Lab-sim Description and Action Items

Lab-sim Description and Action Items
The Discussion Board (DB) is part of the core of online learning. Classroom discussion in an online environment requires the active participation of students and the instructor to create robust interaction and dialogue. Every student is expected to create an original response to the open-ended DB question as well as engage in dialogue by responding to posts created by others throughout the week. At the end of each unit, DB participation will be assessed based on both level of engagement and the quality of the contribution to the discussion.
At a minimum, each student will be expected to post an original and thoughtful response to the DB question and contribute to the weekly dialogue by responding to at least two other posts from students. The first contribution must be posted before midnight (Central Time) on Wednesday of each week. Two additional responses are required after Wednesday of each week. Students are highly encouraged to engage on the Discussion Board early and often, as that is the primary way the university tracks class attendance and participation.
The purpose of the Discussion Board is to allow students to learn through sharing ideas and experiences as they relate to course content and the DB question. Because it is not possible to engage in two-way dialogue after a conversation has ended, no posts to the DB will be accepted after the end of each unit.
Assignment Details
The Unit 2 Discussion Board assignment has 2 parts. Complete the following for this Discussion Board.
Part I: LabSim Description and Action Items
Please refer to the following for information about accessing and using LabSim:
Getting Started with LabSim
LabSim Navigation
Click here for the instructions for the Unit 2 Lab tasks.
Part II:
Information technology (IT) is an essential tool used by organizations to implement their business strategy. It is important to be aware of how technology is used within successful organizations. It is also good to understand the human element that comprises IT departments.
Read this article to gain an understanding of how one company uses IT for success.
Complete the items in the following list and discuss your thoughts with the class. Focus your discussion on the following:
Choose an organization that interests you, and research it in the Library. Another option is to choose an IT related article found in the Library describing challenges and issues associated with organizations. You may find helpful the Library Research Guide found here.
Describe how your chosen organization uses technology to improve its business goals or discuss your chosen article describing IT related challenges.
Identify one or two IT disciplines (information management, programming, networking, operating systems and security) that were needed to achieve their goal.


Approximately 250 words