Fair warning, this course will be different…

With that firm statement, Professor Kane salutes all their upcoming students and makes sure to weed out those who are not ready to accept his rigorous course curriculum and unconventional teaching styles.

As I mentioned in my first blog, this class would be a challenge for me, especially considering that before September 7th, I had never blogged or tweeted. Still, I was intrigued and accepted Professor Kane’s challenge and fully embraced digitalization transformation.

Although it is hard to believe that this semester is almost over and winter is around the corner, I am glad I decided to take this course and get out of my comfort zone. Here is my thought regarding blogging, tweeting, overall class experience, and my favorite digital transformation tool.

Blogging turned out to be more exciting and fun than expected. I am not sure if I can consider myself a blogger after only six blogs and one semester of Digital Transformation under my belt, but I can assure you I felt like one at times. It has helped me tremendously with my writing and my critical thinking. It is also a terrific way to encourage students to dive deep into a new topic without the restrictions or limitations of an actual formal paper. It enabled us to teach our peers by bringing new digital transformation ideas that otherwise might have been overlooked.

Tweeting has been super fun, informational, and a great way to engage with students outside of class. Now is my go-to place when I want to see what is going on in the world. I can’t believe through all those years. I never give it a shot.

The presentations have been a great way to showcase my peers’ skills and talents. All the exhibits have been excellent, but Christopher Collar did a fantastic job with his presentation about Polkadot: The Foundation for the Web 3.0. He was able to deliver something technical and sophisticated in a way that didn’t intimate his audience, and for that reason, I decided to give him a shout-out in my last blog.

I have learned many valuable lessons from Professor Kane by also from my peers. I don’t think I ever had a class where I learned as much from the professor as from the students and guest speakers. The guest speakers have been an incredible eye-opener for me. My wife Ashley can attest to that. She makes fun of me for keeping her up past her bedtime, rambling as soon as I make it through the door about a random guest speaker or a new technology that I learn in class. Out of all the guest speakers, I was amazed at Fergus O’Donoghue’s career path and how he could pivot across industries by pursuing his dreams while staying relevant and immersed in different sectors.

Out of all the digital trends that we have learned/debated in class, Extended Reality (ER) is the one that has stuck with me the most. I am not sure if this was the result of watching Ready Player One. 

Extended Reality (ER) – is an umbrella term that encapsulating Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), and Mixed Reality (MR).

  • Augmented Reality (AR) – Although the AR concept has been around since the late ’90s. It is more accessible than ever on our smartphones and tablets, but I have big hopes for this technology in the years to come and see it more integrated into our daily lives and work.
  • Virtual Reality (VR) – is the use of computer technology to create a simulated environment. I had the pleasure to try the Oculus VR headset, and it was mind-blowing how immersed in the video game you felt. I cant wait to see the work implementations.
  • Mixed Reality (MR) – is the computer technology, graphics, and input systems to blend physical and digital worlds. Companies like NASA are already using mixed reality to train their astronauts with the help of Manus VR Gloves.

When I decided to go for my MBA, I envisioned this class style. I am happy I chose to be part of the #ISYS8621. This class has empowered me to challenge myself to look for the next digital transformation trend, be more involved in online communities, and not accept the status quo by waiting to adapt when the technology is already mainstream. 

Thank you to anyone that has ever taken the time to read my blogs or tweets during this semester. 

9 comments

  1. albertsalgueda · ·

    Amazing blog Carlos, as always.
    I really liked the concept of “extended reality”, do you think that there will be a point in time where we aren’t capable of distinguishing ?

  2. Carlos, great presentation last night and insightful blog post to follow! I never imagined an MBA class quite like #ISYS8621, (nor did I ever imagine remembering the course number all semester) but here we are at the conclusion of both. Thanks for your broad and inquisitive perspective, comments, and most definitely pet pictures!!

  3. Great post and presentation Carlos! This class was truly one of a kind and I’m glad to have been a part of it. I too really enjoyed the insight Fergus O’Donoghue gave us on his unconventional career path. There were many lessons learned and important takeaways from this course.

  4. cloudbasedbrett · ·

    I agree with almost everything you mentioned in this blog and I’m glad I was able to learn from you as well! I have also really enjoyed the presentations, but for me, it was the last couple of group discussions that I really liked; I feel like our group became significantly closer by the last group discussion and we built a nice report with one another.

  5. Nice summation post Carlos. Was great to have a class with you in person this time.

    Your “Not a cellphone in sight…” meme reminds me of something I read recently with regard to the three part Beatles documentary on Disney+: people commented on how strange it is to see a bunch of people sitting around for hours with no phones to check, so instead in down time they stare off into space and smoke!

  6. Tanker 2 Banker · ·

    LET’S GO!! I worked for over a month on the Polkadot presentation Carlos. So I am glad you enjoyed and drew some insights from it. You were certainly one of the more inquisitive classmates in the course which helped the rest of us share our topics of interest and join you in discussions. Thank you for being a great classmate!

  7. This a great summary post, Carlos. It was great to learn in a unconventional class format, and I thought you brought a lot of great insights to our discussions. Similar to yourself, one of my favorite guest speakers in this course was Fergus O’Donoghue and learning about his unconventional career journey. It was great getting to know you, and I enjoyed having you as a classmate.

  8. allietlevine · ·

    Carlos, thank you for being a great contributed to our class discussions. Like you, I really gravitated toward Extended Reality, I am really looking forward to seeing how it progresses and becomes apart of our everyday lives. Also you’re not alone, I would tell anyone who would listen about the stuff we learned in class. For examples, I was watching an episode of The Good Doctor and they talked about CRISPR and let’s just say I impressed everyone when I knew exactly what it was. Thanks @mwalters22!

  9. Shannon Reardon · ·

    Great blog post, Carlos. Like Allie said, I really appreciated your contributions in class. You constantly brought a new perspective to discussions and you never seemed to waiver in taking an unpopular stance.

    I find extended reality intriguing as well, even with moving beyond Digital Transformations. It allows for this integration between technology and perception of reality that I can’t seem to stop learning about (except with the metaverse….metaverse Im all done with haha).

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