As I stated in my opening blogpost, this semester started the back half of my curriculum at Boston College. Up until this point I have essentially fulfilled the core classes as required by the curriculum with the remainder being dedicated to electives. #ISYS8621 (sorry habit including that hashtag) was unlike any course I’ve taken in the MBA program so far. Professor Kane’s headline, “Fair warning, this course will be different” on the course description page is spot on. This course was in fact different and different was good. I hope that some of the electives I take throughout my final 4 semesters have similar experiences to this class.
Beyond avoiding the classic midterm and final exam structure (I’ll be honest I’m enjoying my time right now writing this blog rather than studying for a final exam) this class has provided me a unique learning perspective that I really haven’t gotten in some of my other classes so far. Again, as advertised on the course description this course was HIGHLY interactive. This approach was a nice change to the typical lecture format I’ve been accustomed to in other classes. While other classes had case work and discussion in class, ISYS8621 takes it to the next level where the format of the class is essentially dedicated to open discussion amongst the class.
I really enjoyed the presentations throughout the semester. It was great to see the creativity around what we could all wrap into digital transformation. This freedom to present on what we wanted in my opinion further broadened what we were able to learn from each other each week. I still probably need to take a course on crypto, but no disrespect to the folks who had great presentations on different aspects of it through the semester.
As I reflect on some of my blogposts throughout the semester, I realized my topics often touched how digital transformation was negatively impacting an issue (education during COVID, the future of baseball, online ordering at restaurants). Despite this I still believe digital transformation to be a good thing and something that will further drive human progress (to steal a catchphrase from my employer). To make the counterpoint on my blogs, digital transformation is what made our continued education at Boston College possible during the pandemic, it’s helped some statistics make better decisions in baseball, and it’s allowed restaurants to provide services to their customers in non-traditional ways.
Getting myself on twitter was one of the more interesting experiences I have had throughout the semester. I’ll admit that the twitter account was the component of class I had the most thoughts around the “is this class for me?”, question that I had to answer after night 1 back in August. Looking back on it I had a lot of fun using the application throughout the semester. I did keep my posts and comments to this class only. I was hesitant to branch out beyond that given the culture of twitter that has taken a foothold throughout users in the app. I’m going to keep it for now. I don’t think I’ll post as regularly as I did throughout the semester but maybe I’ll make a cameo post from time to time.
I think keeping up with course beyond this semester might be what I look forward to the most. Knowing that the #ISYS8621 hashtag will live on as well as the class blog, it will be cool to see what next semesters students think of digital transformation. As for me this course influenced my decision to take digital strategy next semester. Will it have a similar feel to this class, that’s TBD, but the topics should be similar and very relevant to what I can expect to face in my career moving forward.