INFO 203 for Post Masters Certificate Students

Course Description

This course introduces students to a variety of new and emerging technologies used in today's online environment. It covers various social networking platforms, content and learning management tools, web conferencing, and other trends in social computing.

Course Objectives

At the completion of the course, students should be able to:

  • Employ appropriate social networking software for collaboration with colleagues.
  • Utilize a learning management system to organize coursework.
  • Use the tools of web conferencing software to work synchronously with colleagues.
  • Implement a variety of strategies to ensure success while taking coursework via an online environment.

INFO 203 supports the following iSchool core competencies:

  • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of current information and communication technologies, and other related technologies, as they affect the resources and uses of libraries and other types of information providing entities.
  • Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.
  • Design, query and evaluate information retrieval systems.

Course Requirements

Schedule of Meetings
The class is taught in a totally online environment and will involve synchronous and asynchronous connectivity. The class may be started early before the regular semester begins and must be completed within approximately four weeks of the official semester start. For details, see the INFO 203 links on the New Student Checklist.

Each student must successfully participate in a synchronous meeting held via Blackboard Collaborate web conferencing. Select an orientation session from the list posted on the following page: Blackboard Collaborate - Web Conferencing

Optional synchronous sessions will also be held for purposes of additional networking and information sharing. Information will be provided within the Canvas site for the course.

Course Calendar and Course Assignment Details
This one unit course consists of nine modules. Since this is a one unit CR/NC course, assignments consist of showing competency in various social and learning technologies and platforms and engaging in discussion on social computing in response to readings and questions raised by the instructor. Details follow:


  • Learning Management System
    Students will work within the Canvas learning management system and demonstrate competency by:
    • Setting up personal information
    • Accessing the class roster
    • Using e-mail
    • Working with discussion areas to post messages and replies
    • Submitting an assignment
    • Retrieving a graded assignment and comments
    • Uploading work to their personal e-Portfolio area
  • Social Networking Platforms and Principles
    Students will learn principles of social networking and demonstrate competency by:
    • Setting up a blog (use of a pseudonym/alias is acceptable)
    • Identifying the link to the RSS feed for the blog
    • Setting up an account on a collaborative social networking site
  • Technology Tools and Literacy
    Students will demonstrate basic technology skills expected of iSchool students.
  • Web Conferencing: Collaborate
    Students will work within the Collaborate web conferencing system and demonstrate competency by:
    • Connecting to Collaborate
    • Participating in a synchronous session including audio
    • Using breakout rooms for small group discussion
    • Using the whiteboard for collaborative interaction
  • Personal Skills
    • Students will write about their understanding of teamwork in the online environment
    • Students will contribute to a collaborative online document
  • E-mail Discussion Lists
    Students will demonstrate their successful subscription to an e-mail discussion list and will compare using e-mail and RSS for receipt of information.
  • King Library Resources
    Students will demonstrate their understanding of online library resources by:
    • Creating a PIN for their library account
    • Successfully completing the LOTSS tutorial (3 modules)
    • Successfully completing the library's plagiarism tutorial
  • APA Style
    Students will retrieve a scholarly article on a specified topic and properly format the appropriate reference citation in APA style.
  • MySJSU
    Students will successfully complete an online quiz to demonstrate their understanding of the follow processes:
    • Finding help for MySJSU
    • Checking grades
    • Checking finances
    • Working with messaging

Earning Credit:
In order to obtain a CR:

  • All activities listed in the Course Materials that require a demonstration of competency must be successfully completed.
  • All reading and discussion items must be completed at the "B" level or better.
  • All assignments and activities must be completed within four (4) weeks.

Textbooks and Readings

Online readings include:

Additional material will be posted on the course Canvas site.

Required Textbooks:

  • American Psychological Association (2009). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Chicago: American Psychological Association. Available through Amazon: 1433805618

This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are given for family or work emergency situations.

Academic Integrity
Your own commitment to learning, as evidenced by your enrollment at San José State University, and the University's Academic Integrity Policy requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The policy on academic integrity can be found at Academic Integrity

Reasonable Accommodation of Disabilities
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, please e-mail me as soon as possible. Presidential Directive 97-03 requires that students with disabilities register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) to establish record of their disability.

No matter where students reside, they should contact the SJSU AEC to register. The AEC Web site:

For more information, please contact our School's graduate advisor, Dr. Linda Main.