IS4425: Course Schedule

This syllabus is currently being built and will NOT be ready for students until September 4th. Feel free to browse, but do not make plans based on this version, as you should expect many changes between now and the opening of the Fall semester.

Tuesday, September 5 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. If you prefer an alternate PLN plan besides Twitter, please propose it!
  • 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, September 12  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.

Final Exam is Tuesday, 12/19, 6:30-9pm in Frost Academic Commons.

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