Communities and social software

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NB! This is only a development "sandbox" - the ongoing course is currently located at the Owl Academy.


Main idea - to give a general overview of social software and community models in lectures and practical skills in using different social applications and methods in labs.


The Course:

  • 16 weeks (one semester/term), 2 academic hours of lectures and 1 hour of labs weekly (2-0-1) - in practice, one 1.5-hour lecture every week, one 1.5-hour lab every other week, plus independent work.
  • 3.0 Estonian academic credits, 4.0 ECTS credits


Lectures:

1.Community – what's that?
2.Special features of online communication
3.Social software – building blocks of online communities
4.Learning communities
5.Social networking sites – the bane of the youth?
6.The WikiWorld
7.The blogosphere: you can be a journalist, too!
8.Feeding the news – RSS, Atom and others
9.Social bookmarking and tagging
10.Building software the Linux way – community-based software development
11. ....

Labs:

1.General introduction
2.Sharing the content: Flickr, Frappr
3.Wiki editing
4.Bookmarking and tagging – del.icio.us, Technorati, Rojo
5.Learning authoring – LeMill
6. ......

Assignments:

Different faces of social networking

1. Visit the following social networking sites:

2. Pick three of the sites and write a more detailed comparison (either as a separate paper or blog entry), try to find secondary information as well (online articles, news items etc). Try to outline:

  • main target groups
  • main activities
  • special traits
  • controversial issues, if any (check secondary sources)
  • best and worst features (your opinion)

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  • Create a bookmark collection at del.icio.us
  • Create a photo album at Flickr
  • Write an introduction about yourself at the course wiki
  • Write about the experiences in a blog

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