TECHNOLOGY SKILLS AND KNOWLEDGE
The business environment where you will spend your career will require you to be familiar with many technology tools. We will use several of these in this class and also tools that are designed specifically for the learning environment including: spreadsheet, word processing, presentations, prezis wikis, blogs. Using the powerful digital tool kit available to all of us effectively is a powerful skill and you will be able to add these to your resume if you develop mastery. While a working knowledge of these applications is a prerequisite for any course offered by RCB many students still find that they could use some additional training. The University offers many high-quality training modules in all of these applications to students though Watch and Learn at http://www.gsu.edu/ist/training/lynda.html
uLearn: We will be using ULearn for this course. ULearn is an excellent Learning Management System and we will use many of the advanced features of ULearn this semester.
Classroom Response System: We will be using clickers this semester to participate in class. You must bring your clicker to class every day and be prepared to use it at any time. You will have many opportunities to respond to questions, take quizzes, and let the instructor know if you follow.
Tegrity: For sections of BUSA3000 where the classroom is properly equipped the class will be captured using Tegrity. Most of the lectures will be posted after class in Tegrity. This allows you to review the class lectures and discussions in your preparation for quizzes or exams. You can also use Tegrity to review parts of the class that you did not follow completely. Needless to say, recordings of class sessions on Tegrity is NOT a reason not to attend class. As you can see from the class schedule and the syllabus, you will miss attendance roll, quizzes, discussion and much else of you are not in class. You can log into Tegrity using your GSU Panther ID and password at http://tegrity.gsu.edu
Online library research: Your term paper as well as your country research project will require you to do in depth research and using only Google and Wikipedia will not be adequate for this purpose. You will be receiving training on using the powerful research tools available in the library during a library session. The use of Factiva and World Sources Direct will be essential for the term paper and online databases on trade, agreements, development, etc will be needed for the country research project.
SWoRD (Scaffolded Writing and Reviewing in the Discipline): SWoRD is a web-based reciprocal peer review system. In less fancy terms, students turn their class papers into SWoRD, which then assigns this paper to three to six peers in the class. The peers grade the paper and give advice for how to improve it. Students revise the paper and turn it back in to SWoRD, which distributes the paper to the same peers for final review. SWoRD determines the accuracy of the ratings through a complex process of separating out different kinds of bias in grading. The authors rate the advice given to them in terms of helpfulness. Reviewers get a grade for their work which is a combination of accuracy and helpfulness grades. In this way, reviewers must work hard and take their task seriously. SWoRD has been used in many different courses (graduate and undergraduate), in many different disciplines and at many different universities. The grades that are produced are just as reliable and accurate as instructor grades, and authors get advice that is possibly more useful than what they would have received from an instructor. Most importantly, SWoRD allows the instructor to assign writing tasks of the most important kind (with feedback and revision) without depending on only instructors or TAs for feedback. However, there will also be feedback by the instructor as well as GRA on each and every paper. Half (50%) of the final grade is determined by the instructor and if there are any concerns the instructor will review the assignment for re-grading. You may find more information on SWoRD at https://sites.google.com/site/swordlrdc/
Wiki: If you elect to complete the Wiki project for part of your grade your will need to make contributions to the Wiki in GoogleDocs.
PodCasing: You will have the option of preparing and presenting a podcast as an elective assignment. Training and equipment is available at the DigitalAquarium for you to make a professional podcast. There are hi-definition digital cameras, camcorders, microphones, editing equipment and software available. There is also an excellent collection of stock photos, video and music available that you can use in your podcast.
GoogleEarth Pro: You will have the option of using GoogleEarth Pro to produce a video for part of your grade. A license of Google Earth Pro will be made available to you if you elect his option. Discuss this option with your instructor if you are interested in this option.