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=====ENGL 3177/5177: Weblogs and Wikis =====
==== Course Statement and Guide ====
v. 5.0 Spring 2013
>>{{image url="" width="400" }}== Colophon ==
Gardeners Question Time
Q: When's the best time to take cuttings of favorite plants?
A: When nobody's looking. [[http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/fameandfortune/9467155/Bob-Flowerdew-I-bartered-jam-for-a-photocopier.html 1]]

This is the fifth major design of this course over the ten years+ we've offered it at BSU. For this version, I'm indepeted to the designer-faculty of DS106 at University of Mary Washington: Jim Groom, Alan Levine, et al; as well as designer-faculty of cMOOCs. I've borrowed heavily from DS106 for the ideas of bootcamp, the weekly routine of the course, the heurisitc for writing a weekly summary, and some general recommendations on materials and practices. From Stephen Downes I have borrowed the root of the working method. Thanks all. If I'm cutting too close, let me know.

== Course addresses ==
- http://erhetoric.org/WeblogsAndWikis/ The wiki for this course.
- http://twitter.com/weblogsandwikis The Twitter feed for this course. @weblogsandwikis
- #en3177 The Twitter hashtag for this course. [[http://twitter.com/#!/search/%23en3177 Search #en3177]]
- http://erhetoric.org/daybook/ The Daybook: Our course weblog. Check this page daily.
- http://biro.erhetoric.org Morgan's wiki

==Other texts of interest==
- //Blogging//, Jill Walker Rettberg. UK: polity, 2008. [[http://www.amazon.com/Blogging-Jill-Walker-Rettberg/dp/0745641342/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1224593924&sr=8-1 Amazon]], $16.15
- //New New Media// Paul Levinson. Penguin, 2009. [[http://www.amazon.com/New-Media-Paul-Levinson/dp/0205673309/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1325795910&sr=8-1 Amazon]], $55.50 There's also a Kindle version available, but it's pretty expensive.
- Blood, Rebecca, [[http://www.amazon.com/Weblog-Handbook-Practical-Creating-Maintaining/dp/073820756X/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1200327200&sr=1-1 The Weblog Handbook]]. [np]: Perseus, 2001.
- Mader, Stuart. [[http://www.amazon.com/Wikipatterns-Stewart-Mader/dp/0470223626 Wikipatterns]]. Wiley, 2008.
- Rosenberg, Scott. //Say Everything//. New York: Crown Publishers, 2009.
- Sagola, Dom. //140 Characters: A Style Guide for the Short Form//. New Jersey: Wiley, 2009. http://140characters.com
- Bruns, Axel. //Blogs, Wikipedia, Second Life, and Beyond//. New York: Peter Lang, 2008.
- Cummings, Robert E, and Matt Barton, eds. //Wiki Writing: Collaborative Learning in the College Classroom//. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan Press, 2008. [[http://www.digitalculture.org/books/wiki-writing/ Read for free online.]]
- [[http://pinboard.in/u:mcmorgan/t:en3177 Morgan's Links on Pinboard for ENGL 3177]]\

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==M C Morgan==
HS 314 | 755 2814
[[mmorgan@bemidjistate.edu]]
Office hours: On my office door and by appointment

==Prerequisite==
Completion of ENGL 1150 and ENGL 2152 (aka the old ENGL 1101/1102) or permission of instructor.

==BS English students==
Assessment alert. See BOTAssessmentForWeblogsAndWikis

=== Texts and Materials ===
Required
- Bruns, Axel and Joanne Jacobs, eds. //Uses of Blogs//. New and used available. [[http://www.amazon.com/Uses-Blogs-Digital-Formations-Bruns/dp/0820481246/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355502441&sr=8-1&keywords=uses+of+blogs Amazon]]
- MacDonald, Matthew. //WordPress: The Missing Manual//. Paperback, Kindle, modi, PDF. [[http://www.amazon.com/WordPress-The-Missing-Manual-Manuals/dp/1449309844 Amazon]]. [[http://shop.oreilly.com/product/0636920021391.do O'Reilly]]

You will need MacDonald, //WordPress: The Missing Manual// from the second day of class, Bruns and Jacobs, //Uses of Blogs// from the end of the second week.

Other readings, animations, videos, mashups provided by the instructor and participants.

- Computer(s). Your own is best because you'll need regular access to post daily. A tablet or netbook would be good for on-the-go posting and commenting. A smartphone if you have one.

- Course websites: The wiki: http://erhetoric.org/WeblogsAndWikis/ The Daybook weblog: http://erhetoric.org/daybook/. You'll be checking the wiki frequently to get information about weekly assignments, and the Daybook for updates and to see what your colleagues are doing. You can make life easier by subscribing to the appropriate RSS feeds.

- Accounts. You'll be setting up a blog using a WordPress.com account, and registering for a Twitter account. You would also be well-served by getting a Google account so you can use Google Reader or your own RSS reader to receive RSS feeds. You'll be registering on the wiki for this course, and will I'll add you to the Daybook as an author so you can post there.

See also WikiReadingsForCourse (this page needs revision and repointing) | BlogReadingsForCourse

=== Introduction ===
This course in weblogs, wikis, and //social media// at large, gives you the opportunity to explore and consider as a producer - not just a consumer - new practices in learning, things like new genres and modes of writing and composing, new ways of working with new content.

The subject of the class is blogging and writing on wikis. That's what we're studying - writing about, talking about, researching - to become more informed about what they are and how they work in society. Along the way, we'll be using research and response methods that are developing more and more in the collective use of weblogs. New practices in research, curation, annotation, response.

=== Topics and Readings ===
We'll start with some general questions and considerations, and see where that takes us.

The sense of weblogs, wikis, Twitter, FB and other social media presented in general is painfully anemic, and often just wrong (Txting, FB, and Twitter has not created a crisis in grammar or spelling among children. Wikipedia can be just as trustworthy as The Encyclopedia Brittanica... ) So to start, we'll look at what more there is to see and say about social media. We'll consider how blogs are actually being used now, consider what else is possible, consider what is myth and what might be substantive. We'll look at various angles such as the use of social media in learning, marketing, politics, social interaction, revolution, resistance, and identity creation. We'll consider implications of literacy, copyright and the law more broadly, the relations with mainstream media. In the end, we're asking the question, How might we change our ways of thinking and doing in order to make the best use of social media?

The main text that addresses weblogs is Bruns and Jacobs, eds, //Uses of Blogs// but I'll be adding to this with online materials: readings, videos, audio files, visits to weblogs.

For our work with wikis, I'll curate a set of readings from Leuf and Cunningham, //The Wiki Way//; Choate, //Professional Wikis//; Mader, //Wikipatterns//; as well as online materials: readings, videos, audio files, visits to wikis.

You will also be asked to locate and work with supplemental material from the web and elsewhere.

=== Objectives ===
Through your engagement in this course, you have the opportunity to become more literate (produce and consume) in digital communication techniques. Here are the specific objectives the course is designed for. YMMV. Which is to say, this course gives you the opportunity to

- Become skilled in navigating, reading, and creating written content in social media.
- Develop an understanding of how social media systems work technically; develop a critical understanding of the rhetorical affordances in social media systems; develop a critical understanding of how people interact socially in these systems; and develop a sense of potentials and pitfalls in the systems and their use.
- Become familiar enough with the concepts of social media communication able to be able to review and articulate social issues and implications.
- Critically consider how social media has and continues to re-shape learning, social, and communicative practices.
- Publish your work with these issues and topics, and comment on your work as it unfolds. aka: Become a cartographer
- Participate in a semester-long conversation about these issues and topics with others in this class and outside the class,
- Synthesize ideas of social media to develop critically-aware, media-specific responses in a number of media.

In short, this course gives you the opportunity to become well-informed, socially-minded, with the habit to take a critical perspective - about blogs and wikis and social media, and to do so by //using// blogs and wikis. To become adept at reading and producing social media, curation, analysis and consideration of what people are doing, and what else they can do.

Whew.

===How the Course Proceeds: Practices in the Digital Humanities ===
Most of what we'll be doing in this course is //practice// - the kinds of searching, reading, collecting, annotating, remixing, repurposing, responding practices that make use of the affordances of networked digital technologies and that have become mainstream in digital humanities.

Practice means //doing things//, //generating content//, //trying things out to see what happens//, //considering what happened// and //trying it again//. Each week , I'll put you in a working situation, with some materials to read, others to look at, listen to, play with, and some activities to practice that draw on those materials, as well as other material on the web. You are expected to use those materials and engage the activities to learn what you can learn by practice. I'll provide some direct instruction when it's appropriate. But often, I'll ask you to explore the territory at least initially on your own - Well, not completely on your own but in the company of others in the class.

You'll be running your own weblog as a place to work: a space to collect materials and links, to post your notes, drafts and productions, to comment on the ongoing work of others, and to keep chronological track of your work in the course. For you, this weblog is a workspace or lab or studio - and a place to keep record of the work you've done: What you have looked at, what you thought about it, what you created in response. For others in the class and elsewhere, this weblog is where they will come to view, link to, and comment on your work in progress. Other tools in your kit will be [[http://erhetoric.org/WeblogsAndWikis/ this course wiki]] for hypertext work, and Twitter for microblogging. We'll all use these.

Optionally, you might wish to use Flickr or Picassa for sharing images; YouTube, Vimeo or another video site to share video; SlideShare if you work in slides; prezi for presentations; a cartoon site if you work in graphic essays, and so on. You don't have to publish to all these media. But materials for this course will come from many of these sites, and you are welcome to produce in these media as well as writing.

This means that you might not understand something before you start an activity. But you'll need to start anyway. You will only begin to understand by engaging the problem.

=== Your weblog as a node in the course community ===
This course gives you the opportunity to develop the habit of composing for pubic consumption on the public platform of the weblog. A weblog can be used as a semi-private journal, can be used as a personal space, but the weblog you're running for this course will be space for working on the projects in this course - a public space, a mutable space, one that writers and readers adapt to the social purposes, one that is one node in the network of this course community. I will ask you to tailor your weblog for this course and for the kind of work we're doing. I will shape the course activities to suit weblog work and publication - things like including images, collecting a blog roll, using tags and categories, and above all links links and more links.

You can use your existing blog if you wish, but I'll ask you to tailor it for the course, and to post materials for this course to it. If you want to keep your existing blog for another purpose, then set up a new one for this course.

=== Bootcamp ===
We'll take the first two - three of weeks to get set up and become familiar with some tools we'll all use in common: your weblog, the wiki for this class, Twitter, and RSS feeds. This might be intensive (It's //bootcamp//, not //walk in the woods//) but you'll have a text to guide you (The Missing Manual) and time to ask questions and get answers in class sessions. Expect to do much of this bootcamp work outside of class time. You can work with others in the class, of course, a practice I would recommend. But you'll need to complete all the tasks I assign during this time to demonstrate that you're ready to proceed in the course.

I may need to present, and I will demonstrate a couple of times, but demonstrations will be more Q and A than lecture. The trick in any case is to stay with what we're doing in class rather than doing something else, like checking FB or gaming or shopping. Seriously: This goes by fast, we do it only once, and you'll be left behind.

===The Weekly Routine===
[**note**: latest revisions are in this section: changing Mon to Weds]
Once we're out of bootcamp, we'll follow a weekly routine. (Again, I'm indebted to [[http://ds106.us/2013/01/03/umw-spring-2013-syllabus/ ds106]] for this design.)

- ++By Sunday afternoo++n, On Sunday, I'll post a topic for us to focus on, a set of materials to work with (readings, sites, podcasts, videos …), and a set of activities to engage in using those materials. That will be our work for the week.

- Before ++Monday++ Wednesday class time (that's Monday and Tuesday to work), you should have an online start on the activities so we can compare notes face to face. This start may be notes++ in a notebook, or notes as a draft saved to your weblog, or those++ posted publicly, aggregated sources, and comments. ++As the course moves on and as I see online interaction increase, w++ We'll meet face to face only once a week - probably on Monday. Some things are just easier face to face. Other require more time online.

- From ++Tuesday++ Wednesday through Sunday, ++you'll++ continue your work on the activities for the week.
- Use your blog to post exercises and activies assigned for the week as you complete them. This means multiple posts during the week.
- Visit the blogs of others in the class and comment on their work. Multiple posts during the week.
- Use Twitter and your blog to post and work through your questions, successes, false starts, comments, reflections.

- By Sunday midnight, post a weekly summary and reflection on your blog, and post an announcement of that summary, with a link to it, on ++our course blog, ++ The Daybook. Include in your weekly summary links or pointers to your work for that week, and reflect on what you've done for that week. More detailed information on the HeuristicForWeeklySummaries page.

=== The Project ===
Starting about Week 7 - 8 or 9, I'll ask you to design and pursue your own project, one that continues our study of weblogs, wikis, or another social media phenomenon as suggested by the materials we've been working with. The project gives you a chance to take the last half of the course in a direction of your own design. I'll give you more information on this when we come nearer time.

During the project, you'll be following the same weekly routine we will have established during the first part of the course: daily work, regular commenting, weekly summaries.

=== Participation and Presence===
(Again, thanks to [[http://ds106.us/2013/01/03/umw-spring-2013-syllabus/ ds106.]]) Your success in this class, in learning, in learning in this class, depends on your regular participation and presence using your collective blogs, the wiki, and Twitter. By //regular// I mean, //daily//, even more than once a day. The way we're working during this course, learning accumulates day-by-day, activity by activity. You may need to adapt your working habits. Rather than putting in a burst of activity one day week, you'll need to //take time every day// to get things done - posting a draft or initial responses to activities, commenting on the work of others, having a look at what others are doing to get a sense of what you are doing, narrating your own course experience - using your blog and Twitter. Your blog and Twitter are how you support your learning, and how you support each other as a learning community.

Developing and supporting a community like this is work, especially as we have to bootstrap what we're doing by learning to use the social media tools to support the community.

=== Bootstrapping ===
//Bootstrapping// means engaging in an activity before you completely understand the activity. Like map-making, you don't know what the terrain looks like until you get into the field start to make the map. Now and then - more at the beginning of course - you won't understand how to do something, or what to think about something, or how to think about something before you need to start an activity. But start anyway. You will only begin to understand by engaging the problem and engaging with the community.

=== Criteria for Engagement: SDTT ===
Your work with materials for this course should be //substantive, detailed, thorough, and thoughtful//. Blogging is a good forum for fulfilling these criteria. Blogging tends to have an attitude, and it tends to be informal, accumulative, with any single post being partial, incomplete, and tentative. But blogging - good blogging - is also substantive, detailed, thorough, thoughtful. Snarky, informal, partial and incomplete - but still substantive.

Your weekly reflections on your own work should also be substantive, detailed, thorough, thoughtful - and reflective.

Your comments on the work of others should be ... you guessed it: substantive, detailed, thorough, thoughtful - and supportive. If you are substantive, detailed, thorough, thoughtful, you will find that you will be supportive. You won't need to say "Good job!" if you compose a thoughtful response to someone's position on a reading.

Meeting these criteria might feel awkward at first - especially if you're used to working by formula or working fast and off-the-cuff. To be //substantive, detailed, thorough, and thoughtful//, you may have to read materials through a few times, re-think what someone is saying. You may make some initial false starts as you locate a position to speak from and something to say. And your won't know where you're going until you get into the field. It's bootstrapping again. But //get started// and you'll find that you'll develop ways of being substantive, detailed, thorough, thoughtful. Suggestion: linking and citing examples will help.

=== Working Method ===
To keep yourself organized and to get the most out of the materials and the course, I'm asking you to structure your work around a pattern I've repurposed from [[http://ple.elg.ca/plenk2010/?page_id=2 Steven Downes]]).

**Aggregate** - Read, view, play with, and read anything else that comes in. Get the materials in order. Find places for them on your weblog or wiki, bookmark them, link to them, place them on your desktop - whatever you do when you gather materials together to work with them.

**Remix/Annotate** - Do something **to** the materials. Comment on readings or videos, tweet about them, annotate and tag them. Discuss them on your blog, post a video comment that allows others to comment in return, create a diagram or map opening up the ideas, post a slide show or presentation on prezi. Find other remixes and comment on those. Tag everything relevent to your work with #en3177. (You should have annotating posted by our class meeting on Mondays.)

**Repurpose** - Do something **with** the materials you read and created. Use them as raw materials for your own work. Build on them, re-work them, work them into your own framework, you're own view ... Create a video, blog post, comic, collage, digram or concept map, research project, survey ... whatever. Make the materials you have aggregated and remixed the center of your creation, "the bricks and mortar you ... use to compose your own thoughts and understanding of the material" (Downes). (This is what else you'll be doing from Wednesday - Sunday, when the next set of activities comes out.)

**Feed forward** - Make your work public. This will happen as you work because you're posting to your blog what you're working on as you work. If you have your blog set with an RSS feed, you're sharing. When you tweet a link to your post, you're sharing.

**Reflect** - Look at what you've done and consider what that doing means, for you, for now. This might be a blog post, video, audio ... For reflection, you repurpose your own work. You do something with the materials //you// have created. This is the position of the weekly summary and reflection due Sunday midnight.

It serves learning best to start with //aggregate// and move towards //repurpose// while //feeding forward// all the time. If you really engage the course, you'll probably find yourself doing some of these activities on the fly - when the opportunity strikes - and others after sitting down and taking some time. You might, for instance, tweet (annotate) while reading an article in Bruns and Jacobs, or while watching //The Daily Show// if something that comes up that has to do with the course. Good. Even better, locate and tweet a link to that episode, and tag it so you can find it later, and so others can include it in their work. You might find yourself blending some of the activities, aggregating and remixing stuff by collecting links to them and annotations on your wiki or your blog. You'll likely find that repurposing may take not the most time but might be the most deliberate, sit-down-and-get-it-done kind of time you spend.

I'll be using this pattern in designing activities, and I'll be using these terms to talk about what we're doing. Adapt it to suit.

=== Weekly Summary Posts ===
Here's a heuristic (Just google it) I've adapted from [[http://ds106.us/fall-2012-umw-syllabus/ ds106]] to guide composing your weekly summaries:

- How well do you feel you completed the requirements of the week's assignments?
- What gave you trouble? What did you enjoy most? What did you learn? What else did you learn?
- What would you do differently? What questions do you have?
- How does your work connect with the topics and issues we've looked at already? With the topics and issues of the course as a whole? Where does your work this week fit into the whole?

As always, you may be initially puzzled by the questions Use them as generative questions rather than trying to address them as exam questions. Use them as a way of thinking about what you worked on.

===Tags and Feeds===
Sharing - placing your work in the public churn - is a central part of this course. It's the //social// part of social media.

Those materials you want to share with others in the course, you'll need to tag using #en3177. Use it when you tweet. Place the tag in your blog posts. A Google search on #en3177 should find what you post. Try it. You should see materials that were created for the course in prior years. Those sources you find particularly useful and want to follow more closely, you should subscribe to using RSS. [Try googling #bemidjistate or #en4709 to see.]

===Experiment and Suffice===
You'll be creating a lot of stuff for this course, mainly writing - some short form (tweets, notes), some long form (weblog posts, wiki entries), some of your own, and some in commenting on the work and materials of others. But you can, and are encouraged to, use other media at any stage of your work. An image (collected from Flickr, or one you take or create) that illustrates a concept or comments on an idea. A visual map or diagram to illustrate how something works or how ideas work together. A video diary. A collage … Most of us will work primarly with writing because we are all more textually literate than visually literate [insert link to evidence here], but other modes are welcome and encouraged.

Not everything you produce for this course will be nor has to be finished or polished. You have room in the course to experiment with tools, to see what others do, to try things out for yourself, and if something doesn't work, move on and maybe try again later. I'm encouraging you to //try// things, especially if you're new to them, even if you haven't done it before: Make a PPT deck, shoot and upload a video, try a new mode or genre of writing as a remix or repurposing of the ideas we're investigating in this course. Watch what others are doing and try it yourself.

If something //does// work ... well, the course keeps moving forward, so you may have to set the project aside for a while in an imperfect, unfinished state, and return to it later in the course to develop it further. You'll have time to consider all this as we move thorough the course.

=== Work outside of class ===
You'll be expected to find out about those things you're unfamiliar with - terms, concepts, sites, tools ... - on your own. Rather than explain what //hash tags// are, I will expect you to find out on your own (Just google it) and post links and annotations to what you find to your blog. Again, we'll spend the first few weeks in bootcamp to get used to doing these sorts of things, to get a sense of where to ask questions and how to get answers.

After we're set up, we'll meet only once a week, but we'll meet regularly. Plan to be here when we do meet; I want everyone to have the opportunity to talk with each other about what they are working on and what they have found.

Expect to work outside of class the usual 2 hours for each course hour - that's 6 hours a week, minimum, when we meet twice a week, and 9 hours a week when we don't. That's the amount of time I'm expecting you to put in.

And, once again: No complaining that you don't understand a tool or reading before you work with it. You won't until you start using the tool or do some research on the issues.

===End of Semester Reflection/Consideration ===
As a final activity, you'll create a largish or extended, engaging, digital composition that addresses what you learned and what that learning means - to you, for now. What form and media this composition takes will be up to you. You might cast it as

- an essay on or linked to your weblog
- a hypertext essay on a wiki
- a video, audio production, or mashup
- a graphic novella/shortstory ...
- a prezi, a narrated slide show ...
- ... other possibilities we'll discuss

I am reconsidering how to handle the final. In the past, students have informally presented their projects to the class to great acclaim and applause. We'll talk about this.

=== Late Policy ===
Your work for the week (weekly summaries and any projects assigned) must be posted to your blog on time or you will receive 0 points for the week. Read that again. Nil points. That will hurt your final grade. Post early. Post often.

You will be expected to be posting your work and comments on the work of others regularly during the week.

Things come up, systems go down. I'll know when a system goes down. But if there is a serious situation that will prevent you from posting your weekly summary, let me know in advance. Please don't just disappear for a week. Keep me informed so I can accommodate the situation.

=== Evaluation and Grading ===
I'll evaluate your work by how well it meets the Criteria for Engagement, and by your weekly summary. Your summary needs to link to your productions or I won't find them and you won't receive credit for them. If they are not linked when I review your work, I won't return to review them later.

- Preparation. It's best to be prepared for each face to face class so you can make the most of our time face to face.
- You are responsible for catching up on anything you missed in a face to face class. Talk to your colleagues, not me. Attending face to face sessions is smart because we'll be addressing stuff that might not be addressed else where - and others in the class can use your expertise.
- //Presence// - posting regularly, daily, visiting others's weblogs and commenting, tweeting with the #en3177 hashtag - is the online equivalent of attendance. Maintaining a presence signals that you are engaging in the class. If your presence falls too low, I may ask you to drop the course.

I'll review your work and materials for the following:

== demonstrate technical proficiency by ==
- setting up and maintaining a weblog for the course, and using it for course purposes
- ditto wiki pages
- ditto Twitter
- using tags to submit and share material with others in the course
- demonstrate a growing independence in technical matters over the semester
- demonstrate a broadening of media attempted over the semester

== demonstrate knowledge by==
- engaging with the work of others in the class by commenting and responding
- posting regular work with readings and topics on your blog
- engaging (meaning //annotating, sharing, remixing, repurposing// materials both assigned and what you find
- searching for and engaging other materials
- engaging in a continuing refactoring of ideas during the course
- a developing depth and quality in your reflections over the semester

== demonstrate responsibility and academic integrity by ==
- attending face to face classes and maintaining a presence on line
- submitting materials on time
- informally documenting sources in the manners appropriate for the web. Linking, obviously, but look at some weblogs and you'll see how it's done.)
- not cheating

That's the evidence I'll look at during the progress of the course. Here are the criteria I'll use for a final evaluation:

- The complexity of what you take on and how you address it. That is, To what extent have you challenged yourself and the medium?
- The sophistication of ideas with which you address the tasks you set for yourself.

In short, the more challenging the tasks you set for yourself, and the more sophisticated the work you take on, the higher the final grade. These features and criteria emphasize //exploring//, //experimenting//, //developing self-reliance//, as well as traditional academic qualities of //complexity//, //insight//, //tenacity//, and //risk//.

=== Grading Percentages ===
- Bootcamp - 10%
- Weekly work, commenting, summaries - 60%
- Your project - 25%
- Overall helpfulness, decorum, self-reliance - 10%

Yes: That's 105% percent.

=== Face to face Class Sessions ===
Please be considerate of others in class both face to face an online. When you're here, you're on task.

- No eating. It's distracting.
- Careful with drinks. If you spill, you buy BSU a new keyboard.
- Silence your phone and no calls out.
- Your in-class use of the computer or your smart phone should supplement and contribute to what we're doing in class. Posting notes to your blog is ok, Goggling to supplement our discussion is ok, back-channeling with Twitter to supplement our discussion is ok, but Facebooking, gaming, shopping, and the like are not ok. Keep your use of the computer related to class discussion, and be careful not to lose the in-class thread. If you miss something, you're responsible for finding out what you missed.
- Decorum. Be decorous to each other. If someone is talking - me, others - listen. Respond.

=== Grad Student Requirements ===
Talk to me about setting up a grad project to pursue through the course. Your activities will include an annotated bibliography of reading and materials based on materials for the course and your own reading. The reading can be web-based or print. Grad students will take on more activities, and the work will be of grad-level quality.

=== Meeting Out of Class ===
When we aren't meeting formally as a class, we will be pretty tightly connected through twitter, the course weblog, the wiki, and social bookmarking. But I'd encourage you to meet f2f informally for this class to
- compare notes
- workshop
- give advice
- give moral support
- have lunch

I'll keep regular office hours to look at what we're doing online. Don't be a stranger.

=== Responsibility for Words ===
Your work for this class - on the blog, on the wiki, in twitter, everything you tag #en3177 - will be published and accessible to the world **as soon as you place it on line**: That's the moment you hit //Publish// or //Save// or //Send//. In any university course, you are legally and ethically responsible for your own words (slanderous and libelous writing, writing in violation of copyright, and plagiarism are not protected by academic freedom). In the same way, you are legally responsible for what you write in this course. Publish something slanderous, or plagiarize someone - republish their words or images without giving them credit or, in some cases, getting permission - and you could get an email from a lawyer.

You do not have carte blanche to publish whatever you wish. The law is changing, but if you have doubts on whether what you are publishing is legal, don't publish it. I will post links to more specific legal information as I find them.

- [[http://www.eff.org/ Electronic Frontier Foundation]]
- [[http://www.chillingeffects.org/ Chilling Effects Clearinghouse]]
- [[http://cyberlaw.stanford.edu/ Standford Center for Internet and Society]] (And their front page is a blog.)
- [[http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A9204-2002Dec18.html Free Speech - Virtually]]: Legal Constraints on Web Journals, Washington Post, Dec 19, 2002.
- [BSU Computing Policies ]

In short: Address materials professionally and graciously. (The most scathing critiques ++can be ++are decorous.). Produce materials (and you will be producing a lot) that others will find useful.

At the end of the course, you can delete your wiki pages and blog if you wish.

== The Wiki: Privacy and Sharing==
This wiki is [[http://www.usemod.com/cgi-bin/mb.pl?FishBowl a fishbowl wiki]]. It can be read and searched by anyone, but it is editable only by those with a password. This means that your work in this class is visible to the world. At the end of the course you may remove or revise material you created on this wiki. I will remind you of this clean up at the end of the semester.

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==Alternative Formats==
This syllabus is available in other formats. Talk to me, or contact Kathi Hagen in the Office for Students with Disabilities at 755-3883. Contact the Office for Students with Disabilities if you need accommodations in the class.

See also
- Background on how this course was redesigned: CourseDesign2011Page
- SocialMediaGlossary

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