Assignment schedule

Calendar*, by Dafne Cholet

Following are all scheduled readings, assignments, and deadlines for the entire course. See the syllabus for late work policy and contact me as far in advance as possible if you cannot make one of the deadlines.

Week 1 (June 26–30)

Activities (due Wednesday, June 28, 8am EDT)

Complete the Slack and Domain of One's Own activities detailed on the Activities page as early as you can. Normally the activities will be due on Thursday, along with the reading and writing, but you will need these tools right away and definitely before Thursday's work is completed. Please reach out to me via email (kshaffer@umw.edu) if you have any difficulty.

Readings (due Thursday, June 29, 8am EDT)

Read the following by Thursday at 8am EDT ― though likely earlier as it will support your writing, which is also due Thursday at 8am.

  • Net Smart: Introduction
  • Net Smart, Chapter 1, Attention
  • Net Smart, Chapter 2, Crap Detection

Writing (due Thursday, June 29, 8am EDT)

Choose two topics from the list on the topics page. At least one topic should be referenced in one of this week's readings. For each topic, create a new page on your domain and write approximately 500 words explaining that topic. (You are free to write less words if you incorporate other media like images, audio, or video, in meaningful ways.) Be sure to create a link on your main page ― make it easy for your readers to find the information you are providing them. In fact, as you build out this site during the course, give thought to your readers, and keep tweaking the site so that it helps them engage your materials as readily as possible. When you have finished, post links to your two new pages in our #writings channel on Slack with a brief description (1-2 sentences) of what you wrote about and why.

Our audience for these posts are the people we know ― regular users of the internet who do not know about its technical underpinnings and/or haven't thought through all of the social and political implications of the web-based tools and apps they use. Don't just write as an assignment for class. Write in such a way that you can use the expertise you have and are gaining in the course to help others be more critical, mindful users of the internet.

Feedback (due Friday, June 30, 8am EDT)

Read some (not all) of your classmates' writings (in #writings on Slack) and leave feedback on at least two of them in that Slack channel. Be sure to tag your classmate in your comment, and provide either positive comments on their writing or let them know something relatively simple that they could do to improve it. These can be simply a sentence or two, but be sure to offer something specific and supportive/constructive.

Nominations (due Friday, June 30, 8am EDT)

In the #nominations channel in Slack, nominate at least one of your colleagues' writings for inclusion in our collaborative website that we are building. Please include at least one sentence explaining why you think it should be included, and be sure to tag the author so that they see your compliment.

Self-evaluation (due Friday, June 30, 8am EDT)

Complete your self-assessment for Week 1's assignments and submit to Canvas. See the syllabus for details about what should go into the self-assessment.


Week 2 (July 1–7)

This is a short week because of the holiday, so there will be only one activity and one written assignment. However, there is still a full load of reading, so I recommend getting started on that as soon as Week 1's materials are completed.

Readings (due Thursday, July 6, 8am EDT)

Read the following by Thursday at 8am EDT ― though likely earlier as it will support your writing, which is also due Thursday at 8am.

  • Net Smart, Chapter 4, Collective Intelligence
  • Net Smart, Chapter 6, Mindfulness
  • Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, Introductory materials
  • Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, Part 1, Doctorow's First Law

Activities (due Thursday, July 6, 8am EDT)

Choose one activity from the Activities page and complete it, following the provided instructions carefully, especially the instructions about publicizing on your domain and/or Slack.

Writing (due Thursday, July 6, 8am EDT)

Choose one topic from the list on the topics page, preferably one that is referenced in one of this week's readings. Then create a new page on your domain and write approximately 500 words explaining that topic. (You are free to write less words if you incorporate other media like images, audio, or video, in meaningful ways.) Be sure to create a link on your main page ― make it easy for your readers to find the information you are providing them ― and continue to tweak the site so that it helps readers engage your materials as readily as possible. When you have finished, post links to your new pages in our #writings channel on Slack with a brief description (1-2 sentences) of what you wrote about and why.

Feedback (due Friday, July 7, 8am EDT)

Read some (not all) of your classmates' writings (in #writings on Slack) and the published products of some (not all) of your classmates' activities (in #activities on Slack) and leave feedback on at least two of them in that Slack channel. Be sure to tag your classmate in your comment, and provide either positive comments on their writing or let them know something relatively simple that they could do to improve it. These can be simply a sentence or two, but be sure to offer something specific and supportive/constructive.

Nominations (due Friday, July 7, 8am EDT)

In the #nominations channel in Slack, nominate at least one of your colleagues' writings for inclusion in our collaborative website that we are building. Please include at least one sentence explaining why you think it should be included, and be sure to tag the author so that they see your compliment.

Self-evaluation (due Friday, July 7, 8am EDT)

Complete your self-assessment for Week 2's assignments and submit to Canvas. See the syllabus for details about what should go into the self-assessment.


Week 3 (July 8–14)

Readings (due Thursday, July 13, 8am EDT)

Read the following by Thursday at 8am EDT ― though likely earlier as it will support your writing, which is also due Thursday at 8am.

  • Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, Part 2, Doctorow's Second Law
  • Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, Part 3, Doctorow's Third Law
  • Information Doesn't Want to Be Free, Epilogue and Afterword

Activities (due Thursday, July 13, 8am EDT)

Choose two activities from the Activities page and complete them, following the provided instructions carefully, especially the instructions about publicizing on your domain and/or Slack.

Writing (due Thursday, July 13, 8am EDT)

Choose two topics from the list on the topics page, at least one of which is referenced in one of this week's readings. For each topic, create a new page on your domain and write approximately 500 words explaining that topic. (You are free to write less words if you incorporate other media like images, audio, or video, in meaningful ways.) Be sure to create a link on your main page ― make it easy for your readers to find the information you are providing them ― and continue to tweak the site so that it helps readers engage your materials as readily as possible. When you have finished, post links to your new pages in our #writings channel on Slack with a brief description (1-2 sentences) of what you wrote about and why.

Feedback (due Friday, July 14, 8am EDT)

Read some (not all) of your classmates' writings (in #writings on Slack) and the published products of some (not all) of your classmates' activities (in #activities on Slack) and leave feedback on at least two of them in that Slack channel. Be sure to tag your classmate in your comment, and provide either positive comments on their writing or let them know something relatively simple that they could do to improve it. These can be simply a sentence or two, but be sure to offer something specific and supportive/constructive.

Nominations (due Friday, July 14, 8am EDT)

In the #nominations channel in Slack, nominate at least one of your colleagues' writings for inclusion in our collaborative website that we are building. Please include at least one sentence explaining why you think it should be included, and be sure to tag the author so that they see your compliment.

Self-evaluation (due Friday,July 14, 8am EDT)

Complete your self-assessment for Week 3's assignments and submit to Canvas. See the syllabus for details about what should go into the self-assessment.


Week 4 (July 15–21)

Readings (due Thursday, July 20, 8am EDT)

Read the following by Thursday at 8am EDT ― though likely earlier as it will support your writing, which is also due Thursday at 8am.

  • Twitter and Tear Gas, Introduction
  • Twitter and Tear Gas, Chapter 1, A Networked Public
  • Twitter and Tear Gas, Chapter 2, Censorship and Attention
  • Twitter and Tear Gas, Chapter 3, Leading the Leaderless

Activities (due Thursday, July 20, 8am EDT)

Choose two activities from the Activities page and complete them, following the provided instructions carefully, especially the instructions about publicizing on your domain and/or Slack.

Writing (due Thursday, July 20, 8am EDT)

Choose two topics from the list on the topics page, at least one of which is referenced in one of this week's readings. For each topic, create a new page on your domain and write approximately 500 words explaining that topic. (You are free to write less words if you incorporate other media like images, audio, or video, in meaningful ways.) Be sure to create a link on your main page ― make it easy for your readers to find the information you are providing them ― and continue to tweak the site so that it helps readers engage your materials as readily as possible. When you have finished, post links to your new pages in our #writings channel on Slack with a brief description (1-2 sentences) of what you wrote about and why.

Feedback (due Friday, July 21, 8am EDT)

Read some (not all) of your classmates' writings (in #writings on Slack) and the published products of some (not all) of your classmates' activities (in #activities on Slack) and leave feedback on at least two of them in that Slack channel. Be sure to tag your classmate in your comment, and provide either positive comments on their writing or let them know something relatively simple that they could do to improve it. These can be simply a sentence or two, but be sure to offer something specific and supportive/constructive.

Nominations (due Friday, July 21, 8am EDT)

In the #nominations channel in Slack, nominate at least one of your colleagues' writings for inclusion in our collaborative website that we are building. Please include at least one sentence explaining why you think it should be included, and be sure to tag the author so that they see your compliment.

Self-evaluation (due Friday, July 21, 8am EDT)

Complete your self-assessment for Week 4's assignments and submit to Canvas. See the syllabus for details about what should go into the self-assessment.


Week 5 (July 22–27)

Readings (due Tuesday, July 25, 5pm EDT)

Read the following by Thursday at 8am EDT ― though likely earlier as it will support your writing, which is also due Thursday at 8am.

  • Twitter and Tear Gas, Chapter 5, Technology and People
  • Twitter and Tear Gas, Chapter 6, Platforms and Algorithms
  • Twitter and Tear Gas, Chapter 7, Names and Connections
  • Twitter and Tear Gas, Epilogue

Activities (due Tuesday, July 25, 5pm EDT)

Choose one activity from the Activities page and complete it, following the provided instructions carefully, especially the instructions about publicizing on your domain and/or Slack.

Writing (due Thursday, July 27, 5pm EDT)

Choose one topic from the list on the topics page, preferably one that is referenced in one of this week's readings. Then create a new page on your domain and write approximately 500 words explaining that topic. (You are free to write less words if you incorporate other media like images, audio, or video, in meaningful ways.) Be sure to create a link on your main page ― make it easy for your readers to find the information you are providing them ― and continue to tweak the site so that it helps readers engage your materials as readily as possible. When you have finished, post link to your new page in our #writings channel on Slack with a brief description (1-2 sentences) of what you wrote about and why.

Final domain project (due Thursday, July 27, 5pm EDT)

Put finishing touches on your website that you have been building throughout the semester, making sure that it is easy for visitors to find what you have written, and incorporating improvements based on feedback received throughout the course. When you are happy with the final state of it, post a link to it in the #writings channel on Slack, along with a brief description of some of the choices you made while building it ― the themes/topics you were most interested in exploring, the app and/or design decisions you made in putting it together, whatever you want to share and are most proud of. then have a look at some of your classmates' work and let them know what you like about their domains!

Feedback (due Thursday, July 27, 5pm EDT)

Read some (not all) of your classmates' writings (in #writings on Slack) and the published products of some (not all) of your classmates' activities (in #activities on Slack) and leave feedback on at least two of them in that Slack channel. Be sure to tag your classmate in your comment, and provide either positive comments on their writing or let them know something relatively simple that they could do to improve it. These can be simply a sentence or two, but be sure to offer something specific and supportive/constructive.

Nominations (due Thursday, July 27, 5pm EDT)

In the #nominations channel in Slack, nominate at least one of your colleagues' writings for inclusion in our collaborative website that we are building. Please include at least one sentence explaining why you think it should be included, and be sure to tag the author so that they see your compliment.

Self-evaluation (due Thursday, July 27, 5pm EDT)

Complete your self-assessment for Week 5's assignments and submit to Canvas. See the syllabus for details about what should go into the self-assessment.