Post Masters INFO 203


INFO 203 for Post-Master’s Certificate Students

Course Description

This one-unit 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 course work;
  • Use the tools of web conferencing software to work synchronously with colleagues;
  • Use a variety of tools and strategies to ensure success while taking course work 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.

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 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 Zoom web conferencing. Select an orientation session from the list posted in the course site.

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 will:
    • Use the Canvas tutorials for information on how to use this learning management system;
    • Use the discussion area to read and appropriately contribute posts and replies;
    • Access the list of class members;
    • Update personal preference information such as e-mail address and password;
    • Send a message to another student in the class using the messaging tool and understand etiquette related to use of this tool;
    • Submit an assignment;
    • Access grades, comments, and files returned by the instructor.
  • Social Networking Platforms and Principles
    Students will learn principles of social networking and will:
    • Set up a blog on the iSchool’s WordPress server, write a post (including a hyperlink), reply to another student’s blog post, and identify the links for the blog, a specific blog post, and the blog’s RSS feed;
    • Investigate a variety of social networking platforms (optional: join and participate);
    • Establish an account to enable participation in Google Docs, a collaborative online environment.
  • Technology Tools and Literacy
    Students will:
    • Verify they have the required computing hardware and application software that meets or exceeds the iSchool technology requirements;
    • Verify they have the required technology literacy skills;
    • Access a resource protected by the Restricted Materials login;
    • Open .docx and PDF files.
  • Web Conferencing: Zoom
    Students will successfully connect to a live Zoom session and will:
    • Use audio tools to interact;
    • Use the following tools: microphone, raise hand, chat, emoticons, polling, and selected whiteboard tools;
    • Learn how to use student rooms in Zoom for group meetings.
  • Personal Skills
    Students will:
    • Inventory their personal readiness for online work;
    • Recognize personal skills needed for success as an online student;
    • Use an online tool that enables team collaboration;
    • Work with a team to develop a list of ground rules for successful collaboration.
  • King Library Resources
    Students will use the King Library website and will:
    • Access library resources including licensed databases;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of the use of library databases by completing the Library Online Tutorial for School of Information Students (LOTSS) tutorial and scoring at least 70% on each of the three quizzes;
    • Demonstrate an understanding of issues related to academic integrity by completing the plagiarism tutorial.
  • APA Style
    Students will:
    • Locate and utilize APA style resources including the APA style manual (6th edition is required for this class);
    • Properly format an academic journal reference in APA style.
  • Success as a Post Master’s Certificate Student
    Students will:
    • Apply the program learning outcomes in planning a successful certificate program;
    • Identify and use student advising and support resources to help achieve learning outcomes.
  • one.SJSU
    Students will:
    • Identify where to find help for important tasks in one.SJSU;
    • Update email address.

Earning Credit

In order to obtain a CR:

  • All activities listed in the course content that require a demonstration of competency (including all module assignments) must be successfully completed;
  • All reading and discussion items must be successfully completed (evaluation criteria are listed in the grading rubrics for each assignment);
  • All assignments and activities must be completed within four weeks of the semester start date.

Textbooks and Readings

Online readings include:

Additional materials 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 to establish record of their disability.

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

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Main.