In this course we will look at different kinds of online social networks, explore different kinds of "social media" and discuss case studies that highlight issues from a variety of different perspectives. This page has a short introduction to the class, but you should check our Facebook page to learn about the class and interact with us during Summer 2008.
The majority of the online activity related to this class will take place in the Facebook group but students will be exploring the other tools as described below. (Some tools are open to everyone, others are open only to students in the class.)
More course tools may be added as we go through the semester, depending on student project choices, to help you communicate better or better understand social media.
There is no textbook for the course, but there will be readings from the Web for each class. The exact list of readings will depend on the topics chosen for study by the class groups.
The course will be graded based on activities (some required and some optional) completed by the student. Each activity will be assigned a set number of points; students complete the activities for points, and at the end of the class the points are tallied for a grade.
These are the required activities. More details on each of these requirements can be found using the course tools. Some of these will be group assignments.