Capturing your thinking

As you embark on this course over the next few weeks, you will be navigating the waters of the global business environment, where you will be exploring, examining and engaging with multi-dimensional, complex and multifaceted issues, dynamics and concepts, underpinning existing explanations and understandings of globalisation and the geopolitical business environment.

As an active participant in the process of knowledge building as well as a critical reflective learner, you will be expected to map out the trajectory of your learning on this course through the use of a learning log.

Starting from the position that the global business environment is constructed by different worldviews that are informed by our contextualised experiences and encounters, and given that some of these subjectively constructed views are more dominant and totalising than others, it becomes pertinent that as students and practitioners of global business, we are able to develop a holistic framework and spectrum of thought to guide our thinking and actions in order to generate a wide range of variegated ideas, hence dislodging a myopic understanding of the global business environment.

To this effect, this learning activity is meant to serve as a platform to help you understand your views, experiences, encounters and understandings in comparison to others and offer you a safe space for critical reflection.

In doing this learning log, it will be helpful to think of but not be limited to the following:

  1. What have you learned new that you did not know before about globalisation and the global business environment?

  2. What new knowledge and insights have you developed from your discussions and interactions with fellow students on the course?

  3. Which of your views have changed and to what?

  4. How has what you have learned helped you as a global business student or practitioner?

  5. Moving forward, how do you intend to use and apply your new insights and knowledge into the future.

Your personal learning log

A learning log is a useful way of compiling your course notes, views and resources as you study. The aim is to regularly look back on what you have learned and articulate your thoughts and feelings about the experience.

Your learning log is informal and can be kept private. However, in the spirit of social learning, you’re encouraged to share as much of your work with your fellow learners as you feel comfortable.

You can record your log entries offline in a notebook or go digital with easy-to-use online tools (below) to build a more dynamic collection of resources and insight.

Build it with a blog

Blogging and journaling tools such as Blogger, Tumblr, Wix and WordPress can be updated regularly with text, images, videos, audio and more, so they’re ideal for keeping an engaging learning log.

You can usually choose to make blog posts public, keep them private, or share them only with select people. It’s a great way to develop your understanding and share your work week-by-week.

FutureLearn has even provided useful guidance on using blogging tools to support your reflective practice.

Take notes online

Online note-taking tools and apps act like digital notebooks, allowing you to edit, organise and share your notes flexibly.

They range in functionality from very simple tools, like Shrib, to those with more advanced features, like EverNote and Google Keep. If you’re a registered Coventry University student, you also have access to Microsoft OneNote as part of Office 365.

Some of these tools allow you to clip from websites, include images and collaborate with others to maintain a more comprehensive record of thoughts and information. How you use them is up to you.

Your task

Take some time to explore the learning log tools discussed above.

  • Do you have experience with these or others that may be useful?

  • Which will you be using and why?

Share your thoughts with your fellow learners.

Please note: following the above links will take you to a third-party website where you may be asked to submit personal details, such as your name and email address. If so, please ensure you are familiar with the respective terms and conditions and privacy policy before submitting your information.

Accessing these third-party websites will not affect your course progress.

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The Global Business Environment: Evolution and Dynamics

Coventry University

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