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Assignments Instructions Page

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This page has detailed instructions for all class assignments. Students are responsible for understanding these assignments, completing them by the listed deadlines, and correctly using the technology associated with the assignments (this wiki and D2L). Students MUST be proactive in addressing any issues with technology or the assignment directions! DO NOT WAIT! Failure to complete assignments on time due to confusion about an assignment or the inability to use the technology will result in zero credit.

Discussing and Reporting on Readings

Many Tuesdays we will discuss the readings for that week. Readings assigned for the week need to be completed before the first class meeting. Each student must identify the 4 most important aspects of each reading and the 4 most interesting findings, facts, concepts, etc. and either print them out or hand write them (must be signed off by the instructor at the start of class) to bring to class.


If there are multiple readings, then each reading needs to have at least 2 things from each category. For example, for three readings there should be a total of 6 things from the reading you found interesting and why and 6 things from the reading you think were the most important takeaways. Each set of interesting/important items should be clearly labeled.


Students will be numbered off into random teams of 5. Teams need to decide what they think as a group were the most important and most interesting aspects of the reading and prepare a 10 minute presentation on them. This is not just a reading of the items but a coherent discussion where all the elements interact and support each other. In the case of multiple readings, how the readings interact with each other. One team will be chosen at random to present. Unprepared teams will be called mean names and asked to sit down and another team will be chosen.


Workshops (9)

Workshops expand on topic areas in the assigned readings as well as other areas of web theory. Workshops have an online (15 points) and an in class (10 points) component.


Online Component

Workshops are located on this Wiki. Read over the workshop slides and post a 100 word substantive comment on the workshop page by the beginning of class on the day the f2f workshop. These are graded separately.


In Class Component

Students MUST be in class for the entire class session to get workshop credit. The workshop task can be submitted 2 ways:

1. Printed and submitted at the end of class session.

2. In long hand, must be signed off by the instructor at the start of class and submitted at the end of class session.


Students will be numbered off into random teams of 5. Teams need to compare their tasks and prepare a 10 minute presentation on the topic of the workshop. This is not just a reading of each students task submission but a coherent discussion where all the elements interact and support each other. One team will be chosen at random to present. Unprepared teams will be called mean names and asked to sit down and another team will be chosen.


Wiki Expert Research Project Overview

The main project for this course is the construction of a Wiki Expert page, which is similar to the subject/topic pages you would find on Wikipedia. This assignment is broken down into three phases: a Proposal, Phase 1, and the Final Project. Each section has specific requirements and is explained in detail below. Students are also required to post comments (100 word minimum) on at least 10 other student’s wiki pages. Post on every students wiki at least once by the end of Thursday, May 12 and earn 10 extra credit points.


You have the option of working individually, in pairs, or in teams of three. Regardless of the number of students on a project, the amount of work is the same. If you decide to work with others managing the assignment is entirely up to you. Your entire grade will be collective. You need to notify me of your team when you submit your proposal.


Here is an "A" example wiki:FrankR. Please note that some assignment rules have changed since this was submitted.


Remember this is an internet communication course so topics must focus on (1) aspects of communications and (2) the internet (digital media) as a topic and source of information. Since many things have both communication and digital media elements it may just be a matter of the proper focus or your research.


Wiki Proposal [Wiki Expert_Proposal_181F_S2011.doc]

Wiki Expert Project Proposal Due (via an email attachment) Thursday April 7 at 9 am

Each student or team needs to propose a wiki topic and provide some preliminary information on it. Please use the form provided to submit your proposal. Each proposal should contain:
• Your name(s)
• Your topic and the title of your wiki page: What you are studying and why. Your topic must be clear, concise, and directly related to some sort of communication.
• At least one Pew Internet and American Life study you plan to reference and a 100 word minimum description.
• A list of websites you plan to visit to get information (Wikipedia ok!) and a 100 word minimum description..
Websites must be specific (eg. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IPhone NOT just http://www.wikipedia.org/). You must include urls and a 100 word minimum description.
Websites DO NOT include Pew Internet and American Life, publications from the approved publications list, databases, classes, or libraries.
• One scholarly source (peer reviewed journal article) with an annotated bibliography of at least 150 words. Citation must be in APA format.
• One non-scholarly source from approved source list. This is a list of elite and highly credible sources. Other sources may be used with PRIOR instructor approval. Citation must be in APA format and include a 100 word minimum description. NOTE: Articles must be current (2008+) unless used in historical context.

Approved Source list

Note that full archives of these sources are accessible via the SJSU library.

• The Economist <economist.com>
• Foreign Policy <foreign policy.com>
• Time Magazine <time.com>
• The International Herald Tribune <iht.com>
• U.S. News and World Report <usnews.com>
• CIA World Factbook < cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/>
• United Nations <un.org>
• BBC <www.bbc.co.uk/>
• Wall Street Journal <wsj.com>
• New York Times <nyt.com>
• Wired <wired.com>


Wiki Phase 1

Wiki Expert Project Phase 1 Due (posted on Wiki) Thursday April 21 at 9 am

You must have a graded Proposal in order to submit Phase 1. Phase 1 is where you start to expand on your topic. Materials required for Phase 1 are IN ADDITION to the materials submitted in the Proposal. If your materials in your proposal were flagged as inappropriate they need to be replace with new items. Wiki Phase 1 must be posted to your wiki page (which I will create for you).
• 3 scholarly source (peer reviewed journal article) with an annotated bibliography of at least 150 words. Citation must be in APA format (so now 4 total).
• 3 non-scholarly source from approved source list. This is a list of elite and highly credible sources. Other sources may be used with PRIOR instructor approval. Citation must be in APA format (so now 4 total) and a 100 word minimum description.
• Your websites with descriptions and urls from the proposal and any additional websites you have decided to reference.
• Pew Studies you are using with descriptions.
• 3 pieces of multimedia (this is embedded media NOT simply a url – if you are unclear what this means contact the instructor). This may be banner, pictures, or other graphics, screen shots of webpages, or embedded video. All multimedia muast be corrected embedded in the page and fully functional. All multimedia must have captions.
• All items must be displayed in the order above.

Final Wiki Expert Page

This final page is where you bring your project together for its full web début. Write a 1000 word minimum overview of your topic. Remember, this is for someone who is out looking for general but high quality information on your topic. You can organize your page into different paragraphs or sections with subheadings if you wish and should intersperse your multimedia through out to create a good presentation. Your final page must include:
• All scholarly and non-scholarly sources (8 total) with APA inline references. This is NOT a mash-up of your annotated bibliographies and 100 word descriptions but a narrative. DO NOT copy and paste your annotated bibliographies anywhere on this final wiki page.
• References to websites (with active urls) and your Pew Studies inline.
• 5 visual elements ((video, audio, photographs, screen shots of webpages, banners, etc.)
• A complete reference section at the bottom with full and accurate APA references for all scholarly and non-scholarly sources. Put all source sin alphabetical order and identify your scholarly sources with an *.
• Pages should be organized as follows:
    Name of Wiki.
    Name(s) of students.
    1000 word minimum overview with multimedia mixed in.
    Reference section.

Rule Clarifications

• Pew Studies or any type belong under the Pew category and cannot also be used as websites or non-scholarly sources.

• Non-scholarly sources are from the list below and are selected as elite and highly credible sources of information. As with Pew, these cannot also be used under websites.

• Websites are online sources that do not belong under any other category (for example, an article located on a Time.com is a non-scholarly source, not a website or both). Websites can be the locations of your study if you are looking at Twitter or iTunes or they can be organizations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) if you are looking at privacy of Free Press is you are looking at Net Neutrality or Blogs.

• Any source or website must be a specific reference, so instead of just Wikipedia or the NYT, it needs to be a specific Wikipedia Entry or NYT article.

• No double-dipping of sources! You cannot use the same source (Pew Study) or type of source (a different Pew Study) in multiple categories.



Each team will have about 10 minutes of fame. We will start with volunteers and if I run out I will begin picking people. You need to be ready to go on May 3. In order to get the points for the presentation you must attend ALL presentation days. Bring a laptop with internet access to show your page and run any videos. Here are the guidelines for your presentations:

1. The idea is not to read your wiki, but to present the most important and interesting takeaways from your research. This should include something about your experience in conducting your research.
2. Video can take no more than 3 minutes of your time.
3. Be prepared and professional. Think about this as if you had to present your project to a committee at work.


Using this Wiki

Using the email address you provided for the class google group, I will create a wiki page for each student project in this class and a password linked to the students email. DO NOT CHANGE THE NAME OF YOUR PAGE YOURSELF.  These are the steps for accessing and adding content to your wiki page.

1. You will receive an email with the subject line: "ted.coopman@sjsu.edu has invited you to join their workspace, comm181."

2. Click on the “log in link.” This takes you to the pbworks website.

3. Create a password that you will remember. I suggest you have the website remember you.

4. Now logon. This will take you to the class wiki.

5. In the upper right hand corner you see your email address - click the link that says "account." This takes you to your profile and home pages. Click on "home" and under preferences select "never" or you will get email updates everytime some edits the class wiki - which will be very irritating. Click on the "workspace" link to get back to the class wiki.

6. Each page has two modes “view” and “edit” – you need to select “edit” to add or edit content.

In order to save your content you must select the “Save” icon on the bottom left of the page. The page records the time and date of each time you save something.

7. Once you are in “edit” mode you will see a formatting bar that resembles the type used in word processing programs. This is known as a WYSIWYG interface (what you see is what you get). If you are unsure of what a button does, simple “mouse” over it and a pop-up balloon will state what it does. If you know html, you may also code directly onto the page by selecting the “source” button.

8. There are a lot of very cool things you can do with these wiki pages, but please do not add content that is not directly related to the topics at hand. You priority is to meet the criteria for the assignment.

9. You can compose in a word processing program and copy and paste onto the page. In most cases all formatting will transfer. To avoid editing issues save any pasted information BEFORE you edit it on the wiki. Please note that MS Word can dump a HUGE amount of crap code when you C&P. This wiki will flag spelling errors, but not grammar issues. Use the normal size font under format. The wiki saves all previous versions of your wiki page - you can access them via the "history" link. Also, key commands will not work.

10. To add video (eg.from YouTube), select the "Add Link" button and select the desired choice and follow directions.

11. You can load in graphics by either dragging them from your desktop onto the wiki page open under edit or by selecting "images and files" (to your right) and uploading the file. The file just has to be selected and it will appear on the page - drag to the desired location.


If you are having trouble try the help function (upper right hand corner) or email the pbworks tech support - they will get back to you within a day (really! It's great).







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