2017 2SW Spring

Week 15.

Final presentations, round 2.

Week 14

Final Presentations, round 1. Evaluation form.

Week 13

Classwork

  • Describing and explaining images.
  • Answering questions about images.
  • Practice explaining your business idea.

Homework

  • Next week we start final presentations. Prepare and practice for an approximately 7-8 minute talk with slides about your business idea.
  • Make sure you have a proper introduction that starts with story/hook.
  • Print out your slides on A4 paper, with one slide per paper.

Week 12

  • Review.
  • Steve Jobs presentation and slide critique.
  • Practice designing slides.
  • Discussing your business plans.

Homework

  • Continue to work on your final projects. You should be focusing on what needs your business fills and how it is different from what is available now.
  • Revise your mind maps but you do not have to upload them.
  • Find 6-10 images that you can use for slides in your presentation. Print them out and bring them to class.

Week 11

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Playing devil's advocate and the importance of respectful criticism.
  • Explaining your ideas and answering questions.

Homework

  • Watch Steve Jobs introduce the iPhone in 2007. You don't need to understand everything he says, nor watch the entire presentation, but notice how he identifies gaps, shows how they can be filled, and then demonstrates how the iPhone works and serves people's needs. The most important parts are in the first 15 minutes or so.
  • Based on the questions, feedback, and comments you received in class, as well as any ideas you got from the Steve Jobs video, revise your mind maps. Make sure to review what makes a good introduction, and the importance of concrete language and specific details.

  • Send your mind maps to me as a pdf, addressed to the usual email address, with the subject line: 2SW Week 11 homework. Name the file the same way but prepend your assigned number to the subject line.

  • Begin to find images you can use for visual aids in your final presentations. You will be expected to have 6-10 slides for the presentation.

Week 10

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Explaining unmet needs and gaps in services and products.
  • Explaining your business ideas and asking questions about other people's ideas.

Homework

  • Based on the feedback you receive in class today, refine or adapt your ideas.
  • Choose which of your business ideas you think is best and the most interesting for you.
  • Make a mind map of your idea. Make sure there are nodes explaining such things as: the gap, how your business idea will fill the gap, how you will start the business, why your idea will work, how you will make money, etc. Each main node should have at least 3 child nodes plus other child nodes.

Week 9

Classwork

  • Semester review and self assessment.
  • Brainstorming practice.

Homework

  • Brainstorm and come up with 1-2 ideas for your final presentation using the directions below.
    • Think about and brainstorm ideas about unmet needs provided by businesses. For example, AirBnB filled a gap related to unused rooms and apartments that could be rented out. The iPhone filled the gap for an easy to use phone that was also a computer. Amazon filled the need for easy and efficient online shopping.
    • You need to create a business idea that will fill one of the gaps that you came up with. Again, brainstorm your ideas and try to come up with a 1-2 that might work.
    • Be ready to discuss your ideas in class next week. It is important that you do the homework because we will use your brainstorming for our in-class activities next week.

Week 8

Classwork

Homework

  • Relax.

Week 7

Classwork

  • Review about claims and types of evidence.
  • Pro and con presentations about teaching creative thinking. Please use the evaluation form.

Homework

  • Based on what you heard from your classmates and your own ideas, decide whether you think it is a good idea to teach creative thinking in first year university classes.
  • Revise your mind map so that it focuses on your choice. You should look for additional evidence to support your position.
  • Find evidence that you can use to prove that the opposite position is not as appropriate as your position. Remember that you have to be fair about presenting valid arguments from the other side.
  • Use the mind map to prepare a 7 minute presentation that supports your position.
  • Incorporate feedback you received about your presentation.
  • Upload your mind map to the usual email address by 7:00 June 6.

Next week's presentation is a midterm presentation and will count for approximately 25% of your course grade.

Week 6

Classwork

Homework

  • Revise your mind map based on feedback you received from your classmates.
  • Use your revised mind map to prepare a 6 minute presentation explaining the reasons for and against the teaching of creative thinking in first year university classes.

Week 5

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Homework upload system explanation.
  • Using mind maps.
  • Arguing for something.
    • Defining terms
    • Claims
    • Kinds of evidence
    • Logic and soundness
  • Short discussions about creative thinking.

Homework

  • Revise your mind map so that it includes definitions, clearly stated claims, and verifiable evidence.
  • Your mind map should have a main node for each reason and then separate/child nodes for: definitions, claims, and evidence.
  • Save your mind map as a pdf. Name your file this way: assigned student number_Week5MindMap.
  • Use the provided email address to send me your saved pdf. The subject line should be: Week 5 Mind Map_assigned student number.
  • The deadline for submitting your homework is May 22 06:59.

Week 4

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Minimal answer game.
  • Effective university student presentations. Please use this evaluation form.
  • Arguing (what a terrible word) for or against a position.
    • What is a position?
    • How do you decide if something is right or wrong, good or bad?

Homework

  • Using a mind map, provide 5 reasons for supporting the teaching of creative thinking in first year university classes, and 5 reasons for not supporting the idea.
  • For each node, you should have at least 3 "child nodes" that provide evidence for your positions.
  • You should try to use a mind mapping app such as Coggle, MindMup, Cmap, or any other mind mapping app you like. Remember to be careful with Coggle and MindMup since there are privacy issues. Cmap can be downloaded to your computer or iOS device and therefore has almost no privacy issues.
  • If you want to try other mind mapping apps, please go to the Tech for Research page and scroll down to find some other recommendations.

Week 3

Classwork

  • Review.
  • How did you change in your first year presentations? Please use the presentation 1 form to assess your classmates' talks.
  • Additional discussion on effective learning habits.
  • Review of visual aid design.

Homework

  • Prepare a 5 minute presentation about how to be an effective university student. Your target audience is first year business administration students who have just started school.
  • Your presentation should have:
    • An introduction with an effective hook.
    • A body section that contains concrete details and examples.
    • A conclusion that summarizes your main ideas.
  • Please include 3-5 slides in your talk.
  • Make a mind map or outline of your talk and bring it to class. I will collect them at the end of the class.

Week 2

Classwork

  • Review.
  • Class 1 worksheet.
  • Abstract and concrete language worksheet.
  • What did you learn in 1S?
    • What did you learn about giving presentations. For example, what did you learn about introductions, conclusions, facts and opinions, what makes a good visual aid, how do you keep the attention of the audience, etc.
    • What tools did you use to make your presentations,. For example mind maps, outlining tools, presentation apps, etc.

Homework

  • Prepare a 5 minute presentation that follows the traditional structure (we will have talked about this in class) about how you changed in your first year of college. Some possible things to consider include:
    • What new ideas and opinions did you develop?
    • What interesting things did you learn?
    • What new goals and dreams did you have?
    • How did your feelings about school change.
    • What books or articles or ideas affected you the most? Explain how they affected you.
    • And anything else that is important to you.
  • You can use visual aids if you like but they are not required.
  • Remember to bring your mind map, outline, or note cards to class. Whatever you do, remember, do not write out your presentation and read it.

Resources

Below you will find pictures of the whiteboards from today's activity about effective learning habits and goals.

Week 1

Classwork

Homework

  • Work with your group members to finish the Class 1 Worksheet. Be ready to explain your reasons for each item. Please remember to bring the sheet to the next class.