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InformationEcologies

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Project Requirements

Server Space

Structure your server space in such a way that allows you to store information (school, personal, work, etc.) so that you will:

  • be able to find things when you need them in a few years

  • be able to add to it as your education and your interests evolve

To do this you will need to think about how you want to name and organize folders. You may want to look at the classes that you are required to take and build those courses into your structure.

 

Collaborative Blog

You will be broken into groups of 3 or 4 to run a collaborative blog hosted by Wordpress where each of you will post information relating to your personal, professional, and educational interests. You will post responses to the readings in the blog. Each group will:

  • name their blog

  • learn several Wordpress blog features (host  to create posts, links, and so forth)

  • choose the topical themes of your blog (based on the interests you previously listed)

  • choose a layout theme for your blog

  • write an about page that describes who you are (unless you want it to be anonymous) and what the blog is about (not just for an assignment!)

  • post at least 4 posts per week per individual (if there are 3 people in the group, that's at least 12 per week total--Update 10/17: Do not wait until the end of the module to do all of your posts--I will be looking to see that you have done the required amount each week)

    • 1 or 2 can be about the readings (these will not have prompts; the response topics and lengths are up to you. Update, 10/17:  I strongly suggest that your posts in response to assigned readings are at least the equivalent of 1/2 page single space, Times New Roman, font 12)

    • 2 or more can be about other classes and/or personal, professional, educational interests (Update 10/17: unlike the reading response posts, these can be any length--whatever you think is best based on the topic of your post)

       

  • create a blogroll based on the blogs you find interesting

I encourage you to add and change images and learn the many features of this great blog software. To learn how to do just about everything, see Wordpress topics and click on the topic that interests you. You can also stop by the Wordpress forums. And, of course, you can always email  Dr. Wolff and.or come by his office.

As a way to get Dr. Wolff to start blogging again at his blog, Composing Spaces, he will be required to post at least 3 times per week, 1 of which has to be about pedagogy, the other two about other interests. He will also create a blogroll (which he has been negleting to do for a while).

 

Netvibes Ecosystem

You will each be setting up your own Netvibes.com ecosystem. This ecosystem provides you with the ability have updates from certain sites (sites that have an RSS feed) to be sent directly to you. You can also see your email, social bookmarks, include web pages, listen to podcasts, and many more. Each student will:

  • set up a Netvibes account

  • learn how to add tabs, RSS feeds, and widgets to your ecosystem

  • add feeds from each of the class blogs as a way of getting started with the system

  • create a series of tabs broken down by interest areas (no less than 3 tabs)

  • have no less than 20 total feed or widgets in your ecosystem (this number includes the class blogs, so you need 15 more)

  • yes, you can add cute little animal widgets like I have, but no more than 4

This is going to ask you, as with the blogs, to go out and find places that you are interested in. Once you find them, if they have an RSS feed, set it up, and just watch as the information comes to you. . . .

 

Social Bookmarking

You will each be setting up a social bookmarking account, either at del.icio.us or diigo. These sites allow you to bookmark web pages and, in the case of diigo, highlight and take notes directly on those pages--notes that will appear when you go back to the page at a later date. Each student will:

  • set up your account

  • add a link to your blog to see your public social bookmark page

  • bookmark no less than 10 pages and tag them in ways described in the readings

  • add widgets for either delicious or diigo to your Netvibes ecosystem

This is going to ask you, as with the blogs and netvibes, to go out and find places that you are interested in. Once you find them, bookmark the pages and watch your tags grow.

 

Final Essay and Documents

 

4 - 6 pages, double space, Times New Roman, font size 12, 1' margins all around, in which you discuss your information ecology in terms of the major themes of the module--origins, writing spaces, identity and ownership, and the future of writing--and how what we have learned has brought you closer to being skilled in the 9 Core Values described in the first week of class.

 

This is not a formal essay in the sense that you need a thesis statement. You can structure it as you see fit. I am primarily looking to see how you make connections between the technologies we are using, the theories behind information ecologies and others that we have discussed, and how the work you have done is evidence of your growing proficiency in one or more of the 9 Core Values. Cite from both the essays and your own work--and make references to work that can't be cited, like the ecosystem and the server space.

 

For Module 1:

Due Wed, 10/17 by 6:00pm. Email the document to Dr. Wolff as an attachment. Only Word documents will be accepted.

 

I will be available in my office, Education Hall 3075, between 10/9 and 10/16 to talk with you about your essay. You do not need to schedule an appointment; these are on a walk-in basis:

 

Wed., 10/10: 3:00 - 4:00

Thurs. 10/11: 2:00 - 3:00

Fri. 10/12: 1:00 - 3:00

Mon. 10/15: 10:00 to 12:00

 

 

For Module 2:

Due Wed, 11/14 by 6:00pm. Email the document to Dr. Wolff as an attachment. Only Word documents will be accepted.

 

I will be available in my office, Education Hall 3075, between 11/7 and 11/14 to talk with you about your essay. You do not need to schedule an appointment; these are on a walk-in basis (I will also be there during regular office hours: W 1:30 - 4:30):

 

Thurs. 11/8: 11:00 - 12:00 and 2:00 - 3:00

Friday 11/9: 9:30 - 10:30

Mon. 11/12: update 11/11: 9:00 - 11:00 10:00 to 12:00

Tuesday 11/13: 11:00 - 12:00 and 2:00 - 3:00

 

For Module 3:

Due Fri, 12/14 by 6:00pm. Email the document to Dr. Wolff as an attachment. Only Word documents will be accepted.

 

I will be available in my office, Education Hall 3075, between 12/5 and 12/14 to talk with you about your essay. You do not need to schedule an appointment; these are on a walk-in basis (I will also be there during regular office hours: W 1:30 - 4:30):

 

Thurs 12/6: 2:00 - 3:00

Mon 12/10: 12:30 - 2:30

Tues 12/11: 10:00 - 12:00

 

Thurs 12/13: 10:00 - 12:00 and 2:00 - 3:00

Friday 12/14: 1:00 - 3:00

 

Because many of the sites that we have designed are protected by password, we are going have to set up some work-arounds so I will be able to "see" your work. They are as follows:

 

Server Space:

Please provide me with your Home Server Address (for example, nwuser#.rowan.edu), username, and the base folder that begins your organizational structure.

 

Blog:

Regardless of if you posted anonymously or by name, please provide

  • the name of your blog

  • a list of all your blog entry titles

  • and the dates they were posted

  • and do the same for any comments that you have made.

 

 

Social Bookmarking:

Since you are required to link to your public bookmarks from the blog, I should be able to see it. If I can't I will contact you individually.

 

Netvibes Ecosystem:

Whole ecosystems cannot be shared, but individual tabs can be emailed to another person. To do this, move your mouse over the tab, click the little down arrow, click "Share this tab," and email it to Dr. Wolff. Do this for each of your tabs--so if there are 5 tabs, I should get 5 emails from you. Do not send me emails about individual widgets--just sent the tabs.

 

 

 

 

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