These labs are flexible and can be used in different ways depending on your preferences. We have two sample syllabi to give you an idea of how you can use them in your course.
The syllabus below splits the labs into in-class assignments as well as take-home assignments
This other syllabus incorporates the labs into the course discussion and uses them as in-class assignments.
1-Page Max Labs Intro for Students
This is a great tool for taking 10 minutes with your class upfront to introduce & orient your students to the labs. It's a 1-page Max Labs Intro for Students (pdf) where we consolidated everything we had put together to get students motivated and set for success:
What are the labs & why do them?
What is Salesforce? (including a link to our Max Labs mini-website of cool, motivating vids & pics)
Top 10 Reasons to Get Into the Labs
Top 10 Tips for Success
Top 4 Ways Things Go Wrong
The Word version is also posted there in case you want to edit/tweak for your students.
Here are some slides (pdf) you can use to help intro your students:
We also have Powerpoint version!
The latest version of all the lab materials for students can always be found in our Google Drive archive in a folder named Business Systems Innovation Labs V2. Within that folder, you'll find the seven files.
Lab 1a Packet
Lab 1b Packet
Lab 2a Packet
Lab 2b Packet
Lab 3a Packet
Lab 3b Packet
Each packet contains everything students need to complete that lab, including the cover sheet ("Pre-flight Checklist"), Max's blog posting/instructions, & Feedback Form).
(Note: We do ask that you please download them to your own LMS, etc first and then link them from there for your students so we don't get excessive traffic on our Google Drive. Thanks!)
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MaxzPlace: Our Student Support Website
Here's a website to support students before, during and after the Max Labs:
First, there's a How, What & Why section for introducing, orienting and motivating students upfront, before they start the labs. There are tons of YouTube vids to showing how Salesforce spans Business functional areas (Finance, Accounting, Manufacturing, HR, ...) and how it's used by tons of big-name brands they know (Coke, Mattel, GE, Sony, Toyota, etc.) across all industries.
We've incorporated all the original Troubleshooting Quickref material (and more) into a new Help FAQ with a nicer, more friendly/usable format. There's also a Help Forum for posting issues not found in the Help FAQ.
Finally, there's a Go Beyond section to help them use what they learned in job interviews, etc. and to explore going for Salesforce certifications if they want to "dig deeper".
Test Question Bank
The labs themselves are designed especially to be fun and enticing for students to do, and the fun materials here in the "Essentials" category are great "carrots" for helping motivate them, but it's probably good to use a stick too since some people just don't find carrots appetizing.
We've developed a bank of test questions you can easily drop into quizzes and/or exams. Just knowing that the labs will be covered on exams should ensure the students are all doing their own work. If not, they'll lose credit this way and will be easily identified.
Members click here to view/download the Test Question Bank
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Tip Sheet for New Instructors
This tip sheet gives a quick overview of Max Labs. There are links to our instructor support site, as well as one for students.