For 11.10.18

PC Literacy

Set up and report on your daily backup protocol: If you can figure this out, you will be better prepared to learn other, more complex things

  • Describe the application and its setup (walk me through it: learn how to offer a detailed, step-by-step description)
  • Describe how you figured this out (what were your questions, difficulties, and solutions, so you learn how to solve such problems
  • Describe some drama featuring technology, overcoming difficulty (so that you have an opportunity to examine and improve on your relationship to technology, for example, say bye bye to my fear of technology

Outlining in MS Word

The purpose of using the Outline View is to help us structure our note-taking, drafting, and writing to the end of managing complexity and achieving sophistication in reading, thought, and expression

  • To get started: copy the “# BizApps Template” you will find on our Dropbox to a BizApps folder you create on your hard drive, then copy that for each of the weekly assignments
  • Outlining Checklist. This page lists the 12 methods I have found most helpful for the writing of notes and term papers and in a style I think you will find helpful to start; practice these 12 methods, take careful notes of them and their shortcuts, until you learn to use them automatically
  • Outlining and Portfolios offers additional advice on homework and the portfolios you will create, week-by-week, this semester; if you take a few minutes now to review these notes I think you will better understand why and how we do this work in this way
  • To start, copy the “# BizApps Template” to your hard drive and save this copy as your original file for all subsequent homework: if you use this original file, then combining your weekly files will be easy (the underlying styles and other codes will then be consistent).
  • Then, in Outline View, set the date in Heading 1, each of the three major homework sections in Heading 2, research Heading 3 for any sub-heads, set your discussion in Heading 4, put quotes and illustrations in Heading 5, and your citations in Heading 6.
  • What you enter for each assignment is basically up to you, because we are after your taking meaningful notes for you and for our class discussion: this is not about your simply filling-in-the-blank, but your exploiting this opportunity to note, reflect, and report on your learning.

Using Dropbox

  • When you install Dropbox on your PC, you are setting up a shared file system that may look like it is your own folder, but it is not: it is shared, so anything you do to it will be done for all
  • Always copy files to your hard drive, DO NOT DRAG files from Dropbox, because then nobody else will find the file you’ve moved
  • Always paste a copy of your homework, keeping the original in your own hard drive’s BizApps folder
  • If you copy your homework by midnight on Tuesday, that will give us all a chance to see what each other is doing on Wednesdays and so arrive in class better prepared
  • If you finish your homework before Tuesday, that’s just great for you, because then you will be free to do other things and, not incidentally, demonstrate to yourself and others that you plan ahead!

7-11 Japan

This case study offers a top-level view of a huge Japanese franchise system and how data is used to return tremendous value to small, mom and pop convenience stores.

We are reading this to learn about enterprise resource systems, how case studies are designed and can be used, and to practice reading strategies used by academics and business/management professionals.

In your portfolio, prepare one brief discussion of each of the following four readings and where you comment on what each of these approaches reveals. We will repeat this assignment next week, so don’t try to be perfect and use up all of your free time. Do try to understand what is going on and in ways that will help you (and not simply impress the teacher).

  • Skim the article for its overall shape and meaning, follow your intuition, note overall impressions: this should provide you with an orientation, a starting point
  • Scan the article for its major sections, and in the margins write a keyword characterizing each, and where you map what the article appears to offer so that you can pick and choose what to look (and especially, choose not to study and so saving you a lot of time
  • Identity your purpose in reading this article: what your scan leaving you thinking might be most interesting and rewarding to you: what do you think they think is important, and why?
  • Identify your personal/professional interest, where you find one topic, issue, technology, or something that you would like to know more about, and discuss what they say and what you think and in a way that you will find interesting and fun