DT&L: Deliverables

You are responsible for completing the following deliverables this semester.


Success in this course will require you to do more than simply appear in class twice a week and answer an occasional question. I expect that all of my students will be prepared to actively participate in our in class discussions since that is a key way to take as much away from the course as possible. Please review the Engagement Rubric in the Engagement page of the Course Policies section of this site.

Remember, conversation ” … is a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between two or more people …” and generally, ” … written exchanges are usually not referred to as conversations.” The good news is that Slack will allow us to engage in either synchronous or asynchronous written exchanges that will stand in for synchronous conversations.

Gretzky Evaluation

Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #322-gretzky channel in Slack.

Your first deliverable will be the preparation of a personal SWOT analysis evaluating your preparation and readiness as you begin this course. Your analysis should address, but not be limited to, these questions:

  • why you are taking this course?
  • what do you expect to take a way from this experience?
  • how would you describe your overall comfort level with the use of technology?
  • how would you describe your overall awareness/understanding of digital innovation?
  • what are the specific steps/actions you must take that you believe are necessary for success in this course.

The end-in-mind of this effort is for you to think through not only the current state of your preparation but also the path/process that you choose to address the challenges and opportunities for growth and learning that this experience presents. It is intended, also, as your definition of the template you will utilize throughout your personal and professional life in undertaking challenging situation, issue and other major confrontations. Your submission should address these issues in a maximum of 750 words. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable so be sure to review my advice on writing on digital platforms. Never post a Word or Google doc.

DT&L Project

You will complete this deliverable using Adobe Creative Cloud and your team channel in Slack.

A significant portion of your work in this course will be as part of a small team. Your work on that team will focus on the development of an analysis and forecast that examines the impact of disruptive events and/or technologies and digital transformation from several perspectives including, but not limited to, a particular industry, business model and more generally the societal implications of the disruption. You will also consider the areas of law that are, or might be, implicated as the disruption evolves. Of course, I expect that you will address the ethical issues that arise as a result of the impact of disruption.

Each team will develop and report their project using Slack. Each team must use their Slack channel for all brainstorming, communication, file sharing, etc. related to DT&L Project. Each team will be responsible for the preparation and posting of progress and content updates to their channel in Slack in accordance with the schedule. Slack will provide full transparency as the project development process progresses. In other words, everyone involved in the course with access to our Slack workspace will have the opportunity to review and comment on the progress of each team’s project.

You will join one of six teams that will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the DT&L Project.

  1. Project narrative, in a minimum of 3,000 words. Each narrative will include the materials necessary to support your team’s narrative. The narrative, and materials, should include, but not be limited to (a) the team’s reasoning supporting the choice of technology and, (b) a discussion that provides context for the project from a legal, ethical, social, cultural and political perspective.
  2. Prepare and share your analysis using the tools available in the Adobe Creative Cloud platform, including Adobe Express, allowing your classmates to be full prepared for each in-class discussion.
  3. Moderation of the scheduled discussion of your project.

You will use your Slack project channel to collaborate with your team and memorialize your discussions and supporting materials including, for example, web sources, documents and multimedia content for each case. Be sure to carefully review the materials included in Writing on a Digital Platform and Writing and Research.

Your team will choose a project emphasis, e.g., News & Information; Policy, Government & Security; Telecommunications & Computing; SynBio, AgTech & Biotech; and Climate, Energy & Space, and will focus your project on the analysis described above. I suggest that review the FTI 2022 Tech Trends Report for additional project emphasis ideas.

Your project will include, but not be limited to, the following sections:

Phase 1 | Preliminary Evaluation
  • identify the area you will investigate and the reason you have chosen it; and
  • the stakeholders, industries and markets that are in play; and
  • any domains adjacent to your technology that you anticipate examining,
  • in a maximum of 500 words
Phase 2 | Interim Reports
  • Project progress assessments submitted bi-monthly outlining the status of the progression of your work.
Phase 3 | Final Report

Should include, but not be limited to:

  • Your project’s Preliminary Evaluation (see Phase 1 above), and
  • Your project’s Interim Reports (see Phase 2 above), and
  • Your Project’s complete narrative (see #1 above), and
  • An executive summary describing, in a maximum of 1,000 words, the nature and scope of your project including a description of the subject being evaluated, the developing trends related to that subject, the stakeholders, industries and markets impacted, the opportunities for innovation that have, or might, arise and a timeline describing its evolution, and
  • Identification, description and justification of weak signals related to your technology (Signals, Introduction, Ch 1, 4, 5, 8), and
  • A fringe sketch developed for the the project that identifies your assumptions vs. your knowledge (Signals, Ch 4, 5, 8), and
  • A report on your CIPHER evaluation (Signals, Ch 1, 5, 6, 7, 10), and
  • Identification, description and justification of your scenarios (probable, plausible and possible) and the supporting trends including their timing/trajectory (Signals, Ch 1, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10), and
  • A strategy for leveraging your learnings related to your personal and professional goals (Range), and
  • Source list that includes hyperlinks to all sources.
Phase 4 | Project Discussion
  • All teams will lead, and participate in, an integrated discussion of their project.

Assessment will be based on the requirements described in Writing and Research and Writing on a Digital Platform. I will also evaluate your contributions to your team, level of engagement, the clarity of your writing, spelling and grammar, appearance and satisfaction of form requirements, articulation of all potential issues presented and the quality and depth of analysis.

Gretzky Plan

Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #322-gretzky channel in Slack.

Your last deliverable before the end of the course will be an assessment of the Gretzky Evaluation that you developed at course launch. Please reflect on the substance of your Gretzky Evaluation and describe how your pre-launch perspective on the course, your learning during the course and the outcomes you described earlier have developed favorable, or unfavorable, outcomes. This is not an exercise about whether you have achieved the grade you anticipated. It should be a reflection on how your personal and professional goals have been impacted by the choices you have made in planning and execution, both in what was achieved and how your Gretzky Evaluation helped forecast your success.

Your Gretzky Plan is essentially the executive summary of a personal plan describing your approach to preparing for the future. Your plan should use the FAIR Framework℠, Range, the FTI methodology (discussed throughout the course) as adjusted for personal use as necessary, as a guide.

Your assessment, in a maximum of 1,500 words should be posted to the #gretzky channel in Slack. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable so be sure to review my advice on writing on digital platforms. Never post a Word or Google doc.


The following weights will be assigned to each component of your final grade:

  • Engagement (20%)
  • Gretzky Evaluation (10%)
  • DT&L Project
    • P1 | Preliminary Evaluation (10%)
    • P2 | Interim Reports (15%)
    • P3 | Final Report (25%)
    • P4 | Project Discussion (10%)
  • Gretzky Plan (10%)

DT&L: What Should You Expect?

“It is always wise to look ahead, but difficult to look further than you can see.” (Winston Churchill)

This course will help you understand Churchill’s quote but particularly the second part of the quote. The impact of the development and integration of digital tools is driving change at every level of society, often in ways that are unnoticeable unless you are aware enough to be paying attention. The combinatorial effect of the trends driven by this digital revolution is remarkable, overwhelming and largely unstoppable. We will not try to “predict” the future here. We will learn to identify technologies and the trends facilitated by them so as to better anticipate and forecast future scenarios.

The challenge presented here is not dependent on your ability to memorize facts and regurgitate them in an exam or write a ten page term paper, all assignments where you have already demonstrated success. This course will push you out of whatever comfort zone(s) you have developed over time, immerse you in subject matter that will be largely unfamiliar and challenge you to think differently about the future and your place in it.

We will cover an evolving subject matter using technology platforms that may (at least some of them) be unfamiliar. That said, the subject matter of the course is interesting, stimulating and very timely. We will investigate several emerging and disruptive technologies and the legal and regulatory challenges presented by them. We will use a variety of digital platforms to interact with each other and the course materials. I will actively engage you through the use of the Socratic Method, both in class and during our discussions outside class. You will have a better sense of my class sessions after you read my perspective on Teaching and Learning.

“I skate to where the puck is going to be, not where it has been.” (Wayne Gretzky)

The course will help prepare you to incorporate Gretzky’s perspective in your personal and professional life. DT&L examines several of the many issues and challenges propelled by technology driven disruption. As noted above, it is clear that the established order in business, and society more generally, faces unprecedented change as a result. Since the legal and regulatory environment, broadly defined, is often among the most significant influencer of outcomes in this space we will examine the implications of these disruptive technologies on the law as well. The pace and significance of the change we will examine raise profound questions of ethics that will be at the core of many of our discussions. In the spirit of disruption we have, in past semesters, taken a hybrid (or blended) approach to this learning environment that we will be creating, modifying and consuming over several months.

One last thought for now… the nature of this experience will, of necessity, require you to think differently about where you have been, where you are going and how you experience learning. It is important that we not only get our arms around the subject matter but we must also develop strategies for dealing with an unprecedented era of remarkable, and rapid, change. I expect that we will develop a significantly different, more collaborative environment… one that anticipates that we will actively engage in all of its opportunities.