Our first session will be on Tuesday, 14 April as scheduled. However, as long as the present restrictions are in place, we will have our weekly F2F sessions (08.30-11.30, Tuesdays) ONLINE using Microsoft Teams.
MSTeams tutorials: If you haven't used Microsoft Teams before, you might find these tutorials useful: video tutorials. Perhaps take a look before joining our first session.
As you will have seen from Oodi and the course description, there is a mandatory pre-work consisting of readings and 2 pre-course assignments, which must be completed before our first session. You'll find details in the pre-work folder in the drop-down menu on the left of the screen.
I'll be in touch with you before the course kick-off but, in the meantime, if you have any questions, do let me know (michael.baker(at)aalto.fi).
PRE-WORK: Mandatory readings and 2 pre-course tasks
Due 08.30, Tuesday, 14 April.
- Competing Values Communication Framework: readings
- Communicator profile assignment
- Objective-driven presentation assignment
Upload 2 and 3 to the respective submission boxes in the pre-work folder by 08.30, Tuesday, 14 April and have a copy of each assignment at hand when we meet for the first session for peer review activities.
SESSION 1: 14.4
- Tips for using MS Teams
- Course overview: objectives, assignments
- Introduction to the Competing Values Communication Framework
- Discussion of your CVCF Communicator Profiles with fellow group members
- Fine-tuning your CVCF objective-driven presentation: feedback on strategy from fellow group members
- Introduction to A4 communication project: choice of project situation
Preparation for session 2
On your own
- Read Input 2: Strategic Contingency Model (SCM)
- Read Input 3: Persuasive managerial writing: sensitive messages
- Read Input 4: Reader-focused business writing
- Fine-tune your individual CVCF objective-driven presentation for 21 April.
- As you're going to be giving this and other presentations to a camera online, you might find some useful tips here.
Even though Paul Savage's tips were originally targeted at teachers who
want to create blended learning content, I think you'll find some useful
ideas about presenting in this online environment. Videos 5-8 are
probably the most useful. Take a look.
- Prepare A1, the Bad News Message (BNM) draft. Due 21 April.
- Prepare communication project proposal (A4) in your group. Due 21 April.
SESSION 2: 21.4
- Objective-driven presentations (pre-work assignment). You'll give these in small groups to an audience of 4/5 students.
- Peer reviewing & editing of BNM (A1). You'll get feedback on your BNM from another group. They'll then meet you and give you their comments verbally and written. The final version is due 28 April.
Preparation for session 3
On your own
- Read Rogers (2003), Building a case and arguing with sophistication
- Read Denning, S. (2004), Telling Tales and Conger, J. (1991), Inspiring others. Also, take a look at the links to articles and videos given in the assignment brief.
- Prepare individual transformational speech outline (A3) upload your speech outline to MyCourses by 28 April, and have a copy readily at hand for peer review in session 3.
- Write the final version of your BNM (A1) and upload to MyCourses by 08.30, 28 April.
- Prepare the managerial proposal (cover email & proposal) in your group (A2) for 28 April to allow for peer review activities.
SESSION 3: 28.4
- Feedback on transformational speech (A3) outlines. You'll get some comments and suggestions from your fellow group members on what you've planned for your speech.
- Reviewing and editing managerial proposals (A2). You'll get feedback on your MP from 3 perspectives (argumentation, reader focus, coherence) from another group. They'll then meet you and give you their comments verbally and written. The final version is due 5 May.
Preparation for session 4
On your own
- Finalise your transformational presentation (A3). Be ready to present on 5 May.
- Read Input 5: Writing an executive summary
- Read input 6: Essentials of effective slide design
- Read input 7: Preparing an effective recommendation presentation
- Finalise A3, the Managerial Proposal and upload it to MyCourses by 08.30, 5 May.
- Prepare your communication project presentation and executive summary (A4)
SESSION 4: 5.5
- Transformational speeches with peer feedback (A3). The class will be divided into 3 sessions (2 groups / session) for this exercise: session 1 (08.30-09.30); session 2 (09.45-10.45); session 3 (10.45-11.30). We'll agree on the final schedule in session 3.
Preparation for session 5
On your own
- View your transformational speech and write your appraisal (A3c). Upload to MyCourses by 12 May.
- Upload your materials for the consultation session with Mike: (a) draft executive summary; (b) preview slide / structure of your presentation and (c) 3 questions you have related to the presentation. Due midday, Monday, 11 May. Due to the size of the class, and the fact that we're online, we'll need
to reschedule some of the sessions outside the 'normal' class time.
We'll talk about this in session 4.
SESSION 5: 12.5
- Consultation sessions with Mike. Each group will have a 30-minute consultation session in which I can give you some overall comments on your Executive Summary and your plans for the presentation, and also deal with any questions you might have.
- NB: As the class is so large, we'll need to organise some of these consultation sessions outside the scheduled class time.
On your own
- Read: Yates, J. (2009), Active listening, and Munter, M. (2007), Q and A sessions.
- Upload your A4 executive summary to MyCourses by midday, Monday, 18 May.
- Finalise your A4 final team presentation.
the Executive Summary of the group you're going to be the audience for,
and prepare a few questions you'd like to ask them after their
- Consultant presentations to top management of your project organisation / company followed by Q&A (A4)
- As the class is so large we'll divide this final session into two seperate sessions. TBD in class.