COURSE DESCRIPTION

This semester long course (approx three months) is designed for federal employees to gain a better understanding of web 2.0 and social media technologies. This will involve reading and contributing to a course wiki, where students will contribute to the cohort's understanding of web 2.0 and social media by demonstrating and sharing their knowledge.

NATURE OF COURSE DELIVERY

Students taking this course will be required to login to the course wiki, which will mean each student should have a computer with an internet connection. This medium will allow the students to immerse themselves in web 2.0 and social media technologies, on which the course is based.

STUDENT OUTCOMES

By "better understanding" as stated in the course description, students taking this course will:

  • Explore the use of social media tools;
  • Discover examples of uses in the federal government, and;
  • Create social media pieces to use within their own agency.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS, PERFORMANCE-BASED ASSESSMENT, AND EVALUATION CRITERIA

Students will be required to complete three pieces for this class. Each piece will require individual and team efforts to complete each task. Each piece will have the students exploring and using web 2.0 and social media technologies:

Weekly Participation = 20%
Students are expected to log in and contribute to discussions on the assigned module page for the week. The professor will be able to track logins and participation online for this course. The minimum requirement is one posting in the discussion forum and one response per week.

WebQuests = 20%
Students will complete a webquest with each module that is completed. Directions for each webquest are located in the bottom of each page of each topic within a module. Students will also design their own webquests for fellow students to complete as part of the topic that their team is required to cover. Students will be expected to submit their responses to the webquests in their team workspaces by the due date indicated in the class schedule.

Topic Page = 30%
Each team will be assigned a topic to cover in the Collaborative and Social Interaction Media Modules. Teams should submit their preference of module and topic to the professor as noted in the class schedule. Teams will complete their topic page following the models provided in the Creative Media Module. Teams are welcome to use resources from journals and the web to complete their modules and provide more information for fellow students to explore. Each team will have an assigned due date for their topic page as indicated in the class schedule. Students may submit questions they have about this project to the professor or contribute their questions to the discussion forum on this page at the top of the screen.

Final Project = 30%
Teams will create a final project for their agencies using 5 of the 8 technologies covered in this course:

  • YouTube
  • Flickr
  • Podcasts
  • Blogs
  • Wikis
  • Linkedin
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Students will create meaningful projects utilizing these technologies for internal and external (public) uses, such as communicating important announcements or creating networks of communication for internal personnel, for example. Teams will present their projects to the class with time for Q&A. Teams should submit their ideas for their final projects by the due date indicated in the class schedule.

RUBRIC

http://rubistar.4teachers.org/index.php?screen=ShowRubric&rubric_id=1833282

GRADING SCALE

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CLASS SCHEDULE

Week
Module/Assignment
1
Introductions/Orientation
Submit any Team Preferences

2
Creative Media: YouTube
Teams Assigned

3
Creative Media: Flickr
4
Creative Media: Podcasts
Team 1 – Blogs – Page Due

5
Collaborative Media: Blogs
Team 2 – Wikis – Page Due

6
Collaborative Media: Wikis
Team 3 – LinkedIn – Page Due

7
Social Interaction Media: LinkedIn
Team 4 – Twitter – Page Due
Project Idea Due

8
Social Interaction Media: Twitter
Team 5 – Facebook – Page Due

9
Social Interaction Media: Facebook
10
Work on Project
11
Work on Project
12
Work on Project
13
Work on Project
14
Presentations