IS4420: Course Schedule

Tuesday, January 31 Bring a laptop if you have one! If you don’t have one, check one out using your student ID at the Lamson Library circulation desk.

    • Intro & Expectations: A Learner-Driven, Connected Curriculum
    • Make sure you:
      • have an ePort. It needs to have an About page with a photo of some sort, a blog page for posting work, a Twitter widget, and a license (I recommend a Creative Commons license). It should have social media sharing buttons on the blog section of the site. Here’s some more info about Creative Commons licenses if you are new to them:

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  • have a Twitter account at and add a bio and profile photo.  Send a test tweet and use the course hashtag, #IDSsem. Follow our program account: @PlymouthIDS.  My Twitter handle is @actualham. The program hashtag is #PlymouthIDS.
  • have a account.
  • JOIN our Facebook page now for announcements, fun links, job offers, etc. You only need to do this if you already have a Facebook account.
  • have logged your Twitter handle, username, and ePort URL to our spreadsheet.
  • If you need help with any of this, attend our IDS Open Hours on Sundays and Mondays from 6-9pm in Lamson 003.  You can also get help at the IDS office in Lamson 003 anytime they are open:
    • Sundays 6-9pm
    • Mondays 8:30am-9pm
    • Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 8:30am-9pm
    • The office phone number is (603) 535-2510

Tuesday, February 7  Laptops Required At All Classes

  • Check the list of work for 1/31 above and make sure you have it all complete by 5pm today.
  • POST TO ePORT: Make sure your IDS Application Essay is posted on your ePort (you can dress it up with hyperlinks and properly-cited images if you want). Log it on our spreadsheet, and tweet the link to it to our hashtag (#IDSsem).
  • Start Daily Twitter Practice (DTP): every day, M-F, follow one person who will be helpful to your network; favorite one tweet; retweet one tweet; post one thing to our hashtag (#IDSsem). You will not be reminded of this again, but your DTP will be a part of your final PLN (Personal Learning Network) grade in the course. If you have significant and informed reasons for not wanting to be on Twitter, see me and we will work out an alternative PLN plan for you that can involve reading journal articles, creating blog posts, joining Listservs, and curating and following bloggers in your field while commenting on their work.
  • In class, we will talk about the research article (RA), the applied project (AP), the summary synthesis, and your final presentation.

Tuesday, February 14 No In-Class Meeting

  • Read the four short chapters in the “Terms and Concepts” section of our textbook, and annotate each with If you need help using, swing by our IDS office!
  • Comment on the IDS Essays of at least two of your classmates. Explore what you find most inspiring and/or compelling about each post. Using our course hashtag (#IDSsem), tweet out any posts you read that you think are really exciting or interesting, with a (very, very) brief, tweetable explanation about why they’re worth reading.
  • Post on your ePort, in a single post:
    • Brainstorm five ideas for your research article, and explain why each one is interesting to you and worthwhile for your field or your community. Explore what you think would be the major challenges of each idea. List the key disciplines that contribute research to each idea (make sure each idea has at LEAST two distinct disciplines).  Make sure your five ideas are all at least loosely related to your major.
    • In the same post, brainstorm five ideas for your applied project, and explain why each one is interesting to you and worthwhile for your field or your community. Explore what you think would be the major challenges of each idea. Make sure your five ideas are all at least loosely related to your major.
    • Make sure you log the link to your post on our spreadsheet. Make sure your link is not to your ePort, but to THIS POST in particular, and make sure it does not have “wp-admin” in the URL, since that is your editing screen, not the actual post. If you need help creating a post, swing by our IDS office!
    • Tweet your post to our hashtag when you’re done.  If you need help with Twitter, swing by our IDS office! When you tweet, try not to do this:Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 5.10.05 PMInstead, try something like this:Screen Shot 2017-01-15 at 5.11.41 PM

Tuesday, February 21

  • Comment on the article/project posts of at least two of your classmates.  Offer feedback on which ideas seem most exciting, which ones seem most do-able and/or challenging, etc.  Offer helpful resources or problem-solving tips if you have them. Using our course hashtags, tweet out any posts you read that you think are really exciting or interesting.
  • Read and annotate with The History of the Academy and the Disciplines in our textbook.
  • Select a research article topic and applied project and come ready to discuss them both in class.
  • In class: writing the prospectuses and getting started with your work.

Tuesday, February 28 No In-Class Meeting

Tuesday, March 7

  • Comment on at least two of the Prospectus posts by your classmates.  Make sure your comments are robust and engaged. Get the links from our spreadsheet.
  • Learn how to order a book and article from Interlibrary Loan if you don’t already know how.  Check out this link for help, or see a Reference Librarian on the main floor of the library for a 2-minute tutorial.
  • Practice searching the Lamson DATABASES for articles useful to your topic.  (Log in to the myPlymouth, go to the library homepage, and click on “Databases” to start exploring.)  Make sure you know how to find full-text articles.  See a Reference Librarian if you need a 2-minute tutorial!
  • RA: Begin Literature Search.  This is the research that will be the backbone of your research article. You need to create a chart that includes the citation info for each source, the main discipline from which the source draws, the focus of the insight from the source (ie- what is the main useful concept or info that the source contributes), and  your evaluation of the insight (ie- how helpful will the source be to you and where/how you might use it in your paper).  You can make this chart digitally or on paper in a notebook, whichever you prefer.  You may add other columns to the chart if you wish (for example, useful quotes from the source).  This chart is what you will be graded on for the Lit Search part of your RA.
    • Your texts will ultimately need to draw from a minimum of 3 disciplines, but no maximum!
    • Read 1 article, take notes, and fill in chart.  Bring evidence of notes and chart to class. (Grading: you will receive a 0 or a 1 for this, depending on whether or not you bring your materials to class.)
    • Order one book from Interlibrary Loan.  Find it on Amazon, and then check the Lamson online catalog to make sure we don’t own it before you order it!
  • Read “Why Openness in Education?” in our textbook, and annotate with

Tuesday, March 14


Tuesday, March 28 No In-Class Meeting


Tuesday, April 4

  • Review resources in Career Corner on Moodle
  • Draft your resume and bring it to class (print-out or on laptop ok)
  • Career Services Visit

Tuesday, April 11 No In-Class Meeting


Tuesday, April 18


Tuesday, April 25 No In-Class Meeting


Tuesday, May 2

  • AP workshop: post draft to ePort before class.

Tuesday, May 9

  • RA workshop: post draft to ePort before class.

Friday, May 12

    • Your AP is due by 9pm to your ePort. Projects posted from 1-24 hours late will receive an automatic maximum grade of 60; no projects will be accepted after 24 hours late.
    • Your RA is due by 9pm to your ePort. Articles posted from 1-24 hours late will receive an automatic maximum grade of 60; no articles will be accepted after 24 hours late. You will receive one point of extra credit on your RA if you visit the Writing Center for assistance at any point during your work.

Monday, May 15

  • Your Summary Synthesis is due by 9pm to your ePort. Articles posted from 1-24 hours late will receive an automatic maximum grade of 60; no syntheses will be accepted after 24 hours late.

Final Exam is Tuesday, 5/16, 6:30-9pm

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