The course aims to introduce you to the basic concepts (Parts 1-3 of the Course Outline) and practices (Parts 4-6) of knowledge management (KM). Learning processes include readings, short research papers, class exercises and practicums in the workplace, among others. At the end of the course, you are expected to be able to
This class website and the K_and_P egroup are also learning experiments for me. I believe this is the first time a TMC class uses a website and an egroup as part of the learning tools. Your full participation and feedback would be valuable.
The starting requirements of the course are:
There is no one final term paper. You are expected to produce a short Internet research paper and a Practicum paper. "Short" means the scope is specific enough that you can finish it in 2-3 weeks, it can be written up in 10 pages or less single-spaced, and you can present it to the class 10 minutes or less even without Powerpoint.
Following a useful practice started in previous classes, you will also be assigned to summarize two articles or book chapters into 2-3 pages of bullet points or short paragraphs.
"I do not want to hear or read about creativity; I want to to be more creative." "Reading about KM concepts is not enough for me; I want to learn how to use KM tools and apply KM concepts in practice."
If you agree to these kinds of propositions, then you will also agree that listening to lectures is not enough. Therefore, we will learn both concepts and practice. The aim of the Practicum is to immerse you in a real-life KM application. To ensure usefulness of your Practicum to the organization you belong to, I encourage you to consult your superior on your choice of topic.
The list of topics from which you can select your Internet research and your Practicum will be announced later.
You may want copies of your classmates' submissions. For uniformity, a suggested format is described (click HERE). Email the file to me so I can upload it to the course website.
An electronic forum, such as a discussion list, newsgroup or eGroup is a KM tool. It is a venue for exchange of ideas and experiences, questions and answers, sharing of what works well, cross-validation of hypotheses, combining information from various disciplines, etc. It is a people-to-people means for accessing and transfering knowledge for re-use.
Participation in the eGroup is encouraged but not obligatory.
Many eGroups are open to the public but I chose the KandP eGroup to be by invitation only. Because the KandP eGroup was created two months ago, there are currently a few starting members who are not UP students but readers of my "Knowledge and People" column at BusinessWorld. Do not be surprised if they will also join in the discussions. If they do, it would likely enrich the exchange and so they are most welcome.
To join the eGroup, I need your email address to send you an invitation. When you receive it via email, a link will be included through which you can register, get your log-in name and password, enter and participate.
I dislike having to give grades. Unfortunately, grades are still a fact of university life.
Your grade will be based on the quantity and quality of your three submissions submissions (Internet research paper, short research paper and a summarization) and the extent of your participation in class activities. Grade will be computed as follows:
If I were you, I will just make sure that I learn as much as I can from the course and then the grade will take care of itself.