Many books in the popular press have stated that the Net Generation is different than other age groups... For example, they automatically are experts in computers and Internet applications and they can easilymultitask.
The research though doesn’t support this at all. There’s a clear link between multi-tasking and loweracademic performance... so although we won’t police it if you are surfing the Web during lecture, if it’snot related to the topic at hand, it will hurt your performance in the class.
This is where I started with computer... Early PC days. Memory cartridge from a Vic 20 back in early 1980s. Back then having a 3K memory expansion pack was a big deal and cost about $200. .. An example of how quickly things change with technology.
This is an early browser. In the early days, the idea of “hopping” from computer to computer around the world was amazing... Today we take it for granted and if you grew up with the Web, it’s probably hard to image a non-networked world.
This was from 1993. This 500-channel universe they were predicting didn’t actually arrive until more than 10 years later. The message is that people normally overestimate the short term impact of technology and underestimate the long term impact. With the Internet, we are still in the early days of the journey and there is a lot of potential ahead. It’s important to be able to separate reality from hype.
After doing an MBA Marketing, I thought I would get a more traditional marketing job (and did for a number o years as a product manager) but soon discovered there was a lot of opportunity locally in the tech sector.
Worked on bcyellowpages.com, one of the early online directories, that later became mytelus.com...
Co-founded futureshop.ca and helped grow to a team of about 50 and one of Canada’s top e-commerce sites. At the time, there was a lot of internal resistance at high levels that “e-commerce” would just be a passing trend and that Future Shop should not invest resources in this area. Luckily the CEO felt differently and saw the strategic importance.
During “.com” era joined a North Van start-up... Saw the potential of attracting financial capital if you were doing something innovative. $40 million was raised in about a year... The problem was after most of the money was spent, we realized we were making less revenue than the “ma and pa” store selling chips and pop at the corner store. Before it was all about speed to market, now it was about “monetization”
The founder of the start-up,AmarDhaliwal, ended up being very successful with the business, it was bought by an American company and now he is a VP there of one of the leading companies in the learning management sector. If you have a good idea, due to the increasingly lower technology start-up costs, there is a lot of potential for you to put your idea to action and start your own venture. Hopefully, in this course, you will learn more than just the MS Office applications but will gain a better understanding for how the various pieces of technology, especially social media fit together and can be leveraged.
Hard to believe but this is what one of the marketing heads the UBC MBA program said to our class in about 1996-1997. By the next year, he was asking if there was anyone in the class that could do Internet consulting work for him because all of his clients were wanting that.
Although I laughed at my instructor, I found myself in the same position about three years ago when I said this. One of my foresighted students met with me after class and politely suggested that I was missing a really important trend and luckily opened my eyes to the fact I had become my previous instructor not being careful to keep up to date on technology and assuming that as an early adopter of the Web, I already “knew it”. The fact is, no one can really be an expert in this area for long, if at all, it’s constantly changing. The only thing you can do is “learn how to learn” and have good approaches to staying on top of news, and resources (e.g. RSS feeds for news, online forums for learning timely tech topics)
Sample e-Portfolio from a marketing student
This means, you need to be generalists if you intend to work in BC. It’s almost impossible to get a decent job without having strong technical skills.
Here is what industry wants...
You can see the ability to management information, communicate and work with others, all core skills that you will need and hopefully learn some more about in BSYS 1000, are critical ones.
If you put a frog in a pot of boiling water, it will jump out. It recognizes the environment has changed.
If you put it in cold water and gradually heat up, it won’t notice the environment has changed and will stay there and die. This is like a business that doesn’t respond to how technology is changing things, they may only lose a few percentage points of market share each year and then one day they wake up and they are redundant and out of business! By the way, if you check the wikipedia for this boiling frog story, you will see that there is some debate about whether a frog actually behaves this way in real life but it’s a good story if not perhaps entirely true.
Make sure you have anti-virus software. AVG has a really good free one.
You can access the course site by going to zencoursesites.com and selecting the BSYS 1000 link at the bottom. Alternatively you can go to bsys1000.bcitbusiness.ca.
Here is what the course site looks like so far. We will soon be adding resources, links to the various websites that you may find helpful. We will also post announcements here and have links to the lab and lecture material. You can subscribe the entries RSS feed if you like (will demo this in Week 3) so that the new posts will come to you via your RSS reader instead of you having to go to the site to check for the latest updates.
Here is the timetable site, make sure you check it regularly in the first week or two, it’s not uncommon for your schedules to change slightly.
Share In is how you will submit assignments and tests in a number of your courses. Share-out is how instructors will distribute class slides, notes, assignment instructions etc. in a number of your courses. You can click on this slide for a link to the BCIT IT Services web page with more info on this. You will get practice with this in your Week 1 lab.
Here are the FTP (file transfer protocol) settings for accessing share-in, share-out remotely (e.g. From home or your laptop). You can use any FTP client but the one we usually use in the lab and that is recommended is the free filezilla client. If you google “filezilla client download” you will get the download page (or click on this slide, it’s hyperlinked)
Course outline... Be sure to read through.
You can log in to my.bcit.ca with the same username and password you use to login to the labs (username is your student ID and initial password is your birth date in the YYMMDD format or the last six digits of your student ID if your birth date doesn’t work).
If you click on email and calendar in top right corner...
And them Options and then Settings you can forward your my.bcit email if you like to your personal email so you don’t have to check email in two places.
BSYS 1000 Fall 2010<br />Week 1 Lecture<br />Getting up to speed with <br />BCIT IT Resources<br />
Course textbook<br />Don’t need to buy a print textbook from the bookstore<br />If you mistakenly bought one, you can return<br />Net Generation & Multitasking<br />My Background<br />Course costs and benefits<br />Tips<br />Key websites<br />Share-in / Share-out<br />Overview<br />Accessing from home via FTP<br />Tips and warnings<br />Agenda<br />
Cost<br />Tuition<br />$5 e-textbook<br />Your time and opportunity cost<br />2 hrs. in lab, 1 hr. lecture per week<br />working on your two team projects... approx. 10 hrs.<br />e-portfolio... approx. 5 hrs.<br />
Benefits<br />Equipped with the office tools you will need to be successful in your other courses at BCIT<br />More productive<br />Better job during your time at BCIT or after you graduate<br />Some grads hired specifically because of good MS Office skills (especially Excel)<br />
Benefits<br />Better equipped for modern, rapidly changing life<br />Communicate better with the IT Dept.<br />IT very much embedded in International Trade & Transportation sector<br />You will likely need to be a generalist in your entry level job<br />E-Portfolio and social media skills<br />
Tips and warning...<br />Back up all your important work in at least 2-3 different places<br />Secure your home computer and/or laptop<br />Anti-virus<br />Firewall<br />Solve most lab computer problems by just rebooting<br />Don’t save important files on the Desktop<br />You may have either Windows XP or Windows 7 in the labs (depends on which lab you are in)<br />
Tips and warnings cont...<br />Don’t send the wrong files to share-in<br />Don’t submit files to the wrong folder (e.g. Wrong set)<br />Don’t save private material to the Work folder<br />Other students can see and copy<br />Use “strong passwords”(e.g. maBwbA12 vs. pizza)<br />Ask your instructors how they prefer to communicate (e.g. Mybcit.ca email, other?)<br />