This course is designed to teach students the fundamentals of management in the 21st century. Students will learn to recognize the characteristics of proper management by identifying what successful managed do and how they do it.
By the end of this tutorial, students should be able to:
• articulate a historical progression of theoretical ideas as applied to management practice
• operationalize fundamental concepts of management for improving business practices
• understand history of management theory, team development, management decision making, globalization on management, effecting change, human resource
Target Student Population:
Target population includes college/university level students with a primary interest in management/leadership.
Prerequisite Knowledge or Skills:
The syllabus does reference prerequisite courses; these include BUS103 and BUS105 before taking this particular course/module. Students of these courses would need to be enrolled into Saylor.org as students before completing any prerequisite courses.
Type of Material:
• This online module could be used in conjunction with other course offerings from other colleges/universities.
• Internet Explorer (IE) version 8, Firefox (version 11). These were both used to access the material (the material website supports these browsers as well as Google Chrome).
• Adobe Reader/Flash
Evaluation and Observation
• The simplicity and ease of the course; the ability to move from lesson to lesson and the stacked sub-lessons within each course make it easy to follow.
• The format is direct and to the point.
• The “legend” offered on the left side margin offers quick access to the syllabus, content, and available media within the course (for quick reference).
• The content within each unit is progressive; it builds nicely off the previous unit/lesson and integrates the concepts, learning objectives/outcomes, and meets the purpose as outlined on the primary page and the syllabus.
• 1.2 – The Role of Managers: What Do Managers Do? I was able to review the link via YouTube, however, I was not able to view the link within ITunesU (and I have an ITunes account) maybe double check the link or provide additional directions to users on how to access.
• 4.3.1 and 4.3.3 - Both of these sections have the same YouTube video; “The Five Components of a Business Strategy” This is redundant; was this intentional or an oversight?
• 6.2.1 – Video, “Leading Diverse Teams Part 3” does not load. When I click the link I am taken to the video page, but nothing is displayed.
• 6.2.4 – Video , “Team Building – In it to Win It” This video is an hour in length, that is a bit long, even for a self-directed course, many students are willing to watch short videos, but with this one, I had a hard time sitting through the entire video – maybe consider an alternative video.
• Some of the links provided open in new windows while other links open in the current window, example is 8.2.1 – Stakeholders, upon completion, students may find themselves closing the window only to find they have to sign back into the lesson – confusing to some (maybe)?
• Finally, the lessons are addressing individual topics as” Covered in the reading beneath sub unit 5.3” I recommend simply clarify the topics that will be discussed under that one umbrella (that is redundant and repetitive to keep advising the student/user that the reading is covered under sub-unit (.-.)
Potential Effectiveness as a Teaching Tool
• For an asynchronous learner the links to the readings/literature is excellent and relevant; The course is not instructing student to find the answers randomly via use of the internet.
• Good use of the video content (multimedia) to augment the reading and intended learning outcomes. These too are relevant.
• This course is solid as a learning tool.
• It would be useful to include more links between material. For example, in reviewing Learning Outcomes, there is an exhaustive use of “This topic is covered by…”, although there are no links to each section as mentioned. This is unfortunate and time consuming especially for an online course.
• I do not see required prerequisite knowledge listed in the otherwise generous Course Information.
• I notice the final exam link for this course, however, what I don’t see is any study guide or relative outline format to follow those preparing students/users on specific highlighted content that is pertinent to the successful completion of the course. What is important to one student may not be to another. While I understand with self-directed learning learners should absorb all available information provided to expand their individual knowledge base, but even an adult learner, such as me, appreciates a little help now and again to prepare me for the final exam.
Ease of Use for Both Students and Faculty
• Overall, the usability of the module is simple; it is easy to use and easy to navigate.
• The instructions are clear and concise, and the format is straight forward.
• The final exam is 50 multiple choice questions, making is simple enough for students to use and at the same time provides the student with immediate feedback on the score.
• Lacks graphics – to much white space
• The design and quality is basic (and that is okay, some students do not like a lot of complex features), however, consider a traveling button that allows students to return to the top of the page, or bookmark their last spot (if possible).
• There is no type of interaction – maybe consider a blog spot where students of these courses can share ideas, suggestions, and experiences.
Other Issues and Comments:
• http://www.learning-styles-online.com/inventory/ This might be an optional site that students can use to assess their learning styles.
• I have documented the site issues with either redundant videos or broken links please note these and address.