LIBR 203
Online Social Networking: Technology and Tools (1 unit)
Spring 2012 Greensheet

Cindy Runnels
Office Hours: Available via e-mail.
Dale David
418-C Clark Hall, SJSU
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Phone: 408-924-2493
Debbie Faires
418-A Clark Hall, SJSU
Office Hours: Available via e-mail.
Phone: 408-924-2498
Vicki Steiner
Office Hours: Available via e-mail

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Course Requirements

Enrolled students should see Libr 203 listed on their D2L home pages by January 1. The course site will become available on January 4. Additional details will be sent via MySJSU by January 3 (end of day).

Course Description

This course introduces students to a variety of new and emerging technologies used in today's online environment. It covers various social networking platforms, content and learning management tools, web conferencing, and other trends in social computing.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Employ appropriate social networking software for collaboration with colleagues
  • Utilize a learning management system to organize coursework
  • Use the tools of web conferencing software to work synchronously with colleagues
  • Implement a variety of strategies to ensure success while taking coursework via an online environment

LIBR 203 supports the following SLIS core competencies:

  • 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
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations
  • Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems

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Course Requirements

Schedule of Meetings
The class is taught in a totally online environment and will involve synchronous and asynchronous connectivity. The course site will become available on January 4. Students who wish to begin working on the course may do so beginning on that date. We strongly advise an early start and completion for this class. Students who prefer to wait until the semester officially begins (January 25) may begin coursework on that date. The assignments for the first three units are due by February 3. All work in this course must be completed by February 22.

Each student must successfully participate in a synchronous meeting held via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. Select an orientation session from the list posted on the following page:

Optional synchronous sessions will also be held for purposes of additional networking and information sharing. Information will be provided within the D2L site for the course.

Course Calendar and Course Assignment Details
This one unit course consists of nine modules. Since this is a one unit CR/NC course, assignments consist of showing competency in various social and learning technologies and platforms and engaging in discussion on social computing in response to readings and questions raised by the instructor. Details follow:

  • Learning Management System
    Students will work within the D2L learning management system and demonstrate competency by:
    • Setting up personal information
    • Accessing the class roster
    • Using e-mail
    • Working with discussion areas to post messages and replies
    • Submitting an assignment
    • Retrieving a graded assignment and comments
    • Uploading work to their personal ePortfolio area

  • Social Networking Platforms and Principles
    Students will learn principles of social networking and demonstrate competency by:
    • Setting up a blog (use of a pseudonym/alias is acceptable)
    • Identifying the link to the RSS feed for the blog
    • Setting up an account on a collaborative social networking site

  • Technology Tools and Literacy
    Students will demonstrate basic technology skills expected of SLIS students.

  • Web Conferencing: Blackboard Collaborate
    Students will work within the Collaborate web conferencing system and demonstrate competency by:
    • Connecting to Collaborate
    • Participating in a synchronous session including audio
    • Using breakout rooms for small group discussion
    • Using the whiteboard for collaborative interaction

  • Personal Skills
    • Students will write about their understanding of teamwork in the online environment
    • Students will contribute to a collaborative online document

  • E-mail Discussion Lists
    Students will demonstrate their successful subscription to an e-mail discussion list and will compare using e-mail and RSS for receipt of information.

  • King Library Resources
    Students will demonstrate their understanding of online library resources by:
    • Creating a PIN for their library account
    • Successfully completing the LOTSS tutorial (3 modules)
    • Successfully completing the library's plagiarism tutorial

  • APA Style
    Students will retrieve a scholarly article on a specified topic and properly format the appropriate reference citation in APA style.

  • MySJSU
    Students will successfully complete an online quiz to demonstrate their understanding of the follow processes:
    • Finding help for MySJSU
    • Checking grades
    • Checking finances
    • Working with messaging

Earning Credit:
This one unit CR/NC course is required for all incoming SLIS students. In order to obtain a CR:

  • All activities listed in the Course Materials that require a demonstration of competency must be successfully completed.
  • All reading and discussion items must be completed at the "B" level or better.
  • All assignments and activities must be completed by February 22.

Textbooks and Readings

Online readings include:

LOTSS: Library Online Tutorial for the School of Library and Information Science Students. Retrieved from

SJSU SLIS D2L Student Tutorials. Retrieved from

SLIS Student Guide to Blackboard Collaborate. Retrieved from

Additional material will be posted on the course D2L site.

Required Textbooks:

  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.) American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain


This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are given for family or work emergency situations.

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