S518: Communication in Electronic Environments
Note:All the assignments #1–3 should be submitted in both electronic (via the Assignments section in Oncourse) and paper formats.
Evaluation Criteria: Assignments will be evaluated by 1. Ideas (richness of information, elaboration, originality, interesting); 2. Coherence (clarity, unity, organization, transitions, logical sequence, synthesis, style); 3. Linkage (relevancy to class readings, connections made to in-class and outside readings); 4. Mechanics (spelling, citation format, grammar, sentence structure) in addition to specific requirements for each assignment
1. Physical ICT Work observation report (15% each)Specifications: 4–5 pages, double–spaced, APA style
Identifying and choosing an observational site that uses ICTFeasibility
Ethics and Observation
Conceptualizing and Writing Up (some suggestions)
Use some of the concepts (e.g., Actor Network Theory, Activity Theory) discussed in Week 4
2. Online CMC observation report (15%)Specifications: 5–6 pages, double-spaced, APA style
Pick an online listserv or discussion group, e.g., ISWorld (http://lyris.isworld.org/isworldlist.htm ), Association of Internet Researchers (http://aoir.org/?page_id=3), Travelzine (http://www.thetravelzine.com/zine.htm), and Academy of Management ( http://www.aomonline.org/aom.asp?id=203), University and College Webmasters (http://www.usask.ca/web_project/uwebd/), and post the chosen group name on Oncourse by February 16th. You will observe the online CMC and write a report on its characteristics. Use the following five socio–technical issues (see Hara & Kling in Week 6):
3. Final Project (Oral presentation—10%; Written document—35%)You can choose one project:
4. Wiki Discussion Participation (10%)Your are expected to actively participate in the online course discussion forums at least once a week. You will be assigned to post once during the semester as a discussion starter who will post relevant materials to the weekly readings including 3–5 thought–provoking questions to your classmates. The quality of these questions will strongly influence the quality of the weekly discussions.
The discussion starter should post by Thursday (of course, the sooner the better), so that other classmates can make comments. All the comments for the week should be posted before 9pm on Sunday (the day before the class meets).
Course wiki: http://s518sp09.wetpaint.com/
5. Participation (15%)If you cannot attend class, you must notify the instructor in advance. Attendance will factor into your final grade. Unexcused absences will not be tolerated; numerous absences are frowned upon, and if you foresee yourself missing multiple classes, be sure to see the instructor the first day after class. Make–up work may be negotiated only in cases of documented, excused absences. I will also grade your participation based on your contribution to the course. Throughout the semester, you are encouraged and expected to participate fully in class discussions and activities. Readings should be completed prior to the class sessions so that you can ask questions and benefit from the class discussion.
Academic DishonestyThere is extensive documentation and discussion of the issue of academic dishonesty here in the Indiana University "Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct." Of particular relevance is the section on plagiarism:
Indiana University and the School of Library and Information Science policies on academic dishonesty will be followed. Students found to be engaging in plagiarism, cheating, and other types of dishonesty would receive an F for the course. As a rule of thumb, when in doubt, cite the source!