Weeks Four & Five


September 9-10
Read at least these excerpts from Doug Engelbart, “Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework”:

Chapter I, “Introduction,” parts A (“General”) and B (“Objective of the Study”)
Chapter II, “Conceptual Framework,” parts A (“General”) and B (“The Basic Perspective”)
Chapter III, “Examples and Discussion,” part A (“Background”) sections 2 (“Comments Related To Bush’s Article” and 3 (“Some Possibilities with Cards and Relatively Simple Equipment”)
Nothing from Chapter IV
Chapter V, “Summary” (all)
Chapter VI, “Conclusions” (all)
and of course, pick your nugget.
You should also watch some or all of “The Mother Of All Demos.” There’s a nice set of highlights made by SRI International that’s great as an overview.

September 11
Compose a blog post with a nugget from the Engelbart excerpts (i.e. a pertinent passage from a reading that grabs you in some way)  and make it as meaningful as possible.  It could be a passage that puzzles you, or intrigues you, or resonates strongly with you. It could be a passage you agree with, or one you disagree with. The idea here is that the passage evokes some kind of response in you, one that makes you want to work with the passage to make it just as meaningful as possible.
To make it meaningful: Either continue using your example from the first nugget post to flesh out why this nugget is significant, or select a new one and do so.  (NOTE: If you choose a new primary text, be sure to pick something that truly interests you with our New Media theme that you would think you’d be comfortable researching later in the course.)  Key question: How does the nugget connect to the text you select, and why is your interpretation of it important?  Write no more more than two paragraphs.

September 14
SYNCHRONOUS EVENT: Google Hangout, Time TBA — Q&A. Get on twitter during the hangout and ask us questions. Otherwise we just talk to each other, and it would be nice to have a timely reminder of our true audience.
Edit your nugget post from 9/11. Indicate this by writing “EDIT” at the bottom of the original post and have the changes follow.  Keep your original post intact. Then embed links to five other students’ posts from 9/11: this time, link to students who are not in our section. (This is an attempt to get you in the habit of linking out to other blog posts, including your own past ones, frequently and robustly.)
Begin integrated domain concept experience

September 15
Blog post on integrated domain concept experience. This one comes from my colleague, and our resident Engelbartian eidetic reduction, Gardner Campbell. Other concepts to explore: personal cyberinfrastructure, dynamic knowledge repository/ecosystem


September 16 — Don’t forget to come to class!
Blog post commenting on and linking to at least 5 classmates’ posts on the integrated domain concept experience.

September 17
Progress report / research reflection post, with links.
Inquiry project proposal draft #1 posted with request for comments.

September 18
Comment on at least 5 of your classmates’ inquiry project proposal drafts