Each of us offered an example of someone who was a user of technology, but did so reluctantly.

In my position was director of an M.S. program in management information systems, our students  are not reluctant technologists, but rather those who are innovators, early adopters, or in the early majority.

However, I have had students in our MBA course titled “Information Technology Management” who are reluctant technologists. They come from professions as different as healthcare and the auto industry. These are professionals who understand the potential of information technology, but who do not know how to navigate all the decisions involved in IT adoption. The physician understands the need for electronic health records and wants to know how to make a good decision. The owner of a successful auto dealership understands the need for integrated systems and wants to know how to make a god decision.

Perhaps these students are not so different from our academic colleagues who are reluctant users of technology. We may all understand the potential of information technology. Some of us may be eager to identify new technologies [innovators], participate in pilot tests [early adopters], or adopt them early [early majority]. Others of us may wait to see what colleagues’ experiences may be [late majority] or may adopt a technology only after it is well established [laggards].

We identified several important questions:

  • Can we help colleagues adopt technologies earlier by providing training and support that is tailored to his/her discipline?
  • Is the difference in IT adoption based on age?
  • How do we know that a particular technology will have a positive impact on student learning?

February 26, 2012 at 4:47 pm Leave a comment

Thoughts on the New Media Faculty Seminar at Benedictine University

What will be included on this blog are thoughts and comments on a number of readings. I am participating in the New Media Faculty Seminar at Benedictine University.

Our intent is “greater understanding of the cross-disciplinary foundation from which these tools were created, why social media came about, and becom[ing] comfortable using these tools to help you meet your own learning and research goals” as noted here.

 

Please comment.

February 12, 2012 at 7:36 pm 1 comment


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