Crafting a Digital Mindset course - a behind-the-scenes peek
- each topic is a challenge.
- Each topic is organized as a flipping class: I used the virtual campus (Blackboard) to upload some materials that students need to read or watch before their first class.
- During the first class we discuss what was published. I also prepare some basic presentation with additional issues around the topic, or some specific example. At least by now, I am never preparing a full-fledged presentation. I do not want to convert my session into a lecture. So there is no clear organization, but issues that we can discuss.
- The second day, students present, by groups or individually, a small work around the topic. Something simple but that requires a minimum effort in terms of preparation and, above all, insights and reflection.
Digital just means there is an overall switch in how we approach things, but mindset means our core approach is fundamentally changed.
- Topics are current and of potential high interest to the students.
- It forces them to think about society before technology. Some majors do a good job at it (eg architecture) while others have historically done a worse job (eg computer science). As a drawback, some students can be puzzled that we do not talk directly about specific technologies. Something to improve in the future.
- Regardless of how engaged they are during the first session, they always need to present on the second session. And I have already seen some interesting cases of students drawing some good insights that were not discussed during the first session.
- The course is interdisciplinary, meaning students come from different majors. In this specific case there are just three different majors, but the concept is really powerful. As groups are randomly assigned for each topic, this potentially creates good synergies... and also some challenges as well!