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INF506 Social networking and the info pro.

Posted by arlekeno on November 19, 2011

 

My last subjuuct has officially started, i have joined, Twitter, Flickr and the official facebook group.. EVEN SECOND LIFE!

Anyway, here are the outcomes.

Learning objectives
– demonstrate an understanding of social networking technologies;
– demonstrate an understanding of concepts, theory and practice of Library 2.0 and participatory library service;
– critically examine the features and functionality of various social networking tools to meet the information needs of users;
– evaluate social networking technologies and software to support informational and collaborative needs of workgroups, communities and organisations; and
– demonstrate an understanding of the social, cultural, educational, ethical, and technical management issues that exist in a socially networked world, and how information policy is developed and implemented to support such issues.

All very interesting and pretty important. I am thinking about how some American states are forcing people to complete an online course before passing. I suppose in NSW we do it through things like “All your own work” but the article is at http://www.thenation.com/article/164651/how-online-learning-companies-bought-americas-schools?page=full
Via Lyn Hay’s Personal link newspaper http://paper.li/lyn_hay

Has some scary stuff in it about how companies are leveraging education to turn it into a market, but since I am doing SO MUCH online learning, which I hate, I should prop know more about it.

Anyway, the schedule

Schedule
Week Date Suggested work Assignments
1 14 Nov 2011 Access INF506 CSU Interact site and read entire content of Subject Outline and assignment guidelines; Read Module Introduction/Readings; Create Facebook, Flickr, & Twitter accounts; Submit join requests to INF506 Facebook Group and INF206-506 Flickr Photo Pool; Post an INTRO message on INF506 Facebook Group Wall; Create your Online Learning Journal (OLJ) using a Web 2.0 tool; Use Ass 2 Doc in Facebook Group to troubleshoot creation of OLJ.

2 21 Nov 2011 Read Module 1; Begin discussion of Assignment 1 task/criteria on Ass1 Doc in Facebook Group OLJ creation & first entry due 21 November 2011
3 28 Nov 2011 Read Module 2; Create Delicious & LinkedIn accounts
4 5 Dec 2011 Read Module 3; Develop proposal for social networking project for Assignment 1
5 12 Dec 2011 Read Module 4; Start to develop plan for OLJ task completion for Assignment 2 Social networking project proposal due 12 December 2011
6 19 Dec 2011 Read Module 5; Have 1 OLJ activity for Assignment 2 completed by now
7 26 Dec 2011 Your project should be well underway by now
8 2 Jan 2012 Begin discussion of Assignment 2 OLJ in Facebook Group
9 9 Jan 2012 Work towards submission of Assignment 1 social networking project
10 16 Jan 2012 Assignment 1 discussion concludes; Have 1 OLJ activity for Assignment 2 completed by now Assignment 1: Social networking project/report due 16 January 2012
11 23 Jan 2012 Have 1 OLJ activity for Assignment 2 completed by now
12 30 Jan 2012 Assignment 2 discussion concludes; Feedback on the subject and farewells on INF506 Facebook Group Wall. Complete INF506 Online Subject Evaluation Assignment 2: OLJ/Evaluative statement due 30 January 2012

Little interested in stuff that I have already done, e.g. already had Delicious. And wondering if I have to talk about my development as a Social networker during the course, since I have been socially networking since 1993.

Now to the assesments.

All guidelines are of course at http://www.csu.edu.au/faculty/educat/sis/subjectfolio.htm

Assessment item 1
OLJ creation & first entry
Value: 0%
Due date: 21-Nov-2011
Return date: 12-Dec-2011
Length: 200 words approx.
Submission method options
Alternative submission method
Task

This task is part of the requirements for Assignment 2.

Important: Read the assessment criteria for Assignment 2 BEFORE completing this task.

To successfully meet the requirements of Assignment 2, students must create an online learning journal (OLJ) using a social networking site (e.g., a blog, wiki, ning, etc.), and complete the first entry for their OLJ. In this first entry, briefly:

(a) define what social networking is (in your own words);

(b) list what social networking technologies and sites you already use (for personal, work and study purposes); and

(c) describe what you expect to learn from completing INF506.

Submission

Upon completion of (a), (b) and (c), please notify the subject coordinator (in an email message) of the URL of your OLJ by the end of Week 1.

Rationale

This task contributes to students’ completion of Assignment 2 which is designed to assess learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 and 5.

Marking criteria

The completion of this task contributes to the mark awarded for Assignment 2. This is not allocated a separate mark.

Assessment item 2
Social networking project proposal
Value: 0%
Due date: 12-Dec-2011
Return date: 02-Jan-2012
Length: 250 words
Submission method options
Alternative submission method
Task

This task is part of the requirements for Assignment 1.

Important: Read the assessment criteria for Assignment 1 BEFORE completing this project proposal. The criteria is listed on the marking sheet provided on the INF506 Interact site.

To successfully meet the requirements of the social networking project and report, you are required to establish your own project program, supported by a consultative process with the subject coordinator, that constructively examines either:

A. Project design and implementation of a unique social networking community to support the information, learning, social and/or organisational needs of a group of people.

or

B. A case study based on the practical application of a social networking site or environment to support and/or enhance the information, learning, social and/or organisational needs of a group of people.

Submission method You must outline your project design or application in the form of a project proposal, and send a copy as an email attachment to the subject coordinator by the end of Week 4. Students are not required to forward a hard copy of this project proposal, or submit it via EASTS.
Students should expect an email reply from the subject coordinator with necessary feedback regarding the nature/refinement of their project idea, and/or recommendations for inclusion of material in their project.

The proposal Briefly outline your project design or application in no more than 250 words using the following project proposal subheadings as a guide:

  1. Social networking technologies to be used:
  2. Proposed title of project:
  3. Brief description of your project including information, learning, social or organisational needs, problems or concerns to be addressed (approx 75 words)
  4. Expected outcomes of your project (approx 75 words)
  5. Project plan (approx 100 words) – list the major steps required to complete this project with resources required (include human resources here) along with a projected timeline.
Rationale

This task contributes to students’ completion of Assignment 1 which is designed to assess learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 and 5.

Marking criteria

Each student will be provided with specific feedback regarding the proposed content of their proposal via email from the subject coordinator – it is not allocated a mark.

Requirements

Compulsory email submission to subject coordinator only

This project proposal should be emailed to the subject coordinator by the end of Week 4 and before commencement of project work.

Assessment item 3
Assignment 1: Social networking project/report
Value: 50%
Due date: 16-Jan-2012
Return date: 06-Feb-2012
Length: 2500 words for report + artefacts/appendices
Submission method options
EASTS (online)
Task

You must email the subject coordinator with your project proposal by the end of Week 4.

This assignment is applied in nature and requires you to report on your choice of A or B below. It can be an individual or a group-based project.

EITHER

A. Project design and implementation of a unique social networking community to support the information, learning, social and/or organisational needs of a group of people.

or

B. A case study based on the practical application of a social networking site or environment to support and/or enhance the information, learning, social and/or organisational needs of a group of people.

The assignment submission will consist of a project report (with supporting documentation, artefacts, URLs, etc.). Your report will require you to discuss and synthesise ideas and issues relating to the content of this subject, as well as analyse and evaluate existing theories, models and practices relating specifically to your project design or application.

Some examples of case study approaches to social networking applications include:

  • Policy development for the use of social media in the workplace or educational institution, or for a social network.
  • Satisfying user needs in a group or community.
  • Using a social networking model to support a professional learning program.
  • Complete a comparative analysis of a range of social networking technologies based on the needs of a particular group or organisation for working party or board recommendations.
  • Implementation of an enterprise-wide social networking model using a particular social networking environment or tool.
  • Investigation of a range of social networking technologies to support a particular learning model, learning activity, or information management task, e.g., learning circles, online book clubs, digital book trailers, online debates, group-based inquiry projects, collaborative tagging of digital objects

Please note that these are examples only, and that you can elect to complete either a project design or an applications case study specific to your own professional social networking needs.

Project report (approx 2500 words + plus supporting documentation, artefacts, etc.)

You will be required to submit your project report in four parts:

  1. an outline of the nature of your project;
  2. the processes involved in completing your project;
  3. a critical evaluation of your project; and
  4. an appendix which includes support material, URLs to social networking sites, surveys, products, or any other material generated to complete your project.
Rationale

This task is designed to assess learning outcomes 1,2,3,4 and 5.

Marking criteria

Students will be allocated a rating from Exemplary to Emerging (with Exemplary being the highest rating) as to how well you have addressed each of the following criteria for this assignment.

A. Multidisciplinary approach and problem domain (50%)

  • Clearly defines scope of social networking problem being addressed in project
  • Articulates how purpose, plan & timeline are consistent with outcomes
  • Articulates reasons for selection of social networking environment/tool(s) used
  • Presents evidence of application of social networking environment/tool(s) used
  • Analyses & evaluates project in relation to appropriate social networking theories, models & practices
  • Presents cogent conclusion clearly articulating writer’s viewpoint/recommendations based on project outcomes

B. Social networking and project management (25%)

  • Demonstrates understanding of & contribution to social networking
  • Demonstrates understanding of & contribution to project management

C. Development and conventions (25%)

  • Demonstrates original & independent thinking
  • Ideas are supported by literature & logical argument
  • Presentation of report employs a logical & sequential framework
  • Referencing style is thorough & employed consistently

Students are expected to perform (on average) at the level of Developing or above to receive a Pass mark for this assignment. Please refer to the Assignment 1 Marking Sheet under Resources in INF506 Interact site for a copy of the complete rubric and rating scale.

Requirements

To successfully meet the requirements of this assignment, students must have:

  1. Notified the subject coordinator (in an email message) of their project (using the guidelines outlined in the project proposal form) by the end of Week 4, and received approval from the subject coordinator before commencing the project.
  2. Included a completed copy of statement of division of work among the group (if applicable). Available from Resources folder on INF506 Interact site.
  3. Completed their project and report by the due date.
Assessment item 4
Assignment 2: OLJ/Evaluative statement
Value: 50%
Due date: 30-Jan-2012
Return date: 20-Feb-2012
Length: 1500 words (+/- 10%) plus 3 OLJ entries
Submission method options
EASTS (online) Alternative submission method
Task

This assignment is in two parts. You must complete both parts.

Part 1: Online Learning Journal (OLJ)

Create an online learning journal (OLJ) using a social networking tool of your choice (e.g., a blog, wiki, ning space, etc) by the end of Week 1, and use this to show evidence that you have:

(a) engaged in the self-paced modules, online readings and online class discussions throughout the session; and

(b) completed a number of immersive learning activities using a range of social networking tools, and documented reflections and evaluations of these learning experiences throughout the session.

Part 2: Evaluative Report (no more than 1500 words)

Write an evaluative report on your learning in INF506 this session. Include:

(a) an evaluative statement using three (3) experiences documented in your OLJ as evidence of meeting the learning objectives of the subject (@750 words); and

(b) a reflective statement on your development as a social networker as a result of studying INF506, and the implications for your development as an information professional (@750 words).

Note this evaluative report should be published as the final entry of your OLJ.

Rationale

This assignment task is designed to assess INF506 learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

Marking criteria

This assignment is in two parts. Students will be allocated a rating from Exemplary to Emerging (with Exemplary being the highest rating) as to how well you have addressed each of the following criteria for this assignment.

A. Knowledge & Understanding (50%)

  • Level of conceptual understanding of social networking and Web 2.0 technologies
  • Understanding of theory and practice of Library 2.0 and participatory library service
  • Effective use and evaluation of social networking environment/tools
  • Understanding of the range of issues that exist in a socially networked world
  • Understanding of information policy in a socially networked world
  • Critical evaluation and reflection of oneself as a social networker
  • Critical evaluation and reflection of oneself as an information professional

B. Development & Conventions (50%)

  • Evidence of independently locating & evaluating appropriate resources, environments & tools
  • Demonstrates original & independent thinking
  • Ideas are supported by literature & logical argument
  • Evidence of effort & improvement in skills
  • Effective management of workflow
  • Evidence of reflective practice
  • Presentation of report employs a logical & sequential framework
  • Referencing style is thorough & employed consistently

Students are expected to perform (on average) at the level of Developing or above to receive a Pass mark for this assignment. Please refer to the Assignment 2 Marking Sheet under Resources in INF506 Interact site for a copy of the complete rubric and rating scale.

Requirements

Compulsory submission method Note this evaluative report should be published as the final entry of your online learning journal (ie. your blog, wiki, ning space etc), however you are required to submit a one page Word document to EASTS which includes your student number, student name, subject code, subject title, assignment number/name and the correct URL of your OLJ.

Some Difficult looking stuff here. But, My next post will be Assessment item 1. When I get around to reading it.. i am trying to study at my local library at the moment but the childrens group are in.. sigh, this is what we get for being all things to all people 😛 Anyway, I need to go home and apply for some Full time jobs for next year and then do my reports for some classes I have been sharing this year. busy busy.

 

ANYWAY

Excellent introduction, the report has some good stuff.

De Rosa, C., Cantrell, J., Havens, A., Hawk, J. & Jenkins, L. (2007). Sharing privacy and trust in our networked world: A report to the OCLC membership. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC.  [ebook] Available http://www.oclc.org/reports/pdfs/sharing.pdf

And to the question. How do the concepts and findings in these sections of the OCLC report reflect your view of the socially networked world in 2011?

Well, I think it is accurate that we prefer to stay at home to get quick info. Its just easier imho. But I do like libraries to study, cant do that at home I am afraid.

ANd I like what they are saying about us now being producers of info rather than just consumer (From a man who has had a blog since the 90’s).

I wonder if I am classed as a digital native or immigrant. I mean I had a Commodore 64 at 10, But no internet really till I was 20.

I also find it interesting that eMail is everywhere, but some companies or schools are trying to get rid of it!

 

All this fits with my thoughts of how I use the internet, but I had no idea about the stats over all. I think i wll read the whole report.

 

 

 

 

 

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