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CS 4472/6470: Design of Online Communities

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Week Date Topic Readings & Online Sites
1 1/12 Introduction  
  1/14 Community: Face to Face and Online Reading: Online Sites:  
2 1/19 Third Places Reading: Online Site: Due:
1/21 Research Methods Reading: Online Site:
3 1/26 Research Ethics Reading: Recommended: Online Site: Please do not miss this class. If you do miss this lecture, you must watch a video of class and meet with the TA.
1/28 Ethics Continued:
Disguising Subjects in Published Accounts
Reading: Due:
  • Obtain ethics certification via the online course, if you do not already have certification.
Please do not miss this class. If you do miss this lecture, you must watch a video of class and meet with the TA.
4 2/2 Design Factors Reading: Online Site: Due:
2/4 Theory of Identity Reading: Online Sites:
  • Dooce (Warning: site is known for being irreverent and using strong language.)
  • TVNewser
5 2/9 -- No class (Amy at conference)
2/11 Identity Online Reading: Online Site:
  • Second Life
    Note: it takes a while to 'understand' this site. Please reserve at least 2-3 hours for exploring it.
6 2/16 Gender Online Reading: Online Site:
  2/18 Constructionism Reading:
7 2/23 Deviant Behavior Reading: Recommended:
  2/25 Governance Reading: Recommended: Online Sites: Due:
  • HW: First interview transcript
8 3/2 Midterm Closed book.
  3/4 Social Roles Reading: Online Site: Due:
  • HW: Second interview transcript
9 3/9 Participation and Lurking Reading:
  • "Lurker demographics: counting the silent" by Blair Nonnecke and Jenny Preece. Proceedings of CHI 2000, April 1 - 6, 2000, The Hague, Netherlands, pp. 73-80.
  • "Alone together?": exploring the social dynamics of massively multiplayer online games by Nicolas Ducheneaut et al. Proceedings of CHI 2006. (electronic reserve)


Online Site:
3/11 Leadership and Hosting Reading: Recommended: Online Site: Due:
  • HW: Third interview transcript
10 3/16 Virtual Architecture Reading:
  • "Cybrid principles: guidelines for merging phyisical and cyberspaces" by Peter Anders (available in GT library online db, or on t-square as a resource)
  • Read "Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace" (electronic reserve). Skim beginning. Read carefully from page 248 to the end.
  • "How did My Garden Grow" (Chapter 5) in "My Tiny Life" by Julian Dibbell
Online Site:
  • SF0
    Note: Actually signing up for the site and trying it is optional. If you do so, pease do not do anything unethical, illegal, or that defaces property. Use good judgement.
Recommended Online Site:
  3/18 Online Privacy Reading: Recommended:
  • "Privacy policies as decision-making tools, an evaluation of online privacy notices." by Carlos Jensen and Colin Potts. Proceedings of CHI 2004. (electronic reserve)
Online Site:
  • Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) on Privacy (browse)
  • Read the privacy policies of two online sites you use. List your sites on the wiki, making sure no one else in the class has picked your sites. Come to class prepared to discuss those policies.
11 3/23 & 3/25 Spring Break (no class)  
12 3/30 (Passover) The Social, the Technical, the Political Reading:

Online Site:

If you will be absent for the Passover holiday, please email the instructor and TA, and we'll arrange to videotape this class.
4/1 Children & Controversial Information Online Reading: Online Sites:
13 4/6 Social Networks Guest Lecture by Sarita Yardi

4/8 Community Study Presentations Due: If you will be at CHI the following week, you must request a presentation slot in this first session in advanced. They will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis.
14 4/13 no class (Amy out of town)
4/15 (CHI) Community Study Presentations, Continued
15 4/20 Guest Lecturer: Chris Waldron, Cartoon Network Online sites:
4/22 Online Cooperation and the Open Source Movement Reading: Online Site: Due:
16 4/27 Wikipedia and the nature of "truth" Reading: Online Sites:  
4/29 Design Presentations (optional) + Final Exam Review  
17 TBD Final Exam TBD
Final Exam Schedule

Readings and assignments are subject to change.

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