Social Media/Level 1 assignments
The following three assignments are suggested for you to use as a basis for activity in this course, and to use for assessment of learning, should accreditation be necessary at some stage. You're own projects are more than welcome to be submitted for assessment. We hope you will see an opportunity to apply these assignments in your own settings.
Tutorial exercises weblogging
To practice skills and develop a better understanding of digital media, hypertext markup, and appropriation of media, you will start and maintain a weblog for the tutorials. At each tutorial you will be given a demonstration and then an exercise to complete on your weblog.
If you do not already have a weblog, we recommend http://blogger.com as a suitable service to get started on.
email the URL for your blog to your lecturer before the second lecture.
Each tutorial exercise is to be a new post on your blog with the following structure for each post:
- The post title to be the same as the tutorial title
- An introductory sentence explaining the exercise and linking back to the tutorial web page
- The completed exercise
- Links and references out to further readings related to the techniques in the exercise
- A category or tag word that is used in your course
Your blog's sidebar will contain links to other student's blogs you consider exceptional.
- A quality weblog with a personalised layout design, settings adjusted to the correct timezone, and other evidence of effort to personalise the weblog: 40%
- One blog post for each tutorial following the post structure in the assignment guidelines: 40%
- Evidence of extending the blog posts beyond just the tutorials, such as extra posts, comments on other student's blogs, or linkage with other personal social media accounts: 20%
In the first lecture and tutorial, you will arrange into a group to research and deliver a presentation in a tutorial time agreed with your lecturer. Abstracts for presentations are to be submitted in a digital format by the 5th lecture. Suggested topics include:
- Controversies relating to social media use
- Official policies relating to social media use
- Social media in journalism
- Niche social media
- Celebrity uses of social media
- How fans use social media
- International examples of social media
- Other topics of interest
Your group should decide on a topic and submit a 250 word abstract outlining your topic and what you will cover. Submit this abstract as early as possible or no later than the 5th lecture
Groups will be notified of a tutorial time to present after submitting their abstract
Group presentations will be no longer than 15 minutes in duration
A supporting document will accompany the group's presentation. It can be an audio slideshow version of the presentation, a video recording, or other multi media production. All recordings are to be published on a popular social media platform such as Youtube, Slideshare, and/or Wikimedia Commons and Wikiversity.
The group's mark will be the mark awarded for each individual in the group
- A 250 word abstract, clearly outlining the topic for presentation, submitted before lecture 5: 20%
- The presentation is within time: 20%
- The presentation is engaging and interesting: 20%
- The presentation and supporting document is factual, and contains links and references to reliable sources: 20%
- The abstract, presentation, and supporting document contains original research, such as interviews, surveys, or data analysis: 20%
Course book chapter
In this assignment, you will author a chapter in a book on social media. Your chapter can be a case study, instructions, interviews or commentary on social media. You can work as individuals or in pairs.
You will first need to create an account on http://wikibooks.org and set up a User page with profile information that is a useful introduction to you as an author. Alias names are accepted, just be sure your lecturer knows your alias name. Once you have a user page, sign the Social Media Wikibook section called authors.
At any stage in the course decide on a chapter you will complete for the Social Media Wikibook. Your chapter could be a study focused on an issue raised in the lectures; a "how-to" guide on one or more of the skills developed in the tutorials; or a case study of social media being applied in a particular setting. Please discuss your ideas with your lecturer, and in tutorial sessions.
When you have decided on your chapter, write a 250 word proposal for the chapter on your Wikibooks userpage. After discussion with your lecturer and fellow authors, choose a chapter template from the Social Media in Sport Wikibook home page, and use it to write your chapter.
Assessment is based on the quality of the work, and it being equivalent to a minimum of 1000 words per person. Text should be clear and concise, original, illustrated by images and/or graphics, satisfy all copyright and attribution requirements, factual and verifiable.
- A user page on Wikibooks with profile information: 10%
- A 250 word chapter proposal on your Wikibooks user page: 10%
- The chapter template added to a page with your chapter title: 10%
- Content is equivalent to a minimum of 1000 words: 30%
- Text is clear, concise, original, illustrated, complies with copyright, factual and verifiable: 40%