|Professor Virginia Montecino||Day-by-day Schedule|
|Email me at: email@example.com||Required texts|
|Office hrs: 3:00-4:00 Wed, or by appt.||Participation expectations|
|General Course Description||Class discussion|
|Major Assignments and due dates||Honor Code and Plagiarism Statement|
Research Guides | Web Site Evaluation Guidelines| Webworks supplement | Prof M's Resources
Office hours: Wed 3:00 - 4:00, or by appointment
Andrew J. Ryan, Teaching Assistant, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org-
Class meeting date/time: Wed 4:30-7:10
Location: ENT 173
is "Internet Literacy?"
When you successfully finish the course you will have skills in:
Since this class is a learning community, attendance and participation expectations are high, thus the participation grade is a high percentage. You will be assigned to groups and are expected to respond to your group members' drafts of all writing assignments and Web projects. I will not accept drafts of assignments for which there is no evidence that they were first submitted to your group members for comments. We will establish criteria for peer responses and appropriate types of responses, based on the goals of the assignments.You will be expected to participate in class discussions and do your share for the group Web page project for a non-profit organization. You will post contributions to Townhall discussions. Various discussions/postings will be established throughout the semester. You will evaluate your group members' performance at the end of the semester - for my eyes only.
discussion: We will engage in in-class and online discussion. Much
of our discussion will take place online in Townhall
(http://townhall.gmu.edu) (in asynchronous and
for registering for and using Townhall (http://mason.gmu.edu/~montecin/townhall.htm).
This is our
meeting place in Townhall, after you register. You will need to log
on each time. Don't forget to log off when you are through so someone
doesn't enter our meeting place under your name. We will also
in and study other modes of online discussion, such as a class
and listserv and other mediums, time permitting.
9/02 - First day of classes - Technology Survey. Course overview and review of assignments. Registering for Townhall, our Web-based meeting place. Introductory discussion on Townhall. What is the Internet, anyway? Overview of some of the copyright and privacy issues surrounding the Internet? What are some of the socio-political aspects of the Web? What is a cyberculture? What are the markers of a culture? How do we examine a culture? What does being Internet literate mean? What is hypermedia? Is the computer really just a tool or does it change the way we think and process information?
You will begin your first Web project - to create a Web page, from scratch,in your mason home directory using the pico editor in UNIX. It should contain links to your email, and the course Web site. We will discuss appropriate additions to your Web page, such as a link to our Townhall meeting place, and a link for your class projects. This web page should be a new one created for this assignment even if you already have a web page. Creating your Web page from scratch this way will enable you to see the "bones" of a Web page and you will be more able to "tweak" Web pages created by HTML editors that don't necessarily correctly interpret what you want. See How to Create Your Own Home Page at GMU using HTML. Also see Questions to Consider When Creating a Web Page (http://mason.gmu.edu/~epiphany/docs/createweb.html). Post online at your gmu account. Read for next class: "Introducing Cyberculture" at Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies (http://otal.umd.edu/~rccs/) and Prof M's Web site - examination of Web syllabus, with links, and Prof M's Web site - summary of resources and how they relate to class content.
Labor Day - University Closed 9/7
- [Last day to drop with no tuition liability.]
criterias for what makes a virtual community/cyberculture.
Class sharing of virtual community subject and methods. Refining
the "barebones" Web page. Using ftp to transfer files to your Web
9/16 - Draft of virtual community report due - post on Web page. Read "The Rationale of Hypertext, " Jerome Mc Gann (http://www.village.virginia.edu/public/jjm2f/rationale.html) - Class Discussion. Using search engines and doing online library research (for Credibility of Web sites report and Web-based resource list) Refining Web searches. Critiquing Web sources. Copyright and the Internet Townhall discussion on class cyberculture reports (details will be in Townhall). Refining Web pages
9/23 - Virtual class - Report on Virtual community due. Post on Web page. discussion on Townhall. Sharing of virtual community reports.
9/30 - Draft of Web-based resource list proposals due. Peer response to proposal drafts. Refining research strategies
[ 10/02 - Last day to drop without dean's permission by 5PM ]
10/07 - Group summaries of reports on Internet Interviews from the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies (http://otal.umd.edu/~rccs/). Web-based resource list proposal due. Peer response to proposals .
[ Columbus Day recess 10/12 - 10/13 - (Note: Monday classes and labs meet on Wed.; Wed. classes do not meet, this week only)
10/14 - DO NOT MEET
10/21 - Draft of Credibility of Web site report due.
10/28 - Report on Web site credibility due
[ Incomplete Work from spring 98 must be submitted to instructor 10/30 ]
11/04 - Proposal for non-profit Web site due
11/11 - Peer response to Web-based resource list drafts
11/18 - Web-based resource list due
11/25 - Work on Group Projects
11/26 - 11/29 - Thanksgiving Recess
12/2 - Finalizing non-profit Web site
12/9 - Our last day of class - Group presentation of non-profit Web site
Final Exam - Wed 12/16 4:30p.m.-7:15p.m.