2013 TWTA Winner Mark Suchman

Instructor: Prof. Mark Suchman
Course: SOC1311 Micro-Organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations

Description: Sociology 1311: Micro-Organizational Theory: Social Behavior in Organizations Micro-Organizational Theory focuses on the human dynamics of organizations as natural systems. It examines how individual attitudes, actions, and interactions make a difference for organizational processes and outcomes. This focus is contrasted with more macro-level approaches, which take the organization (instead of the individual) as the primary unit of analysis. For example, studies of organizations from an economic perspective are typically concerned with the performance of the organization relative to its competitors. Studies of organizations from a macro-sociological focus are typically concerned with an organization’s routines and structures, contextualized by the broader environment. SOC 1311 takes a more micro and meso perspective that asks questions such as, “why do individuals in organization behave the way they do, how does this affect the organizations of which they are a part and how, in turn, are individuals affected by their organizations?”

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Case Study with Wendy Chun – Making the most of Multimedia

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun

Prof. Wendy Chun

Professor of Modern Culture and Media

MCM 0230
Digital Media
Spring 2010

Objectives

This course aimed to get students to think critically about new media in part by using new media, so technology was central to the course.  Rather than simply being tools, the technology became objects that we also analyzed.

Outcomes

The students got a richer sense of why new media mattered. I believe it is crucial to start with where the students are—to work with their preconceptions and their remarkable insights—rather than to flood them with information or critical theory. Using their blog posts in lecture also gave them a sense that their questions mattered so they really did use the blog space to think through ideas and to respond to their peers’ questions. The student work in general was fantastic. For a wonderful example of a response to assignment #1, please see Alice Hines’ assignment (http://foucodes.weebly.com/) — this was for a different version of the class (2008), but I used it as an example for the students in 2010. Also, for the group project, Fiona Condon, Paul Kernfeld, and Alp Ozcelik produced a tool for students to post comments / questions during lecture, which I used during a few lectures.

Methods

Video Clips/Websites, Prezi, Second Life, Blog

Case Study with Ofira Shraga – Video assignments help students practice behavior analysis

Ofira Shraga

Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology
SOC 1060
Leadership in Organizations Spring 2010
Objectives
To effectively learn coaching techniques, a student must be able to observe his/her behavior and evaluate a coaching session involving real people and real problems. Video is the best way to capture a session and analyze a student’s behavior. What tools can be leveraged to provide easy video capturing, peer review, and media storage/distribution?
The goal of this exercise is to have the students:
1. Perform the exercise, coach another person through a problem — doesn’t need to come to a resolution, but just needs to make sure the coachee understands that his/her problem is resolvable/bring a new perspective.
2. Analyze the behavior of coachee and coach
3. Discuss effectiveness of session.

Outcomes

* To provide students with the experience of coaching and be able to analyze their behaviors.
* To use real examples of students in class of effective techniques (students must volunteer his/her content)
* To use students existing knowledge and equipment to produce videos.
* To provide video standards for easiest distribution/collection

Methods

iTunes U, Flip cameras/video capturing mobile devices

Recommendations

Limit enrollment to less than 50 — 260 became a logistical problem more than anything else. Figure out a better distribution source (iTunes was limiting and inflexible), allow for asynchronous peer evaluation.