Interesting video that shows the evolution of Google Search from its beginnings in 1996 to how it works today as well as Google's plans for the future. Hard to believe we've only been able to "Google" for 15 years, isn't it?
I’ve been thinking about how I want to structure a new course for spring and am reading this post by Professor Mike Duvall (College of Charleston). He advocates designing each unit in a course around a series of questions that will stimulate your students' interest.
I've done this in my Human Resource Management class. For example, when I teach employment law, I start out the module with questions such as:
Why do we have Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) laws?
What type of personnel records do employers need to keep and for how long?
What types ofquestions should employers/managers avoid in an interview or on an application form and why?
I find the questions get the students thinking about the topic and lead nicely into some great discussions.
Writing a letter of recommendation for a student is time consuming even though you want to help the student get a job or into grad school. Professor Barbara Nixon (Southeastern University)shares this form that she has her students fill out to help her streamline the process.
In my last post, I shared the student conduct guidelines that the faculty in the College of Business at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee developed and that are now posted on our website. The faculty thought we should also be held to a professional code of conduct and thus developed the following list:
What you can expect from your College of Business professors:
We will be civil, professional, and ethical in our interactions with you and treat you with respect and dignity.
We will be on time to class and fully prepared to teach using relevant and up-to-date pedagogy.
We will turn off our cell phones before class and refrain from checking messages, thus giving you our undivided attention.
We will follow the grading scale, course policies, exam dates, etc. listed in the syllabus and will not change these policies or dates during the semester without adequate communication.
We will respond to your email questions and grade assignments, quizzes, papers, and exams in a timely manner.
We will be available (and happy to) meet with you to discuss classes, assignments, career choices, etc., as needed.
Our goal is to help you learn what it takes to be successful in the business world. Let’s work together to make you as prepared as possible for your future careers.
My colleagues and I at the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee have been discussing the need for setting expectations in the classroom and I volunteered to put together some student conduct guidelines. After much editing, we've put together the following expectations that are now posted on our College of Business website.
Dear College of Business Student:
If we were to ask you why you decided to get a degree in business, you would probably answer that you wanted to get the best education and training possible in order to be successful in your future career. While that certainly means a working knowledge of finance, accounting, marketing, and management information, theories and tools, another equally important aspect to success is to learn and practice what it takes to be a professional. Thus, your professors will role model the business etiquette used in the workplace and will have high expectations that you too will practice these behaviors. We want you to be successful in your current role as student as well as in your business or service career. As a result, future employers can count on our business graduates to possess the academic, time management, team member, and leadership skills they want in a new employee.
In order for your professor to do his or her job of helping you to learn through a variety of teaching methods as well as by bringing in real world applications to give substance to the theories being taught, the following will be expected from you, the student:
You will be in class, seated, and ready to participate at the beginning of the class period. You will also stay in class until dismissed by the professor.
You will come to class prepared, having read the required materials or completed the assignments given. You are encouraged to bring up issues raised in the reading materials for clarification and elaboration in class.
You will take care of any needs for restroom breaks, coffee, returning phone calls, etc. before class begins so you can stay and pay attention for the entire class period.
You will turn off your cell phones before class and refrain from checking your messages during class (in case of an anticipated emergency situation, please inform your instructor before class and place the phone on vibrate)
You will be expected to do your own work for assignments, papers, tests, and projects and turn in your assignments in on time.
You will be expected to contribute your share of work to your team projects and to do your best to make the team experience a positive one for all members.
You will pay attention during class: no talking while classmates or the instructor is talking, no sleeping, no reading newspapers, no doing work for other classes.
You will keep in mind that the course rules and policies, exam dates, and grading scale apply to all students equally, and will not ask for special treatment.
If you have to miss class, you will get the lecture notes from another student and will pick up any handouts you missed.
You will keep an open mind and treat members of the class, guest speakers, and your professors with respect and dignity.
Have we missed anything? I'm also curious whether other universities post student expectations on their websites.
As you know, social media is a relatively new concept and a few universities are beginning to offer a course on this in their journalism, PR, or marketing programs. This semester I taught a course in Social Media Management and Strategy for the first time in the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee’s MBA program. I had given a great deal of thought to what the final exam should be and was thinking I would give them a choice of scenarios and have them pick one and put together a social media plan.
In the meantime, I went out to dinner one night with some friends and heard a local musician, Jonathan Cortez, for the first time. We were all impressed by the range of music he sang including jazz, blues, top tunes from the 1980’s and even opera. Afterwards, I tried googling him to find future gigs and was surprised to find very little information. The proverbial light bulb came on as I thought he would be a great project for the class. The students agreed and were excited about developing a social media strategy for him, including designing a blog, getting him on LinkedIn and Twitter, updating his Facebook and Youtube accounts, etc. Here’s an article from the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that talks about their project.
Congrats to the MBA students in Cohort 8! I have to say this was one of the most interesting student projects I have been involved with in my 30 years of teaching!