INFO 282-14
Seminar in Library Management
Topic: The Emerging Future: Technology Issues & Trends
Spring 2018 Syllabus

Dr. Susan W. Alman
Office Hours: (By Appointment)

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Course Description

Students will gain skills to plan strategically for the changing technological landscape. The course design enables students to participate in futuring activities through readings, video presentations, guest lectures, introductions to today’s futurists, and individual research. After an historical overview of forecasting students will become immersed in the literature and practices of current technological futurists and emerging technologies, gain skills to plan strategically for the changing technological landscape, develop a grant proposal outline to implement a new technology, and create a multi-media presentation or infographic that focuses on a new technological area that can impact the future. (See examples of multi-media/infographic projects.)

Course Requirements

Mode of instruction
This course will be entirely asynchronous. We will use Canvas for the submission of assignments and accessing readings and course materials. VoiceThread will be used for class discussions, and we will use Flipboard for sharing new technology information.

Please see the documents in Canvas for detailed requirements and grading rubrics for each of the assignments. Also, note that the due dates listed below are subject to change with fair notice.

  • Tech, Journal, and Product Watch Reports, Participation & Engagement* (Supports CLO #3; Core Competency H):
    • Part 1: Each week a student team will prepare an Investigative Report on the assigned topic and co-lead the Flipboard Magazine and VoiceThread discussions. (Student teams will sign-up for the week/topic of their choice at the beginning of the term.)10 points
    • Part 2: Each week all students will actively read a wide variety of publications and scan electronic sources for new products, and they will report their findings by posting links and comments to each weekly Flipboard magazine and VoiceThread discussion. 20 points
    • Part 3: At the end of the term each student will submit one (1) Flipboard magazine that contains a compilation of the top resources for each topic covered in the course and a 3-page paper on the ways they will approach the emerging future. 10 points

      Students will share their work during several points:
      1. Week 8: What’s the Next Big Thing? (What topics of interest have students identified to date in the course in preparation for the final digital presentation)
      2. Weeks 14-15 (Digital Presentation)

      * Students will also be responsible for participating in weekly activities such as the SXSWEEK 2017 events or scanning for positions that include a futures aspect.
  • History of Forecasting (Supports CLO #1#2#4#5; Core Competency H): 15 points
    • Students will have the option to develop one of the following: paper or LibGuide relating to the history of forecasting and essential resources needed to explore emerging technologies.
  • Grant Proposal Outline. (Supports CLO #6, Core Competency N) 10 points
    • Using grant proposal materials and strategic planning skills students will develop an idea for a new technology project and identify an appropriate potential grant funder along with a rationale on why it was selected.
  • Future Trends Book Review. (Supports CLO #3, Core Competency H) 15 points
    • Students will select two (2) books either of their choice OR from the course reading list that deal with future trends, forecasting, or related issues and write a 1,000-word comparative review. (THIS IS NOT A BOOK REPORT).  A link will be provided to a book review writing guide.
  • Multi-media Presentation or Infographic on Emerging Future Technologies. (Supports CLO #5,#6, Core Competency H, N)20 points
    • Students will develop and present a multi-media presentation or infographic that focuses on a new technological area that can impact the future. Examples of previous projects are located in the Student Showcase.

Late Assignments Policy

There will be a late penalty for assignments turned in after the due date without prior approval. If your life circumstances require you to seek an extension, please do so at least several days before the assignment is due. No extensions will be granted for VoiceThread discussion posts.

Course Calendar

Part 1: Futures Overview
Weeks 1-4 

  • History and Keeping Current: Background, Techniques, Professional Societies, Publications
  • Emerging Technologies: Who and What to Watch
  • Environmental Scanning: Leadership and Management
  • Futurists 

Part 2: Technological Innovations: 
Weeks 5-8 

  • Grant Funding and Collaborations
  • Connectivity Issues
  • SXSWEEK (March 10-20)
  • What's the Next Big Thing?
  • Multi-media/Infographic Ideas 


Part 3: Key Impact Factors
Weeks 9-12 

  • More Cutting Edge Technologies and Issues
  • Book Reviews
  • Big Data
  • Cybersecurity 

Part 4: Futuring
Weeks 13-15 

  • Careers for Futurists
  • Digital Presentations Showcase
  • Wrap-up 

§  Dates Subject to Change with Fair Notice

§  Major assignments are spaced 2-weeks apart in most instances






Tech Watch Reports, Participation & Special Topics and Investigative Report

Attend SXSWEEK Online Event

Locate Futures Jobs



VoiceThread and FlipBoard


History of Forecasting



Paper, LibGuide, OR Narrated Digital Presentation


Comparative Book Review


H, M



Grant Proposal Outline


M, N

Written outline


Emerging Future Technologies


H, M, N

Multi-media Presentation or Infographic


Cumulative Flipboard & Final Essay

1,2,4,5, 6

H, M, N

Flipboard and Essay



  • See Above
  • Late Assignments Policy
    • There will be a late penalty for assignments turned in after the due date without prior approval. If your life circumstances require you to seek an extension, please do so at least several days before the assignment is due. No extensions will be granted for VoiceThread discussion posts.

Other Relevant Information:
Students are expected to participate each week in the VoiceThread discussions and FlipBoard postings.

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 282 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Interpret the ways in which factors such as environmental scanning, big data, and cyber security impact the planning and implementation of future technologies.
  2. Plan strategically for the changing technological landscape.
  3. Identify and track the various publications, organizations, and trade shows that highlight new technologies.
  4. Identify and discuss the history of forecasting.
  5. Select the appropriate resources to use in planning for new technologies.
  6. Develop a digital poster on the future of technology.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 282 supports the following core competencies:

  1. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  2. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.


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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 or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — 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.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

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