INFO 263-10
Materials for Children
Spring 2017 Syllabus

Elizabeth (Beth) Wrenn-Estes, Lecturer
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Cell Phone: 510-410-1959
Office Hours: By Appointment


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Textbooks
CLOs
Competencies
Prerequisites
Weekly Outlines
Discussion Threads
Why Group Work?
Crisis and Emergency 

Resources
Canvas
iSchool eBookstore
 

Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 26th, 6am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one unit or two unit class that starts on a different day. In that case the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

Survey of materials in a variety of formats including nonfiction, beginning chapter books, fictional genres, paperback series and electronic resources, and how they can help meet developmental needs. Collection development tools and techniques for this material will also be included.

Note: This course will also cover "toy" books, flapbooks, board books, picture books, and various media and technology appropriate for the age group 0-4 years, and how they can meet developmental needs.

The course is focused on ages of 0-9.

Course Requirements

  • Students are responsible to review the Syllabus and the Canvas course site.
  • These two important information sources (Syllabus and Canvas Course) site work in tandem to give students directions, requirements and information needed to be successful in the class materials for children. You need to understand both.
  • Each student is expected to check the CANVAS site at least once per day for course updates, additional resources, announcements, and other new information that may be posted by the instructor.
  • The student should read the Syllabus carefully and then visit the website and read through everything that is there. Compile questions or clarifications that you need ask and post to Questions and Answers Discussion Thread.
  • The instructor makes every effort to proofread the information in both the syllabus and the Canvas course website. However, errors may occur
  • Questions should be posted to the instructor through the Concerns and Questions discussion tread on the Canvas site.

Why Group Work?

I am a believer in the value of working in groups in my classes. Every job in youth services will involve working with groups of people some of whom you will know well and others that you won't know well at all.

How well you work in a group or a team is determined by your understanding of group dynamics compounded by the fact that you are working in a distance education program where staying connected to one another and to me as your instructor is critical to success.

Just as in life when you work in a group or "being on a team" you will have weak members of the group/team and you will have strong group members (leaders) of the group/team. I expect each group member work to their fullest capacity on all the group

I will ask from time to time throughout the semester how things are going in each group and I will require outlines on group work that show what each person has been assigned for project/assignment.

I expect that as librarians or librarians to be that you have high ethical standards and that you will participate fully in the group work process, including but not limited to, collaborating with your group mates, researching your given part of the assignment and completing evaluations when asked to.

I hold students to high standards of conduct and hope that the group work you do will be of value to you as you go out into the world of youth services.

Questions, Comments, Concerns- Discussion Thread
Please post all questions, concerns, and general comments on the discussion thread under Modules on the CANVAS class site. If the question or concern is of a personal nature send directly to the instructor’s email address (bwestes@mac.com).

E-mail Subject Lines/Naming of Assignment Files – Mandatory

  • Format for subject line for all email correspondence
    INFO 263_10_YOUR LAST NAME
  • Format the file name for all assignments:
    INFO 263_10_YOUR LAST NAME_KEYWORD OF ASSIGNMENT TITLE

Official school Email Policy

  • Instructor will respond to student emails within 24-hours of receipt. The instructor will inform the class if a longer response time is needed (instructor out of town, illness, etc.).
  • Students are expected to promptly answer emails from the instructor and fellow students.

Blackboard IM
Students MUST sign up for Blackboard IM (Bib). The iSchool will send out information on how to sign up. Blackboard IM is an excellent way for the class to stay in touch with one another and with the Instructor.

Crisis or Emergency:

  • Please CALL, TEXT or EMAIL the instructor (in advance if at all possible) if a situation will prevent you from completing assignments or another class activity. You will receive a zero for any course work missed unless you have received permission from the instructor for an extension. Most extensions are granted for extenuating circumstances only and not for being overwhelmed at work (for example).
  • The instructor reserves the right to deduct points (the number of points is determined by the instructor) for any work not submitted on time or lack of participation in any class activities or assignment.

Course Calendar - Subject to change with fair notice.

Technology Requirements You will need a high-speed connection (DSL, cable, etc.) to successfully participate in this class. Please see the Technology Requirements and Instructions for Success handout.

Grading/Grading Rubric

  • The instructor uses the rubric inside the Canvas Speedgrader. The instructor grades assignments as quickly as possible but it may take up to three weeks to get an assignment completely graded and returned to the class if class size is large and the instructor has additional classes to teach during the semester.
  • The instructor will post grading updates on the announcements page to let students know where in the grading process of a certain assignment the instructor is.

Grading - see scale below
Rounding - The instructor doesn't round points up to the next whole number. If you receive an 89.6 you will get the grade equivalent for those points.

WEEKLY OUTLINES - Modules

Please read through the entire Canvas course site when it opens on January 26th

Weekly outlines (appear on Canvas Course Site under Modules) will have more descriptive content than indicated on the Syllabus including but not limited to links for discussion threads, articles to read, websites to read, URL to readings or links to PDF's on the course site, detailed descriptions of assignments and lecture/overviews and videos to watch.

ASSIGNMENTS POINTS DUE DATES
Lecture/Guest Speakers 6 pts

Collaborate Session - MANDATORY and Synchronous. Tuesday, February 21st (Week 5) - 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Pacific.

Reflection Paper on Session due Thursday, February 23rd at 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 5)

White Privilege Study (Blog) 15 pts URL Due March 17th 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 8)
Lecture/Guest Speakers 6 pts

Collaborate Session - MANDATORY and Synchronous. Tuesday, April 4th (Week 11) - 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. Pacific.

Reflection Paper on Session due Thursday, April 6th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 11)

Top 100 Children's Books (Blog/Group Assignment) 20 pts URL Due Friday, April 14th 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 12)
Annotated Bib of Music, DVD, Games, etc. 10 pts Paper Due Friday, April 28th 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 14)
Illustrator's/Author Study (Blog) 25

URL Due Friday, May 9th 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 16)

Instructor will assign each student who to evaluate. Due Tuesday, May 11th 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 16)

Discussion Threads 18 A schedule with topics, dates and points will be on the Canvas course site when it opens.
Total Points 100  
  1. The instructor reserves the right to deduct points for any assignment not turned in on time.
  2. Collaborate sessions are MANDATORY to attend. If you miss a Collaborate session you will lose all points for not attending (but see extensions for extenuating circumstances above)
  3. Groups - students will sign up for groups when the Canvas site opens.


CONTENT ACCESSIBILITY: All assignments, overviews and lectures, will be provided in written form and in audio and video formats.

DISCUSSION THREADS - Instructor's Role

  • The instructor will act as a facilitator for the threads. Instructor may comment from time-to-time but the discussions are student driven.
  • The instructor will include questions or prompts with each book discussion thread to get the conversation going but students are charged with keeping the discussion going throughout the week.

Discussion Posts

  • Do not post before the opening date of the thread.
  • The discussion thread dates, topics and point values will be on the Canvas site when it opens.
  • For the introduction and reflection threads you will only post one substantial post and one response to a fellow classmate. For the other threads students post one substantial post on Tuesday and another substantial post on Thursday of each week and two posts to classmates before Sunday at 11 p.m. pacific. All students are asked to check the site and read any new posts everyday including Sunday.
  • Full points will be awarded to students who write in-depth insights and opinions about the weekly topic and meet the required number of posts each thread.
  • If students do not post the required number of posts or do not include the level of detail in the substantial posts points will be deducted. For the introduction thread the substantial post is worth .75 and the response to classmate .25. All other posts the Substantial posts are worth 2.25 points each and the responses to classmates are worth .25 each
  • Doing more than the minimum number of posts is greatly encouraged.

General Writing Standards- ALL ASSIGNMENTS

  • Students must produce assignments that meet writing and research standards appropriate for students in a Master's program of study. Write clearly!
  • It is critical to proofread your work and then proofread again before turning it in.
  • Graduate level writing standards do not tolerate grammatical errors of any kind.
  • You will lose points so please make sure you pay attention to sentence construction and other grammar.
  • Students are encouraged to refer to a style writing handbook of their choice- suggestions are Strunk and White's Elements of Style. APA is mandated for citations included within the text of the paper and reference/bib page(s) BUT no other parts of the assignments

Spelling and Grammar Guidelines
Instructor may not read your entire assignment for spelling and grammar mistakes; if, in the instructor's opinion, your assignment contains too many errors the instructor will reduce your points and stop grading the assignment for grammar and spelling and will go on to content and research, etc.

BLOG FORMATTING GUIDELINES

  • Blogs must have a banner on the homepage.
  • The following information must appear on the homepage of the blog:
    • Name of Student
    • Title of assignment
    • Class number and title
    • Name of Instructor
    • University Name
    • Date of Assignment
  • If you want to make up a name for your Blog, you can do so but the Assignment Name instructor has given must appear first and then your title next.
  • You may use an existing blog that you have for assignments from other classes but instructor must have a clear path to the blog for this class and not have to do any un-necessary searching.
  • Blogs must look professional and have color themes, font choice, and navigation (live links to all sections of blog for instance from the homepage) picked to enhance the assignment.
  • Use the many features that the blog has and thoroughly review the blog you have chosen so that you know it will accommodate the requirements of the assignment.
  • Remember pictures create visual breaks for the reader and help clarify points.
  • Books covers are especially important to include when appropriate. Use of illustrations, pictures or embedded video is encouraged.
  • Pictures should enhance text/narrative but images do not replace written content narratives.
  • Blogs do not have a specific page length but must be of sufficient length to adequately cover the assignment.
  • Blogs are written in formal style unless otherwise noted on the assignment description.Remember this isn't a blog you are keeping for day-to-day personal reflection but an academic assignment. Think moderate but friendly academic level writing and focus on creating a blog that peers, colleagues, children and their parents would find useful. The blog is still a creative way to present the assignment content instead of creating an electronic document.
  • References and citations within narratives must be in APA format. References can be done as one blog posting at the end of the blog or you can put the references at the bottom of each section of your blog.
  • All images must have a credit for where you obtained it and that credit can be located under the specific image or at the end of the blog section.
  • Any other questions not answered in the points above contact the instructor through the discussion thread Questions and Concerns.  Any other questions not answered in the points above please contact the instructor for further information or clarification.

PAPER FORMATTING GUIDELINES

  • Prepare all assignments in MS Word.
  • Do not exceed the number of pages specified by the instructor.
  • Title Page MUST have:
    • Name of Student
    • Title of Assignment
    • Class number and title
    • Name of Instructor
    • Name of University
    • Date of Assignment
  • Papers must be doubled spaced and the font to use is 12 point Arial or Cambria
  • Page numbers and the name of the assignment must appear on all pages except the title page
  • Reference page(s) must be included and meet APA guidelines - Single Spaced
  • Citations within the text must be in accordance with APA guidelines
  • All papers are to be written in moderately formal but friendly style unless otherwise noted on the assignment description.
  • Remember pictures within the document adds visual breaks for the reader and helps clarify points that you are making. Books covers are especially important to include when appropriate. Cite all sources that you take images from.
  • Any other questions not answered in the points above contact the instructor through the discussion thread Questions and Concerns.  Any other questions not answered in the points above please contact the instructor for further information or clarification.

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.

Course Prerequisites

INFO 200INFO 260Aor INFO 261A

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of the external (societal) and internal (developmental) forces that influence children's choices of recreational and informational sources and materials.
  2. Evaluate selection tools, and demonstrate the ability to use appropriate resources to develop a collection of materials for the preschool and elementary school-aged children (ages 0-9), including all appropriate formats.
  3. Critically examine representative materials designed for the pre-school and elementary school-aged child (ages 0-9), including but not limited to books, television, movies, and the Internet, and apply criteria to evaluate them in relation to child development, multicultural concerns, and creating a collection that meets the informational and recreational needs of this age group.
  4. Evaluate children's digital resources to determine the most developmentally appropriate ones to recommend to parents, and identify ones that are less appropriate or useful.
  5. Assist parents and caregivers with questions about appropriate materials for their children 0-9 years old.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 263 supports the following core competencies:

  1. F Use the basic concepts and principles related to the selection, evaluation, organization, and preservation of physical and digital information items.
  2. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.

Textbooks

Required Textbooks:

  • Norton, D., & Norton, S. (2010). Through the eyes of a child (8th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson. Available for purchase or rental through Amazon: 013702875Xarrow 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 or Informatics) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: http://www.sjsu.edu/gup/syllabusinfo/. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

In order to request an accommodation in a class please contact the Accessible Education Center and register via the MyAEC portal.

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