Seminar in Archives and Records Management
Topic: Archivists: Meet Web 2.0
Summer 2009 Greensheet
Patricia C. Franks, Ph.D., CRM
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Textbooks and Readings
The semester runs from June 1 through August 7. The content for the course is managed through Angel. Students must self-enroll for this course in Angel between May 26 and June 5, 2009. You will be required to use a password access code. The code will be provided to you via the MySJSU Messaging system.
This semester’s Seminar topic is Archivists: Meet Web 2.0.
Web 2.0 is here. Organizations and individuals can—and do—create, share and store information in a variety of web-hosted packages: Google docs, blogs, wikis, Flickr, Facebook, Twitter, and more. What does Web 2.0 mean for archivists and how should the profession respond? Take this course to explore the opportunities and challenges presented by the increasing use of online technologies within organizations and society and to consider the implications for archival theory and practice.
Student Learning Outcomes
Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
- describe a variety of Web 2.0 technologies that may be employed by organizations and individuals,
- analyze, assess, and embrace the opportunities and challenges presented by Web 2.0 technologies,
- describe the impact of the use of such technologies on archival theory and practice, and
- evaluate and select artifacts developed using Web 2.0 technology representative of contemporary culture for inclusion in a virtual time capsule (group project).
This course supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:
- recognize the social, cultural and economic dimensions of information use;
- use the basic concepts and principles related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of specific items or collections of information;
- demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries [archives for this section] and other types of information providing entities; and
- demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.
This course is taught completely online mainly in Angel, with four Elluminate sessions required. Two will be during weeks 2 and 3 for guest presentations, and 2 will be weeks 8 and 9 for student presentations. In addition, optional virtual office hours are provided every Monday from 6-7 p.m. pacific time or by appointment via Elluminate.
You need a high-speed connection (DSL, cable, etc.) to successfully take this class. Please see Technology Requirements and Instructions for Success. If you are not familiar with ANGEL, there are helpful tutorials at http://ischool.sjsu.edu/angel/
Assignments and Grading
This course requires a number of assignments designed to introduce students to Web 2.0 technologies and to explore their impact on the archival profession. Details for the assignments listed below will be posted under Course Documents in Angel. Students’ grades will be based on the % of points earned out of a possible 1,000.
- Guest Lectures (100 points)
Guest lectures will be presented Thursday, June 11 and Wednesday, June 17. Each will run from 5:30 to 6:30 pacific time. Attendance is required. However, arrangements to listen to a recording the following day can be made if you get in touch with the instructor before the date of the presentation. Instructions will be included in Angel explaining how you can earn 50 points for attending each and answering questions posed by the instructor. A description of each follows:
MARA Colloquium: Archiving the US Elections Websphere: An Historical Perspective
WHEN: Thursday, June 11, 2009
TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (PST)
WHERE: Live from San Jose using Elluminate
MARA Colloquium: There's a Hole in the Bucket: One Institution's Method of Preserving Electronic Records
WHEN: Wednesday, June 17, 2009
TIME: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. (PST)
WHERE: Live from upstate New York using Elluminate
- Book Reviews (200 points each)
1. Read Everything is Miscellaneous by David Weinberger. Follow the directions for preparing a book review found at the Owl at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/704/01/
Introduce and briefly summarize the main principles covered in the book. Be sure to address concepts related to the creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of information. Once you provide a summary of these principles as presented by the author, critically evaluate the text. This is where you provide your own thoughts on the points introduced by the author. (100 points)
2. Read Hear Comes Everybody by Clay Shirky. Follow the directions for preparing a book review found at the OWL at http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/704/01/
Introduce and briefly summarize the main principles covered in the book. Be sure to touch on the social, cultural, and economic dimensions of information use in your review. Once you provide a summary of these principles as presented by the author, critically evaluate the text. This is where you provide your own thoughts on the points introduced by the author. (100 points)
- Group Project - Virtual Time Capsule (650 points)
Students will be divided into groups during week 2 in order to begin work on the group project. The group project will include evaluation and selection of artifacts developed using Web 2.0 technologies representative of our culture for inclusion in a virtual “time capsule.” Groups must use Web 2.0 technologies in order to create their virtual time capsule. Consultation with instructor is required for approval of each group plan.
The project will include 3 parts:
1. Private document. Written 10-15-page paper identifying the method used to analyze and select the artifacts, the way in which these artifacts can be made accessible to individuals in the present, and the challenges that must be met to preserve them for the future. Groups will present their project plan to the instructor week 4 for approval. (300 points)
2. Public presentation. Group work must be completed during weeks 5-7, and groups must be prepared to present to the class using Elluminate either week 8 or 9. Each team will be allowed 30-45 minutes to present, including time for Q&A. In addition, a schedule to present will be prepared once outlines are reviewed and approved. Remember, you can conduct a virtual tour in Elluminate, so you are free to host your project on the Web as long as you can access it through Elluminate to demonstrate it to the group. You MUST be in attendance for all presentations for full credit for this section. (300 points)
3. Peer review. Each student in the group will evaluate their own contributions and the contributions of their peers. An average of the peer evaluations will be used for the grade for this part. However, your own evaluation will be useful to compare your self-evaluation with the composite evaluation provided by the members of the group. (50 points)
- Class Discussions (50 points)
A class discussion is included every week during the course. Some are just to keep in touch and no credit is assigned. Some do have points associated with them. All are used for attendance. Additional information will be provided in Angel.
Note: The details of all activities and discussions, including due dates, will be available in Angel.
|Week||Start and End Dates*||Readings from Text, Discussions, and Assignments |
Additional materials (links, articles, and resources for discussions) will be available in the course during each of the weeks below, so be sure to visit the Course Content area often to see what else is coming your way.
|1||6/1 - 6/7 || |
Topics: Introduction to Course and Introduction to Web 2.0
|2||6/8 - 6/14 || |
Topics: Categorizing objects and Archiving Websites
Required Guest Presentation on Thursday, June 11 in Elluminate
|3||6/15 - 6/21|| |
Topic: Communicating & Collaborating on the Web and Preserving Electronic Records
Required Guest Presentation on Wednesday, June 17 in Elluminate
|4||6/22 - 6/28 || |
Topic: Web-based Applications
|5||6/29 - 7/5|| |
Topic: Social Networking, Virtual Environments & Synchronous Communications
|6||7/6 - 7/12 || |
Topic: Creation, evaluation, selection, acquisition, preservation and organization of information
|7||7/13 - 7/19|| |
Topic: Social, cultural, and economic dimensions of information
Assignments and Discussions:
|8||7/20 - 7/26|| |
Topic: Time Capsule - Oral & Written Presentations (part 1) Readings: None
Student Presentations, Archival Time Capsule, in Elluminate
|9||7/27 - 8/2|| |
Topic: Time Capsule - Oral & Written Presentations (part 2)
Student Presentations, Archival Time Capsule, in Elluminate
|10||8/3 - 8/7|| |
Topic: Course Completion
Assignments and Discussions:
Course completion: I'll be working on your grades this week. Final grades will be available by the end of the day, August 7.
*All work is due midnight of the last day of the week (Sunday).
Grading will be based on a total accumulation of 1,000 possible points, distributed as follows:
- Class participation on discussion boards (one each week): 50 points
- Required attendance at 2 Elluminate sessions (guest lectures): 100 points
- Book reviews (2): 200 points
- Group project:
- Archival Time Capsule (paper): 300 points
- Presentation of course project to group: 300 points
- Peer reviews of team members: 50 points
Penalties are also assessed in the following situations:
- Errors in spelling, grammar, and syntax will be subject to a grade penalty.
- Evidence of plagiarism will result in a grade of F for the course and will be reported to administration.
- Late assignments will not be accepted unless by prior consent of the instructor. If you have an illness (medical certificate required) or a family tragedy, please contact the instructor.
Textbooks and Readings
- Bell, A. (2009). Generation Interactive Tools - Blogs, Podcasts, Wikis, Networking, Virtual Words, and More. Georgetown, TX: Katy Crossing Press. Available through Amazon: 1441449868.
- Shirky, C. (2009). Here Comes Everybody: The Power of Organizing without Organizations. New York: Penguin Group. Available through Amazon: 0143114948.
- Weinberger, D. (2008). Everything is miscellaneous: the power of the new digital disorder. New York: Holt Paperbacks. Available through Amazon: 0805088113.
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
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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."
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 http://www.sjsu.edu/senate/docs/F15-7.pdf 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 http://www.sjsu.edu/studentconduct/.
Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act
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