LIBR 287-05
LIBR 287-14
Seminar in Information Science
Topic: iPad Implications and Applications
Fall 2010 Greensheet

Jeremy W. Kemp, Ed.D.
Office: Clark Hall, 418E
Phone: (408) 393-5270
Office Hours: By phone or appointment virtually

Steve Sloan, M.Ed.
Office: Clark Hall, 134
Phone: (408) 605-0692
Office Hours: By phone or appointment virtually

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ANGEL information: This course uses the ANGEL learning management system. The access code for the ANGEL site will be sent via the MySJSU messaging system to those enrolled in the class site which will open for self-enrollment noon on August 25th, 2010. Students should access the course NO LATER THAN: August 27, 2010.

Please complete this survey before entering the class:

Course Description

Forward-looking libraries deliver innovative services through handheld devices. Apple Inc.'s iPad media appliance promises to deliver even more flexibility with eBooks, digital collections, textbooks and dynamic media from the iPhone/iTunes content ecosystem. And now children, teens and working adults access hundreds of thousands of mini-applications written by social media entrepreneurs. Is this a Kindle Killer? Will it sidetrack Adobe's Flash? Is Apple's device more accessible? Let's explore this together in a highly collaborative 10-week schedule. The first half teaches students about developing Web pages and interactive applications for the iPad -- based on existing iPhone and Touch coding techniques. The second portion tackles the e-book trend and implications for digital collections and the media. The class is team-taught by experts in new media, instructional design, Web 2.0 and scripting. It will feature custom-created podcasts and video lecture content. The class requires participation, two brief papers, two technical projects and a culminating presentation designed to meet several of the SLIS ePortfolio objectives. You will succeed and enjoy the class if you assume the posture of an active course co-facilitator rather than as a passive consumer of technical training.


  • Completion of LIBR 202
  • An iPad or a Macintosh computer with Mac OS X to run the iPad simulator
  • Basic ability formatting websites with HTML, CSS and Javascript
  • Have a can-do attitude for solving computing issues including the inevitable snags and hiccups that come with cutting a new path

Course Objectives

Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • share your work using screen capture software
  • communicate the strengths and weaknesses of this platform in the context of an information-centric institution
  • call on literature in the use of tablets and mobile computing for library service and information delivery
  • format existing websites for optimal viewing on the device

LIBR 287 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems;
  • demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities;
  • understand the system of standards and methods used to control and create information structures and apply basic principles involved in the organization and representation of knowledge.

See the SLIS Statement of Core Competencies at

Course Requirements

Tasks to do before the Class Begins - Please do the following prior to the start of class on August 25, 2010 at 12 noon PT:

Course Calendar

  • All due dates are noon, Pacific time
  • Aug 25: First day of instruction and ANGEL opens for access (noon PST)
  • *Aug 25: Live orientation session in Elluminate (6-7:30pm, optional)
  • Sept. 1: Introductions post due (noon)
  • Sept 15: Paper 1 due (noon)
  • *Sept 15: Live speaker in Elluminate (6-7:30pm, optional)
  • Sept 29: Sem 1 Discussion Forum participation deadline (noon)
  • Sept 29: Project 1 - WebApp formatting (noon)
  • *Sept 29: Seminar #2 starts in Elluminate (6-7:30pm, optional)
  • Oct 13: Paper 2 due (noon)
  • *Oct 20: Live speaker in Elluminate (6-7:30pm, optional)
  • Oct 27: Last day for Sem 2 Discussion Forum participation (noon)
  • Oct 27: Project 2 - ebook creation (noon)
  • *Oct 27 – Nov 3: Student presentations in Elluminate (times vary to fit student schedules)

* Live sessions in Elluminate.

A detailed course outline is posted on ANGEL including a list of readings and content availability for each week. All dates are subject to change with fair notice.

There are 100 points divided into the following graded activities:

30 Papers exploring implications (2)
20 Forum participation
40 Projects creating iPad content (2)
10 ePortfolio presentations
  • Papers (30 pts total)
    Students will write two 750-word papers (about 4 pages) outlining literature on the origin and present state of such topics as eBooks, digital collections, textbooks and dynamic media from the iPhone/iTunes content ecosystem. The papers should touch on current development of tablets as tools for information-providing entities. Students should use APA style.
  • Forum participation (20 pts)
    Each week, students are required to interact with each other in a learning community using the ANGEL message board. The instructor will post questions occasionally and students should comment on posts from colleagues.
  • Projects (40 pts total)
    Students will create usable web pages and eBooks containing their own content or content supplied to them.
  • ePortfolio presentation (10 pts)
    This project will help you synthesize what you have learned and package it as evidence for your culminating e-Portfolio. It is important that you have something to show even when the class is over and people seeing your work do not have access to iOS devices. This presentation doesn't involve creating media for the iPad, but rather annotating your work and synthesizing the two projects into a meaningful Elluminate session.

    See the list of core competencies:

We are available weekdays between 9:30am and 6pm and informally in the evenings.

Dates And Time Requirements
Due dates for all assignments will be announced on ANGEL site, and all submissions must be digital. Points/final grades may be adjusted if you do not follow these guidelines.

Late, Make-Up, and In-Class Assignments
Late assignments will not be accepted. Get your work in on time! All assignments are due Wednesdays at noon.

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbook:

  • Stark, J. (2010). Building iPhone Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript: Making App Store Apps Without Objective-C or Cocoa. Sebastol, CA: O'Reilly Media. Available through Amazon: 0596805780 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

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

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Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "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.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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