Fall 2013 Digital Communication Syllabus - College of by zhouwenjuan


									Digital Communication                                                     Ms. Tiffany Seeley-Case
COMM 199                                                                  Professor of Communication
Fall 2013                                                                 Office: Hepworth 170
3 credits                                                                 Phone 732-6779

Office hours: I have on-campus office hours from 10:00-10:50 MWF and 9:00-9:50 T/TH. Office hours are always
available electronically (via email) or by appointment (please call or e-mail me to set up an appointment) in person or
over the phone. I am on campus from 8:30-4:00 M-F. Phone message and email messages received during this time will
be returned on the day they are received. Phone and email messages received outside this time frame will be returned
ASAP, but possibly not until the next business day. Please plan accordingly with questions that might be time-sensitive. I
will give you advance warning should I be away from my computer for any extended (over 24 hours) period of time.

Mailing address:

                 Tiffany Seeley-Case
                 College of Southern Idaho
                 315 Falls Avenue
                 PO Box 1238
                 Twin Falls, ID 83303-1238

A caveat: All of this contact information is provided to you so that you will CONTACT ME. Do not
assume that the online nature of this class means that there is some unspoken rule that you are never to
make human contact with me. If you are in the area, please drop by my office. If you are out of the area,
please call me on the phone so we can chat. Please be aware that I will use this same principle when
contacting you. If there is ever an issue that I feel we need to speak about, I will call you on the
telephone. Many issues are much better resolved in this manner and I look forward to talking to you!


Digital Communication explores the challenges, opportunities, and realities that new channels of communication present
in the 21st Century. The course will cover personal, academic, and professional applications of a variety of digital
communication from email and text to social media. Students will be required to have and use a variety of free Web 2.0
accounts including a Facebook account.

This course has three broad goals:

        1. To teach students how to effectively communicate using digital channels of communication.

        2. To help students appreciate the personal, social, and legal ramifications of digital communication activity.

        3. To understand and use correctly rules of digital etiquette in communication situations.


At the end of this course, students will be able to:

           Make appropriate decisions regarding the use of digital communication channels.

           Understand and appreciate the consequences inherent within the misuse of digital communication.

           Effectively communicate using common digital and Web 2.0 applications that they will encounter in personal,
            academic, and professional settings.

       Pariser, Eli. The Filter Bubble: How the New Personalized Web is Changing What We Read and How We Think.
        New York: Penguin, 2011.

       Free digital resources to include web links, electronic journals and publications, .pdf files, wikis, blogs, social
        media, etc.

       College of Southern Idaho’s on-line Blackboard and Internet systems

Digital communication is, by definition, non-linear. It is largely organic and always changing (sometimes by the second).
Our reading in this class will take that reality into account and will offer you items that are available regarding our subject
electronically, but also demand flexibility as change is both expected and appreciated. You will be responsible for
reading that exists on the course schedule as well as reading that is announced in class. Make sure you are paying

GRADING: The evaluation of your progress in this class will be based on the following:

E-resume and portfolio (100 points)             *Weekly discussion, quizzes, and corresponding activities (approx 300
Midterm Exam (150 points)                      Etiquette Presentation and response (150 points)
Final Exam (150 points)                        Legal Issues Paper and response (150 points)

There is no “extra credit” (if you’re struggling with the regular course work, the last thing you need is extra to do…)
Letter grades are assigned by the following scale:

A = 90%-100%
B = 80%-89%
C = 70%-79%
D = 60%-69%
F = 0%-59%

Grades are posted on Blackboard. I recommend that you keep track of your grade as we go throughout the semester.
This will let you know where you stand and may help to elevate or alleviate your level of concern. Please contact me
immediately if you suspect a problem and we will work together to correct it.

*Given the digital nature of this digital communication class, it is impossible to separate the content from
the process of the course. As such, all of your communication in this course is essentially “graded” (in
fact, there is a section on the final exam where I’ll assign points based on your digital interactions all
semester). I’ll be looking at how you use discussion boards, email, online applications, Blackboard, etc.
to see if you are meeting the objectives of the course. Not using these digital communication channels in a
way that is consistent with the best practices that we are learning about in the class will negatively affect
your grade. This includes (but is not limited to) politeness, appropriateness, accuracy, correctness, and
responsibility. Demonstrate your understanding of the course objectives with all of your activity in the

      Students should have basic technology skills, should have access to a computer, and should have reliable
       access to the Internet (slower access will make the course frustrating as there are several large files,
       complicated web pages, and videos to watch…..faster access would be better).
      Further, students should be able to function in a self-motivated, online environment. In addition,
       because of the writing-intensive nature of an online class, students should be comfortable adhering to the
       conventions of written English (spelling, grammar, and punctuation) expected of college level students.
      Students must be willing to access, download, and subscribe to several Web 2.0 applications which may
       include, but will not be limited to: Facebook, Prezi, Slide Rocket and/or VoiceThread. All required
       subscriptions will be to free online services.


In this course we will be using Blackboard, our online course management system and “virtual meeting place.”
Students will use this system to access the syllabus, course information, announcements, assignments,
discussion forums, and grades. Students can access Blackboard online at: http://blackboard.csi.edu

The following information is provided by the technical support team at CSI regarding Blackboard accounts:

       Blackboard logins are based on EagleOne logins.

       When can students access Blackboard? Students who do not yet have an EagleOne account do not have a
       Blackboard account either. EagleOne accounts are imported into Blackboard once a day at the beginning of each
       semester (starting about two weeks prior to the beginning of the semester), and as needed or about once or twice a
       week after the second week of the semester. This means that EagleOne and Blackboard accounts are not created
       simultaneously. There may be a 24 hour delay between the two (or longer later in the semester).

       The default Blackboard login is the same as your EagleOne login (username and password).

       Important: if you change your EagleOne password, your Blackboard password will NOT automatically change
       and vice versa (if you change your Blackboard password your EagleOne password will NOT automatically
       change). If you’d like to have the same password in both systems, you will need to change your password in both
       systems separately.

              Your username is your student ID number (Where can you find your ID number? On your CSI picture ID
               or in the acceptance letter you received from the Admissions and Records Office upon applying to CSI.)
              Your default password is your eight digit date of birth (until you change it)
                     Example 1: John Q. Public, born April 30, 1990. ID#: 654321
                            o username: 654321
                            o password: 04301990
                     Example 2: Sylvia T. Broccoli, born February 8, 1985, ID#: 987654
                            o username: 987654
                            o password: 02081985
                     IMPORTANT
                            o We strongly encourage you to change your default password as soon as possible to a
                                secret password that you only know and can remember but others cannot guess (generally
                                a combination of upper and lower case letters and numbers). Keep your password secret.
                                Treat your password with as much care as the information it protects. Never share your
                                password with others or write it down and store it in places where others can access it.
                                Although we encourage you to do it as early as possible, you can change your EagleOne
                                password online at any time.
How to get to the course?

You just need to log into Blackboard (by going to the CSI main page at www.csi.edu and clicking the
Blackboard link in the top banner or the Blackboard logo at the bottom of the screen) or typing in the following
address: http://blackboard.csi.edu. You'll type in your username and password. Once you are logged into
Blackboard, you will be able to see the COMM 199 course under the heading “COURSES IN WHICH YOU
ARE PARTICIPATING.” Click the link, and you are in! Don't forget to log out after you have finished
working in Blackboard (upper right-hand corner).

Due Dates/Course Schedule

Following timelines for submissions is an essential ingredient in the learning process and it is necessary for the
successful completion of this course. I understand that you must balance accomplishing academic requirements
with family and work responsibilities. You have, however, made a commitment to pursuing this academic
endeavor, and cannot successfully do so if you do not allocate appropriate time to the process.

All due dates for assignments will be clearly posted on the assignment sheets on Blackboard. I recommend
making note of these now.

Students registered for this course must submit their assignments by the due dates specified on the assignment
sheets. LATE ASSIGNMENTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. If you know you will be away on a day when
an assignment is due, you can always submit an assignment early.

Attendance and Participation

“Attendance” in an online class is of the utmost importance. Unlike traditional classes, we can’t assume you are
attending just by looking at you. So, active participation is needed for us to even know you exist out there!
Further, you have chosen to take a digital communication class. Your choice of this class assumes that you are
planning to communicate digitally. It should go without saying that this is an absolute expectation of the
course. You should consider the process of this course an absolute laboratory for the concepts we will be

Students learn best when they are actively involved in class discussions. This course will take advantage of
high-level asynchronous online interaction and collaboration utilizing online discussion forums as well as social
media. Please note that (perhaps in contrast to other online classes you may have taken), the electronic
discussion in this class is a VITAL part of the course. It cannot be taken lightly or you will not be successful.

IMPORTANT NOTE: I fully understand that a few of these provisions seem quite harsh (I even had a few moments of
guilt as I was writing them). I also fully understand that there are extenuating circumstances in all of our lives that
sometimes ruin the best-laid plans. Therefore, I reserve the right to make certain, infrequent, exceptions to these rules.
However, if you wish to take advantage of this offer, it is up to you to come to my office (in person or digitally) and make
your case. I won’t guarantee anything, but I’m always willing to listen.
                                            College Wide Syllabi Statements
ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: While I believe that this should go without saying, there is no place at an institution of higher
education for any form of academic dishonesty. Plagiarism and/or cheating on exams/quizzes (if you are uncertain of what constitutes
either of these offenses, please check with me) will be grounds for penalties ranging from flunking the assignment to flunking the
course. Trust me: it’s going to get harder than this. If you choose to cheat in COMM, it’s a good indication of how successful you’ll
be in everything else in your life. Be honest. It will pay off.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: Any student with a documented disability may be eligible for reasonable accommodations.
To determine eligibility and secure services, students should contact Student Disability Services at their first opportunity after
registration for a class(es). Student Disability Services is located on the second floor of the Taylor Building on the Twin Falls
Campus and can be reached at 208.732.6260.

COURSE EVALUATIONS: Students are strongly encouraged to complete evaluations at the end of the course. Evaluations are very
important to assist the teaching faculty in continually improving the course. Evaluations are available online through MyCSI
(http://mycsi.csi.edu) by clicking on the CoursEval tab in the yellow navigation bar at the top of the MyCSI website once you are
successfully logged-in. Students will receive an email when the evaluation becomes available and then have up to two weeks to
submit the evaluation before the end of the course. The last day to complete an evaluation is the last day of the course. Evaluations are
anonymous and are not available to faculty until after grades are submitted.

COLLEGE DROP POLICY: It is the student’s responsibility to formally withdraw from class if he or she stops attending.
Instructors cannot drop students from courses. Therefore, students who stop attending a course and do not formally withdraw from the
course will receive an “F” in the course. Please check the college catalog for consequences that result from “W” and/or “F” on college

CSI EMAIL: Since email is the primary source of written communication with students, all registered CSI students get a college
email account. Student e-mail addresses have the following format: <address>@eaglemail.csi.edu where <address> is a name selected
by the student as a part of activating his/her account. Students activate their accounts and check their CSI e-mail online at
http://eaglemail.csi.edu. Instructors and various offices send messages to these student accounts. Students must check their CSI e-
mail accounts regularly to avoid missing important messages and deadlines. At the beginning of each semester free training
sessions are offered to students who need help in using their accounts.

CSI CAMPUS SECURITY: The College of Southern Idaho is committed to providing a safe environment for all students.
Currently in place is an Emergency Notification System (RAVE) that provides information relating to an emergency on any CSI
campus. This information is delivered electronically and can be received by all phone numbers and internet-equipped computers
identified by the student. Registration is automatic when students register and contact information can be customized online
(http://www.csi.edu/alert/) as necessary. The Twin Falls campus is also equipped with an Emergency Warning “Siren” that can be
heard outside of buildings across campus. In the event of a signal, students arriving on campus should leave, and others should
proceed with caution to avoid the emergency area. Students are encouraged to report any emergency (medical, criminal, behavioral,
etc.) that is cause for action. Do this by calling 911 regardless of which campus you are on. If you are on the Twin Falls campus you
can also call CSI Campus Security at 732-6605 after placing the 911 call (the Twin Falls campus has security personnel available
                                           Tentative Topic Sequence:
                                                                                Text Reading
WEEK   DATE                        TOPICS                                (to be read for this week!)       Approximate tests,
                                                                       Additional reading/viewing will      assignments, and
                                                                       be posted through Blackboard              papers

 1     8/26                     Introduction                                                                   Weekly Quiz

                                                                           VoiceThread: Intro to Digital
 2      9/2           Personal Communication                                                                   Weekly Quiz
                                                                            Frontline: Digital Nation

 3      9/9           Personal Communication                                                                   Weekly Quiz
               Creation of Identity in Digital Environments               Pariser Chapters 1 and 2
 4     9/16           Personal Communication                                                                  presentation
                            Identity Management
                      Personal Communication
 5     9/23    Politeness and the etiquette of digital communication         Pariser Chapter 3                 Weekly Quiz

                      Personal Communication
 6     9/30               Social Media: “Facebookistan”                     Pariser Chapter 4                  Weekly Quiz

                      Personal Communication
 7     10/7      New definitions of privacy and privacy protection                                             Weekly Quiz

                                                                                                             Midterm Exam
 8     10/14          Personal Communication                                Pariser Chapter 5                   (through
                                  Digital Death                                                             Blackboard….no
                     Academic Communication                                                                Legal Issues Paper
 9     10/21               Access and the digital divide                                                     and Response

 10                                                                                                            Weekly Quiz
                     Academic Communication                                 Pariser Chapter 6
       10/28          Copyright and the ethics of ownership

                    Professional Communication
 11    11/4                    Standards of Writing                                                            Weekly Quiz

 12    11/11        Professional Communication                              Pariser Chapter 7                  Weekly Quiz
                             Impact of Social Media

 13    11/18        Professional Communication                                                                 Weekly Quiz
                              Presentational software

 14    11/25        Professional Communication                              Pariser Chapter 8              E-Resume and E-
                            e-portfolios and e-resumes                                                        Portfolio

 15    12/2         Professional Communication

 16    12/9                Final Exam Week                             Final Exam (through Blackboard….PROCTOR

 17    12/16

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