COURSE TITLE:

TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR DIGITAL LIFE

NO. OF CREDITS:

5 QUARTER CREDITS
[semester equivalent = 3.33 credits]

WA CLOCK HRS:  
OREGON PDUs:
50
50

INSTRUCTOR:

Michael Boll
michael@bollnet.com

 

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

This course meets OSPI's STEM requirements.

Modern day humanoids find themselves overwhelmed with the sheer volume of input and digital communication that flows in each day. Email, instant messages, and the Internet have made access to information (and you) far too easy. “I only have 54 emails left to answer” is too often the depressing indicator of a successful day.

The good news is that while access to information (and you) have increased exponentially, so have tools to help manage those streams of digital input and communication.

 

 

 

LEARNING OUTCOMES: Upon completion of this course, participants will have:

Participants  walk away with a variety of tools to help them take back control of their digital life.   An understanding of efficient and effective workflow systems will be covered. Workflow systems include:

  • Effective use of personal digital assistants
  • Getting to inbox zero
  • Note taking systems
  • Online and offline task management
  • The power of RSS
  • Collaboration tools
  • Bringing it all together

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Completion of all specified assignments is required for issuance of hours or credit. The Heritage Institute does not award partial credit.


HOURS EARNED:
Completing the basic assignments (Section A. Information Acquisition) for this course automatically earns participant’s their choice of CEUs (Continuing Education Units), or Washington State Clock Hours or Oregon PDUs. The Heritage Institute offers CEUs and is an approved provider of Washington State Clock Hours and Oregon PDUs.




 

UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT INFORMATION

REQUIREMENTS FOR UNIVERSITY QUARTER CREDIT
Continuing Education Quarter credits are awarded by Antioch University Seattle (AUS). AUS requires 75% or better for credit at the 400 level and 85% or better to issue credit at the 500 level. These criteria refer both to the amount and quality of work submitted.

  1. Completion of Information Acquisition assignments 30%
  2. Completion of Learning Application assignments 40%
  3. Completion of Integration Paper assignment 30%



 

CREDIT/NO CREDIT (No Letter Grades or Numeric Equivalents on Transcripts)
Antioch University Seattle (AUS) Continuing Education Quarter credit is offered on a Credit/No Credit basis; neither letter grades nor numeric equivalents are on a transcript. 400 level credit is equal to a "C" or better, 500 level credit is equal to a "B" or better. This information is on the back of the transcript.

AUS Continuing Education quarter credits may or may not be accepted into degree programs. Prior to registering determine with your district personnel, department head or state education office the acceptability of these credits for your purpose.

ADDITIONAL COURSE INFORMATION

REQUIRED TEXT

Choose one of the following

  • Getting Things Done: A Time Saving Summary of David Allen’s Book on Productivity.
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. By Charles Duhigg.

  • Getting Things Done: A Time Saving Summary of David Allen's Book on Productivity (4.1.2012)
    by Shortcut Summaries

    Buy from Amazon
  • The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business
    ISBN# 081298160X
    by Duhigg, Charles
    Random House Trade

    Buy from Amazon

MATERIALS FEE

Text, Getting Things Done: A Time Saving Summary, is approximately $5.00 and The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business is approximately $14.99 from Amazon.com

QUALIFICATIONS FOR TEACHING THIS COURSE:

Michael Boll is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Podcaster and Technology Coach at the International School Bangkok.. Michael enjoys helping educators, parents and students harness the transformative powers of technology. Michael is an enthusiastic instructional designer and presenter. He works to make his courses and presentations information packed, slightly provocative and fun. Michael has a teenage son with profound autism and is keenly interested in the special needs community and its population of diverse learners. This interest led Michael and his wife, Lori Boll, to open an innovative school in Shanghai (ShineAcademy.asia) for their son. 

BIBLIOGRAPHY

TAKING CONTROL OF YOUR DIGITAL LIFE

Allen, David. Getting Things Done: The Art of Stress-free Productivity. New York: Viking, 2001. Print.

In today's world, yesterday's methods just don't work. In Getting Things Done, veteran coach and management consultant David Allen shares the breakthrough methods for stress-free performance that he has introduced to tens of thousands of people across the country. Allen's premise is simple: our productivity is directly proportional to our ability to relax. Only when our minds are clear and our thoughts are organized can we achieve effective productivity and unleash our creative potential. I

In Getting Things Done Allen shows how to:

  • Apply the "do it, delegate it, defer it, drop it" rule to get your in-box to empty

  • Reassess goals and stay focused in changing situations

  • Plan projects as well as get them unstuck

  • Overcome feelings of confusion, anxiety, and being overwhelmed

  • Feel fine about what you're not doing

Duhigg, Charles. The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business. New York: Random House, 2012. Print.

“In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.”

Duhigg, CharlesSmarter Faster Better: The Secrets of Being Productive in Life and Business. New York: Random House, 2015. Print.

"At the core of Smarter Faster Better are eight key productivity concepts—from motivation and goal setting to focus and decision making—that explain why some people and companies get so much done. Drawing on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology, and behavioral economics—as well as the experiences of CEOs, educational reformers, four-star generals, FBI agents, airplane pilots, and Broadway songwriters—this painstakingly researched book explains that the most productive people, companies, and organizations don’t merely act differently.
 
They view the world, and their choices, in profoundly different ways.

A young woman drops out of a PhD program and starts playing poker. By training herself to envision contradictory futures, she learns to anticipate her opponents’ missteps—and becomes one of the most successful players in the world.

A group of data scientists at Google embark on a four-year study of how the best teams function, and find that how a group interacts is more important than who is in the group—a principle, it turns out, that also helps explain why Saturday Night Live became a hit.

A Marine Corps general, faced with low morale among recruits, reimagines boot camp—and discovers that instilling a “bias toward action” can turn even the most directionless teenagers into self-motivating achievers.

The filmmakers behind Disney’s Frozen are nearly out of time and on the brink of catastrophe—until they shake up their team in just the right way, spurring a creative breakthrough that leads to one of the highest-grossing movies of all time."