INFO 287-16
Seminar in Information Science
Topic: Augmented Virtual Reality
Summer 2018 Syllabus

Joey van Arnhem
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Office location: Online
Office Hours: Virtually by e-mail or in person by appointment (see the course for additional details).

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Course Description

Augmented and virtual reality are increasingly available, making it essential that today’s librarians are aware of recent advancements and trends as they pertain to the library field.  This course provides practical skills and tools for planning, implementing, and assessing augmented and virtual reality into library services.

Course Requirements


Mode of Instruction
Optional synchronous sessions will be provided throughout the semester to review course readings, provide demonstration, and present related concepts. All sessions will be recorded for asynchronous viewing. The course learning management system (LMS) will be the primary course repository for online discussions, submission of assignments, and for accessing readings and course materials. Students will also contribute to the class blog. Additionally, virtual office hours will be available for drop-in and scheduled interaction.

Course Syllabus:  The course syllabus and may be revised before or during the semester.  Any changes will be announced via LMS News.

Students are expected to check for announcements posted to the LMS News and read all discussion postings and blog posts daily. Students are required to complete the following assignments:

Viewings and Readings

The viewings for each course module are meant to provide an overview of the module content and related activities as well as providing additional information related to module topics

The readings and are meant to provide an overview of the contemporary AR/VR landscape.  The readings have been selected to help you identify a term project area and provide examples of new developments in AR/VR in libraries, cultural institutions, museums and other organizations   Due Date: Weekly. ( 5% of grade) [Competency H - CLO #3].

Blog Posts

Scholarly resources, authoritative sources, and blogs posts allow you to stay informed follow developments, and keep up with scholarly research in AR/VR.  You will be required to post a minimum of 8 sources (with citations) to the class blog over the course of the semester. You will also be required submit a literature review for your term project as part of your organization’s project proposal (part of your term final project).  Collectively the class blog posts can be used by students to help inform their literature reviews for their term project.   Due Date: Weekly. ( 10% of grade) [Competency H - CLO #3].

Discussion Posts

The Discussion Board Posts for each module are meant to promote communication and continued learning of course concepts.   The discussion board also gives us a forum to pose questions to the entire class, provide peer feedback, view the feedback received from class members, access questions, and responses posted by others, and provide interesting, course-related, information to everyone. The small group discussions will be used to provide peer review for term project draft documents.  Entire class discussions will be used for peer review of semester projects. Due Date: Weekly. ( 15% of grade) [Competency H & N - CLO #3 & 4].


The TechTorials for each module are designed to provide practical hands-on opportunities to better understand augmented and virtual reality and related topics. Blogs will be used to discuss weekly class TechTorials and post relevant content to the entire Class (Supports CLO #2). Due Date: Weekly. ( 10% of grade) [Competency H - CLO #2].

Term Projects

Project Proposal

The major project for this class involves planning and implementing a hypothetical augmented or virtual reality prototype for a library, cultural organization, or museum that promotes a specific resource, educational outcome, or service. As part of your term project, you will develop a formal project proposal.  You will be expected to conduct a literature review and investigate organizations working with augmented/virtual reality related to your organization's focus. Your project proposal should consider uses of AR/VR technology that help library and organizations meet a practical challenge or opportunity, enabling library professionals to do their jobs better or re-conceptualize their jobs for the future. Due Date: July 23, 2018. ( 20% of grade) [Competency N - CLO #1]

As part of the development of your organization’s AR/VR application you will identify needs/problems, goals/objectives, and procedures/scope of work. You will also select the hardware and software, provide a timetable, estimated budget, identify key personnel, and outline an assessment/evaluation plan.

Augmented Reality Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation

As part of your project proposal, you will design, build, and evaluate a functional Augmented Reality Proof of Concept. The Proof of Concept should represent content, information and interaction design, critical functionality, navigation, media integration, message, and user experience. This should demonstrate the ability of both the student and the technology to address requirements of the overall project, with benefit to library users, as stated in the Project Proposal. Due Date: July 23, 2018. ( 20% of grade) [Competency N - CLO #4].     


Presentation pitching your hypothetical AR/VR application using VoiceThread, your microphone, and webcam.  Your presentation will be delivered in the Pecha Kucha format. Each presenter is allowed 20 images, each shown for just 20 seconds, giving 6 minutes 40 seconds of fame before the next presenter is up. This keeps presentations concise, the interest level up, and gives more people the chance to show. For more information on Pecha Kucha, visit Pecha Kucha Global W Due Date: August 5, 2018. ( 10% of grade) [Competency N - CLO #4].

Final Exam Activities

Complete Peer Review of Semester Projects, Course Evaluations, and Self-Evaluation. Due Date: August 5, 2018. ( 10% of grade) [Competency H & N - CLO #1 & 4].

Course Calendar

Synchronous sessions (choose to attend the live sessions or view recordings) [Subject to change with fair notice, more information in the course, dates and times TBD]:

  • June 4 - June 10 - Introduction to Course, AR/VR Spotlight 1: Overview of Augmented and Virtual Reality.
  • June 11 - June 17 - AR/VR Hardware & Software and Development Considerations, AR/VR Spotlight 2: Differences and Similarities in Virtual and Augmented Reality, Introduction of Project Proposal and Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation Projects
  • June 18 - June 24 - Case Studies - Real-World Examples, AR/VR Spotlight 3: Library Orientations and Archive Exhibits, Project Proposal and Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation Projects: Submit project proposal topic.
  • June 25 - July 1 - Case Studies - Real-World Examples, AR/VR Spotlight 4: Library Orientations and Wayfinding, Submit project proposal topic and type of organization for approval by instructor.
  • July 2 - July 8; July 4 holiday - Case Studies - Real-World Examples, AR/VR Spotlight 5: 360 Video, Project Proposal and Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation Projects: Research and Develop Project Proposal.
  • July 9 - July 15 - Designing for Augmented and Virtual Reality, Storyboarding AR Projects and Options for Storyboarding, Creating Markers and Adding Content, Project Proposal and Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation Projects: Begin storyboarding  Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation Project (Timetable, Budget, Key Personnel, Evaluation, Next Steps, Appendix).
  • July 16 - July 22 -  Project Proposal and Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation Projects: Complete Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation Project Storyboard. Continue working on creating markers and adding content to Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation Project. Continue working on Project Proposal.
  • July 23 - July 29 - Project Proposal and Proof of Concept Interactive Presentation Projects: Complete/post project proposal. Write Summary Review and comment - revise as needed for final. 
  • July 30 - August 5 - Deliver Presentation. Final Exam Activities. Post/Peer Review by the entire class. Self-Evaluation.


Grading will be based on 100 possible points. More information to come as assignments are finalized.

  • Late assignments will lose 10% of point value per day late.

  • If life circumstances require students to request an extension, please do so several days before the assignment is due.

Other Relevant Information:

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7, , 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."

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 287 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Comprehend major emerging augmented and virtual reality technology concepts and theories, and understand how they are relevant to library services.
  2. Learn how to utilize augmented and virtual reality technologies and participate in their use throughout the course.
  3. Gain an understanding about the current and potential uses of these new and emerging technologies in libraries.
  4. Learn about emerging augmented and virtual reality technology best practices and develop skills which will help them evaluate these technologies in order to make solution decisions appropriate for their library.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 287 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.


No Textbooks For This Course.

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).

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: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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