Thursday, February 04, 2010

Singing in Class

Today, I had good fun singing in class!

I was discussing the role of Organizations in relation to Technology in Business - the module is "Managerial Foundations of Information Systems". On the subject of Organizations and their environment, I decided to introduce SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats) Analysis. The classic case-study for this is about Robin Hood and his Merry Men - this is based on a real case-study analysis by Joseph Lampel of Stanford University.

We had excellent fun looking at the SWOT factors in this case - I like this case-study as it teaches a concept based on a story/legend about Robin Hood, which most people know. To get the students in the mood I played a YouTube video which has the original TV series theme song to the class. I felt I had to join in and sang along to the video. At the risk of looking stupid, I sang anyway in the hope that students will understand the key concepts of what an organization is (with Robin Hood as a reminder), and the factors to consider when making decisions. Watch the video below, and I dare you to resist singing along!

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