Teaching

I teach courses at the Master of Science in Learning and Organizational Change program at Northwestern University.

MSLOC 430 – Creating and Sharing Knowledge

This course explores enterprise social networking technology and its impact on organizational knowledge and organizational learning in the workplace. I have taught MSLOC 430 since 2008. I typically co-teach MSLOC 430 twice each year, with either Samir Desai,Melinda Turnley, or Lisa Tallman.

MSLOC 460 – Discovering and Designing Innovation

In this course, students teams follow a design process and use design tools to develop potential innovative solutions to an organizational challenge. Each course is based on a challenge presented to us by a collaborating organization. I currently co-teach MSLOC 460 with Ryan Smerek once every year in Winter Quarter. I have taught MSLOC 460 since 2008 (in various iterations before it matured into its current form).

MSLOC 456 – Designing Solutions for Organizational Effectiveness

This course was first offered in Summer, 2018, with lead instructor Teresa Torres. I will be co-teaching with Teresa each summer. This is the capstone course to a new, 4-course certificate program called Designing for Organizational Effectiveness (details below).

Co-creating Change

Teresa and I are also co-teaching a version of MSLOC 456 as part of the executive education program Executive Learning & Organizational Change. The course – Co-Creating Change – is targeted at leaders who wish to adopt design philosophy and methods to change they way they lead their teams.

Designing for Organizational Effectiveness Certification

Teresa Torres, Melinda Turnley and I led the design of this 4-course, 12-month certificate program and we currently lead the co-curricular activities that make this program a certification. Candidates for the certification must complete all four courses in the sequence; work on a “design case” project throughout the program; and document their learning journey in a public digital learning portfolio. See the Designing for Organizational Effectiveness site for our work-in-progress.

Authoring Your Professional Self

Authoring Your Professional Self is an online course open to MSLOC students to help them start and develop their digital learning portfolio. It was developed with many minds and hands, but Chad Graham was a principal force behind the design and construction of the course. The course is private to MSLOC students, but  parts of it are publicly visible. See the section Digital Learning Portfolios at MSLOC.

Other teaching projects

With Kimberly Scott, I co-facilitated a 5-week open course in October, 2013 called Exploring Personal Learning Networks (#xplrpln on Twitter) that was a mashup of connectivist MOOC design and problem-based learning.  A record of #xplrpln Twitter chats appears in my Storify archives.

Exploring Personal Learning Networks was a design experiment – and a pivotal experience. It was not associated with any formal MSLOC course or with the program in general. It was a way for Kimberly and me to legitimately explore a topic of interest to us, but also in the process to experiment with open course design, to learn-by-doing.

Out of Exploring Personal Learning networks emerged several efforts to “pop the lid off” of MSLOC 430. One version is summarized here, which led to me creating msloc430.net. The msloc430.net site is no longer available but I summarize the design in this post. The design of msloc430.net – using a single hub site to aggregate blog posts from students who are using their own blog sites – led to the design of the Designing for Organizational Effectiveness site and its syndication of student posts.

The Hive

The design, development and use of an enterprise social network platform to support both formal and informal learning at MSLOC is also instrumental in my teaching (and learning how to teach).

The Hive is a private, online community for all MSLOC students, faculty, staff and alumni. It was launched in 2012 and became what it is today largely through the effort of our first community strategist, Keeley Sorokti.

In 2016, Kimberly Scott, Keeley Sorokti and I published our insights into the value of such communities: Kimberly S. Scott, Keeley H. Sorokti, Jeffrey D. Merrell, Learning “beyond the classroom” within an enterprise social network system, In The Internet and Higher Education, Volume 29, 2016, Pages 75-90, ISSN 1096-7516, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.iheduc.2015.12.005.