Learnathon Instructor: Kimberly Jaindl (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Hello, social media innovators! I’m an adjunct faculty member with a full-time day job in the greater Philadelphia area. You may learn more about me and my professional experience via LinkedIn.
This site will serve as your syllabus. Please check out each section for details on our schedule and readings, course structure and assignments, grading policies and more.
You and your classmates each bring unique perspectives and experiences to this course. Come prepared to share, collaborate and listen to one another–and we’ll all have a richer learning environment for it!
- Openness & Empathy: I aim to maintain an open “door” approach: You should feel free to contact me with questions and concerns via email, at any time. That said, please understand that you may not get an immediate response–especially as many of us are juggling day jobs, families and other responsibilities atop the MIS-DIM program. If your question is time sensitive, please note in your email subject line by starting with “REPLY REQUESTED BY (DATE).”
Especially in these challenging times, I expect we’ll all appreciate and need an extra bit of graciousness. Let’s have empathy for one another’s situations and assume positive intent in our interactions.
- Strategic Thinking & Genuine Curiosity: You should expect to ask—and be asked—lots of questions. I encourage a See-the-Dots, Connect-the-Dots, Make-Meaning-of-the-Dots approach to work. I also like to understand how you’re applying readings, data and real-world experiences to your problem-solving. Consider it my genuine curiosity in your learning journey!
- Accountability & Flexibility: This course involves a good deal of teamwork. Please keep in mind the following “Core Four Questions” when collaborating with one another. (Hint! These are handy when assessing campaigns at the day jobs, too.)
- Did we do what we said we’d do?
- How effectively did we achieve our desired outcomes?
- What did we learn along the way?
- What should we do next as a result?
To the first question: Sometimes we need flexibility in meeting our commitments. If you require accommodation from me or your teammates, please speak up early. Once a deadline has passed, it’s passed and points will be awarded accordingly.
- Continuous Growth + Constructive Feedback: My intent is that the three prior philosophies all add up to creating a supportive learning environment. This means teammates can continuously grow by bringing forward diverse perspectives and creative ideas, and regularly sharing learnings, both what worked and what didn’t. I also believe that feedback is a gift when it’s constructive. To that end, you’ll observe me using phrases when evaluating assignments such as:
- “How could this be even stronger if….?”
- “What consideration have you given to….”
- “I’m curious to understand…”
Final Note: Nobody is *REALLY* a Social Media ‘Guru’!
Social media is always and rapidly evolving. I won’t have all the answers to your social media questions. In fact, I’m hoping to learn a good deal from YOU, too! My goal is to help you learn how to ask more informed questions and apply more critical thought to this challenging and dynamic domain.