Sue Nugus of Academic Conferences recently sent out a request to the ISWORLD mailing list for websites useful to academic research. Here’s the list of websites she reported receiving.
A TOOL FOR CITINGS ANALYSIS
HARVARD REFERENCING AND ACADEMIC WRITING
PROOFREADING AND EDITING
STATISTICS TRAINING AND USAGE
ACADEMIC DATABASES AND SEARCH ENGINES
COMPLETED DISSERTAIONS AND THESES
This semester I’m teaching one course, a new course I’m developing jointly with Dr. Susan Jacobson of the Temple University Journalism Department. We are co-offering and co-teaching the course. (It’s an interesting institutional arrangement–she’s teaching JOU3810 and I’m teaching MIS3580 in the same room at the same time while trying to make it all look like one single class experience for our students.)
Here’s the course description:
We will review concepts and principles related to new business models supported by innovative use of Web 2.0 and social media. Through a combination of readings, discussion, presentations, and hands-on projects we will examine (i) the use of key media technologies (including, but not limited to: WordPress weblogs, Flash multimedia, Twitter, and Google web analytics), (ii) the business models underlying successful innovative new media business models such as Wikipedia, Craigslist, YouTube, and Facebook, and (iii) the role of centralized, decentralized, and crowd-sourced information resources in online media innovation.
This semester I’ll be creating a lot of blog content for the course–and our 30 students will be creating even more. The course blog is at Media Innovation Workshop.
Another academic semester is winding down. As always seems to be the case, it is a bittersweet experience for me.
I taught two sections of a Business Systems Analysis course this semester–it was engaging and rewarding. The two sections had unique personalities, and I enjoyed both in different ways. Mainly, though, I’m going to miss interacting with these students. After getting to know sixty-plus students over the last three months, I’ll only see a handful or so again in future courses.
On the other hand, I’m also eager to dive into some research projects with renewed vigor. I find there are some parts of research I have a hard time pushing forward quickly without multiple days of uninterrupted thinking time. With a few pauses to enjoy family holiday celebrations, winter break provides exactly that.