Marshmallow Tower Challenge

Please answer these questions in your blog post about your experience building the tower with your team.  Be sure to include photos, measurements and outcomes.

  1. Was there a leader in your group?   Who was it and who decided who the leader would be?
  2. If you had no leader, do you think having designated someone a leader would have helped?
  3. How helpful was everyone on your team in the process of building the tallest structure?  Did anyone appear to be an expert?
  4. Did any team members tune out the activity–out of frustration with other members or for some other reason?  What could you have done to keep all members of the group fully engaged?
  5. Did you feel everyone’s ideas were well received during the activity?
  6. How did you feel as the time limit was approaching?  Did pressure increase?  If yes, was that helpful or not?
  7. In retrospect, what could you have done differently throughout this process?
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Marshmallow Tower Challenge

Please answer these questions in your blog post about your experience building the tower with your team.  Be sure to include photos, measurements and outcomes.

  1. Was there a leader in your group?   Who was it and who decided who the leader would be?
  2. If you had no leader, do you think having designated someone a leader would have helped?
  3. How helpful was everyone on your team in the process of building the tallest structure?  Did anyone appear to be an expert?
  4. Did any team members tune out the activity–out of frustration with other members or for some other reason?  What could you have done to keep all members of the group fully engaged?
  5. Did you feel everyone’s ideas were well received during the activity?
  6. How did you feel as the time limit was approaching?  Did pressure increase?  If yes, was that helpful or not?
  7. In retrospect, what could you have done differently throughout this process?

Organizational Culture Assignment

Assignment:  Cultural analysis of IT Minor Class

Format:  Typed, Double spaced, Include opening paragraph, Body, Closing paragraph, Hard copy turned in 10-19-2017

Organizations are created to accomplish goals.  In the process of working toward those goals, a culture develops.  A culture is the character and personality of your organization.  It’s what makes your organization unique and is the sum of its values, traditions, beliefs, interactions, behaviors and attitudes.

A part of your project experience will be to identify and describe the culture of the organization with which you are working.  We are going to use this class for practice in identifying the elements of an organization’s culture.

Most of us are at least subconsciously aware of the culture of any group or organization of which we are members.  Several of the elements are discovered by participation within the group while others are realized through observation.  Some of the major elements of culture are:

  1.  Rites, ceremonies and rituals
  2. Fairy tales, myths, stories and legends
  3. Heros
  4. Language
  5. Humor and play
  6. Rules
  7. Metaphors
  8. Physical setting
  9. Stories
  10. Values

To understand the “cultural identification” process USE THIS CLASS as an example.  From the 10 elements above, CHOOSE 5 and describe this class in those terms.  You will need to include examples for each element.

***Remember to use examples to support your element choices.  This is often the most forgotten part of this assignment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reflective Practice

Reflective practice is, in its simplest form, thinking about or reflecting on what you do.  It is closely linked to the concept of learning from experience in that you think abut what you did, and what happened, and decide from that what you would do differently next time.

Thinking about what has happened is part of being human.  However, the difference between casual thinking and reflective practice requires a conscious effort to think about events, and develop insights into them.  Once you get into the habit of using reflective practice you will probably find it useful at school, work and at home.

Answer the following prompts on your blog before class on Wednesday 9/27/2017.

  1.  IDENTIFY:  Identify a situation you encountered in your work or personal life that you believe could have been dealt with more effectively.
  2. DESCRIBE:  What happened?  When and where did the situation occur?  Any other thoughts your have about the situation?
  3. REFLECT:  How did you behave?  What thoughts do you have?  How did it make you feel?  Were there factors that influenced the situation?  What have you learned from the experience?
  4. THEORIZE:  Was the outcome expected or unexpected?  What behaviors do you think might have changed the outcome?
  5. EXPERIMENT:  Is there anything you could do or say now to change the outcome?  What action(S) can you take to change similar reactions in the future?  What behaviors might you try?

Reflection on ethical feedback

After engaging in the feedback process for your Space Dragon project, write a reflection blog about how you used the Sandwich Method and how you felt about the process.  Be sure to include the name of your dyadic partner, what you learned from them and if there were any adjustments you made to your project after listening to their input.

Myers-Briggs Assignment

After completing your Myers Briggs Personality Indicator, please go to http://www.truity.com and locate your personality type.  After reading the descriptions, please answer the following questions on your blog:

  1.  Based on what you have learned about your MBTI profile, what do you need/expect in your work environment?
  2. What type of leader do you expect to be and how does this profile reflect that?
  3. When working on a team/in a group, how do you think knowing the other people’s profiles would change the group interactions?

Informative Speech of Self Introduction

For your next assignment, due Tuesday, you will give a speech of self-introduction.  This is a wonderful opportunity for us to continue to get to know one another.  Your objective is to share some aspects of your personal life with your listeners.

Time Limit:  2-3 minutes

Your speech will need two main points describing something about yourself.  Some good examples:  What makes me unique? A life lesson I have learned.  The reason I am at UALR.  Something I am passionate about.  Why I am taking the IT Minor. etc.

Your goal is to sound conversational and speak to be understood by your audience. You are not to “read” your speech, but you may have a note card to help you along.  Please use an introduction and conclusion along with your two main points.

If you make a serious attempt, you will receive full points for the assignment.

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Soft Skills Dates

Hi there IT Amber!!  I hope things are going well for you in the capstone class!  I am so looking forward to reconnecting with you to reinforce some of the soft skills pertinent to what you are doing this semester.

Aug 31st- Communicating with Clients

Sept 12th- Communicating in teams/Effective meetings

Oct 19th- Creating and delivering professional team presentations and presenting with confidence

I wanted you to be aware of these dates and topics so can can come prepared with any questions/concerns or input that you have on each topic.

See you soon!