So, over the last two weeks, the students in this senior seminar on the History of the Information Age have worked with me to fill in the broad outlines of the syllabus. This syllabus, version 2.0, has the discussion topics and the assignments set, though I still need to sit down with the weekly discussion leaders to decide on the readings for the week.
The assignments include a variety of ways that, as groups and as individuals, students will contribute to the class timeline set up using the Simile Timline plugin for WordPress. First they’ll work in groups to create the events that go into the timeline (a process we discussed as a class last Thursday), their other assignments (again, suggested and/or modified by the students) are as follows:
Part one & two – Select one of the following by September 15.
Part three – Create your own advertisement/commercial/print ad related to the history of information to be shared. – Group – 10%
Part four – Make a documentary (5-10 minutes) on topic from this period – Group – 15%
Part five – 5% – Help improve the timeline – Aspect must be preapproved before work starts on it.
As always, questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome. I’m excited to see what projects the students come up with as they begin to explore the concepts of historically located information and communication through a variety of tools.