Week 2 – History and Evolution of the Digital Age


  • Housekeeping
  • Lecture/Reading Discussion
  • Term Project and Presentations


  • Preliminary Project Ideas
    Summary blog post of the first project assignment. There will be a summary like this for each assignment.
  • Learning goals summary (wordle)
  • NetVibes – all student blogs
  • email
    Please use clear subject lines and include “COM546″ — send to kegill at uw dot edu.
    If you have an urgent question, say so in the subject line. I try to return email within 24 hours M-Th. Please sign the email with your first name. If you have not heard back from me within 48 hours (M-Th), please re-send with a new subject line and/or Tweet me and/or phone me. Cell phone in email footer and distributed first night in class.
  • Blogs & Copyright
    If you embed 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.”
  • Discussion Leaders
    Assignments made based on your preferences from last week.
  • I have changed all Monday due dates to Tuesday. In case of conflicts, the main schedule (home page) rules (but please tell me if I’ve missed an edit).
  • Absences
    Reminder of policy on absences
  • Our class “photo” – picture 1, picture 2, picture 3partial pano – missing Mike, Cathy, Dominique

Lecture/Reading Discussion

  • Kathy (ppt/slideshare)
  • Point for clarification: What do we mean by “internet technology”? (note IP protocol and why this is the foundation for all Internet technologies but put off discussion until next week)
Reading Posts

Projects and Presentations

Preliminary proposals to review

Places to look for content and/or ways/places to save links/resources:

DEMO search using UW lib databases -> scholarly/academic resources

  • Term project
    • Components of next week’s post:
      * Thesis Statement – brief, should include a research question (what is a thesis statement?)
      * Statement of Intent – this statement should indicate how you envision breaking your subject into past – present – future. A reminder: 2010 is “the future” not “the present” for most of you — ditto 2009 for many.
      * At least one source – APA style with annotation (your words, not copy-and-poste of abstract). Writing abstracts is a lot like writing a snappy link post (iow, there is a “work skill” here!).
    • Last Year’s Proposals (all are not equal – the “*” highlights posts – annotations were not required last year)
    • Resource: The Proposal – Identifying A Topic in my Guide to Writing Research Papers

LAB (1):

  • In pairs, share your research idea with one another. For those of you who have more than one idea, pick one for this exercise.
  • Working together, develop at least three possible questions that might inform your research.
  • Working together, develop three different searches (keywords, phrases) for each of you
  • Try the searches on two or three sources
  • 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 — remember, you have to include one resource in next week’s final proposal

LAB (2):

  • Working in pairs, search Slideshare.net and find at least one “good” and one “bad” example presentation related to course topics or your research topics. Please comment on this post with your examples (links!) and an explanation. Tell me the names of the folks in the pair, please. :-)

NOTE: I will group students into “project groups” (for brainstorming, support) after you all finalize your topics next week.


  • Tuesday 12 April at noon: Final project proposal (blog post; feedback given and points assigned)
  • Tuesday 12 April at noon: Reading post for most of you (one is due for weeks 2 and 3)
  • DUE week five (that’s three weeks!) — Book Review: My goal in asking you to read historical books is to help you with your research.

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