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Doing Digital Scholarship: Discovering and using digital tools in academic work. Course syllabus, Internet Practice Part 2, April-June 2012, Univ. of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences. Instructor: Nick Jankowski

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  1. 1. DOING DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP: DISCOVERING AND USING DIGITAL TOOLS IN ACADEMIC WORK General Information This course introduces and provides opportunity to practice using a wide range of digital tools that facilitate academic practice. Some of the tools are integrated into the services provided by university and specialized research libraries; some are provided by the publishers of academic journals. Other tools come from commercial companies and academic institutions: Google, Microsoft, Facebook, the Center for History and New Media (CHNM), and the Oxford Internet Institute (OII). Yet other tools are contributed by individual scholars and research groups. This course, designed as a practicum, will introduce a panorama ofNicholas W. Jankowski these tools and initiatives to first-year university students. ThisUniversity of Ljubljana introduction is intended to contribute to the basic palette ofFaculty of Social SciencesOffice: C 228 research skills expected from students throughout their academicnickjan@xs4all.nl career.Academic year 2011/12; second semester:23 February – 7 June 2011 This practicum is Part 2 of the course Internet Practice. Part 1 is taught by Jernej Prodnik and is elaborated in a separate document. This part of the course is taught by Nick Jankowski and will meet twice-weekly during the second half of the semester, April-JuneNote1: This syllabus is for Part 2 of the course 2012; see schedule below. One of the weekly meetings, held onInternet Practice and is for the period: 17 April Tuesdays, will be devoted to describing and demonstrating digital– 7 June. Part 1 is taught by Jernej Prodnik and tools for scholarship; the second weekly meeting, held onhas a separate syllabus. Thursdays, is located in a computer laboratory and will involve in- class assignments related to the topics of that week.Note2: This document contains a large numberof embedded hyperlinks. Students areencouraged to examine some of these links,using the online version, prior to the first class During this course students will read and comment on draftmeeting. chapters of a textbook in preparation: Doing Digital Scholarship:Meeting locations: Principles & Issues, Tools & Resources. Secondary literature will beTuesdays: FDV 20; 16.00-18.00 assigned related to themes in the book; see illustrations of titles inThursdays: FDV 24; 18.00-20.00 box on next page. Much of the course material will be made available on a course website. Students will be expected to maintain course-related blogs. Homework assignments will beVersion 5: 14 February 2012 submitted in folders on the course website and will be discussed during the weekly sessions. University of Ljubljana April-June 2012 Faculty of Social Sciences Internet Practice: Part 2
  2. 2. DOING DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP Tools Some of the tools to be considered during the practicum include:  Reference management tools (e.g., RefWorks, Mendeley, EndNote);  Tools for annotating (e.g. Zotero), and note-taking (e.g., OneNote);  Social bookmarking and tagging tools (e.g., RSS, delicious, diigo);  Sharing and exchange sites (e.g., YouTube, Flickr, Picasa, Jing, Camtasia);  Tools supporting collaborative work such as web conferencing (Adobe Connect, WebEx, Elluminate), co-authoring of texts (e.g., Google Docs), and file sharing (e.g., Dropbox);  Social network sites (e.g., Facebook, Linkedln, Twitter), particularly as used in academic settings;  Game and virtual world sites as venues for learning and scholarship (e.g., Second Life, OpenSim);  Virtual collaboration environments (e.g., wikis, MediaCommons);  Presentation software (e.g., Prezi), venues for publishing (e.g., SlideShare, Scribd), and archiving scholarship (e.g., SSRN).Course ActivitiesFor each week of the practicum literature assignments will bemade, along with in-class exercises. In addition, a personal blogis to be established for this course by each student that willserve as a journal in which students are to reflect on the topicsof the course and share ‘discoveries’ regarding digital tools forscholarship. Posts to this blog may be short and may address awide range of issues in an equally wide range of styles:opinions, reflections, reviews, and synopses of readings. Theseblogs are designed to present ideas in rough, unpolished formand may relate to the weekly literature assignments. Furtherinformation on this aspect of the course is contained in aseparate document entitled ‘Blogging in an Academic Setting’,which is available on the course website.Short online quizzes will be periodically held at the end ofpracticum sessions. Most assignments will be completedindividually, but some collaborative group activities will beincluded in the schedule. Although a formal seminar paper isnot one of the requirements for this part of the course,students will be expected to prepare the ‘building blocks’ ofsuch papers: notes on literature, composition of short reflectivetexts, and bibliographic entries. The practicum will concludewith recorded presentations (e.g., YouTube videos, slide casts);a selection of these materials will be viewed and discussedduring the last two sessions of the practicum. University of Ljubljana April-June 2012 Faculty of Social Sciences Internet Practice: Part 2
  3. 3. DOING DIGITAL SCHOLARSHIP Supplementary Resources  Earhart, A. E. & Jewell, A. (2011). The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age. Ann Arbor, MI, Univ. of Michigan Press. (Available online)Presentations by Professor Jankowski will be in English.  Weller, M. (2011). The Digital Scholar. HowAssignments (homework, blog posts, and presentations) Technology is Transforming Scholarly Practice.are also to be prepared in English. The seminar is Hampshire, UK. (Available online).predicated on attendance and active participation, and  Vaver, A. The Digital Scholar (blog)the grading procedure reflects these requirements.  Spiro, L. Digital Scholarship in the HumanitiesContributions to class discussions, preparation of written (blog)assignments, and blog postings provide opportunity for  Center for Digital Scholarship, Brown Univ.such participation. (website)  University of Oregon Digital Scholars (website)Course WebsiteMaterials related to the course (e.g., readings,assignments) will be stored and made available on thecourse website. A tour of the website will be given duringthe first meeting of the course.GradingThe grade for Part 2 of the course Internet Practice will Course instructorbe based on a weighting of the following components: Nicholas W. Jankowski is Associate  contribution to class discussions 20% Researcher at the e-Humanities Group of the (blogs, discussion forums, class meetings) Royal Netherlands Academy for Arts and Sciences (KNAW). He has been researching  homework assignments 40% community and new media since the mid-  periodic quiz-style exams 25% 1970s. During this period, he has co-edited  final presentation 15% some half-dozen books on community media,This grade will count for 50% of the entire course grade. research methodology and new media. Recently published volumes include: Internet and National Elections: A Comparative StudyFirst Meeting of Web Campaigning (Routledge, 2007) andThe first meeting of the practicum is scheduled for e-Research: Transformation in Scholarly Practice (Routledge, 2009), and The LongTuesday, 17 April, in room FDV 20. After an informal History of New Media (Peter Lang, 2011).introduction by all attending, Jankowski will provide an Jankowski is initiator and co-editor of theoverview of the course and digital tools available for journal New Media & Society. He is foundingdoing scholarship. As form of preparation, students will board member of the European Institute ofbe invited to complete an online survey regarding Communication and Culture (Euricom) andawareness and use of digital tools for academic work. In editor of the Hampton Press book seriesaddition, students will be asked to consider the following Euricom Monographs: New Media andquestion in preparation for this meeting: What Democracy. Recently he served as Principleexperiences have you already had with online learning Investigator of the project Enhancedtools such as: social networking sites, peer-to-peer Publishing in the Humanities and Social Sciences; a short video describes this projectcommunication, collaborative tools, digital libraries, as well as an article under consideration foronline literature resources, and social science databases? publication. University of Ljubljana April-June 2012 Faculty of Social Sciences Internet Practice: Part 2
  4. 4. PlanningDate Activity17 Apr. Meeting 1: Introduction to practicum & Doing Digital Scholarship19 Apr. Meeting 2: Practicum: Exploring library resources & literature databases (e.g., JSTOR, SAGE Journals); preparing academic blogs24 Apr. Meeting 3: Digital libraries: panorama of resources26 Apr. Meeting 4: Practicum: searching library & institutional databases01 May Meeting 5: Reference software (e.g., RefWorks, Mendeley, EndNote)03 May Meeting 6: Practicum: preparing bibliographies with reference software08 May Meeting 7: Note-taking & annotation software (e.g., Zotero, OneNote)10 May Meeting 8: Practicum: note-taking & annotation exercises15 May Meeting 9: Online collaboration tools (e.g., Skype, Dropbox, Google Docs)17 May Meeting 10: practicum: exercises in using collaboration toolsPlanning (cont.)22 May Meeting 11: : social media and scholarship (e.g., Facebook, IM, LinkedIn, Twitter)24 May Meeting 12: Practicum: exercises social media & scholarship (incl. social bookmarking tools)29 May Meeting 13: presenting & publishing (e.g., SlideShare, Scribd, SSRN, Prezi)31 May Meeting 14: exercises in exploring / using presentation / publication tools05 June Meeting 13: Presentations of student projects07 June Meeting 14: Presentations of student projects