For the free, open, "Society and Information Technology" course I'm planning to teach online this autumn, - on Harvard's virtual island in SL and in Google + Hangouts vis-a-vis MIT OCW-centric World University and School, -
I'm planning to use the new book by Rainie and Wellman "Networked: The New Social Operating System" (MIT 2012- http://mitpress.mit.edu/books/networked) as the main text (which is data-focused and which I also haven't used when teaching this course in the past), also with
readings from Castells' "Rise of the Networked Society" trilogy (rev. eds.) +,
with some great, generative talks examining the information age (Prof. Manuel Castells-informed) ...
engaging the Conference Method of Teaching and Learning online - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_Method_of_Teaching_and_Learning ...
possibly on Saturday's mid-day, PT.
Here's a previous, course wiki - http://socinfotech.pbworks.com/w/page/17175578/FrontPage ...
I'll probably also explore designing the course anew in Google's course-builder https://code.google.com/p/course-builder/ (which I also haven't used before) and where I'll post the syllabus in the next few weeks.
... and I plan to design this course also vis-a-vis
a) how to build to a WUaS, MIT OCW course, accreditation-worthy standard,
b) coming into conversation with course-participants about this in the course, and
c) prospective grad students who might like to teach next year, as well as
d) hypothetical graduate student instructors hired by WUaS (planning to hire MIT, Stanford, HYP, Cambridge grad students + these universities - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Courses#University_course_listings) - in the autumn of 2014, teaching interactively to MIT faculty in MIT OCW video courses - http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/audio-video-courses/.
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