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Syllabus

Interactive Technology and the University: Theory, Design, and Practice
ITCP 70020 | Spring 2013

We meet on Tuesdays from 4:15-6:15 p.m, except for February 14th.

Profs:
Christopher Stein (profstein@gmail.com)
Luke Waltzer (lwaltzer@gmail.com)

Office Hours: By appointment, after class.

Books: All of our readings are open access or will be provided.

Course Description:
In the first core course of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy certificate program you were introduced to the history and contexts within which technology has been integrated into teaching, learning, and research at the college level. In the second core course, you will continue with that investigation as you begin to carve out space for your own work. The focus of our reading will be the contemporary academy, and the goal of our discussions will be for you to better understand the place of your work within it. By the end of the semester you will produce a polished proposal for a multimedia-based project in your discipline related to research, pedagogy, or both.

Connected with the course will be a series of hands-on introductions to key educational uses of new-media applications. We have arranged several of these workshops; we can also arrange others in response to student request.

You will be expected to complete weekly reading and blogging assignments, and to come to class prepared to discuss the topic at hand. Each student will lead at least one in-class discussion as well as motivate one online discussion focused on the readings and online materials covered during the semester. The idea of motivating a reading is to offer a “provocation” (in the form of a critical commentary) about that reading, not merely to provide a summary of what the author said. Blog motivations will be due at midnight two days before class meetings (so, Sunday at midnight when we meet on a Tuesday, Tuesday at midnight when we meet on a Thursday). In addition to your motivation, you will be required to write at least three other substantive blog posts over the course of the semester. They can be related to the development of your project, related to previous class discussions, tool reviews, conference reviews, etc.

You will write two papers for the course: a project brief justifying your project choice, and a final, polished proposal. You will present your projects to the class over the final two meetings.

We will be using the CUNY Academic Commons extensively. The following schedules are subject to change.

Class Schedule Workshop Schedule (Tentative)
Jan 29: Introductions
Feb 5: Contexts and Practicalities Feb 5: HTML
Feb 14: Trends in Online Teaching, Learning, and Scholarship Feb 14: CSS
Feb 19: Tools Feb 19: WordPress
Feb 26: Assignment Design Feb 26: Wiki Editing
March 5: When To Do What Publicly March 5: Data Finding
March 12: Collaboration March 12: Data visualization (should this be combined with or come after the DV week?)
March 19: Resources and Project Management March 19: Photoshop
April 9: Images, Media and Design April 9: Mapping
April 16: Working with and Visualizing Data April 16: Omeka
April 23: Applied Free Culture and OER April 23: Zotero, Social Bookmarking
April 30: Failure April 30: Games Workshop
May 7: The Future of the Internet (Web 2.0/3.0/++) May 7:
May 14: Student Presentations 1 May 14:
May 21: Student Presentations 2 May 21:

Assignments:

GENERAL

  • 1 Motivation (due: sign up at beginning of the semester)
  • At least 3 Blog Posts (before the end of the semester), including April 23rd’s
  • Class rebuild of Kitchen Sink Utilities Wiki Page (due Feb 19)
  • Create Wikipedia Page in a Group (due: March 19)

PROJECT RELATED

  • Elevator Pitch using a tool (due Feb 26)
  • Project Brief (due: March 26)
  • (Tentative) Revision of the Project brief (end of April)
  • Oral Presentation on Project (May 14 or 21)
  • Project Proposal (due: end of the semester)