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Fall 2007

Thursday, 5:10 - 6:50 PM

MY 345M

Office hours: Tue., 5 - 6:30 PM, MY 260

Sarah Lohnes, Instructor

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  1. 9/6 Introduction
  2. 9/13 Tech Determinism & SCOT
  3. 9/20 The Information Society
  4. 9/27 CMC in ICTs
  5. 10/4 Identity
  6. 10/11 Place and the Blurring of Boundaries
  7. 10/18 Community
  8. 10/25 Article Presentations
  9. 11/1 Social Networks
  10. 11/8 Interaction
  11. 11/15 Mobile Communication
  12. 11/22 No Class -- Thanksgiving
  13. 11/29 Online Session
  14. 12/6 The Network Society
  15. 12/13 Final Presentations
  16. 12/20 Final Presentations
  • Note: updated 10/5/2007


Social and Communicative Aspects of Internet Communication Technologies (ICTs)

TOPIC 2: Interaction reconsidered: the how and where of social life on the Internet

Session 10: Interaction

Why and how do "friends" and "strangers" come together on social networking sites?

  • Readings
    • boyd, d. (forthcoming). None of this is real: Identity and participation in Friendster. In J. Karaganis & N. Jeremijenko (Eds.), Structures of participation in digital culture. Durham, NC: Duke University Press. (e-reserve on ClassWeb)
    • Ellison, N., Steinfield, C., & Lampe, C. (2007). The benefits of Facebook "friends:" Social capital and college students' use of online social network sites. Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, 12, 1143-1168. (e-reserve on ClassWeb)
    • Hancock, J., Toma, C., & Ellison, N. (2007). The truth about lying in online dating profiles. In B. Begole, S. Payne, E. Churchill, R. St. Amant, D. Gilmore, & M.B. Rosson (Eds.), Proceedings of the SIGCHI conference on Human factors in computing systems (449-452). New York: ACM Press. (e-reserve on ClassWeb)

  • Blog
    • What concept or idea intrigued you most in this weeks' readings? How/does it impact your thinking about the questions and issues that you're interested in exploring in this class?

  • In class
    • Pay Attention: video from TeacherTube
      • What are some of the considerations around using "the technologies that students love" in the classroom? (focusing specifically on the ICTs that we've been examining in class)
      • Are there specific ICTs (or types of ICTs) that lend themselves better to being taken up in the classroom context, and if so, why?
      • Should we be eager to integrate every popular youth technology into teaching and learning?

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