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.
Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #321-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.
You will complete this deliverable using 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. Each team will be responsible for the analysis of two cases . Each case analysis will be developed and shared in your team’s Slack project channel and will include the several parts described below with submission deadlines shown in the Course Schedule.
- 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.
- A narrated, self-running Powerpoint presentation to share your analysis, allowing their classmates to be full prepared for each in-class discussion.
- 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., synthetic biology, autonomous vehicles, climate change or artificial intelligence, and will focus your project on the analysis described above. I suggest that review the FTI 2021 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.
Complete this deliverable by posting your plan to the #321-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%)