Online Communities & Crowds
Comm Studies 378
Due: 12pm (noon), October 13, 2014 (see details below)
For this assignment, you will conduct a critical analysis of a specific collective dynamic in a specific community. Your analysis should be written as a response to the prompt provided below.
Your completed assignment must be:
- Submitted by 12pm, October 13, 2014 via Canvas as a pdf file. Canvas will not allow you to submit other types of files.
- No more than 1000 words long. This length limit does not include headers, references, page numbers, footnotes, image captions, etc.
- Completed independently. This means no collaboration with your peers.
- Supported with adequate evidence, including primary and secondary sources where appropriate. You may include any references in any major, widely-adopted citation format (e.g., MLA, APA, Chicago Manual of Style).
Based on your experiences and understanding of the course materials, analyze the process of newcomer socialization on wikiHow.
In responding to this prompt you should: (1) briefly describe the wikiHow project and community; (2) explain, in general terms, the general dynamic of newcomer socialization as well as its significance; (3) explain, in more specific, concrete terms, how the process of newcomer socialization works in this community; (4) identify a significant problem or shortcoming in newcomer socialization on wikiHow; and (5) propose a concrete, tractable improvement or solution to address this problem or shortcoming. Your analysis, and especially your proposed improvement, should draw effectively on the course materials for support (readings, lectures, discussions, guest speakers, assignments, etc.). You may, if you choose, also draw on additional outside sources and materials that help you support and/or document your claims.
This assignment be evaluated (by the teaching team and several of your peers) using the following criteria:
- Clarity & style Is the analysis readable and clear? Is it free of errors? Is the writing logically organized and coherent?
- Quality of analysis Does the analysis provide detailed, well-documented information and insights? Does it address the prompt effectively? Where possible/reasonable, does the analysis provide references or links to relevant sources to support its claims? Are all sources appropriately cited/documented?
- Scope Does the analysis adapt a suitable scope given the length constraints of the assignment? Does it provide a comprehensive perspective on the key issues at hand? Is there an appropriate balance between general information and concrete detail?
- Significance Does the analysis propose an improvement or solution that addresses an significant dimension of newcomer socialization? Does the proposed improvement/solution seem plausible and/or tractable as an approach that a community like wikiHow might actually adopt it?
The teaching team will combine our own assessments with those of your peers to create a single letter grade for each individual's analysis. Incomplete or missing assignments will receive no credit.