Likely Requirements and Assignments for Impact of New Information Resources: Multimedia and Networks

taught by Howard Besser

Course Requirements

  • 40% Class and Working Group Participation: Each student will participate in a Working Group which focuses on some aspect or perspective on new information technology. (Examples include Virtual Communities, Critical Theory, Public Policy, Future of Publishing, Creative Arts, Digital Commerce, etc.) This working group will meet weekly through about 2/3 of the term, and will assign and discuss its own readings, and develop and maintain a Website that is designed to both reflect the group's work and to provide useful information to anyone on the Web who is interested in the chosen aspect or perspective (see a list of potential working groups, as well as examples from the Winter 96 focus groups or the Fall 96 focus groups).

    Besides Working Group participation, this portion of your grade also includes participation in class discussions, interaction with other student presentations, short assignments, science fiction viewing reports, etc.

  • 40% Term Paper/Project: Do a term paper or project on some aspect covered in class. This may be a follow-up to one of your earlier exercises/papers/group discussions. Please check your proposed topic with the instructor before the middle of the semester.
  • 20% Short Assignments:

    Science Fiction Assignment

    As part of the Class Participation portion of your grade you will need to complete a number of short assignments. The most significant of these is listed below.

    Viewings During the course of the semester, all students will watch at least two science fiction films and report back to the class (and/or discuss these within their focus groups):

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