LBSC 698


Class Participation

Each class is critical to your learning experience. Your energy in contributing to class discussions, small-group exercises, and on-going research will be important. Therefore, coming to class prepared (e.g., reading all course readings, working on project research, etc.) will be necessary to receiving full credit for class participation.


Class Participation
    3 points x 15 class sessions
45 points
Lead a Discussion
30 points
Mid Term Paper/Presentation
50 points
Final Paper/Presentation 75 points
Total 200 points

Lead a Discussion

You will be asked to choose one class session during the first 8 weeks where you will lead a portion of the discussion on policy issues (e.g., the digital divide, copyright freedoms, federally mandated assessment, etc.). You will also be asked to contribute to the class readings with 4 additional links to documents that can add to the discussion. These links need to be submitted by 9am the day of class so that they can be incorporated into the class webpages. All discussions will be graded for link content, discussion structure, and others' class participation in the following form

Midterm Project & Presentation

You will be asked by your organization to adopt a new information technology for the children you work with. Your organization may be a local school, a public library in a rural area, a non-profit group working with children in developing countries, or any other organization that connects children with technology. Choose a technology area we have discussed in class and explain:
  • why a technology might be important to intergrate into your organization's services for children.
  • give the pros and cons of adopting such a new technology.
  • and propose an "adoption plan" that will give your organization an idea of what needs to be done.
Be sure to use references in your discussion. All papers must be submitted by email 5:30pm, Oct.29, the 9th class session. If it is not submitted on time that day, your grade will be reduced by 5 points. For each subsequent day it is late your grade will be reduced by 5 points. You must also prepare a 7-minute presentation for the following week, Nov.5 . It should summarize the highlights of your technology adoption proposal. You will be graded on your paper's content and structure, and your summary presentation in class. The following form will be used.

Final Project & Presentation

During the second half of the semester, you will focus on one area of interest that you believe needs further work. This includes suggesting:
  • research to understand the impact that a particular government policy has on children's use of information technology in libraries.
  • the development and evaluation of a new technology for children.
  • the study of how children are currently using a particular technology in the schools.
You will be responsible for developing a research proposal according to the National Science Foundation (NSF) proposal guidelines . Deliverables are the following: a proposal which presents your ideas and an in-class presentation. NOTE: All pieces of the final project must be submitted by email the last day of class, Dec.10th at 3pm. You will be graded on your proposal's content and structure, and your summary presentation in class. If it is not submitted on time that day, your grade will be reduced by 5 points. For each subsequent day it is late your grade will be reduced by 5 points. All final projects will be graded based on the following form.

Academic Integrity

The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. Please visit the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, for more information.