Course Schedule

Please note that the course schedule could change throughout the semester depending on the class progress and needs. Any changes to the syllabus will be discussed in class. The instructor reserves the right to make the necessary changes to the syllabus.

Week

Date Topics Readings Activities

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE COURSE

1

Mon. August 27 Overview of the syllabus

No reading is due

 
Wed. August 29 Smartest or dumbest generation?

Marc Prensky (2001a)&(2001b)

Mark Bauerlein (2008), pp.1-10

 

2

Mon. Sept. 3 Labor Day No Class

No reading is due

 

 

CONTEXTUALIZING CRITICAL ISSUES IN DIGITAL AGE

 

Wed. Sept. 5 The history of computers, cellphones, and the Internet

No reading is due

3

Mon. Sept. 10 Web 2.0 technologies

O’Reilly(2007)

boyd(2007)

 

Wed. Sept. 12 Emerging Forms of Communication and Community

boyd(2010)

Silva, Goel, & Mousavidin(2009)

 

4

Mon. Sept.17 Cyberspace and Identity

Turkle (1999)

Dibbell (1993)

 

 

Wed. Sept. 19 Cultural competencies in digital age

Jenkins (2009)

 

5

Mon. Sept. 24 Unintended consequences of new technologies

Leets (2001)

 

Wed. Sept. 26 Digital Divide

Hargittai&Walejko (2008)

CRITICAL ISSUES IN DIGITAL AGE

6

Mon. Oct. 1 Gender

Gersch(1998) 

Milestone 1 due

Wed. Oct. 3 Genderizing human-computer interaction

Cassell (2002)

 

7

Mon. Oct. 8 Race, identity, and technology

Nakamura (2008)

Wright (2005)

Wed., Oct. 10 Race representation in video games

Everett&Watkins (2007)

Leonard (2003)

 

8

Mon. Oct. 15 Fall Break – No Class

No reading is due

 

 

Wed., Oct. 17 Class, identity, and technology

boyd (2011)

9

Mon., Oct. 22 Class and technology engagement

Lee (2008)

 

Wed. Oct. 24 Technology and elections

Gueorguieva (2008)

 

10

Mon., Oct. 29 Technology and civic engagement

Rheingold (2008)

 
Wed., Oct. 31 Technology and education

Halverson&Smith(2009)

 

 

THE NATURE OF HUMAN-COMPUTER INTERACTION

11

Mon., Nov. 5 Overview of different views of human-computer interaction

McCathy & Wright, Chp.1

(pp.1-22)

Milestone 2 due

Wed., Nov. 7 The psychopathology of everyday things

Norman, Chp.1

(pp.1-33)

 

12

Mon., Nov. 12 Veteran’s Day – No Class

No reading is due

 

Wed., Nov. 14 Knowledge in the World vs. Knowledge in the Head

Norman, Chp.2 &3

(pp.34-80)

 

 

13

Mon., Nov. 19 Affordances and Constraints

Norman, Chp.4&5

(pp.81-140)

 

Wed., Nov. 21 User-centered Design Principles

Norman, Chp.7

(pp.187-218)

 

14

Mon., Nov. 26 Situated actions

Suchman, Chp.4

(pp.49-67)

 

Wed., Nov. 28 Activity theory, situated action, and distributed cognition

Nardi (1996)

 

 

15

Mon., Dec. 3 Technology as Experience

McCathy & Wright, Chp.5 (pp.105-129)

 

Wed. Dec. 5 Technology as Experience

McCathy & Wright, Chp 6

(pp.131-146)

 

16

Mon., Dec. 10 PechaKucha

No reading is due

 

Wed., Dec. 19 Finals Week – No Class

 

Milestone 3 due

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