Detailed Syllabus

Our first four weeks (beta):


June 10: The Course Begins
SYNCHRONOUS EVENT: Live Google+ Hangout with all six professors (8 p.m. EDT)
ASSIGNMENTS: Read Vannevar Bush, “As We May Think.”
Blog post: a self-portrait in words and more. “How Does It Feel When I Think?”

June 11
Blog post making nugget from “As We May Think” as meaningful as possible
Do “associative trails” concept experience

June 12
Leave a substantive, interesting comment on at least 10 of your classmates’ nugget posts.
Blog post on “associative trails” concept experience

June 13
Comment on at least 10 of your classmates’ “associative trails” blog posts
Blog post: first “progress report / research reflection”

OVER THE WEEKEND: Read J. C. R. Licklider, “Man-Computer Symbiosis,” and choose a nugget you’ll work with.


June 16
SYNCHRONOUS EVENT: Live Google+ Hangout
(This Hangout has been postponed to later in the week–stay tuned)
Blog post making nugget from “Man-Computer Symbiosis” as meaningful as possible

June 17
Do the nugget post again, revising it with links to at least five classmates’ posts from June 16. (In other words, get in the habit of linking out to other blog posts, including your own, frequently and robustly.)

June 18
SYNCHRONOUS EVENT: VCU cMOOC Live in Concert at the New Media Consortium! (4:00-5:15 PM EDT)
Do “formulated vs. formulative” concept experience and blog about it.

June 19
Comment on at least 5 of this week’s revised nugget posts and 5 of this week’s concept experience posts.

June 20
Progress report / research reflection post, with links to at least four other posts (you may link to earlier posts of your own as well).

OVER THE WEEKEND (a big one!): 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.


June 23
Blog post making nugget from “Augmenting Human Intellect” as meaningful as possible. Don’t forget the links (make them interesting, make them revelatory, make them creative)

June 24
SYNCHRONOUS EVENT: Google Hangout Interview with Christina Engelbart, Executive Director of the Doug Engelbart Institute. Hangout begins at 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Begin integrated domain concept experience

June 25
Finish and publish conceptual network concept experience.
(Other concepts you may wish to explore: personal cyberinfrastructure, dynamic knowledge repository/ecosystem)

June 26
Blog post commenting on and linking to at least 5 classmates’ posts on the conceptual network concept experience.

June 27
Progress report / research reflection post, with links.
Inquiry project proposal draft #1 posted with request for comments.

OVER THE WEEKEND: Read Ted Nelson, Computer Lib / Dream Machines (excerpts. pdf download) and pick a nugget to work with.
Comment on at least 5 of your classmates’ inquiry project proposal drafts


June 30
Blog post making nugget from CL/DM  as meaningful as possible.

July 1

Blog post making nugget even more meaningful.
Begin work on creating and curating ultra-rich environment (details forthcoming).

July 2
Publish ultra-rich environment with reflection (don’t forget the “fantics” or the “thinkertoys”).

July 3
Possible Google Hangouts (separately) with Dr. Ted Nelson, and with UNIV 200 librarians
Continue to share, revise, discuss ultra-rich environment (don’t forget the “fantics” or the “thinkertoys”)
Post inquiry project proposal draft #2 with preliminary source list.

July 4
Independence Day holiday (USA)

OVER THE WEEKEND: Comment on at least 5 of your classmates’ inquiry project proposal drafts.
Continue to refine your own inquiry project design.

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