Getting Started with INFO 200

Greetings all!

In addition to registering with our INFO 200 course section site, check out the following links that will help you get started in optimizing and rounding out your experience in INFO 200.

First, please take a few minutes and watch some videos I recorded in Panopto:

In these videos, I’ll take you through various areas of our INFO 200 course site and talk a bit about the class and the assignments.  Important: All of the course modules include the following sections:

  • Things to Read
    The required readings explore topics you are expected to understand and incorporate into your assignments for all modules in the course.
  • Things to View
    The assigned and required media-based presentations extend your knowledge and offer new dimensions to the topics.
  • Things to Explore
    These materials are optional enhancements to the course content that offer more insight into the module topics.

Second, read and view some information about the reflective blogging assignments:

Finally, get involved and make some contacts with fellow students:

Here’s a little background to help you understand the potential of a connected society:

Online tools offer much opportunity and promise. In Tribes: We Need You to Lead Us, Godin notes that “Internet companies have taken the original idea behind blogs and amplified it into a set of tools that anyone can use to tighten a tribe.” Facebook, Twitter and others allow interaction and information sharing – with replies built in…Tribes takes a big picture view of the possibilities of social media and gathering people together. Godin argues that businesses fail because “they forgot to embrace their tribe” and offers a road-map for creating a tribe, which he defines as “a group of people connected to one another, connected to a leader, and connected to an idea.”

All it takes for a tribe to form, Godin writes, “is a shared interest and a way to communicate.” Social Web sites break down geographic barriers. A tribe can be global or simply based in your community. Godin warns, however, that some organizations are stuck: bound by archaic rules or not only avoiding change but fighting against it.

Head over to our “Break the Ice” tribe and join. Then share your musical favorites!  You will also find two other ready-made tribes to join on our site: Ask a Question and Course Site Help. The Tribes feature of our site allows any member to create a group for folks of similar interest. Try it out!  Also, please join this tribe, where we will be discussing your community choices.

And as always, please contact me directly at mstephens7@mac.com or private message me on this site if you have any questions.

Action Items:

Have fun exploring!

Also — Please email me directly at mstephens7@mac.com if you have questions. Canvas email is not the friendliest for archiving messages, etc IMHO! You can also use the message feature at this site. But please do not use Canvas.

-Michael

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