Project #49449 - Information Management M3S

The Internet as social media: connectivity and immediacy

Their website is a great place to learn about this tool and what to do with it. In addition, here are a couple of short interviews with company people sharing part of the vision of what this is all about:

Garfield, B. (2010) The Point of Twitter. Onthemedia from National Public radio. Transcript Retrieved November 15, 2010 from Audio version also available, same site.

Garfield, B. (2010) Interview with Eval Williams. Onthemedia from National Public radio. Transcript Retrieved November 15, 2010 from Audio version also available, same site.

Your project assignment for this module is to become engaged with Twitter in some fashion.

  • This might entail setting up an account for yourself and learning how to use it to communicate with others.
  • Or, if you can't or don't want to actually use the tool, you can at least follow other people who are using it -- your boyfriend or girlfriend, Justin Bieber, VP Biden, or even, as a last resort, your instructor in this class.

It will be a lot more fun if you can use it yourself and really do something with it. There is an almost infinite range of things that can be done with it; your job is to learn about at least a few of them that you find interesting, and if possible to do some hands-on experimentation with it.

Your instructor will have one or more Twitter accounts to share with you as the module approaches.

By the end of the module, you should have enough experience in hand to present a short summary of your experiences and your overall evaluation of Twitter, together with your summary of your own learning and applications thereof, as before. It's perfectly fine to just write up this exercise as a paper in the usual fashion. You won't be disadvantaged in any way as far as grading goes.

If for some reason you are unable to access Twitter or otherwise complete the regular SLP assignment, you may complete this alternative assignment; however, be sure to clear this with your professor before you opt for this alternative!

However, as with the case, alternative ways of expressing yourself might be interesting to experiiment with, perhaps even presenting your report in the form of a series of tweets or interactions with your instructor or someone else. When you have had this kind of experience, it seems kind of a let-down to just write the ordinary kind of short paper that you usually write for these assignments. This is definitely a situation where some degree of creativity both in the conduct of the exercise and in the presentation of its results will be rewarded appropriately.

Obviously, this is experimental; the school has never tried this kind of an assignment or extended this degree of flexibility in its accomplishment. But like the Internet itself, we have to keep changing and extending ourselves, so we are giving this a try to see how it works.

As with the Case, if you opt for an alternative assignment, you need to work out with your professor the criteria by which your work will be assessed and graded.

Your assignment will be graded according to the MSITM SLP Grading Rubric, which aligns with the following expectations. (To see the rubric, go to Assessments>Rubrics. Click the arrow next to the rubric name and choose Preview.)

SLP Assignment Expectations (30 points total)

Length: 2-3 pages typed and double-spaced excluding cover page and references. Each page should have about 300 words.

Assignment-driven criteria (14 points): Demonstrates clear understanding of the subject and addresses all key elements of the assignment.

Critical thinking (6 points): Demonstrates mastery conceptualizing the problem. Shows analysis, synthesis, and evaluation of required material. Conclusions are logically presented.

Scholarly writing (3 points): Demonstrates proficiency in written communication at the academic level of the course.

Assignment Organization (3 points): Assignment is well organized and follows the required structure and organization of the assignment.

Citing and using references (4 points): Uses relevant and credible sources to support assertions; uses in-text citations; properly formats references.

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Due By (Pacific Time) 12/01/2014 12:00 am
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