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.

Keeping a learning log or portfolio

A learning log or portfolio is a useful way to help you reflect on your learning. The aim of a personal learning log is to regularly look back on what you have learnt and articulate your thoughts and feelings about the experience.

You might also find it useful to record the answers to your tasks and keep them all in one place.

A quick way to capture your reflections is to use the following questions as prompts:

  1. What’s good, useful or interesting about …?
  2. What questions have arisen …?
  3. What actions will you take to … ( … further develop / apply etc …)

You could simply record your log entries in a notebook, or you might prefer to use one of the many online tools and apps that are available.

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Blogging and journaling tools

Blogging and journaling tools such as Blogger, Tumblr, Wix and WordPress are designed to be updated regularly, which makes them an ideal tool for keeping a learning log. You can usually choose to publish them publicly, or keep them private to yourself and anyone you choose to invite. FutureLearn has provided some useful guidance about using blogging tools to support your reflective practice.

Journaling apps

You might find an app useful if you own a smartphone or tablet and prefer to record your thoughts on the go. An example of an extremely simple journaling app is  Day One.

Notetaking tools and apps

Notetaking tools provide digital ‘notebooks’ where you can save and organise your notes and to-do lists. They range in functionality from very simple tools, like NoteHub, which allows you to save text to the web and share it with a link, to tools with a great deal more features.

Some tools enable you to clip from websites, include images, collaborate with others, and even convert your handwriting to text.

If you are interested in using these features for your learning log you could investigate EverNote or Google Keep.

If you are a registered Coventry University student you have access to Office 365 and you might like to explore using OneNote, which has a lot of additional functionality.

Portfolio tools

Portfolio tools are designed to help you collect and showcase your work. They have lots of functionality, including the ability to upload a variety of file types and multimedia, so it is easy to keep information from lots of different sources in one place.

You can choose to keep your portfolio private, make all or part of it publicly available, or share it with specific people.

There are a number of free portfolio tools available including PortfolioGen, PathBrite and FolioSpaces.

Your task

Why else do you think keeping a learning log or portfolio could be useful?

Have you got experience of using any of the tools that are mentioned? Can you think of any other tools or apps that might help you with this?

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The Global Business Environment: Evolution and Dynamics

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