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CS 6470: Design of Online Communities

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Date Topic Readings & Online Sites
1/10 Introduction  
1/12 Community: Face to Face and Online Reading: Recommended: Online Sites:  
1/17 Third Places Reading: Online Site: Due:
1/19 Research Methods Reading: Online Site:
1/24 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.
1/26 No class  
1/31 Ethics Continued:
Disguising Subjects in Published Accounts
Reading: Online site: 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.
2/2 Design Factors Reading: Online Site: Due:
2/7 Theory of Identity Reading: Online Sites:
  • Dooce (Warning: site is known for being irreverent and using strong language.)
  • TVNewser
2/9 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.
2/14 (CSCW) Gender Online Guest Lecture by Jill Dimond

Reading: Online Site:
2/16 (CSCW) Constructionism Guest Lecture by Betsy Disalvo

2/21 Deviant Behavior Reading: Recommended: Online Site:
2/23 Governance Reading: Recommended: Online Sites:
2/28 The Social, the Technical, the Political Reading:
  • Do Artifacts Have Politics? by Langdon Winner. (in The Whale and The Reactor)
  • Code v2.0 by Lawrence Lessig. Chapters 3, 6, & 7. (Available free online, but you may wish to buy it anyway.)
Online Site: Due:
  • HW: First interview transcript
3/1 Social Roles Reading: Online Site:
3/6 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. (ACM DL)
  • "Alone together?": exploring the social dynamics of massively multiplayer online games by Nicolas Ducheneaut et al. Proceedings of CHI 2006. (ACM DL)


Online Site: Due:
  • HW: Second interview transcript
3/8 Virtual Architecture Reading:
  • "Cybrid principles: guidelines for merging phyisical and cyberspaces" by Peter Anders (electronic reserve)
  • 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.
  • HW: Third interview transcript
3/13 Guest Lecture: Mike Dowdle Online site:
3/15 Guest Lecture: Chris Waldron Online sites:
3/20 & 3/22 Spring Break (no class)  
3/27 Community Study Presentations
3/29 Community Study Presentations, continued
4/3 Intellectual Property and Online Remix Guest Lecture by Casey Fiesler

Reading: Online Site:
4/5 Leadership and Hosting Guest Lecture by Kurt Luther

Reading: Recommended: Online Site:
4/10 Children & Controversial Information Online Reading: Online Sites:
4/12 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. (ACM DL)
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.
4/17 Online Cooperation and the Open Source Movement Reading: Online Site:
4/19 Wikipedia and the nature of "truth" Reading: Online Sites: Due:
4/24 No class
4/26 Design Presentations  

Readings and assignments are subject to change.

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