LIBR 285-03
LIBR 285-12
Research Methods in Library and Information Science
Topic: Ethnography (with a focus on technology)

Spring 2010 Greensheet

Dr. Kristen Radsliff Rebmann (formerly Clark)
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Office: Hayden, Idaho
Office Hours: By appointment.


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Textbooks and Readings
Course Requirements
Course Calendar
Resources
ANGEL
ANGEL Tutorials
LIBR 285 Resources
Online Resource
Supplemental Readings

This is an online-only class using Angel and Elluminate. Students must self-enroll for the course on Angel between Januare 23th and January 31sth. The required password access enrollment code will be provided in an email via the MySJSU Messaging system.

The course begins via Angel on January 26th. Elluminate sessions will begin on Monday, February 1st at 5 pm.

***Student attendance at the Elluminate lectures is not mandatory - recordings will be available.  HOWEVER... This is a GROUP-INTENSIVE class where collaboration and participation in joint Elluminate sessions (scheduled by student groups) is mandatory.***

Course Description

Principles of ethnographic research methods and their application to technology-rich contexts. This introductory course emphasizes models of ethnographic methods of data collection and analysis. Class activities will be carried out in Angel, Elluminate, video, and audio formats. Enrollment in the Angel class is mandatory.

Course Prerequisites
Demonstrated computer literacy. Students need to know how to download software, zip and unzip files, work with folders, and elementary computer trouble shooting. Students need to know how to download software, zip and unzip files, work with folders, and elementary computer trouble shooting.

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will be gain a fundamental understanding of ethnographic methods and apply them to the collection and analysis of data.
  • Students will be able to define a set of terms reflecting core concepts of ethnography and use them in discussions of their projects for the class.
  • Students will understand principles of good research design and be able to evaluate scholarly work using those principles.

LIBR 285 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • understand the nature of research, research methods and research findings; retrieve, evaluate and synthesize scholarly and professional literature for informed decision-making by specific client groups;
  • demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations;
  • evaluate programs and services on specified criteria.

Course Requirements

Help! How do I …?

I will create a discussion forum in Angel for general questions regarding due-dates, structure of assignments, and clarification of concepts. Please post your general questions here so that all students may benefit. Feel free to contact me via email. Placing the words: 285 question and your section number in the subject field will guarantee that your email will get to my high priority folder so that I can get back to you promptly (usually within 24 to 48 hours).

Assignments and Exams
In addition to 12 weekly summaries of readings, students will complete a short introduction of themselves via Angel, and 3 field reports. I will assign 1% extra credit if students complete SOTES. Simply complete the survey and post a message (to let me know) in the SOTES-Extra Credit discussion forum in Angel at the end of the semester. More specific information regarding all assignments and extra credit will be made available on the Angel course website.More specific information regarding all assignments and exams will be made available on the Angel course website.

ASSIGNMENT POINTS
Introductions/Short Biography via Angel
1
Weekly Summaries of Readings - 12 total
24
Fieldwork #1
25
Fieldwork #2
25
Fieldwork #3
25

Extra Credit - Completion of SOTES 

TOTAL POINTS
101

Weekly Summaries, Angel, and Elluminate Participation
All students will send weekly summaries of readings to me via Angel. These will be graded on a submitted/not submitted basis. See the “Notes on Weekly Summaries” and handouts. I will also hold weekly Elluminate lecture/workshop sessions on Monday nights.  ***Part of participation in this course includes listening well to others and engaging with opposing viewpoints. You are expected to be respectful and thoughtful in responding to each other and in responding to the course materials.

Course Calendar

Subject to change with fair notice

Week 1 – Introduction to Ethnography and Qualitative Research (1/26-1/30)

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Documents: Greensheet, “Notes on Weekly Summaries”
Readings: Fetterman Chapter 1.
Handouts: Fieldwork #1 (due 2/20).

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(Assignments):

By Saturday of this week: Brief introduction via Angel. Please edit your homepage and post a link to it in the forum.
By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: No lecture until 2/1.

Week 2 – Ethnographic Roots in Anthropology (1/31-2/6)


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Readings: Fetterman Chapter 2.

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(Assignments):

By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 3 – Methods and Techniques (2/7-2/13)

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Readings: Fetterman Chapter 3.

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(Assignments):
By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 4 – Ethnographic Equipment (2/14-2/20)

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Readings: Fetterman Chapter 4.
Handouts: Fieldwork #2 (due 3/27)

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(Assignments):
By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
By Saturday of this week: Send completed Fieldwork #1 to me via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 5 – Anaylsis (2/21-2/27)


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Readings: Fetterman Chapter 5.
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(Assignments):

By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 6 – Writing and Reports (2/28 -3/6)


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Readings: Fetterman Chapter 6.
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(Assignments):

By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 7 – MIDTERM WEEK (3/7-3/13)


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Readings: NO READINGS THIS WEEK

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(Assignments):


FINISH FIELDWORK #2!
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: NO LECTURE THIS WEEK.
 

Week 8 – Ethics (3/14-3/20)


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Readings: Fetterman Chapter 7.
Handouts: Fieldwork #3 (due 5/17)
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(Assignments):

By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 9 – Classic Ethnographies (3/21-3/27)


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Readings: Geertz.
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(Assignments):
By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
By Saturday of this week: Send completed Fieldwork #2 to me via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 10 – Ethnographic Research in Distributed Cognition (3/28-4/10 Spring Break & Week #10)


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Readings: Hutchins.
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(Assignments):

By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
By Saturday of this week: Send completed Fieldwork #2 to me via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: NO LECTURE ON 3/29; Monday 4/5 @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 11 – Ethnographic Research in the Classroom (4/11-4/17)


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Readings: Dyson.
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(Assignments):
By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.


Week 12 – Ethnographic Research in Online Contexts (4/18-4/24)


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Readings: Leander.

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(Assignments):
By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 13 – Online Contexts cont. (4/25-5/1)


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Readings: Turkle.
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(Assignments):
By Saturday of this week: Weekly Summaries. Please upload via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.

Week 14 – Catch-up & Review (5/2-5/8)


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Readings: NO READINGS THIS WEEK.
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(Assignments):

Attend course lecture via Elluminate: Monday @ 5 pm - donut.
Catch-up, review, and finish Fieldwork #3!

Week 15 – Wrap-Up (5/9-5/17 - 1 week 2 days)


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Readings: NO READINGS THIS WEEK.
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(Assignments):
By Tuesday 5/17 of this week: Send Fieldwork #3 to me via Angel.
Attend course lecture via Elluminate: NO LECTURE THIS WEEK.

Spring 2010

Friday............................ January 1.................... New Year’s Day – Campus Closed (N)
Monday......................... January 18.................. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - Campus Closed (K)
Monday......................... January 25.................. Spring Semester Begins
Monday......................... January 25.................. Pre-Instruction Activities: Orientation, Advisement, Faculty
Meetings and Conferences (P)
Tuesday........................ January 26.................. First Day of Instruction- Classes Begin
Friday............................ February 5 .................. Last Day to Drop Courses Without an Entry on Student's
Permanent Record (D)
Friday............................ February 12 ................ Last Day to Add Courses & Register Late (A)
Monday......................... February 22 ................ Enrollment Census Date (CD)
Monday - Wednesday .. March 29-31 ............... Spring Recess (*SPRING RECESS*)
Thursday – Friday ........ April 1-2 ...................... Spring Recess (*SPRING RECESS*)
Monday – Tuesday ..... March 29-30............... Rescheduled Holiday – Campus Closed (RH)
Wednesday................... March 31 .................... Cesar Chavez Day - Campus Closed (CC)
Monday......................... May 17........................ Last Day of Instruction – Last Day of Classes
Tuesday........................ May 18........................ Study/Conference Day (no classes or exams) (SC)
Wednesday – Friday .... May 19-21 .................. Final Examinations (exams)
Monday – Tuesday....... May 24-25 .................. Final Examinations (exams)
Wednesday................... May 26........................ Final Examinations Make-Up Day (MU)
Thursday....................... May 27........................ Grade Evaluation Day (E)
Friday............................ May 28........................ Grades Due From Faculty (G)
Saturday ...................... May 29........................ End of Academic Year – End of Spring Semester
Saturday ....................... May 29........................ Commencement (C)
Monday......................... May 31 ....................... Memorial Day - Campus Closed (M) 

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbook:

  • Fetterman, D. M. (2009). Ethnography: Step-by-Step (3rd ed.). Newbury Park, CA: SAGE Publications, Inc. Available through Amazon: 1412950457. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F

 

In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

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  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
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