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Introduction to BIT330

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This is the introductory slide for my class BIT330, an undergraduate business class at the Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan. It is about finding information on the Web.

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Introduction to BIT330

  1. 1. Students take BIT330 and open up a world of knowledge: Introduction to the class Fall 2009, Class 1 Prof. Scott Moore www.howcanifindit.com
  2. 2. Upper-class Ross students are choosing classes for this semester now
  3. 3. These students struggle to find fun, interesting, & useful classes
  4. 4. Students realize they are in a competitive job market
  5. 5. BIT330 is a fun, interesting, & useful class available to all sophomores, juniors, & seniors
  6. 6. Students can use class material in all parts of their lives.
  7. 7. Related to future jobs, students can efficiently and effectively learn about, track, and report on companies and industries.
  8. 8. Students will learn how to use email alerts to track companies and industries
  9. 9. Students will learn how to use email filtering to manage information needs for specific projects.
  10. 10. Students will learn how to use blogs and wikis to disseminate and gather information.
  11. 11. Related to current & future classes, students will learn how to use search engines more effectively.
  12. 12. Students will learn how to use different search engines to search for images.
  13. 13. Students will learn how to use many of the features and options of different search engines.
  14. 14. Students will learn how to use clustering search engines to learn about a topic.
  15. 15. Related to their personal lives, students learn how to find news and multimedia.
  16. 16. Students will learn how to use many different tools to search blogs for recent news in a topic.
  17. 17. Students will learn how to use automated information trapping to keep up with companies they hope to interview with.
  18. 18. Students will learn how to use several different tools to search for audio and video
  19. 19. Students have personal and public reasons to be interested in the class.
  20. 20. Students have much control over the content and activities in this class
  21. 21. Students will produce a report on a company or industry of their own choice.
  22. 22. Students will be able to contribute to the class both in class and out of class.
  23. 23. Students learn concepts, skills, & tools that can help them with their job search.
  24. 24. Students will learn information retrieval concepts that they can then apply in job- related searches.
  25. 25. Students will learn a variety of blog-specific search tools that they can use to learn about companies.
  26. 26. Students will learn how to use keyword-based RSS feeds to manage their searches so that they can easily monitor dozens of searches at once without becoming overwhelmed.
  27. 27. Students can share knowledge skills, and results with friends, co-workers, and families
  28. 28. Students will be able to show off what they accomplish.
  29. 29. Many people will be excited to know someone who has expertise in tools that are widely-available and of use to so many people.
  30. 30. Any upper-level student has the necessary technical ability to take this class.
  31. 31. Students utilize only Web- based tools to complete class- related activities
  32. 32. Students can do their assignments anywhere because the tools are all available on the Web.
  33. 33. Students can do their assignments anywhere because the tools are all available on the Web.
  34. 34. Students can do their assignments on any operating system on any computer because the freely available Firefox browser can run all of the Web applications they need.
  35. 35. Students can do their assignments on any operating system on any computer because the freely available Firefox browser can run all of the Web applications they need.
  36. 36. Web sites are freely available. Students will almost exclusively use free Web sites.
  37. 37. Students use only publicly available tools that require no specific technical skills
  38. 38. Students will use Google & Bing for search.
  39. 39. Students will use bloglines (the most popular RSS feed manager) or Google Reader to manage RSS feeds.
  40. 40. Students will learn how to use several blog search sites (such as Technorati & Ice Rocket).
  41. 41. These mass market Web-based tools are desired to be easy to use for a large and varied audience.
  42. 42. All of the tools in this class can be used without programming.
  43. 43. Most Web sites that we use for this class will have lots of documentation.
  44. 44. The full power of all of these Web sites can be accessed through easy-to-use point- and-click interfaces.
  45. 45. Will students (and their friends) choose to take BIT330?
  46. 46. Students might decide that BIT330 is not important to them
  47. 47. Take BIT330 in Fall 2009
  48. 48. Students take BIT330 and open up a world of knowledge
  49. 49. Learn to find and manage all types of data and information resources BIT330 Fall 2009 Scott Moore MW 11:30am--1pm Tozzi Center samoore@umich.edu http://www.howcanifindit.com

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