Online Communities & Crowds

Course Schedule

Online Communities & Crowds
Northwestern University
Comm Studies 378
Fall, 2014

Please note: This document will evolve a great deal over the quarter. You should check it frequently to ensure that you have the most current information about assignments, readings, etc.! All reading assignments will be updated no less than 1 week prior to their due dates. If you wish to read further ahead than that, please get in touch and I'll help you out.

Send any questions or course-related emails to Aaron or Sneha and please include [OCC] in the subject line. This will help us keep track of them and respond more promptly.

Sept 24 — Introductions, the Internet, Public Goods (Slides)

Sept 26 — Cyberculture! Early Online Communities (Soundtrack and Slides)

Sept 29 — Code & Other Laws: Rules & Governance in Cyberspace (Slides)

Oct 1 — Commons, Public Goods, & Collective Action (Slides)

Oct 3 — n00bs! Newcomers in Online Communities (Krystle's Slides)

Special Guest: Krystle Chung, wikiHow

Oct 6 — Discussion Questions #1 & wikiHow Lab

Reminder: please bring a computing device with an Internet connection (e.g., a laptop or a tablet) to class!

Lab #1 in class today: wikiHow assignment

Oct 8 — Motivation (& Commitment) (Slides)

Due by 12pm (noon) today: completed wikiHow assignment

Oct 10 — Lab: wikiHow assessment & Wikipedia Task #1

Reminder: please bring a computing device with an Internet connection (e.g., a laptop or a tablet) to class!

In class today: wikiHow Peer Assessment & begin Wikipedia Task #1

Oct 13 — Phreaks, Hackers, Pirates & Other Rule-Breakers (Slides)

Oct 15 — Free/Libre and Open Source Software (FLOSS) #1

Special Guest: Arfon Smith, GitHub (Arfon's slides)

Oct 17 — Special Guest & Lab: Wikipedia Task #2

Special Guest: Emily Temple-Wood
In class today: begin Wikipedia Task #2

Oct 20 — Culture & Norms (in Wikipedia) (Slides)

Oct 22 — Teamwork and Leadership (in general)

Today's class will be held in Frances Searle Room 2-370

Oct 24 — Lab: Wikipedia Task #3

In class today: begin Wikipedia Task #3

Oct 27 — Peer Production I: Theoretical Foundations (Slides)

Oct 29 — Peer Production & FLOSS II: Origins & Ideals (Slides)

In class today: receive Group discussion questions #2

Oct 31 — Lab: Wikipedia Task #4

In class today: begin Wikipedia Task #4

Nov 3 — Innovation Communities (Slides)

Nov 5 — Cultural Production & Creativity

Nov 7 — Lab: Wikipedia Task #5

In class today: begin Wikipedia Task #5 and crowd tasks

Nov 10 — Crowd Work and Citizen Science

Special Guest: Laura Whyte, Adler Planetarium

Nov 12 — Human Computation (with a Human Face?) (Slides)

Nov 14 — Lab: Wikipedia Task #6

In class today: begin Wikipedia Task #6

Nov 17 — Politics, Advocacy & Movements I (Slides)

Nov 19 — Politics, Advocacy & Movements II

Special Guests: Betsy Hoover, 270 Strategies

Nov 21 — Lab: Team challenge

Nov 24 — Tough Problems #1: Power Laws and Inequality

Nov 26 — NO CLASS

Dec 1 — Tough Problems #2: Building Inclusive Communities (Slides)

Dec 3 — Tough Problems #3: Building New Communities and Empowering Paritipation (Slides)

Dec 5 — Closing Arguments: The Future of the Internet (Slides)

Final Projects Due by 5pm, December 9, 2014 via Canvas