Learning about Disruption, through Disruption

To begin our Disruption class, of course, we had to be disrupted.  Before our first class, we received an email from Professor Shannon saying that we had to sign up for Slack.  Most of the class had never heard of Slack before, but now we could not get through the class without it.  Slack is a website that makes working as a team easier than ever, allowing everyone to see all group communication in their designated channel, as well as look on to what other groups are doing, so everyone is on the same page.  Not only did we have to register for Slack, but we also had to download the app on our phones and the desktop application, giving us access to all of the information in our Slack channels at all hours of the day.  As the Media and TV group, we did all of our work in our respective channel.

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In this channel, we were able to plan out our assignments, schedule meetings, discuss our findings, and decide how we were going to put together our blog posts.  Each group had their own Slack channel, and we also had a general class channel, where we regularly post articles on disruption that we find interesting and want to share with our classmates.

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Not only did we have to learn about Slack before we were even in class, during the first week, we had to integrate Slack with Trello, Shannonweb, and our Gmail accounts.  Trello is another very useful website that helps teams organize themselves in a very transparent way.  Each team has their own Trello page where we were able to make notecards online to determine what we were planning on doing, what we were currently doing, and what he had already finished.  This was extremely helpful throughout because it kept us on task and focused on what our goals were with our blog posts.

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To help us stay on the same page even further, we created our own individual note cards to keep track of our individual tasks.  The notecards provided a convenient place to keep all of our links for information, allowed us to create a checklist to keep track of everything that we had to do, and set a deadline to make sure that all of our tasks were completed on time.

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Now that we have learned how to use these useful tools, we have successfully overcome an instance of disruption as we were learning about disruption.  Being able to learn and adapt is the most important thing when being disrupted.  You need to be flexible in order to be successful, and giving in to Professor Shannon and embracing Slack, Trello, and all of our integrations has made this semester and this project much, much easier.  Going forward, we can now bring Slack and Trello to our future group projects and introduce disruption to the rest of our classmates, without them even knowing it.


4 thoughts on “Learning about Disruption, through Disruption

  1. Rafael Gabrieli

    I was very impressed by this new slack website that I have previously never heard of. At first, I thought it would turn out to be just a regular interface such as Google doc, however, it is clear to see that it is so much more than that. I loved how it is possible to create different groups within a channel. That is extremely useful when dividing groups between a class. The manner in which Slack can be fused together with Trello is also very interesting. I have never heard of Trello before either and as a very analytical person, I am extremely interested in using it in the future. The way that everything can be so neatly organized is definitely a game-changer in my opinion. As a matter of fact, there is an upcoming simulation for Professor Shannon’s Advanced Topics class and I am going to propose using it for the simulation. It would keep my group focused and would allow us to neatly organize our argument against the other group.

    As Sean stated, the best way to learn about Disruption, was through being disrupted. He came from a background where he never learned about all of the different innovative interfaces used to share information, and in Professor Shannon’s Disruption, Technology, and Law, he was disrupted enough to gain knowledge of all of the different interfaces. Transparency is the key to successful groups, and Slack and Trello are successful in allowing each group member to be transparent in what they are doing to help the group. By setting deadlines, it is so much easier to stay on track and accomplish objectives in order to meet an overall goal.

  2. Nicholas Sibilia

    Before reading this article I had never heard of Slack and now am very interested in finding out more and trying it out for myself in the future. Very often in classes we must work in groups and its always a hassle to be emailing back and forth, creating texting group chats, or meeting in person. Having a system that lets you go beyond basic google docs and almost be as if you were all together can be a great tool in completing students’ assignments. The writing here was very informative and straight forward getting all the necessary information to the reader without rambling or going off topic. In addition to the writing the added pictures and links to give you a glimpse of how the websites discussed work. Also, seeing how you can intertwine the two sites, slack and trello only broadens the high expectations I have acquired for how much this will help in group projects or assignments. To sum up, the information was strong and well displayed, grammar and language also was very well thought out.

  3. Brianna Young

    I am glad I got to read this information about slack and trello. Before reading this I had no idea what these two new technologies were. I feel like these two websites should be spread throughout the campus for any class where you have to do group projects. These websites would help so much with confusion of trying to email everybody or get everyone’s number so you can discuss when to meetup or who would be doing each task. These two websites are definitely a way better solution for group organization then a google doc. I wish we would have used this when we did our employment discrimination project. It would have helped my group come together a little more and have a better way to see all of our information together in one spot. I would definitely want to use slack and trello for the next group project that have to do in any class. The writer of this essay made it very clear what both websites were and that’s what attracted my attention more to the websites. I would recommend slack to every college around the world. These two websites can definitely change the way group projects run in the future. Hopefully they will become more popular amongst our campus and other campuses.

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