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  1. Facilitator
  2. Purpose of the Experience
  3. Required_Textbook
  4. Topic_Schedule
  5. The_Assignments

Facilitator

Name: David Wiley
Room: Ed 214
Phone: 435.797.7562
Email: david[dot]wiley[at]usu[dot]edu
iChat: educommons@mac.com

IM Office Hours: Throughout the day most days
Email Office Hours: I will try to respond within 24 hours

Purpose of the Experience

Innovation continues to occur on the internet at an extremely lively pace. What was once the realm of email, FTP, Gopher, and the Web is barely recognizable a mere 10 years later. Keeping up with the speed of innovation and maintaining a familiarity with the most recent tools and capabilities is handy in some professions and absolutely critical in others. This course is designed to help you understand and effectively use a variety of "web 2.0" technologies including blogs, RSS, wikis, social bookmarking tools, photo sharing tools, mapping tools, audio and video podcasts, and screencasts.

Required Textbook

There is no required textbook for this class. All materials are available online.

Topic Schedule

  1. Introduction / Relevance Day / Blogs
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Get your own blog, customize it, make your first post, and be ready to show in the next class.
    2. DUE TODAY - Nothing
  2. RSS
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time- Get an RSS aggregator and subscribe to at least ten blogs on topics of your own choosing. Track the blogs until our next class. Post your thoughts about using RSS, along with links to some of the best things you found using your aggregator, to your blog before class.
    2. DUE TODAY - Brief presentation of your new blog
  3. Wikis
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Contribute to an article of your own choosing on Wikipedia ( http://wikipedia.org/ ). Make a post to your blog describing your contribution. Update the INST 5280 Blog List (on this wiki) with a link to your blog.
    2. DUE TODAY - Blog post about RSS
  4. Bookmark sharing
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Create an account on one of the social bookmarking systems and add several bookmarks to it. Post a link to your bookmarks on your blog.
    2. DUE TODAY - Wikipedia contribution, blog post, update course wiki
  5. Photo sharing
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Create an account on one of the photo sharing systems and add several photos to it. Post a link to your photos on your blog.
    2. DUE TODAY - Social bookmarks and blog post
  6. Folksonomies and tagging
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Add a tag cloud to your blog.
    2. DUE TODAY - Photo sharing and blog post
  7. GIS / Maps / Satellite tools
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Find three locations of interest to you that fit the theme of your blog. Use mapbuilder to create a map and post it on your blog.
    2. DUE TODAY - Tagcloud on your blog
  8. Podcasts
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Subscribe to at least one podcast and follow it until next class period. Post a link to the podcast's website and description of your favorite moments in the podcasts to your blog.
    2. DUE TODAY - Links to three locations
  9. Creating audio podcasts
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Create an audio podcast and make it available online (from your blog or another service). Post a link to the audio podcast on your blog.
    2. DUE TODAY - Post about podcasts you listened to
  10. Creating video podcasts
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Create a video podcast and make it available online (from your blog or another service)
    2. DUE TODAY - Link to your audio podcast on your blog
  11. Creating screencasts
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Create a screencast and make it available online (from your blog or another service)
    2. DUE TODAY - Link to your video podcast on your blog
  12. Video sharing
    1. ASSIGNMENT for next time - Create an account on one of the video sharing systems and add your video podcast and screencast. Post a link to the videos on your blog.
    2. DUE TODAY - Link to your screencast on your blog
  13. Hacks, mash-ups, and genuinely new stuff
    1. FINAL PROJECT ASSIGNMENT - Choose a non-profit or civic group to work with. Design a new mashup of the tools we talked about this semester to meet an existing need this organization has. Write a paper describing the organization, your mashup, and how the mashup might be used to solve the problem. Final papers deemed interesting by the instructor may be eligible for implementation for Independent Study credits over the summer.
    2. EXAMPLE of a final project proposal - Work with the Cache Valley Chamber of Commerce and Cache Valley Transit Authority to develop an more interactive "Things to Do in Cache Valley," use Google Maps for bus route overlays, Flickr for photos of local attractions, and Videocue / Ourmedia.org for videos of people talking about things to do in Cache Valley
    3. DUE TODAY - Link to your section of the video sharing service on your blog
  14. Work on final project papers
    1. DUE TODAY - Improved draft of final project paper
  15. Presentations of final project papers
    1. DUE TODAY - Make a 10 minute presentation of your project idea to the rest of the class (using technologies we reviewed this semester, as appropriate). Hand in your final project paper.

The Assignments

There are 12 assignments (marked DUE TODAY in weeks 2 through 13) that must be completed as directed before the beginning of Tuesday class. Each of these assignments is worth 10 points for a total of 120 points. The two drafts of your final project paper are worth 20 points each for a total of 40 points. Your final project paper and presentation are worth 40 points. 200 points are possible for the course. See below for information on grading, the honor code, late work, and incompletes.

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