Course Structure & Requirements


Dr. Michael Stephens’ INFO 200: Information Communities section is taught via various social, connected technologies, including the course section site platform, the Community Site for student blogging, and Canvas.

This site – – is the central hub for our section’s learning community. All news, announcements and course requirements specific to our section will be communicated here. You will be blogging at the Community Site and Canvas is used for grading purposes only.

Course Structure

INFO 200: Information Communities consists of weekly modules, Monday morning blog posts from me introducing the week, reflection blogging, and major assignments. Course conversations about our topics can play out via blog posts/comments, #infocom chats, and interaction in tribes. Assignments are due Sunday evenings by 11:59 p.m. PT, unless otherwise noted.

Module Structure

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.


Students will be expected to use the course Web site multiple times a week to stay up to date with readings, assignments,  and blogging. This is also a way for students to experience the emerging social nature of the web – similar systems are being used in library settings all over the world. Librarians are working, writing and sharing in open, online systems created for interaction with each other and with library users. The course site utilizes the WordPress software package to create an open, interactive environment for sharing and discourse. You must create an account on the section site and publish an open blog at the Community Site but  no one in class is required to share their full name, photo or any other details. The use of avatars and aliases is acceptable.

 It is essential that you keep steady attention to the course, to the modules, to the readings, and to the blog postings from your classmates.