Syllabus machine

Jan 12 2011 Published by under Metablogging, Research Data

Sorry for the radio silence this week; I thought it might be a good idea to finish my syllabus for this spring's digital-curation course, seeing as how class starts next week and all.

It's pretty much done, finally; I'm working on stuff in the course-management system now. I do intend to post the syllabus online when I'm committed to it sure I'm finished. Since this is an all-online course, I'll be doing a fair few audio lectures and screencasts, and I may post a few of those as well over the course of the semester. (Not all of them by any means; the classroom is a sacred space where I can tell horror stories and not get in trouble, but Book of Trogool is not a sacred space.)

This is the first time I've taught this course; it should be a pretty wild ride!

Also, how in the world did anyone do syllabi before there were DOIs? I love DOIs. Find the article, copy-paste the DOI into the syllabus with http://dx.doi.org/ in front of it, done. All the messy access bits get dealt with by library proxy servers and CrossRef infrastructure.

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4 responses so far

  • Curious what technical methods your library is using so that you can simply provide a bare http://dx.doi.org URI in your document, and students clicking on it (even off campus) will manage to get institutionally-authenticated access to the publisher copy. I've never found anything that will actually make that happen reliably. Are you using the CrossRef "cookie pusher" thing, do you know, is that it?

    • Dorothea says:

      Well, admittedly, it works best when students are on-campus and have a decent in-browser proxy-server setup (we have a bookmarklet that helps a lot). And it doesn't work for everything. But it works often enough that I just use it, because anything else will break even more often!

  • Joann says:

    What academic categories do your students represent? Is there a mix, and if so, who does the course mainly target? Most interested in your syllabus, version 1!

    • Dorothea says:

      These are mostly graduate students studying for their MA in Library and Information Studies (it's an ALA-accredited MLS-like-thing; our uni just doesn't have a degree named "MLS"). I do have at least one student who's post-MLS and one Ph.D student from a different department. The syllabus is extremely library-centric; it would not be appropriate for (say) an informatics program embedded in a science school or department.

      I just looked, and I have 28 students enrolled. I do expect some drops; this is a heavy-reading, heavy-work course by the standards of this degree program.

      Syllabus should be up shortly. I don't claim it's the Best of All Possible Syllabi; it's largely what I can make a stab at creditably teaching. Other schools have entire programs for this -- I only get a semester! :)