So Long and thanks for all the fish

The structure of ISYS8621 was highly unusual. Just like the syllabus said, it took me to abut about three weeks to get used to the flow of the class. But once I became accustomed to where to look for assignments and how to post comments, things became easier to follow. 

My favorite attribute of this class was the creative freedom that we were granted. This created a wide variety of blog posts to read. One week I could read about Digital Twins (who are not even people). The next week, I could read about Skiing, and somehow the two topics could be linked to how technology was being used to transform that specific industry or business. While there was plenty of content to read, the class had a few stand-out authors. This made it difficult to distribute my comments evenly.

Alongside this class, I have been taking public speaking, which was rebranded to High Impact Communicating because the original professor was unavailable. I tried to incorporate each of the weekly lessons into my ISYS8621 presentation. In this presentation I discussed the importance of body language and facial expressions in our mask on the outside, Zoom on the inside, world. Even though my public speaking course was taken over Zoom, the topics we covered are applicable in all forms of communication. I spent a lot of energy thinking, researching, and then finally delivering goods on this topic. A quote I picked up during my 14 weeks was, “There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave. I hope the speech I gave was close to the one I practiced, and I hope the class enjoyed the content.

Tweeter Discussions:

I think it would be possible to do just twitter discussions for an entire class. With 13 people posting almost 40 Tweets in one week, I think we easily fill 2 hours of class time discussing trending topics

Blog Posts where I missed a chance at a movie reference

Chuyong Liu – What? Organ transplantation?!

Videos that I will remember for a long time.

VIDEO: Machine, Platform, Crowd Machine, Platform, Crowd

This video was a fantastic introduction to Digital transformation. I enjoyed how the video quickly explained how technology could rapidly shift business processes and mid-sets.

VIDEO: Botsman: We’ve Stopped Trusting Institutions and Started Trusting Strangers

Rachel delivered an excellent presentation with rock-solid content. She then finished it off by giving the audience a beautiful aha moment. Produced in 2012, Rachel was way out in front when it comes to understanding Digital Transformation.

Have a great summer Everyone!


  1. Longbg · ·

    Great post Andrae! Agreed on what you said about creative thinking. This class gave us a great space for discussion and hearing new perspectives.

  2. Jie Zhao · ·

    Definitely agree and appreciate the creative freedom this class has provided us to research any topics we find interesting and share our findings with the rest of the class. I really enjoyed your presentation and learned a lot from you this semester!

  3. courtneymba · ·

    I’ve enjoyed your blogs all semester Andrea! I think my favorite was the click bait one. This quote you mentioned above also really resonates with me: “There are always three speeches, for every one you actually gave. The one you practiced, the one you gave, and the one you wish you gave.” I am going to remember that one!

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