Discussion Board Instructions
This will be your first Discussion Board (DB) post based on the course’s content. To that extent I provide some guidance on DB posts and please follow these directions for subsequent DBs. Your initial DB posts should minimally be a complete paragraph and should be created as a new thread as this identifies you at the top level (please do this for all your initial DB forum posts). Your follow-up posts which are also required can convey agreement, disagreement or emphasize discussion points (in fewer words). Please note you are responsible for reading everyone’s posts at the end of the week for all discussions and visiting any links provided. Following this, I reiterate that you are responsible for replying or adding content to at least one other student’s post or discussion. (Note that you may subscribe to the forums to receive updates).
A proper discussion board post:
1. Provides a response that uses examples from the lecture, text, or academic literature sources. Please pay special attention to the supplemental notes in the Lecture Folders and use this information where possible. (i.e. the business-organization-IT triangle).
2. Introduces a distinct perspective that adds to the known elements of the discussion.
3. Is submitted on time.
An improper discussion board post:
1. States an opinion without evidence to support that opinion and fails to explain the why and what of the opinion made.
2. Repeats information already covered in the discussion without contributing to the discovery process.
Please note that uncommon acronyms may be used but must be clarified their first instance as in the following example – “The Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) in accordance with the World Wide Web Consortium (WC3) dictates that…” In subsequent instances we can then merely state “The W3C states that…” If you base your opinion on a source please cite the source in parenthesis (e.g. Author, text title, magazine title, Website URL, etc. and the year). Later on we will work on formal APA format (i.e. an APA citation is not necessary for this DB and discussions requiring an APA citation will clearly specify this requirement).
Remember our communication and written word must be detailed and precise. I recommend you compose your posting in an editor (e.g. MS Word) and spell check your work prior to posting. Please reread your posts after posting to and try to convey complete descriptive information.
DBs with a required APA citation are worth 5 points. DBs not requiring an APA citation are worth 2 points. Please note this DB does not require an APA citation. Note that in many of the DBs I am seeking your perspective or your practices, in these instances there is no right or wrong and the DBs serve to let the community know what you think or do. This is very important as we are learning about the integrated nature of IT, Business and Organization/Culture. To this extent much of my feedback will be in the form of personal emails as I may simply suggest better ways to express things electronically. Several of the DBs will involve the Linux portion of the course (e.g. installation, configuration, etc.). If you have difficulty with a Linux component it is best to email me as this will show up on my radar (in my inbox) immediately. When we communicate in this fashion I ask that you document our solutions in the DB as the Linux DBs represent an evolving or dynamic tutorial developed by past and present classes in accord with User Centered Design (UCD).
Module 2 – Discussion Topic
Please review the Emergent Technologies & Flat World folder found in the Resources tab. Following this, choose a topic form extreme tech, futureguru, Shift Happens or anything else in the folder and open a discussion thread by assessing the topic and/or providing your opinion.
Please keep in mind Moore’s Law, Metcalfe’s Law and Gilder’s law as well as the Network Economic Theory from module one throughout this course.
This discussion is particularly relevant as you are in a unique position to innovate yourselves. Consider the biologist who must earn their B.S. and M.S. in order to work alongside Ph.D.’s in a laboratory. After several years of gaining experience they may be given the opportunity to innovate and research on their own. Now consider IT, mash-ups and converging technology. As an example, consider tinyurl.com. Someone probably saw their parents struggling with copying and pasting long URLs in message boards and e-mails so they created a website to redirect or forward traffic. This is incredibly simple technology as you are only required to set up a forward on the server and could easily be accomplished by any first-year CIS student. It is rare that all applications of an emergent technology are realized at its inception. You are the right place at the right time as you are in position to monitor emerging technology and society and apply technology to meet needs in new ways.
At this point you may note that the discussions may not be closely coordinated with the Lecture Modules. This is done to emphasize the integrated nature of today’s technology driven business climate as well as to introduce everyone to additional topics to assist with Term Paper topic selection. From a teacher’s perspective, this will also force everyone to return and review past topics (e.g. we discuss Networking and Hardware several weeks after covering them in class).
Prof James Looby