Here are a few (anonymized) answers from assignment 1 that received a perfect score.
answer for question 1 – using Diffusion of Innovations (Rogers) and Fischer’s User Heuristic approach
another answer for question 1 – using Actor-Network Theory (Latour) and Fischer’s User Heuristic approach (with brief mention of Bijker/SCOT)
answer for question 2 – using Social Construction of Technology (Bijker) and Actor-Network Theory (Latour)
answer for question 3 – using Fischer’s user heuristic approach and Social Construction of Technology (Bijker)
A document in [docx] or [pdf] format with some suggestions about where and how to find 203 and topically relevant articles to cite for Part II of your second assignment.
By: Raymon, Sasaki, and Morgan
As healthcare becomes more information-centric, technology and medicine start to converge. “IT, Gender, and Professional Practice” illustrates an example of using technology to streamline practice and make workflows more efficient and outcomes more accurate. However, the technology was imposed on major stakeholders, such as nurses and pharmacists, without their inputs for its design. Without an insight into their nuanced workflows, the system failed to adapt to the flexibility of nurses’ and pharmacists’ processes and instead forced them to conform to arbitrary standards.
Assignment 2 has been posted. It is due on Thursday March 14th (next week!). Download it in the following formats: [docx] [pdf]
Diary Exercise – log your own work practices and your use of paper (and other tools) vs. digital technology. Keep this log for at least 1-2 days. You will reference this diary in the second assignment, but it does not need to be turned in.
A log sheet is available: [docx] [pdf].
Flickr Mini-Assignment #2: How Exactly Do We Work? – the purpose of this mini-assignment is to encourage closer attention to and reflection on your own work practices.
Our general feedback on assignment 1 is now available. Download in PDF format.
Divya Karthikeyan, Shaohan Chen and Wendy Xue
The recent decision of Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, who banned Yahoo employees from telecommuting to work, has stirred up a lot of debates. In an internal memo from Yahoo released on the blog post on All Things D
, Yahoo executives argued, “Speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” Their remedy reads, “We need to be one Yahoo!, and that starts with physically being together”(I). Many people posted their comments online once the news broke out on various website. Most hold negative opinions on such a decision. Some complained that banning telecommuting would hurt employees’ productivity. Some argued forcing people to be in office was a management style too out of date. Some saw this action as a morale killer. But we believe the impact of banning telecommuting from work practice has far reaching impacts on the organization than causing many employees to be grumpy. Like one of the commenters said about Yahoo’s decision, “the year is 2013, not 1980” (II). Telecommuting has grown to be a part of normal work practice especially in the software industry. It is a practice so ubiquitous in the industry that people think more of it as a right instead of a privilege. Moreover, it allows work to be distributed regardless of locations.
Take a closer look at the Pew Internet Networked Workers survey from 2008. Referenced in the reading on “Networked Workers” by Rainie and Wellman.