|People can change information, but can information change people? The Web is increasingly becoming a peer-to-peer connection network. It is not uncommon for a piece of information, such as an online video, to be blogged and tweeted through various channels, connecting a myriad of people in the process. This seminar will introduce students to the "Republic of Web" by examining the ways in which new media is redefining our democratic thinking and affecting various socio-political issues. As a group, we will carry out a series of experiments and analyses around a number of online communities to explore how people, information, and technology connect in synergetic ways.|
|A sense of adventure!|
|There are no books for this course. The instructor will assign readings from various sources, which will be available through the Sakai site.|
|By the end of the course, students should be able to:
|The course combines lectures, discussions, demonstrations, and assignments/projects to help students understand various aspects of the new Web, media, and people participation. Students are encouraged to discuss, question, and clarify course content in class meetings.|
The assignments are individual and group work. The assignments reflect a process and each one builds on the results of the previous. All focus on understanding effects of social media and social networking on various socio-informational constructs, and will follow the material discussed in class.
|This is a one credit pass/fail course. To obtain a pass, the student should have attended at least 80% of the classes, and turned in at least 80% of the assignments, unless the instructor provides a permission for missing more classes or assignments.|
|Announcements: Students are responsible for all announcements made in class, whether or not they are present when the announcements are made.|
Late submissions: Deadlines are your responsibility. Late submissions may be accepted with a penalty. In the case of unforeseen emergencies (e.g. with a doctor's note), or with a prior permission from the instructor (obtained before the due date), late submissions will be graded normally. Late submissions will not receive any verbal or written feedback.
Communication: For emails, Rutgers accounts preferred. Always include your name (esp. if emailing from non-Rutgers account) and always include the course number (Byrne 101) in subject line. If you don't, your email most likely will not be read. This course uses Sakai, primarily for submitting assignments and posting grades. Speaking of communication, please turn off or silent your cellphones and anything that can spontaneously make noise before entering the class. Please do not text nor view text messages during class. Please do not use computers to check e-mail, IM, surf the web, and other such activities. This is distracting for other students and there have been student complaints about this. If you are caught using a cell phone or other communication you will receive one warning, on the second occurrence you will be excused from classroom.
Attendance: Students are expected to attend all classes. If you expect to miss one or two classes, please use the University absence reporting website https://sims.rutgers.edu/ssra/ to indicate the date and reason for your absence. An email is automatically sent to me. You are responsible for obtaining any material that might have been distributed in class the day when you were absent.
Students with Disabilities: Students with documented disabilities who wish accommodations in this class must do so through the Rutgers Disabilities Services Office. Visit their website for details.
|Academic integrity means, among other things:
The consequences of scholastic dishonesty are very serious. Rutgers' academic integrity policy is at this site. An overview of this policy may be found here. Multimedia presentations about academic integrity may be found here and here.
|How to Succeed in this Course|
|● Chirag Shah ●|