This course focuses on how social groups form and evolve, how members of these groups interact with each other, and how these groups are supported and augmented with computer systems. The course is interdisciplinary, drawing from the fields of computer science, psychology, and sociology. It covers key theories and technologies of social computing in terms of (1) computer systems supporting social behavior and (2) socially intelligent computing carried out by groups. Students will have a chance to explore several social computing systems and focus on design, implementation, and evaluation of a social web system as their final project for the course.
This course does not assume any particular prerequisites. However, this is a graduate course which assumes critical thinking, desire to learn and being challenged with new topics, and hard work. Background in Web application development and user studies can be beneficial.
We will be reading excerpts from a large number of books and articles. Links to electronic copies are provided.
- Class participation [12 points]
- Reading assignments [28 points] - deadlines: Sep 6, Sep 13, Sep 27, Oct 11, Nov 29
- Wikipedia assignment [25 points] - deadlines: Sep 20, Oct 4, Oct 18, Dec 6
- Final project [35 points] - deadlines: Oct 11, Nov 8, Dec 13
Tuesday 2:00-3:30, 709 Information Science Building (135 North Bellefield Avenue)
TOPICS TO BE COVERED:
- Social software
- Social computing technologies
- Social information processing
- Social capital
- Social roles
- Online communities
- Socialization of newcomers
- Encouraging contribution
- Diversity, conflict and coordination
- Evaluation methodologies
- Visualization and sense making
- Research ethics
|1||Aug 30, 2012||Introduction and overview||programming quiz|
social computing quiz
introduction to course
|2||Sep 6, 2012||Social software||Blogging and microblogging: what are blogs? Who blogs? Twitter|
Social bookmarking: what is social bookmarking
Content sharing: photos, videos, ...
|3||Sep 13, 2012||Social software||Wikis and Wikipedia|
Social networking sites, Facebook and beyond
|4||Sep 20, 2012||Social computing technologies||Interactive web: Ajax|
APIs: FB API, Wikipedia API,...
|5||Sep 27, 2012||Social information processing||Tagging|
|6||Oct 4, 2012||Evaluation methodologies and research ethics||Data collection|
Conducting research on the Internet
|7||Oct 11, 2012||Crowdsourcing||Concept|
New directions of crowdsourcing
|8||Oct 18, 2012||Social capital, online communities, and social roles||Bonding and Identity social capital|
What are online communities?
Social roles in online communities
|9||Oct 25, 2012||Socialization of newcomers||Membership lifecycles|
Dealing with newcomers
|10||Nov 1, 2012||No Class||Work on Wikipedia assignment, Prepare for midterm|
|11||Nov 8, 2012||Midterm||Midterm presentations|
|12||Nov 15, 2012||Encouraging contribution||under-contribution problem|
Encouraging contributions to online communities
Strategies supported by social science theories
|13||Nov 22, 2012||No class||Thanksgiving break|
|14||Nov 29, 2012||Diversity, conflict, and coordination||Diversity in online communities|
Conflict and coordination in Wikipedia
Promoting norms and rules
|15||Dec 6, 2012||Visualization and sense making||Social sense making|
|16||Dec 13, 2012||Final project||Final project presentation|
Academic Integrity: You are expected to be fully aware of your responsibility to maintain a high quality of integrity in all of your work. All work must be your own, unless collaboration is specifically and explicitly permitted as in the course group project. Any unauthorized collaboration or copying will at minimum result in no credit for the affected assignment and may be subject to further action under the University Guidelines for Academic Integrity. You are expected to have read and understood these Guidelines. A document discussing these guidelines was included in your orientation materials.
Attendance: Class attendance, while not mandatory, is required if you want to succeed in this course, especially since the course does not have any course book and it involves a lot of in-class discussions. If you have missed the lecture, make sure that you have a copy of the slides. All the lecture materials will be uploaded online. The class participation credit is engineered to encourage your attendance.
Late Submissions: Homework or projects submitted after due date will be accepted, but your objective grade will be scaled so that you lose 10% of the grade for every late working day. I.e., if you will submit your work one week late, you will lose 50% of the grade.
Concerning Students with Disabilities: If you have a disability for which you are or may be requesting an accommodation, you are encouraged to contact both your instructor and Disability Resources and Services, 216 William Pitt Union, (412) 648-7890/(412) 383-7355 (TTY), as early as possible in the term. DRS will verify your disability and determine reasonable accommodations for this course.
An important note on plagiarism: Cheating and plagiarism will not be tolerated. Students caught cheating or plagiarizing will receive no credit for the assignment on which the cheating occurred. Additional actions -- including assigning the student a failing grade in the class or referring the case for disciplinary action -- may be taken at the discretion of the instructors. You may incorporate excerpts from publications by other authors, but they must be clearly marked as quotations and properly attributed. You may obtain copy editing assistance, and you may discuss your ideas with others, but all substantive writing and ideas must be your own or else be explicitly attributed to another, using a citation sufficiently detailed for someone else to easily locate your source.