Why This Course• The Internet has undergone a seismic shift in the way people communicate and share information online.• Social web-based tools coupled with greater access to higher-speed Internet have enabled user communities to form worldwide around common interests or goals.• It is within these communities that users can easily share, communicate, and participate to foster a thriving online information sharing space.• Consequently, an increasingly necessary skill in the 21st century for both individuals and organisations is the ability to create and manage community-facing websites
In general we will• gain an understanding of the social and technological developments underlying the use of the Internet for the sharing of user- generated content, the formation of social networks and other types of community, and communication within these communities.• Students will devise, plan and develop (in groups) a website for an online community to cement these concepts.
Overall Course Objectives Gain a solid grounding in social media concepts and services Practical experience implementing social media to foster and grow online communities An appreciation of wider societal issues resulting from changes on the internet Practical experience writing and setting up blogs and generating other online content An opportunity to work collaboratively on a web technology centred project
Expectations Attend and actively participate in all classes Contribute to online discussions on related social spaces (e.g., wiki) and add content Work collaboratively and constructively with your fellow students Create Twitter, Facebook and blogging accounts and keep active (using your own is fine) Provide feedback by talking, tweeting, completing online surveys, etc.
Course will be Delivered thus 3 x classes per week on Tuesday, Wednesday, & Thursday from 10:00-12:00 No textbooks or paper In this room (COG05/Macgregor lab)
Assessing your performanceAssessment Weighting TotalBlog assignments 3 x 5% 15%Group project: 40% • Report 15% • Prototype 15% • Presentation 10%Final Examination 45%Total 100% Group project with 3 other students Presentations to expert panel (cf. Dragon’s Den) Final examination to be digital!
This week (week 1)Tuesday Wednesday ThursdayThe course Set up social Social media services media accounts (a closer look)Introductory Add contents to Bloggingmaterial own wiki pages Setup blogs