Week 2 Class Notes

Communication and Adoption, Theories and Practice (1)

  • Attend to blogs (categorization, presentation widgets)
  • Peer Group Discussion (Reading Discussion, see your questions)
  • Food break
  • Lecture/Discussion
  • Peer Group Discussion (Proposal, Second Book Discussion)
  • Catalyst Peer Group Tool
  • Lab: Proposal Work

1. Attend to Blogs

First, see Adam and Corey for examples of how to pose and present open-ended questions; also nice examples of reading synthesis.

Second, ensure that your reading post is categorized “reading” or “reading reflection” or “com546 reading”. Not just “com546” (we will have other categories) and not unclassified! My suggestion is that you *tag* the post “com546” and label (categorize) it as “reading.” See Using Categories to Organize Content.

If you think you might want to group all COM546 posts together after the class, then “double-categorize.” That is, in addition to the categories I’m asking for — add a category “Com546”. Then, in January, you can delete my categories … and the posts will be lumped into one.

Third, make it possible for us to actually see your categories in your side navigation!

To do this, go to your WordPress Dashboard -> “Presentation” tab. Select “Widgets” sub-tab. You’ll want to “drag” the categories widget onto your sidebar panel. [Your default style may not have enabled categories — but you can add them. If your default style does not allow widgets, you will need to change styles.]

  • Required Widgets in your sidebar: categories, meta and pages
  • Suggested Widgets in your sidebar: archives, links and recent comments (and anything else that strikes your fancy!)

Fourth, if you have embedded any image in a blog post that is not your personal property, you must identify the source of the material. If the material is copyrighted, you must either remove it or explain why you believe your use entails a “fair use” of the material. These details can appear in the foot of your post under a paragraph entitled “Credits.”

There will be time to do this in lab at the close of class.

2. Peer Group Discussion

Each group will have two questions to discuss (even numbered groups take even-numbered questions and vice versa). Appoint note-taker and someone to present summary to group (two different people). Note takers: make a blog post after class (category: group discussion) that includes the question and summarizes the points arising from your discussion. I’ll show you, later, how to copy that post to this blog. The note-taker role should rotate each week. (Guide to small group discussion – pdf)

3. Food Break

4. Lecture/Discussion

5. Peer Group Discussion

  • First, on 3×5 card, jot down an “elevator description” of your project idea.
  • Each group member will have ~5 minutes to present their project idea and get feedback from the group. Suggest you do this in a structured round-robin manner!
  • Time permitting: discuss the four optional books. My hope is to have about 1/4 of the class reading each book. We’ll see if there is at least one member per group interested in each book at this point in time.
    • The Cluetrain Manifesto (1999), C. Locke et al (Amazon, online)
    • Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (2000), L. Lessig (Amazon)
    • The Death of Distance (2001), F. Cairncross (Amazon)
    • Peer-to-Peer: Harnessing the Power of Disruptive Technologies (2001), A. Oram (Amazon)

6. Demo Peer Group Tool

Assignment is to have a draft proposal topic (100 words or so) published to peer group tool by 7 pm Wednesday for feedback. Each peer group member must provide constructive feedback to help refine the topic by 7 pm on 15 October.

7. Lab/Proposal Work (goal: start this by 9.10 – actual 9.13)

Using UW Library databases, find one or two scholarly articles that may be appropriate to your subject. The goal of this assignment is to help you refine your topic by examining the state of research. Before leaving lab, make a blog post (category: class lab or com546 lab). The post should contain the APA citation for the article(s) and a short annotation describing why you think it might be useful. See Writing Research Papers: The Bibliography.

If time remains, please fix blogs per first note. Otherwise, please fix before the next set of blog assignments are due on Sunday.


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