• Reading Assessments 20%
  • Projects 30%
  • Final project 40%
  • Class Participation 10%

Assignments

Reading Assessments (20 points)

Two multiple choice reading assessments of 10 questions each will be based on assigned readings and class discussions about the readings. Reading assessments will be delivered via the course website, where students will also be able to track their current grade/score throughout the course. One point will be assigned for each correct answer. Reading assessments must be completed by 11:59 pm the day before our class meets.

Projects (30 points)

Six hands-on course projects will be assigned during the course. Students will be responsible for implementing the technology demonstrated during class on their own. Each project will have five or more stated criteria for completion. One point will be awarded for completion of each criterion (five points per project). Some projects may provide for extra points. All projects are due by 11:59pm the day before our class meets.

Final Project (40 points)

Select a technology tool or case study, conduct original research including source interviews, and prepare an approximately 5-page white paper. The best papers will be selected for inclusion in a Web 2.0 and Planning White Paper to be published and distributed by Planetizen Press. (You can then cite the publication in your resume, CV or portfolio.)

Final Project Requirements

  • Select a technology tool or case study.
  • Prepare a project memo and draft outline. (5 points)
  • Perform field/practical research and evaluations.
  • Perform three source interviews. (5 points)
  • Identify at least five relevant high-quality images or screen shots. (5 points)
  • Prepare a white paper draft. (Optional)
  • Prepare a final white paper. (20 points)
  • Prepare a Pecha Kucha presentation.
  • Make Pecha Kucha presentation in class. (5 points)

Course Format

  • The course will be delivered as a series of lectures combined with live demonstrations of technologies.
  • Demonstrations may be tailored to the interests of course participants, where possible.
  • One course session will be conducted in Second Life in order to demonstrate and practice with this technology. In order to participate in this session, you will need access to a modern computer (Mac or PC), the ability to install the Second Life software, and a fast Internet connection.
  • One course session will be conducted via webinar in order to demonstrate and practice with this technology. In order to participate in this session, you will need access to a modern computer (PC), a telephone or microphone and speakers on your computer, the ability to install the GoToWebinar software on your computer, and a fast Internet connection.
  • Attendance is mandatory.

Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is of paramount importance. I take this responsibility seriously. Assignments will be carefully read and checked. I want to trust you and treat you as adults, but I also know that the pressures on students to use unethical means to succeed are very strong. Anytime someone cheats that person is not only scamming the system, but also damaging the credibility of each and every student’s achievements. For further information, such as the precise definition of plagiarism, please take a look at the Student Conduct Code material reprinted each year in SCAMPUS.

Academic Accommodations

Any student requesting academic accommodations based on a disability is required to register with Disability Services and Programs (DSP) each semester. A letter of verification for approved accommodations can be obtained from DSP. Please be sure the letter is delivered to the instructor as early in the semester as possible. DSP is located in STU 301 and is open early 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. The phone number for DSP is (213) 740-0776.

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