LIS course in Social Software
Remember that LIS course I mentioned that I’d be teaching on social software this Fall? Well, it’s now become priority #1, the next few months will be devoted almost exclusively to developing the content and getting it in shape for the Fall term. Here’s the syllabus, slightly modified since I first submited it to the faculty (it’s still very much a work-in-progress):
Proposed Course Title
Social Software and Libraries
The term “social software” has been applied to Web-based software tools that facilitate communication, collaboration, and network/community-building. The course will explore social software applications such as weblogs, rss, wikis, and social tagging and folksonomies within the context of public services and discuss questions such as:
- does social software have a place in library service provision?
- what social software applications can be harnessed by information organizations?
While hands-on experience with social software tools will be an important component of the course, the focus will be on public service uses and implications of social software tools, rather than the technology itself.
Students who take this course will:
- gain an understanding of social software principles;
- with hands-on experience, develop proficiency in creating and maintaining social software tools such as blogs, wikis, RSS feeds, and social tagging/folksonomy development applications;
- examine the range of use of these tools in libraries and information organizations;
- explore the impact of social software on library services.
Possible Topics (1-2 weeks per topic)
- week 1-2: Introduction to social software
- week 3-4: Blogs – introduction to terminology and software, hands-on, case studies, content, design, usability
- weeks 5-6: RSS – technology, tools, hands-on, case studies
- weeks 7: Wikis – technology, tools, hands-on, case studies
- weeks 8-9: Social book marking, tagging & folksonomies – theory, tools, case studies
- week 10: Online social networks: theory, case studies
- weeks 11-12: Other social software tools, e.g.: Instant Messaging applications, Podcasting
- week 13-14: best practices, discussion, evaluation
You can bet you’ll be hearing more about this over the next few weeks as I continue with the research and flesh out how it will be delivered (I’m still not 100% happy with the topic/week breakdown, but I’m hoping that will fall into place as I write the content).
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