DT&L: Deliverables

You are responsible for completing the following deliverables this semester.

Engagement

Success in this course will require you to do more than appear in class twice weekly and answer an occasional question. All of my students will be prepared to actively participate in our in-class discussions since that is a crucial way to take as much away from the course as possible. Please review the Engagement Rubric in this site’s Engagement page of the Course Policies section. Remember, conversation “… is a form of interactive, spontaneous communication between two or more people …” generally, “… written exchanges are usually not referred to as conversations.” The good news is that Slack will allow us to engage in synchronous or asynchronous written exchanges to stand in for synchronous discussions.

DT&L Reflection Journal

You will build a journal that reflects your creative process throughout the DT&L experience. You will create an Adobe Express web page and then share the page with me via Slack DM. Post update entries and republish the site throughout the semester. Journal entries should include thoughtfully incorporated multimedia content (text, images, audio, video) and the reflections described in your DT&L Reflection Journal.

Gretzky Portfolio

Complete this deliverable by developing your Gretzky Portfolio using Adobe Express and Adobe Portfolio and posting the link to the #323-gretzky channel in Slack.

Your Gretzky Portfolio will require you to think differently about the level of preparation you have developed during your college experience. In other words, how ready are you for your future? This is not an exercise about whether you have achieved the grade you anticipated or hoped for. It should reflect on how your personal and professional goals have been impacted by the choices you have made in the planning and execution of this Portfolio, both in what was achieved and how your work on your Gretzky Portfolio will influence your success.

When developing your Gretzky Portfolio, you will apply the FTI methodology (discussed throughout the course) and incorporate the FAIR Framework℠ and Range, adapted for personal use as necessary, as a guide. The goal is to understand better your readiness to be career competitive post-graduation. You will use the available Adobe Creative Cloud Suite apps to support your work. Primarily, you will use Adobe Express to develop the digital artifacts incorporated into your Gretzky Portfolio and Adobe Portfolio to build your Gretzky Portfolio progressively over the
semester.
Your Gretzky Portfolio will include the following sections: About Me (personal bio), Gretzky Evaluation (personal SWOT analysis); Forecasting Funnel; Time Cone; Scenarios; Sources of Macro Disruption; Fringe Sketch; CIPHER (Trends), Assumptions vs Knowledge (AvK), and Axes of Uncertainty. You will develop these sections as the semester progresses. The calendar and course schedule will guide due dates.
Development of your Gretzky Evaluation (personal SWOT analysis) that will help you evaluate your preparation and readiness as you begin this course. Your analysis should address, but not be limited to, these questions:
  • Why are you taking this course?
  • What do you expect to take away from this experience?
  • How would you describe your overall comfort level with the use of technology?
  • How would you describe your general awareness/understanding of digital innovation?
  • What specific steps/actions do you think are necessary for success in this course?
This effort is to help you think through not only the current state of your preparation and readiness but also the path/process that you choose to address the challenges and opportunities for growth and learning that this experience presents. Your readiness evaluation will set the stage for developing the other components of your Gretzky Portfolio. It also intends to define the framework you will utilize throughout your personal and professional life in undertaking challenging situations, issues, and other significant challenges. Remember that you are using a digital platform to complete this deliverable, so review my advice on writing on digital media.
The final section of your Gretzky Portfolio will assess your progress since your initial evaluation developed at the course launch. Please reflect on the substance of your Gretzky Portfolio work and describe how your pre-launch perspective, learning during the course, and the outcomes you described earlier have developed favorable or unfavorable results. Be sure to include your strategy for leveraging your personal and professional learnings. Your Gretzky Plan is the executive summary of an individual plan describing your approach to preparing for the future.

DT&L Portfolio

You will complete this deliverable by developing your DT&L Portfolio using Adobe Express, Adobe Portfolio, and your team channel in Slack.

Much of your work in this course will be as part of a small team. Your work on that team will focus on developing an analysis and forecast that examines the impact of disruptive events and 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 you will address the ethical issues that arise due to the impact of disruption.

We will focus much of our work this semester on Artificial Intelligence. Our DT&L Projects will examine Bioengineering, Climate + Energy, Computing, Mobility, Robotics, & Drones, and Web3. Review the FTI 2023 Tech Trends Report for additional DT&L Portfolio ideas.

Each team will develop and report their project using Adobe Express to create the digital artifacts incorporated into your DT&L Portfolio. You will use Adobe Portfolio to build your DT&L Portfolio progressively over the semester. Each team must use its Slack channel for all brainstorming, communication, file sharing, etc., related to the DT&L Portfolio. Each team will be responsible for preparing and posting progress and content updates to their channel in Slack by 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 a team that will be responsible for the management of all aspects of the development of your DT&L Portfolio:
  1. Your DT&L Portfolio will feature a multimedia production documentary in which a storyteller (your team) combines photos, videos, and audio with interviews, narration, text, and graphics to deliver a message, invoke an emotional response, and suggest action. Your DT&L Portfolio will include the identification, description, and justification of signals (weak and/or strong) related to your project and each of the following foresight tools: Forecasting Funnel, Time Cone; Scenarios, Sources of Macro Disruption, Fringe Sketch; CIPHER (Trends), Assumptions vs. Knowledge (AvK), and Axes of Uncertainty. You will develop these sections as the semester progresses. The calendar and course schedule will guide due dates.
  2. Prepare and share your analysis using Adobe Express to develop project-specific artifacts and Adobe Portfolio to share your DT&L Portfolio. This allows your classmates to prepare for each in-class DT&L Project discussion fully.
  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 project will include, but not be limited to, the following sections:
Phase 1 | Preliminary Evaluation (post to Slack team channel)
  • Identify the stakeholders, industries, and markets that are in play in the area you will investigate and
  • Identify any domains adjacent to the technology that you anticipate examining and
  • in a maximum of 500 words
Phase 2 | Interim Report (post to Slack team channel)
  • Portfolio progress assessment submitted outlining the status of the progression of your work.
Phase 3 | Final DT&L Portfolio
The DT&L Portfolio should incorporate, but not be limited to:
  • An introduction to the documentary describing 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
  • A review of the significance of each of the foresight tools described above, i.e., Forecasting Funnel, Time Cone; Scenarios; Sources of Macro Disruption, Fringe Sketch; CIPHER (Trends), Assumptions vs. Knowledge (AvK), and Axes of Uncertainty, and
  • A conclusion that includes your strategy for leveraging your personal and professional learnings and discusses the significance of the same.
  • Source list that includes hyperlinks to all sources
Phase 4 | DT&L Portfolio Discussion
All teams will facilitate and participate in an integrated discussion of their DT&L Portfolios. 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.

Grading

The following weights will be assigned to each component of your final grade:
  • Engagement & DT&L Reflection Journal (20%)
  • Gretzky Portfolio (20%)
    • Artifacts (10%)
  • DT&L Portfolio (50%)
    • P1 | Preliminary Evaluation (5%)
    • P2 | Interim Report (5%)
    • P3 | Final Portfolio (25%)
    • P4 | Project Discussion (15%)

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.