As we move toward the end of the term, here is what remains to be done:
- Weblog entries (continuing until the end of the term)
- Presentations (be sure you know your presentation date)
- Final Projects (due no later than class time Monday 23 April)
- Weblog/Third Mini-Project Assignment (due 27 April to substitute for third mini-project; see below for more information)
A reminder about your weblog assignment for this week (i.e. April 13); one brief entry due related in some way to surveillance or surveillance society.
For two weeks from now (due April 27) the Weblog/Third Mini-Project assignment is as follows:
Write medium length entry (approximately four or five paragraphs) addressing something related to any of the key concepts we have addressed in the course (networks, community, collaborative production and so on). This entry (which substitutes for the third mini project listed in the course outline) must draw on some required course material and on some other reading or examples. We will discuss this further in class.
Please speak with me if you have any questions about assignments.
On Friday we set our preliminary schedule for end of term presentations. (If you are not on this schedule and expect to do a presentation (or if there is an error here) please let me know right away.
Remember presentations should be no more than 20 minutes each. (If you are working alone or in a group of two, aim for 15 minutes.) We will discuss presentations further over the next few weeks. Please ask me if you have any questions!
All course participants are required to attend all presentations for their section. (There will be weblog assignments related to the presentations.)
The schedule for final presentations is as follows:
Section One (noon to 12:50)
Wednesday 25 April
- Tatyana, Margarita, Olga, Anel (Distance Learning)
Friday 27 April
- Oxana, Irina, Ainur, Natasha (New Technology Products)
- Kamilla, Anastasiya, Alexandra (Weblogs, Websites and NITs)
Monday 30 April
- Katya, Aidar, Katya (Digital Photog/Ethics of NITs)
- Natalia, Nica (NITs and Citizen Journalism)
Wednesday 2 May
- Ruslan and Temir (Computer Games)
- Aibek (Wireless Technologies)
Section Two (1 to 1:50)
Wednesday 18 April
- Anar, Raniya, Kamilla, Aizhan (Distance Education)
- Diana, Murat, Dina (Online Dating)
Monday 23 April
- Ji-Aee, Raushan, Zhanna (Magazines Online and Off)
- Elina, Maxim (Information in One Click)
Wednesday 25 April
- Margarita, Aktoty (TBA)
- Gaukhar (Distance Education)
Friday 27 April
- Rano, Ainur, Aigerim (Advertising)
- Elmira, Elvina (Wireless Technology)
Monday 30 April
- Diana, Irina (Usage of NITs at KIMEP)
Wednesday 2 May
- Ruslan, Temir (Computer Games)
On Monday I spoke with groups about their final projects. I know we ran out of time for some groups, so if you have not spoken to me about your project please make sure you do so. And all groups should plan to discuss their projects further with me as their work progresses.
Today I will return formal proposal evaluations to you. Be sure to read them closely as some will contain things we may not have discussed face-to-face. If you have any questions, please let me know.
As you proceed with your projects, remember:
- Be sure to focus on issues related to New Information Technologies throughout the project;
- This is a research project, which means you must use and cite documented sources for your project. Interviews and surveys can be part of this research, but you must also use published resources;
- You should be working on your project now, not putting them off for later;
- When you have questions, ask me.
Presentations will be scheduled in the last week or two of the term. All members of each group must participate in delivering the presentation. Everyone must be in class for all presentations.
Due to the newly-announced holiday, our Friday 8 March deadline is now moved to Monday 19 March. However, I suggest you submit the proposal as early as possible in order to get feedback sooner. You will need to have done a bit of research in order to produce the proposal.
The proposal should be about two or three pages double-spaced. The format is as follows:
- Proposed Title
- Names of Group Members
- Topic: A brief statement (approximately one or two paragraphs) that tells the specific topic of your project. This should answer the question, “What will your project be about?”
- Product: What will your final product be? A weblog, website, wiki, news article, standard academic paper…?
- Who will manage what part of the final product? For example, if you break up your project into topic areas, each student might take one area. (“Our project will be about computer operating systems. One student will look at Macintosh, one at Windows, one at Linux.”)
- Research you have done so far: What have you discovered so far about your topic?
- Questions/Things you need to discover: What more do you need to find out in order to do the project?
You should be able to provide the names of your group members for your final project today.
The original due date for project proposals was Friday 9 March. Because of the newly-announced holiday, I will allow you to extend this until Monday 19 March if you wish. However, it would be better to hand it in earlier so that I can give you feedback earlier. I will post a format for the proposal by Monday 5 March.
Please post the names of your group members for the final project (not the wiki) in a comment here.
Important Due Dates:
- 2 March, names of group members
- 9 March, brief proposal
- 20 April, project submission
- 23 April to 4 May, presentations (all students must attend all presentations)
If you review your course outline distributed at the beginning of the term, you will see an item called Group Project (due 20 April) and another called Group Presentation (23 April to 4 May). I told you we would discuss those items a bit later in the term, and I want to begin that discussion with some explicit guidelines for the project:
- The topic of your project should be an issue related to new information technologies and their use. This is very broad and we will discuss it more in class. I encourage you to think creatively about what your project might address and to consult with me about ideas you may have for the project.
- The group project and presentation are linked assignments. Each group working on a project will, in their presentation, be telling the class about that same project.
- Each project team should consist of no more than four students. Although this is called a group project/presentation, you may work in pairs or individually if you prefer. You must let me know who you plan to work with no later than 2 March. A brief (one page) project proposal is due no later than 9 March (just before the mid-term break).
- Both your proposal and your project must make clear who is responsible for what section of the project. Plan to divide your work into separate parts, each created by an individual student. All group members must actively participate in the presentation.
- You may deliver your project to me in either an old media format (for example, a standard academic paper) or a new media format (a weblog, website, or some other digital tool). I encourage everyone to consider writing their project as a news article that can be submitted for publication.
- Because the formats for the assignment will vary, specific requirements (such as page length) may also vary. In general I will expect about four or five pages worth of written material per student per group. If you are writing a news article, this may mean submitting the article and also a separate description of the research that went into the article. Each group will work out specific details with me in advance using the proposal and my feedback.
- Extra credit option: anyone who chooses to write an article for this assignment and whose article is accepted for publication by a reputable publication (KIMEP Times for example) before the end of spring terms classes will receive five points extra credit added to their final course grade.
We will discuss the projects and presentations at various times this term, but please begin thinking about ideas now and consult with me about your ideas or any questions you may have about the assignment(s).