Research Focus: The Social Internet
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If this course succeeds, it will be unlike any course you've ever taken. That is because wewill do our best to live & practice the principles of social media, which are quitedifferent than those of traditional education. For example:
Traditional Education Social Media
top-down distributedbehind (fire)walls opencompetitive collaborativeteacher = authority, "fountain" of knowledgeteacher = facilitator,guidestudents = passive students = activeI see my role as facilitating the learning and research process, as a guide, communityorganizer, and coach. I expect you to teach me and each other at least as much as I willteach you.We will try to make decisions together in this course. I urge you to take charge of yourmind, your learning, your future. Be involved.
ontribute. Express your opinion.Disagree with me. Do it nicely, politely, and constructively, but be active.
This course philosophy works if we all abide by the following principles:1.
We are honest with each other; we don't try to cheat, game, take advantage of others (students or teacher).2.
We are nice, constructive, polite, and professional.3.
We make an honest effort to learn, to create knowledge together, and to share itamong members of the class and beyond.There is one sure way of ruining the course experience for everybody else, and evenpossibly failing the course: violating principle 1 above.Dishonesty, under any form (plagiarism, lying about attendance, deadlines, etc.) will notbe tolerated. It will lead to being reported to the Dean of Students, failing theassignment, and possibly failing the course.We can deal with any problem, and we canhelp each other, as long as we are honest.
Please take some time to familiarize yourself with campus emergency procedures,available at:http://www.itap.purdue.edu/tlt/faculty/.