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INFO 6800 (Winter 2013) Participation and In-Class Exercises


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A handout on participation and in-class exercises for the Winter 2013 session of INFO 6800 Archives, a course offered at the Dalhousie University School of Information Management.

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INFO 6800 (Winter 2013) Participation and In-Class Exercises

  1. 1. INFO 6800 Archives – Participation and In-Class ExercisesDue Date: Throughout the TermWeight: 20%Goals: To relate course readings to seminars, in-class discussions, and other course activities To gain familiarity with contemporary and emerging issues in archives To develop skills analyzing and interpreting archives literature To provide practical opportunities to apply theoretical concepts discussed in classRelevant Course Learning Objectives: To develop an understanding of the core archival functions and how they are practiced in contemporary Canadian archives To develop an understanding of the relationship of archives to their communities and to other repositories, such as manuscript and historical centres, special collections libraries, museums, documentation centres, etc. To develop an understanding of the fundamental differences between archives and libraries and the interdependence of records management and archives in managing recordsParticipation Description:A high degree of participation in class will be expected. Student participation andengagement are critical to ensuring the material is adequately covered. At a basic level,this means: 1. Regular attendance 2. Discerning reading of the assigned texts INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013) – Participation and In-Class Exercises | 1
  2. 2. 3. Engaging with in-class discussions and exercises 4. Collegial interaction with your peersDiscussions will continue online. Simple attendance of every class is not enough toguarantee a passing class participation grade.Participation Tips: 1. Review the weekly discussion questions prior to reading the assigned readings 2. Prepare additional discussion questions based on your interpretation of the readings 3. Pay particular attention to the readings used in the seminar presentations. The issues raised in these readings will receive extra attention during the presentation and ensuing discussion 4. Don’t be afraid to say you don’t understand!In-Class Exercises Description:Throughout the semester, a variety of in-class exercises will be conducted. Theseexercises will usually involve the use of actual archival materials and will therefore takeplace in the Killam Library (Room 2616). The exercises are designed to provide apractical opportunity to apply the theoretical concepts discussed in class. They are alsodesigned to provide an opportunity to handle archival materials and discuss issues andchallenges with various formats. Handouts for each exercise are available for downloadvia the course blackboard site. A high degree of participation in the in-class exerciseswill be expected. At a basic level, this means: 1. Review of exercise goals and learning objectives 2. Critical examination of the archival materials 3. Engagement with your group and participation in ensuing class discussion 4. Collegial interaction with your peers INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013) – Participation and In-Class Exercises | 2
  3. 3. Experiences from in-class exercises will be raised in future class discussions. Simpleattendance of every class is not enough to guarantee a passing class participationgrade.In-Class Exercises Tips: 1. Review the handouts for in-class exercises prior to class. They contain tips, suggestions, and questions to ask during the exercise. 2. Pay particular attention to the goals and learning objectives. They are designed to help you understand the purpose and scope of the assignment and can help formulating discussion questions. 3. Become familiar with the relevant readings. They will help understand the relationship between the theoretical concepts and practical issues being explored in each exercise. 4. Engage with your group and ask questions. This will help ensure the entire class can have a meaningful discussion at the end of each exercise and in future seminars.Handing in Your Work:There are no deliverables for participation and in-class exercises. However, studentsare strongly encouraged to participate in online discussions using the blackboarddiscussion forums.Assessment:Participation will be assessed according to three criteria: attendance, expression, andcomprehension. A participation mark will be provided along with your final mark for thecourse.Attendance (10 points)Your attendance will be recorded each week. It is very important that you ensure yourname is added to the attendance register each week. Illnesses must be supported by a INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013) – Participation and In-Class Exercises | 3
  4. 4. physician’s note to be submitted to the MLIS Program Coordinator. See the coursesyllabus for guidance on class attendance policies.Expression (5 points)This component assesses your ability to articulate comments and discussion questionsin class seminars and in-class exercises. This includes preparation, clarity, and yourability to engage the class in a discussion. The quality of your comments anddiscussion questions will be assessed in terms of their relevance to the topic andpotential for opening meaningful discussion.Comprehension (5 points)Evidence of your understanding of the major concepts addressed in each class will beassessed. This will include your ability to provide an informed discussion of thetheoretical and practical issues under discussion and your ability to analyze andinterpret key points raised in the class discussions and in-class exercises.Marks:Marks will be provided in letter grades that conform to the School of InformationManagement’s Grading System: feel free to consult me if you have any questions about your participation mark. INFO 6800 Archives (Winter 2013) – Participation and In-Class Exercises | 4