Starting Monday September 9th
Theme: Getting to know the purpose of the course and your NGO
During this course we will explore 4 different themes around the use of online communities and networks in innovative design. As action learning, you will apply them to your Team Project and your NGO’s strategic opportunities in using online communities and networks. This week we will start laying out the ideas and the project work, as well as orient to school technology.
You will understand what tasks/accomplishments are expected at the end of the course and be able to predict and show how they will get there. Students should have an understanding about NGO’s, the Millennium Development Goals, and how internet and (f.g.) Blackboard works as well as other tech tools like Youtube, Facebook, blogging etc. and be able to illustrate this in their blog and during group work.
Between now and the end of next week you will do the following:
- TEAM WORK: Meet your team and begin your project.
- Begin to get to know your team ‐ who they are, their interests, and networks. How can each person be an asset in this project?
- Do some initial research into your NGO and their potential strategic use of communities and networks in their design work. Review your NGO’s area of responsibility and prepare a draft of what you think defines the value and purpose of your NGO. Which Millenium Development Goals (MDGs) is their work supporting? What questions do you have?
- Set up NGO Hangout/call/visit with your NGO and draft potential purposes/value propositions. Learn basic technology used for school projects: internet, blackboard, experience Google Hangout; not a solo sport ‐‐ the networks we weave and interact with are part of our “capital” as innovators.
- PERSONAL BLOG WORK: Your blog posts will be reviewed as part of your final grade. We’ll be looking for clarity of thought and expression and how well you back up your ideas with evidence (citations, etc.) You will also be asked to visit the blog of at least one other classmate, 1⁄2 of the time within your team and 1⁄2 of the time outside your team (you can pick, but we suggest you vary these week by week) and read and respond to one of their posts which may include asking follow up questions, giving feedback or building on their ideas. Why? Because design and innovation is In our team work we are exploring the value of communities and networks for NGO design. But what about for YOU? Instead of doing this as a discussion on our Blackboard forum, we are going to use your first blog posts as a way to try out “thinking individually in the open” and see what happens.
- Start your personal blog: Each week you will be given a writing prompt for you to respond to in your blog. This will help you get your side of the conversation started by exploring the different themes we will be talking about which help your project on it’s way.
- On Monday you will be asked to make a blog (see the tumblr guide for information and a form to register your blog with the web site). This task should be completed IN CLASS on Monday.
- This week’s blog prompt: Your first reflective blog post prompt asks you to reflect on the course kick-off. How do you understand our class goals? What do you need and want to learn as you/we explore the different themes from application of online communities and networks to open innovation design? What would you like the outcome of your team’s project to look like? What “specialty quality” will you bring and contribute?