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Welcome to what I hope will be an exciting adventure in interaction design!

We will be using an excellent textbook that has just been revised and up-dated.

We will collaboratively create a Wikipedia-like site on the topics of “Designing Social Interaction Software” and “A Vision of the Future of the Internet Public Library.”

We will be gaining hands-on experience with interaction design by tackling very challenging design problems -- that no one knows how to do well now, but that many people will want to do in the future. This includes problems of supporting social networking for collaborative knowledge building. "Social networking" has become popular in the press as the "next big thing" on the Internet. Although it seems to have tremendous potential for online education, existing examples have serious problems and are little oriented toward serious learning. As our example, we will focus on an effort at Drexel's Internet Public Library (IPL). This is a large research project by people at the I-School. We will explore how to design social networking support to extend this project.

Murat and Gerry conduct their research at the Virtual Math Teams (VMT) research project. We have already published a number of papers related to online education (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning or CSCL) and to the VMT project. You will be reading some of these in the course.

The course will be conducted very collaboratively, relying heavily on group efforts, in the spirit of CSCL. The course will likely be different from anything you have experienced before. Be patient: it may take a while to understand what is going on. (Learning in the future will not be like it was in the past.)

This quarter, are using wiki technology heavily, because it seems like a potentially good medium for knowledge-building social interaction -- although it needs a lot more functionality. The course will take place primarily in this wiki -- with synchronous sessions taking place in the VMT chat environment.

The course structure, readings, schedule, requirements, grading, etc. are described in the IPL-SI: Course Overview. That is a good place to start to find out about the course.

Gerry 12:19, 4 January 2008 (EST)

Week Zero - start up

  • Congratulations, you have reached the course wiki, where a lot of the course activity will be taking place. In one way of thinking about the course, the whole aim of the course is to develop (through the social interaction of you with the other students in the class) this set of wiki pages into an interesting hyper-document about designing social interaction software.
  • You should immediately register in the VMT chat room system at - http://vmt.mathforum.org/VMTLobby/ - Select a user name that you want to be known as in the course -- e.g., your first name or a nickname. Your user name and password should be the same in the chat room system and in the wiki. Enter a password and your preferred email address. Make sure that you are in Project: INFO 608 Winter 2008.
  • You should log into the wiki (a Log In link is in the upper right corner of your browser). You should always be logged in when you write anything in the wiki. Then you can sign what you write and time-stamp it by putting four tildes (~) at the end of your message.
  • You will be in the VMT Lobby, which lists all available chat rooms and provides some additional functionality, such as defining your profile for other to read about you. You can look around the Lobby and then go to the Lounge.
  • The Lounge is a regular VMT chat room with a shared whiteboard. You can enter chat messages or put drawings and text boxes on the whiteboard. If you are unable to enter the chat room after waiting a minute, try the Troubleshooting Section of the help pages available at the bottom of the left-hand menu of the Lobby.
  • Once you are in communication with your groups, the other members of your group can answer most of your questions and help you out. If you have trouble getting registered or into the VMT Lobby or chat rooms, then email the instructor at Gerry.Stahl@drexel.edu or mpc48@drexel.edu

Week One

  • Carefully read the IPL-SI: Course Overview.
  • Purchase the textbook. Be sure to get the revised second edition (2007). Read Chapters One and Two. Start your IPL-SI: Textbook Journal as a Word document on your own computer.
  • Join a team in a VMT chat room. You will have two group assignments (a reading review and a design project) to work on together most weeks. Use your time in the chat room to decide how you want to approach the two assignments collaboratively. It is best to try to do most of the work together, rather than dividing it up. That way you can pool your skills and when you are done you will all be in agreement on what to post for your group product. Your group reading project and group design project are described below.
  • Go to the IPL-SI: Group Reading Projects page. This will tell you what the reading is for Week One. Click on the [download] link to download the paper on "Computer support for knowledge-building communities". This is a classic paper that proposed CSCL-style learning. Of course, you will need to read this on your own and think about it. But you should come back to the same VMT chat room at an agreed-upon time to discuss the paper with your team. Compose a statement by your group about this paper in the chat room. Summarize the statement on the chat room whiteboard in the area entitled "Summary". When your whole group is agreed on the statement, someone should post it to the wiki by going back to the IPL-SI: Group Reading Projects page and clicking on the [analysis] link. Be sure to put a heading on your statement indicating your team name, the names of the people in the team and the date and time. Once your team's statement has been posted, you should read the postings by the other teams. Feel free to discuss the postings by all the teams in the "discussion" tab for that page. (Of course, do not edit the work of another team). It is important to read the ideas of all the teams. When I teach this course in a classroom, most of the time is spent in giving team reports orally -- reading these postings is the equivalent way in which you will get a sense of the course as a knowledge-building community.
  • Go to the IPL-SI: Group Design Projects page and click on the IPL-SI: Group Design Project 1 link. Here you can read a description of your group design project for week one. For week one, you should collaboratively design support for social networking at the Koi Resort. The information you need for this assignment is displayed on the project page. Compose your design and a statement by your group about your design in the chat room. Summarize the statement about your design (in a way that will explain your design to members of other teams) on the chat room whiteboard in the area entitled "Summary". When your whole group is agreed on the statement, someone should post it to the wiki by going back to the IPL-SI: Group Design Projects page and clicking on the IPL-SI: Group Design Project 1 link. Be sure to put a heading on your statement indicating your team name, the names of the people in the team and the date and time. Once your team's statement has been posted, you should read the postings by the other teams. Feel free to discuss the postings by all the teams in the "discussion" tab for that page.

Week Two

  • Read Chapters Three and Four of your textbook. Continue your IPL-SI: Textbook Journal.
  • You will receive instructions by email for joining your team in a VMT chat room. You will have two group assignments to work on together. Use your time in the chat room to decide how you want to approach the two assignments collaboratively. Your group reading project and group design project are described below.
  • Go to the IPL-SI: Group Reading Projects page. This will tell you what the reading is for Week Two. Click on the [|download] link to download the paper on "Share globally, adapt locally". This is a paper that proposed a digital library for educators more than a decade ago. It sketched interfaces for basic operations of a site for teachers to find, adapt and share curricular materials. This was an early vision of a social networking site at which users would build and refine a digital library of materials. Read this on your own and think about it. Come back to the same VMT chat room at an agreed-upon time to discuss the paper with your team. Compose a statement by your group about this paper in the chat room. Summarize the statement on the chat room whiteboard in the area entitled "Summary". When your whole group is agreed on the statement, someone should post it to the wiki by going back to the IPL-SI: Group Reading Projects page and clicking on the analysis link. Be sure to put a heading on your statement indicating your team name, the names of the people in the team and the date and time. Once your team's statement has been posted, you should read the postings by the other teams. Feel free to discuss the postings by all the teams in the "discussion" tab for that page. It is important to read the ideas of all the teams to get a sense of the course as a knowledge-building community.
  • Go to the IPL-SI: Group Design Projects page and click on the IPL-SI: Group Design Project 2 link. Here you can read a description of your group design project for week two. For week two, you should collaboratively conduct a literature search for research on social networking and Web 2.0. You can browse the Internet and discuss what you find within the VMT chat room. For instance, you might want to go to [1] and read the section about Social networking/Internet social networks or go to [2]. Think about the weaknesses you see in popular social networking sites (such as, MySpace.com, YouTube.com, FaceBook.com, Windows Live Spaces, Xanga.com, Hi5.com, Friendster.com, MyYearBook.com, Bebo.com, LinkedIn.com, Orkut.com and game sites). Of course, you want to find information that is not so well known and that is particularly relevant to computer support for knowledge-building communities. So these sites can just be starting points for your team. Compose a statement by your group about your literature research in the chat room. Summarize the statement on the chat room whiteboard in the area entitled "Summary". When your whole group is agreed on the statement, someone should post it to the wiki by going back to the IPL-SI: Group Design Projects page and clicking on the IPL-SI: Group Design Project 2 link. Be sure to put a heading on your statement indicating your team name, the names of the people in the team and the date and time. Once your team's statement has been posted, you should read the postings by the other teams. Feel free to discuss the postings by all the teams in the "discussion" tab for that page.

Weeks Three to Nine

During the course, the goal is to develop IPL-SI: Class Wiki as a repository of the knowledge built by you and your teams. The purpose of the readings and projects is to help you to develop that knowledge through your collaborative social interactions in the course. IPL-SI: Class Wiki should be an artifact that people who are not in the course can learn from. You should work on IPL-SI: Class Wiki throughout the course and discuss it with your teams.

Questions

If you have any questions or concerns about the course, it is probably best to post them at the discussion tab on the course's main page. For any personal or urgent matters, please feel free to email us at Gerry.Stahl@drexel.edu and MPC48@drexel.edu


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