Information Technology Tools and Applications – Advanced Topic: Web 2.0
Fall 2012 Greensheet
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D2L Information: This course will be available beginning August 22. You will be enrolled into the site automatically.
Social software is rapidly changing the way we all work and play online. Social technologies have turned the web into a participatory medium (web 2.0) where everyone can add their own creativity and knowledge to the whole. This course is focused on developing the skills and knowledge necessary to evaluate, implement, and maintain web 2.0 technologies. We will examine the social technologies that comprise web 2.0 and how libraries can capitalize on these tools to improve communication between the library and its patrons, build online communities, and better share information professionally.
Many social software tools are quite easy to get started with. It takes mere minutes to create a blog or wiki and start adding content to them. This has led many libraries to dive into these technologies without properly planning for their ongoing use and maintenance. Blog posts must be made engaging so that people will read them. Wikis must be made engaging so people will contribute to them. While the tecnologies are not difficult to learn, the challenge is to make them effective, engaging, and useful in your library.
This course will focus on social software best practices, highlighting successful examples and discovering what makes them so effective. This course will include a hands-on experience with the technologies as well as frequent reflections on how to apply what you've learned in a professional setting. You will have the opportunity to explore social software from an academic standpoint and a practical standpoint; understanding how communities form through these tools and how you can capitalize on them in a library setting. The course will also introduce you to current issues with using social software and how these are affecting libraries and librarians.
- Exercises - 210 points (SLO #1,2, 3, 4)
- Marketing critique - 100 points (SLO #5)
- Social software impact paper - 100 points (SLO #1,2)
- Group project - 200 points (SLO #1, 2, 5)
- Participation - 280 points (SLO #2, 4, 5)
Exercises (210 points) - There will be 7 exercises worth 30 points apiece that will allow you to use the technologies you learned about that week. Assignments are due during these weeks on Sundays at 12 pm midnight pacific.
Marketing critique (100 points) - You will write a 1000-1800 word paper critiquing the effectiveness of a library's online/marketing/outreach efforts.
Social software impact paper (100 points) - You will write a 7-10 page research paper that examines how social software has impacted some aspect of culture, life or work. Examples of possible topics will be provided if you have trouble thinking of one.
Group project (200 points) - You will form groups of 3-5 to develop a detailed proposal for implementing a specific tool or group of tools in a specific library type or related setting.
Participation is measured based on fulfillment of your weekly expectations of blogging, and commenting on your classmates' blogposts. Each post and participation is worth 20 points a week for 14 weeks.
Course Calendar (subject to change with notice)
- Week 1 (August 22)
Overview and introductions
- Week 2 (August 27)
Social software, web 2.0 and library 2.0
- Week 3 (September 3)
Library branding and reputation monitoring
- Week 4 (September 10)
Blogs, microblog, podcasts, and RSS
- Week 5 (September 17)
Social networking software:Facebook, LinkedIn and Google and more
- Week 6 (September 24)
Online Marketing Strategies
- Week 7 (October 1)
- Week 8 (October 8)
Wikis and Twitter
- Week 9 (October 15)
- Week 10 (October 22)
Photosharing:Flickr, Instagram, Pinterest and more
- Week 11 (October 29)
Video and Screencasting
- Week 12 (November 5)
Collecting Knowledge from Users
- Week 13 (November 12)
Social on mobile
- Week 14 (November 26)
Social software best practices/Issues with social networking
- Week 15 (December 3)
Final group project presentations
Collaborate sessions (not required, will be recorded for those who cannot attend)
- Tuesday, August 28, 7 pm pacific - Introduction and overview of course
- Tuesday, September 18, 7 pm pacific - Overview of social software for libraries
- Tuesday, October 16, 7 pm pacific - Online communities
- Tuesday, October 30, 7 pm pacific - Video and screencasting
- Tuesday, November 13, 7 pm pacific - Social on mobile
- Week of December 3- final presentations
Assignments are due by midnight on the due date. If you will need extra time, please contact me and we can arrange a new due date.
Course Workload Expectations
Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.
Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.
Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.
LIBR 202, other prerequisites may be added depending on content.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:
- Define the basic syntax of coding PHP programs.
- Use HTML forms with PHP.
- Use standard PHP functions and be able to write their own custom functions.
- Demonstrate a basic understanding of MySQL and be able to use it in a PHP program.
- Build and maintain a small Web application.
- Create interactive HTML forms by applying the properties and methods of form objects and elements.
- Manipulate the images displayed on a Web page.
- Identify how information about a Web page is stored.
- Identify the functions of cookie attributes; create and manipulate cookies.
- Identify information provided by navigator object properties.
- Manipulate strings using the string object method.
Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)
LIBR 246 supports the following core competencies:
- E Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems.
- G Demonstrate understanding of basic principles and standards involved in organizing information, including classification, cataloging, metadata, or other systems.
- H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
- Farkas, M. G. (2007). Social software in libraries: Building collaboration, communication, and community online. Medford, NJ: Information Today. Available through Amazon: 157387275X.
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|
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).
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S90-5.pdf. More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at http://info.sjsu.edu/web-dbgen/catalog/departments/LIS.html. 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
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Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material
University Policy S12-7, http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/S12-7.pdf, 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."
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Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act
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