For 3.6.19

  • Aim high!
  • Learning from others
  • E-commerce
  • Excel
  • How did you do?
  • Next Steps

Aim high!

Consulting my Mega-Evaluation Rubric, as most of yo uhave done, find some interesting category to aim for, identify it, and at the conclusion of next week’s homework write up what you aimed for, what happened, and how well you did

  • Be specific: explain not “being” (picture of Zen Buddist), but doing: set appropriate, doable goals to the end of solving problems and developing your skill set
  • Document your learning in any low-cost/high-return way that feels appropriate to you: our aim is to practice goal-setting, increase our productivity, and so forth, the usual Good School Stuff

Learning from others

Identify at least one thing you’ve learned from others and applied to your work

  • As above: be specific, set appropriate, doable goals, and codument your learning
  • Best is when you complete the exercise by interviewing your partner, giving them wonderful cooking by discussing their admirable example and how you learn from them
  • To make it interesting, note how they think and work differently and how you thought that how they are different from you is just great!
  • Our aim here is to develop team and communication skills as well as take advantage of relevant learning: much of what I say and do is from another planet, but what your classmates say and do is likely closer to you, and so more relevant


We want to learn how to learn, and what we saw and discussed is how many of you approached this two page article on e-commerce in unsystematic ways, and throuh outlining I’m hoping to help you become more observant, systematic in observation and analysis, and develop your study and communication skills

  • Re-read the Wolf article on e-commercy to the end of mapping what he says in the order that he says it and then, in a second pass, as a short list of topic and issues that you then elaborate
  • Survey the examples in our “Dropbox/Resources/Outlining Lecture and Examples” to explore how we can use outlining to think, especially by creating different kinds of sub-heads to order our thoughts, ask questions, and interrogate the text to the end of clarifying thought, developing understanding, and remembering
  • Because two heads are always better tha one, identify what interesting, effective ways one or more of your classmates have outlined the Wolf article on e-commerce
  • First (short) outline what the article says and how
  • Then (short) outline the main points
  • Then, for each sub-head, say three things about it, including what the text says, what it reminds of, and what else you might find about it


As before, read chapter 3 (or 4 or 5 or 6 or whatever) until you actually learn something, figure out what the issue or concept or interesting methods is, and document your learning with a small, annotated screenshot

How did you do?

  • Identify the interesting category you aimed for, what goals you set out to achieve, and document your learning

Next steps?

  • More on the e-commerce business, why this sector is such a big deal
  • How the e-commerce business works, including how Amazon provides all these web and fulfillment services off the shelf so that you could readily imagine setting up a business for online dog food or something like that, something that would make you a lot of money and be fun