IS 4425 Syllabus #IDSsem Spring 2018 PSU


Lumber is to home as data is to ePort.

IS 4425: Course Schedule

Like a traffic light this syllabus will change as the semester gets going. Print with caution!

Make sure your ePort is ready to go! ūüėČ

Tuesday, January 30  

Bring a laptop! If you don’t have one, check one out using your student ID at the Lamson Library circulation desk.

You should have an ePort with:

    • an About Me page
    • a catchy photo which speaks to your vision
    • a blog page for posting work
    • social media sharing buttons on the blog section of the site
    • a license. I suggest Creative Commons. Our friendly IDS Department is there to assist with tech help as you take charge of developing your amazing digital platform! One small footprint for you, one big footprint for the global community.

  • Creative Commons video

Wanna Work Together? from Creative Commons on Vimeo.

  • Have¬†a Twitter account at¬†¬†– add a bio and profile photo. Send a test tweet using the course hashtag, #IDSsem. My twitter handle is @bonniejtoomey. Follow our program account: @PlymouthIDS. ¬†The program hashtag is #PlymouthIDS. If you prefer a PLN plan besides Twitter, please propose it! If you do not create an alternate PLN plan, then go ahead and add a¬†Twitter widget¬†to your¬†ePort. On Twitter, you should:
    • Follow 1-10 new academic and professional‚Äďacaprof‚Äďaccounts per day
    • Go for at least 1 simple acaprof retweet a day
    • Engage in a minimum of 1 quoted retweet a day
    • Voice a minimum of 1 reply a day
    • Respond w/ at least 1 acaprof tweet of your own per day
    • Choose 1-10 favorites per day
    • Effectively use the #IDSsem hashtag
    • Show active use of acaprof hashtags
    • Use helpful apps (Twitter for mobile; Tweetdeck; etc)
    • Tweet at least 5 days a week, 10 minutes or so a day.
    • *Alternative plan:¬†Grow an open-source community on a noncommercial platform like¬†
      • Regularly read and blog about print journals and share those blog posts with the authors, orgs, and readers of those journals. Subscribe to a couple of acaprof¬†journals that you think are really helpful, access them daily, read, take notes, and create in-depth responses as opposed to Twitter’s brief platform.
      • Subscribe to 10-15 acaprof blogs, post comments on them, blog about what you’re learning, and share those posts back to the comments. You can work here if you enjoy collating websites; receiving news as targeted posts from a small cohort; commenting in-depth as opposed to retweets or annotated retweets; and want to have more control over the algorithms that deliver news to your feed.
      • Attend at least 3 webinars a month and 1 or more acaprof conferences a year and blog about them, sharing those blogs with the participants. If you enjoy more in-depth and face-to-face interactions with people and would rather learn from ‚Äúlive‚ÄĚ colleagues, this might be a great alternative.
      • Use an archived process to slowly and deliberately build an acaprof community from which you can learn on a near-daily basis and TO WHICH YOU CAN CONTRIBUTE every week. Talk to me first.
      • JOIN our Facebook page now¬†for announcements, fun links, job offers, etc. You are encouraged to do this ONLY if you already have a Facebook account.
      • Log your Twitter handle and ePort URL to our Spreadsheet If you are doing an alternate PLN, please add other relevant links.
      • How to properly site images here.
      • Visit IDS 003 in Lamson:¬†M-F 8:30am-5pm, office¬†phone number:(603) 535-2510,¬†Bonnie’s office hour with Tuesday Class: 3:45-4:45 p.m.


Tuesday, February 6

Laptops Required At All Classes

  • Now you’re ready! You’ve checked off the list of work from 30 Jan as completed and posted in our Green Light Spreadsheet. Visiting your posted links is how I will follow your progress and respond to your work. You should have posted Childhood Connection to IDS and IDS Statement close in the works!¬†IDS Statement details are here. Post to Greenlight Spreadsheet here.
  • In class, we will talk about the research article (RA), the applied project (AP), the summary synthesis, and your final presentation.
  • RA FAQ’s and RA Rubrics
  • AP FAQ’s and AP Rubrics


  • Scripting. You should be making a specific list of IDS-related actions to move your PLN, AP, and RA forward each night and checking off at least one thing the next day. Move target goals you have not checked to the next night’s list until they’ve been accomplished. Much of your research/applied Project depends on your ability to talk with people. Here’s a refresher on the interview. *In Class: Brainstorm Exercise.¬†POST TO ePORT: Have fun with this. Use hyperlinks, and your own photos. Visit Dr. Robin Derosa’s step by step tutorial of properly-cited images if you want.Tweet the link to our hashtag (#IDSsem). *PLN: You are a week into your super-revved up PLN and granted autonomy to move about the interdisciplinarity cabin as you see fit. We’ll take a proverbial 50,00 foot view of our ideas before coming in for a targeted landing. Tonight we will talk about how you are utilizing your PLN to make connections for your RA and AP and share those experiences. Remember you’re not alone, we are a community, a virtual and realtime think tank of researchers, writers, and doers integrating our specific disciplines into our interdisciplinary platforms.


  • Tuesday, February 13

(This syllabus was updated 02/08 )

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    [Re]Read *On your own refresh the following texts from IntroIDS: The Big Terms,¬†FRUIT,¬†Concepts for DOING Interdisciplinarity, and¬†Content, Methods,¬†Epistemologies.¬†These are all in the ‚ÄúTerms and Concepts‚ÄĚ section of our¬†textbook;¬†[you should have annotated each with in IntroIDS. If you need help/a refresher using, swing by our IDS office!] *Comment on [IDS Childhood Connection or IDS Statement] posts of one or two¬†of¬†your classmates. Explore what you find most inspiring and/or compelling about their program.¬†Using our course hashtag (#IDSsem), tweet out any programs or viable sources that you think are really exciting or interesting, with a (very, very) brief, tweetable explanation about why the¬†post is worth reading. I will be tweeting your posts and sharing sources as well.
    • In class: Brainstorm five ideas for your Research Article (RA) and explain why each one is interesting to you and worthwhile for your field or your community. Explore what you think would be the major challenges of each idea. List the key disciplines that contribute research to each¬†idea (make sure each idea has at LEAST two distinct disciplines). ¬†Make sure your five ideas are all at least loosely related to your major.
    • In class: We will also brainstorm five ideas for your¬†Applied Project¬†(AP),¬†why each one is interesting to you and worthwhile for your field or your community. Explore what you think would be the major challenges of each idea.¬†Make sure your five ideas are all at least loosely related to your major. *Important: if you plan to involve human subjects please see me about applying for an IRB¬†(Institutional Review Board)¬†form. *In class: Plan on working with a partner to practice the interview. We’ll interview each other gathering 5ws/H and something fun/little known about our partner as it applies to their IDS major and AP/RA intentions. Come to class with at least a few general ideas as to how/why you want to pursue your research article and your applied Project. We’ll introduce our partners later and open up the room for 1 or 2 questions in relation to the interviewee’s capstone research article and applied project. *(After class) In a single post in your ePort, ¬†share your 5 ideas generated from our in-class brainstorming/interviewing for your RA and 5 for your AP. **Include your name/IDS major in each post. Play with captions for your media drawing literal or figurative connections to your post’s point. Log¬†the link to your single post on our¬†Green Light Spreadsheet. Make sure your link is not to your ePort in general, but to THIS POST in particular, and make sure it does not have ‚Äúwp-admin‚ÄĚ in the URL, since that is your editing screen, not the actual post. If you need help creating a post, swing by our IDS office!¬†Tweet your post¬†to our hashtag when you‚Äôre done, # IDSsem. If you need help with Twitter, swing by our IDS office! When you tweet, be specific.


Tuesday, February 20

    • Comment on the article/project posts¬†of at least two of your classmates.¬† Offer feedback on which ideas seem most exciting, which ones seem most do-able and/or challenging, etc.¬† Offer helpful resources or problem-solving tips if you have them. Using our course hashtags, tweet out any posts you read that you think are really exciting or interesting.
    • Select a research article topic and applied project and come ready to discuss them both in class.
    • In class: writing the prospectuses and getting started with your work



Tuesday, February 27

    • AP: Project¬†Prospectus and Timeline Due to ePort by 5pm.¬†Link to the¬†rubric for the AP prospectus is HERE.¬†(The whole AP rubric is also at that link.)
    • RA: Research Article Prospectus and Timeline Due to ePort by 5pm. Link to the¬†rubric¬†for the RA prospectus is¬†HERE. (The whole RA rubric is also at that link.)
    • IMPORTANT: Please put the two prospectuses together in one post.
    • Make sure you log the link on our Spreadsheet.
    • Optional: Read¬†‚ÄúExcerpts from ‚ÄėConnected Learning: A Context for Interdisciplinarity’‚Ä̬†in our textbook.
    • In class: we will talk about your prospectuses, the Literature Search, classifying sources,¬†Interlibrary Loan, and using library databases.
    • In class: Following group discussion protocol, visit, robustly comment, and share a peer’s prospectus @bonniejtoomey #IDSsem using Twitter and Facebook.
    • IDSsem Fun Group Photoshoot for archive

Tuesday, March 6  NO IN-CLASS MEETING

  • RA¬†research will be the backbone of your research article. You need to create an annotated bibliography or chart that includes the citation info for each source, the main discipline from which the source draws, the focus of the insight from the source (ie- what is the main useful concept or info that the source contributes), and¬† your evaluation of the insight (ie- how helpful will the source be to you and where/how you might use it in your paper). ¬†You may add other columns to the chart if you wish (for example, useful quotes from the source).¬† This chart is what you will be graded on for the Lit Search part of your RA.
    • Your texts will ultimately need to draw from a minimum of 3 disciplines, but there’s no maximum!
    • Read¬†2 articles, take notes, and fill in chart.
    • ¬†Make sure you have ordered at least one book from Interlibrary Loan.¬† Find it on Amazon, and then check the Lamson online catalog to make sure we don‚Äôt own it before you order it!

  • Optional: Read¬†‚ÄúWhy Openness in Education?‚Ä̬†in¬†our textbook.
  • Start your projects if you haven‚Äôt already! Progress according to your own timeline.
  • Putting the frame up from a concept design.

Tuesday, March 13

  • Progress on RA and Literature Search (annotated bibliography) according to your own timeline.
  • PLN Post: A PLN post has two parts:
    • 1) write about something that contributes something worthwhile to your Personal Learning Network (a new idea, a summary of an article or news report, a set of questions about new research, a note about something new you learned in a class, a review of a relevant film, or literally an infinite number of other ideas‚Äď just stay focused on your acaprof community, cite your sources, be detailed and specific, write clearly and with personality, and use openly-licensed or original images in your post);
    • 2) share your post with your PLN and solicit their feedback and collaboration.
    • Make sure you save your post (screenshot is fine) to include it in your PLN Portfolio on our Spreadsheet due in May, ¬†includes an image (required) and relevant hotlinks (where helpful) and/or citations.

Tuesday, March 20  SPRING BREAK

  • Reminder: you should be very far along into your Lit Search by now, with many sources added to your chart. You should also have a solid outline for your RA. You should be well into your AP. You should be tweeting every day and working on your PLN. You won‚Äôt be reminded of these things regularly!

Tuesday, March 27 NO IN-CLASS MEETING

  • Outline for RA due. Use your concept map, lit search, and prospectus to inform your work on this. Add detail such as notes, quotes, topic sentences, sources, etc. as desired.
  • Any scholar wishing to share their research article rough draft ¬†is more than welcome to do so! Some of you have chosen to post your evolving work on your blog. I encourage you to your share ideas in this way as part of your ongoing process if you feel it will add value to your work.

Tuesday, April 3

*Carried over from snow cancellation.

*Draft your resume and bring it to class (print-out or on laptop ok).
Before class: Review resources in Career Corner on Moodle

*Career Services Visit by Erik Pavesic! Get ready to ask questions, Tweet and take notes. Topics to be covered:
– Job Search Strategies
– Organization Research
– Professional Documentation
– Interview Preparation
– Networking Strategies

  • Remember to gather your PLN Posts as you go.
  • Make use of Open Hours for focused study time on your RA and AP. Note that draft deadlines start in JUST TWO¬†WEEKS. Earlier is okay.
  • Class time tonight is required, and will be 1.5 hours of silent work on your RA. Please bring your outline, notes and whatever else you need to work. Feel free to bring headphones for music, snacks, coffee, etc. if that helps you focus. We will take a 5 minute break in the middle of class.¬†The RA rubric is here.

Tuesday, April 10 NO IN-CLASS MEETING

  • Make use of Open Hours for focused study time on your RA and AP. Note that draft deadlines start in JUST ONE WEEK.

Tuesday, April 17

Tuesday, April 24

  • AP workshop:¬†post complete draft to ePort before class. Applied Project Rubric is here.
  • ¬†Here is the document you will need during class for this workshop:¬†Applied Project WORKSHOP
  • If you don‚Äôt have a greenlight for your Lit Search yet, please make sure to show it to me in class to get that taken care of!


  • Continue to gather PLN Posts which show your contributing engagement. Curate Tweets, etc. of your most relevant, representative engagement over the course of the semester.


Tuesday, May 8 (Meeting at Lamson – bring a snack if you wish! Let’s remember our IDS friend, Tiffany Richards, wish Heather D. a happy birthday, get our act together for Frost House Celebration, and work on our final posts.)

Sunday, May 13

    • Your Summary Synthesis is due by 9pm to your ePort. It should do the following:
      • Explain your IDS major‚Äôs general focus.
      • Explain your AP, including why you decided to do it and how it contributed to your education.
      • Explain your RA, including why you decided to choose that topic and how it contributed to your education.
      • A conclusion explaining how the AP and RA, together with your program courses and experiences as an IDS major, impacted or will impact your education, your life, and/or your future.
      • Reminders for Synthesis: It must include hotlinks to your IDS Essay, your RA, and your AP, among others. It must include images. Post your link to our Spreadsheet.
    • Your PLN Portfolio (roughly ten PLN Posts representing your semester) is due by 9pm to your ePort. It should be posted on your ePort and include a brief definition of a PLN as you see it, a description of how you built yours, you can create a page on your ePort for this and be prepared to talk¬†about your PLN and screenshot or embed a few tweets as examples if you haven‚Äôt done this already. Maybe try a¬†Tweetdeck Collection.¬†Or¬†Robin’s friend, Alan, suggests¬†a simple idea: WordPress autoembed; check it out here and click on WordPress Autoembed for simple instructions. Basically, just write a post and explain the whats and whys of your PLN and try to give examples.

IDSsem Celebration  and Final Exam Presentations:

Tuesday, May 15 at Frost Commons 5 Р7:30 p.m. 

You are building! Time for celebration!!