For 13.12.17

Please try to do a little of each of the above so that next week you can ask questions and, over the holidays, dig deeper into one or more of them

  1. Templating in MS Word
  2. Looking things up
  3. Homework Revision: Transformative Learning
  4. Business Process Modeling Notation
  5. The iEconomy

Templating in MS Word

There are at least three ways of starting a portfolio file

  1. Open an old file, delete everything, change the date = “I’m doing it just like last week, and this helps me to remember to change the date.” (copy of a copy of a copy …)
  2. As above, but open the file called “template” = go back to the original (not my copy of a copy of a copy)
  3. Do this: Create real template

Creating a template

You want to be able to open a file with your BizApps template easily, and the easiest way is to save a “BizApps Template” in the My Templates folder deep in your application

  1. Find your personal templates folder. Search for your “Templates” folder, then create an alias to it, then move that template to your desktop
  2. Save your “template” file as a Template. Open the template file I’ve provided, delete everything, go to the header and delete the date so that you have “first name, — #” and leave your cursor after the comma and so ready to add your homework date. Then “save as” template to your personal templates folder

For more on templating, search “ms word support yourversion templates”

Looking things up

This level of detailed knowledge involves lots of little things, so take a moment look some of them up. For example, what is the difference between a .docx and .doc file? What is the difference between a .docx and .dot file? In class we learned how to ask such simple questions, review the results quickly, and read just enough to understand what is going on. Learning an application typically involves such “in context” questions … things you look up when you are trying to learn something (and which the textbooks might get to later or not at all): learning how to look such things up will help you develop mastery, confidence, and relieve yourself of mystery and confusion.

  • For your homework, ook up three things about MS Word that you always wanted to know, that might help make it less mysterious, and by learning how to look up such dumb little things you learn how to ask questions all the time, easily, and forever: learn how to say: “say bye bye to my fear of technology”

Homework Revision: Transformative Learning

You have done a great job keeping up with your homework! But the question is: what have you really learned? In this exercise, learn how to direct your attention, clarify your thinking and learning, and truly make your work memorable: ask yourself what part of your homework has been transformative. Choose one part of your homework of last week to do over in the manner of transformative learning. Things students today chose included:

  • Creating meaningful sub-heads, where one student has decided to revise her list of CRM components in a vivid way, one that truly explains what CRM does
  • Cleaning house, where another student realized she was always spending forever trying to find a file and realized that she had 472 files in her Documents directory and no sub-directories: by creating basic sub-directories for courses, articles, business, and “more”, she reduced her Documents directory from 472 to 7 and where the 7 were meaningful sub-directories, each containing dozens of files of one kind
  • Finally learning outlining, where a student found himself still using “body text” which he then styled by hand, including bullets, arrows, bold, italic, and indents … he simply skipped the outlining lessons until he became convinced that now is the time to learn it: good for him!
  • Looking up ERP, where a student found herself deeply interested in a topic that she thinks will be important to her in business, and where the rest of us are visiting this topic briefly, she has decided to dig in and explore the issue extensively. Wonderful!

Business Process Modeling Notation

Implementing business application systems involves analyzing business processes, and for that analysts typically develop user scenarios then map those scenarios onto business process models — abstractions based on stories that can then be broken down into discrete, coordinated sequences that computers and systems can be designed to support. Business process modeling notation is a powerful tool for representing this middle step between stories and the details of application design and implementation.

The iEconomy

This exercise will help you consider BizApps in a larger social, economic, and political context. Read, briefly outline, and write up a few sentences of reflection on any of the articles you will find in the NYT iEconomy series.