Assignments

Grades for the course will be based on five factors:

  • 15% Topic/Issue paper
  • 15% Evaluating Internet Resources
  • 15% Copyright assignment
  • 40% Value-added Web Space for Children/Young Adults
  • 15% Attendance and Participation

TOPIC OR ISSUE PAPER
DUE DATE: March 1

As professionals, it is one of our obligations to think about what we do and wonder about the implications of our work. Here is your opportunity to explore a topic or issue that interests you personally. Choose a topic that relates to the course. It could be a topic that we are not addressing to your satisfaction during this semester or one that you wish to explore in more detail. It may be one that we do not cover in class but relates to the theme of the course.

This assignment will be done individually. I will be looking for intellectual engagement and reflective thought about the issue. Email your topic to me for approval by February 15. The final paper should be written in 12 point type and double-spaced. Your paper should have parenthetical citations and a Works Cited page. There are no specified page number requirements. Write until you feel you have thoroughly addressed your topic.

Turn in your printed paper on the due date. We will be sharing our papers informally during the following class sessions.


EVALUATING INTERNET RESOURCES
DUE DATE: March 22

In order to use the best of what the Internet and other electronic resources have to offer, students must use certain skills to choose and evaluate resources appropriate for their assigned or personal task. With your Web site building group, your task is to create and present, a Web evaluation rubric that would be appropriate for the audience that your Web site will be targeting. When presenting your rubric to the class, you should show the skills necessary to use your rubric to evaluate Internet resources. Your rubric should target the audience that your Web site is geared toward and should show application to at least two online sources. You will need to provide copies of your rubric for everyone in the class. Be sure to put your names and the target audience at the top of the rubric page.


COPYRIGHT ASSIGNMENT
DUE DATE: April 12
Copyright and plagiarism in the electronic environment

The floor is yours. As a future information provider, how will you educate your patrons about copyright and plagiarism? Click here to get more details about how you and a partner will present your ideas to the class.


WEB SPACE
DUE DATE: May 3

Working in groups of 2 to 3, you will create a web space for children and/or young adults. This space should bring together electronic information resources currently available on a topic of your choosing.

You will be expected to develop your web space in such a way that it helps children/young adults locate and access information pertinent to the topic. More than just a list of links, the web space should add a level of meaning beyond what one might expect to find by completing an electronic search on the topic.

Web spaces will be evaluated by the instructor, who will use the Web Site Evaluation Rubric developed by the class earlier in the semester.

Each member of the Web Space team will receive the same grade. Team members are expected to work cooperatively, engage in creative problem-solving, and share responsibility for the work.

Web Site Assignment


ATTENDANCE & PARTICIPATION

In this class we will be learning together, constructing meaning in a social and electronic environment. As such, the active engagement of ALL class members is crucial. The learning of your classmates is, in part, dependent upon you.

Be on time and in class every day that we meet, read the assigned selections, and be prepared to discuss them. Please don't be content to sit and let others do the talking in class. You have ideas from which we can all benefit, and your grade depends on your sharing those ideas in whole and small group sessions. If you miss class, your grade will be affected.

About the Blackboard Discussion Board

This will be the artifact we produce together—the result of our joint exploration of the Web and discussion of the issues surrounding the use of the resources available on the Internet for children and young adults. You will need to make contributions to the discussion board regularly. Your job is to comment with informed and impassioned opinions on required readings as well as to recommend additional readings or web sites for assigned topics.

Last updated January 18, 2010
©2004, Barbara A. Jansen; adapted with permission by Barbara Immroth and Bettie McGinness, 2009.