IS4420: Course Schedule

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

  • Read “Assumptions and Challenges of Open Scholarship” in our textbook and annotate with
  • Blog Post due: anything related to how your coursework is going (across any classes) this Spring, or anything else related to your education or your future! Make sure to incorporate images and links! What matters???


Tuesday, March 28 No In-Class Meeting

  • Blog Post due: next steps. Blog about where you’re headed after graduation. If you’re sure, tell us about it! If you have no idea, talk about your options, your hopes, your possibilities, your doubts, and your interests. Talk with advisors in your disciplines for ideas on places to work, graduate programs you could pursue, and careers you could explore, and blog about the pros and cons of these pathways and what you are thinking about now. Make an outline before you write so you can come up with at least four well-developed paragraphs (more is fine). Remember to add links and images!
  • Reminder: you should be very far along into your Lit Search by now, with many sources added to your chart. You should also have a solid outline for your RA. You should be well into your AP. You should be tweeting every day and working on your PLN. You won’t be reminded of these things regularly!

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. Topics to be covered:
    • Job Search Strategies
    • Organization Research
    • Professional Documentation
    • Interview Preparation
    • Networking Strategies

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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