Most of us, if not all of us, have a pretty good understanding of what is expected in a CSOM class. Many courses have relatively similar structures, grading schemes, and workloads. When I initially signed up for Social Media and Digital Business, I framed my expectation around this understanding. Even the course description made the course sound like a more interesting version of computers in management. “Sharing economy, platforms, blockchain…” all were familiar concepts that I was familiar with and had interest in. Using my minimal research and prior experience, I concluded that ISYS662201 would be a pretty chill class.
This perception was shattered during my first two weeks in the class. It became clear that the workload will be heavy and that if I have any interest in succeeding in the class I must expect to get out what I put in. To be honest, I am glad this is case, as the class will prove more rewarding and useful if it consistently challenges me to put my best foot forward.
Though we all realized that class will be far from a walk in the park, many of us see tremendous value in remaining in the course (this is obvious, for otherwise we’d have all dropped). I personally see value in two areas in particular.
Firstly, I expect this class to serve as a true capstone course for an Information Systems student. Though the ISYS Department is replete with wonderful professors and enriching courses, I have not yet taken a class that takes our technical knowledge and combines it with high-level strategy/concepts. have already been exposed to key insights that any manager must consider to have success. As the course progresses, I expect to not only have a much better understanding about a variety of different emerging technologies but also have a better understanding as to how managers should transform their business processes in response to an increasingly digital business landscape. Such insights will prove invaluable when I begin my career.
Secondly, the course stands to change the way I both view and use social media. For a while now, I have completely avoided the use of social media. In general, I think social media is detrimental to me when used for casual purposes. This course, however, has already shown me that social media is necessary to succeed in an increasingly digital world. Additionally, if one employs expert use of the available platforms, one stands to significantly benefit from having an online presence.
I find it quite encouraging that in only two weeks I already see such an opportunity in taking this class. With this in mind I look forward to meeting the class’s future challenges head on.