Grades & Assignments

You must complete all major assignments to pass this course. Regardless of other graded work, failure to turn in all assignments on time will result in a failing grade. If you do not submit all materials for each project, you will not pass the class. I am particularly twitchy about work you do that involves your fellow students.

You should submit your work on time. Late work will only be accepted if you consult with me prior to the class period in which the work is due.

GPA Percentage

98-100  A+ 88-89  B+ 78-79  C+ 68-69  D+
93-97   A 83-87   B 73-77   C 63-67   D
90-92   A- 80-82   B- 70-72   C- 60-62   D-


Note that these are just brief overviews—full‐length assignments and examples will be provided in class. All written assignments, with the exception of peer feedback, can be revised and resubmitted with revision cover letter that clearly outlines changes between drafts as well as strategic choices in drafting process within two weeks for a new grade.

Assignment 1 | Prepare a corpus from an Online Knowledge Network | 100 points

Propose, capture, curate, and scrape the knowledge construction in an online networked community. Build a repository for your corpus that allows users to use your work.

Assignment 2 | Visualize an Online Knowledge Network  | 200 points

Examine the rhetorical strategies, operations, and dynamics through which knowledge is co-constructed in an online networked community. Discuss what you learned about the opportunities and challenges of mass collaboration from your analysis and support your claims with readings from class. Give presentation to class that includes data visualization of your conclusions.

Assignment 3 | Design an Information Architecture for a Knowledge Network | 200 points

Experiment with the possibility of facilitating and leveraging user-generated content. Build from the situated conversations of a knowledge network to create documentation that assembles these contributions into a more durable and emergent “view from above” that helps facilitate further user action. Scaffolding user engagement and use skills as information designers to capture and (re)present user exchanges.

Assignment 4 | Propose an Information Architecture for a Knowledge Network | 200 points

Propose an information architecture that has the potential of facilitating and leveraging user-generated content. Articulate that design for multiple audiences, you’ll need to articulate your design for one of three distinct audiences: 1) an academic IA audience 2) an audience of IA professionals 3) an audience of interest to that group/users. These articulations should come from building the situated conversations of a knowledge network you have already analyzed that helps facilitate further user knowledge construction.

Assignment 5 | Provide Helpful Feedback | 600 points

As part of your participation, you will share your writing and offer feedback to others that helps them improve their own thinking and their drafts. We’ll spend a good deal of time talking about how to improve in this area, as it is a key leadership skill needed to advance in any knowledge worker career paths.