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LDS 102 Spring 2015
Undergraduate College of Leadership and Service

Media Literacy & Cyber Communications: Using Web Smart Technology for Effective Self-Presentation and Communication
Room 304 Harriman Hall (bring your laptop or tablet to class)
Cyber Communications Class Blog - http://you.stonybrook.edu/cybercommunications

Professor Manuel London, Ph.D.
, Dean, College of Business
Office: 312 Harriman Hall, Stony Brook, NY  11794-3775
Tel.: 631-632-7159, Fax.: 631-632-9412  Email: Manuel.London@Stonybrook.edu
Office Hours by Appointment

Nancy Wozniak, M.A. Education. Learning Architect and ePortfolio Program Manager
TLT Teaching and Learning Lab, S-1430 Melville Library, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3350
Tel.: 631-632-2781  Email: Nancy.Wozniak@Stonybrook.edu
Office Hours - Wednesdays - 4pm to 5pm after class or by appointment
Nancy Wozniak ePortfolio - https://stonybrook.digication.com/nancywozniak

Pan Xie, Graduate Assistant,
TLT Teaching and Learning Lab
S-1430 Melville Library, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3350
Tel.: 631-632-2781   Email pan.xie@stonybrook.edu
Office Hours by Appointment
Academic and Career ePortfolio- https://stonybrook.digication.com/pan_xie

Course Description

Welcome aboard the Starship Cyber Comm.  This is about how you perceive yourself, how you present yourself to the world, and how others see you. You will use cloud technologies to build and design cyber sites that showcase the professional YOU for future internships and your smooth, successful launch into the workforce.  Bring your laptops or digital devices to class. Join us as we explore the discovery of strange new digital devices, uncharted communication designs, and exotic galaxy applications of expression. These are the voyages and adventures of the Media Literacy and Cyber Communications crew, boldly going where no LDS 102 students have gone before.  Your syllabus is your guide through the galaxy of this course and your course rubric is your map to success and star status.  

Considerable work today gets done in on-line via a range of increasingly complex and function software. Such communication is one-to-one (e.g., communicating with colleagues and friends), one-to-many (making announcements, calls to action, and leadership), and many-to-many (e.g., teamwork). Emerging technologies include social networks, shared drives, web sites, and virtual meeting spaces that use videos, blogs, wikis, voice-over internet, and other communication methods together with a wide range of internet-based information sources. These technologies expand opportunities for effective interaction in social and work contexts but also present challenges such as language, culture, and time differences and difficulties in developing effective working relationships. This course is about exploring and using such technologies for conveying information about yourself and working with others.  Participants in the LDS seminar will document evidence of their professional skills and abilities by building and designing ePortfolios, LinkedIn profiles, and resumes in infographic formats to project their personal and professional brands for career development, and develop their professional digital stories on YouTube to create their professional online identities.  You will leave the course with digital evidence of the creative, skilled, and professional YOU!

Undergraduate Colleges - LDS 102 Course Goals

  • Improve critical thinking by developing evaluative, problem-solving, and expressive skills.
  • Enhance group communication skills through discussions, small-group work, presentations or debates.
  • Develop intellectual curiosity and better understand the role of a student in an academic community.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this course you will be able to
 (Read carefully, these are the industry skills you will acquire in this course.   This also is how you will evaluate the course and make productive suggestions for improvement.)

  1. Develop personal branding strategies and create your professional online identity by building and designing a Holistic professional ePortfolio to document your professional strengths, skills, leadership abilities and provide evidence of your applied knowledge, integrative learning experiences, service, and achievements to be maintained throughout your academic and professional careers.
  2. Demonstrate and present evidence of your digital media and design skills, creative thinking and composition skills, and reflective expression with the use of cloud technologies to produce a personal narrative digital story.
  3. Develop creative and professional presentations with the use of cloud technologies that demonstrate effective team and individual communication skills and provide evidence of your knowledge and utilization of best presentation practices and emerging technologies for professional use.
  4. Demonstrate your teamwork and inquiry skills through collaborative research and analysis of next generation cyber communication technologies with the use of a team Google Doc wiki, cloud application presentation, SB You blog, and other multimedia formats used in industry.
  5. Develop and demonstrate evidence of your critical and creative thinking, inquiry, reflective expression, web-based  communication, and industry specific technical skills through (1) team research compiled and reviewed in an engaging presentation with related blog discussion on emerging digital media for communication; (2) the production of  a reflective digital story, the creation and design of an holistic professional ePortfolio; and, (3) the design and compilation  of evidence-based reflection modules using multimedia (images and videos), media production software and cloud applications.

Course Requirements:

  • Participation - Be prepared to participate in class discussion and activities.
  • Attendance - You can NOT miss more than 2 classes and must contact instructors when missing class.
  • Assignments - All assignments (digital media productions) must be completed by due dates.  1/2 credit for completion after due date.
  • Attendance - 2 workshops outside of class hours for ePortfolio and LinkedIn Profile development.
  • UG Events - Participation in 2 events is required.  See Events in BB menu and at the Undergraduate Colleges Events webpage - http://ucolleges.stonybrook.edu/events (UGC Requirement)
  • Spring Commons Day - Attendance is a MUST!  (UGC Requirement)
  • Visit http://ucolleges.stonybrook.edu/first-year-reading/commons-day-spring for more information.
  • Develop a Linkedin account and Resume Infographic
  • ePortfolio with completed projects and reflections
  • This is considered a 1 hour course.  According to academic standards, for every course credit hour add 3-5 hours of study and practice per week.  You are IT students, let’s plan on 3 hours additional work time outside of the classroom.

Grading Policy and Assignments with Due Dates   
Weekly assignments with instructions and class activities can be found in the Assignments area of our Bb course.   ½ credit for projects and ePortfolio posts that don’t meet criteria. Find learning objectives and criteria in the Assignments area of Blackboard. A missed assignment lowers your grade by one level. Meeting deadlines is a criterion. Review and Use your grading rubric

LDS 102 Media Literacy and Cyber Communications Course Assignments and Points Grid

Total Points – 200 points

200 - 150 - A …Agents of Change Status!

149 -   90 - B

89 -   80 -   C

79 and below – unsatisfactory (We don’t expect any of our Leadership and Service students to fall into this category...LEADERSHIP!)

Review and Use your grading rubric  All assignments and due dates are tentative and subject to modification and change.  You must check the announcements in Blackboard (pushed to your SBU email ) on a regular basis (at a minimum of once a week).  Details on weekly assignments and class activities are posted in the Assignments area of your Bb course. (check the menu ).  Announcements override and update instructions and assignments posted on the syllabus or in the Assignment folders.  You MUST open the weekly folders and follow the requirements and instructions.   Use your SBU email account.


Semester Week

Due Dates


Assignments and Class Activities

1 (1/28)



Get to Know Each Other - Discover 5 facts about your neighbor.  Review syllabus. Discussion-How do you present yourself online—LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram.

1 (1/28) &

2 (2/4)



Meet with Nancy and Pan to work on ePortfolio and review class syllabus - 50 min. workshop that is REQUIRED (counts as an absence if not attended).  Sign-up sheets will be distributed during 1st class and attendance taken at end of workshop.

2 (2/4)



Syllabus Quiz Due - 20 Points Join LinkedIn and begin profile.   Bring your laptops.

3 (2/11)



ePortfolio assignments due (Welcome Page Logo and Sentence, About Me (5 Facts) tab or page with Image(s), LDS 102 tab, Resume tab) - 20 Points  Bring your laptops. We will continue working on Linkedin in class and explore the components of this vital professional social network. Group Discussions.

4 (2/18)



Due - Link to LinkedIn Account displayed on Welcome Page of ePortfolio.   Go over Infographics and turning your resume into an infographic.  Bring your laptops.  Look at required article, Is Google Making Us Stupid, and class blog for class next week.  

4 (2/18) & 5 (2/25)



Meet with Nancy and Pan to work on LinkedIn and review Infographic Resume - 50 min. workshop that is REQUIRED (counts as an absence if not attended).  Sign-up sheets will be distributed during 1st class and attendance taken at end of workshop.  Create and maintain your LinkedIn account as a career portfolio and microblog.

5 (2/25)



Why Blog? (showcase your creative and critical thinking skills to prospective employers).  Due - Read the class blogging related to article, Is Google Making Us Stupid and post comments to Cyber Communications Course Blog at http://you.stonybrook.edu/cybercommunications - 10 Points.  Go to Class Blog and read Digital Life in 2025.

6 (3/4)



Due - Post comments in class blog on Digital Life in 2025.. - 10 Points. Review the requirements and instructions for the Emerging Cyber Communications team project.  Bring  your laptops to class.  You will form teams, create your collaboration wiki with a Google Doc.  Choose cloud app for presentation (no PPT)

7 (3/11)



LinkedIn profile and Resume Infographic Due - 20 Points.  Bring your laptops to class.  You will start your SB You final presentation blog and work on your team project.  

8 (3/18)



Spring Recess - Everybody line up for the playground! (1 attendance point for kicking back and having fun)  HINT:  Use your wiki and blog to communicate and work on your project.    Don’t wait until the last minute to complete the project.

9 (3/25)



COMMONS DAY! (5 points posted in ePortfolio)  More information to follow.  The event must be posted in your ePortfolio with an image/video.  There are reflection prompts.  Also, don’t forget the 2 other events (5 Points each).  Class is not cancelled!  Come to class.  

10 (4/1)



Group Presentations in Class and SB You Blog Posts -20 Points 

11 (4/8)



If needed overflow of Group Presentations in Class and general workday.  Bring laptops.  Introduction to digital stories.

12 (4/15)



Jennifer Jaiswal, TLT Consultant, will visit and show us VoiceThread for our digital stories. Review requirements and instructions for 3-4 minute digital story.  Bring your laptops to class.

13 (4/22)



Work on digital stories. Bring laptops to class.

14 (4/29)



Work on digital stories.  Bring laptops to class.

15 (5/6)



Digital Stories posted in ePortfolios and Class Blog - 20 Points.  
Commons Day and 2 Events posted in ePortfolio
15 Point(5 Points each).

We will divide in groups and view each other’s digital stories.  Bring your laptops to class.

16 (5/10)



All assignments and events must be completed and posted according to requirements with reflection in ePortfolio (see Course Rubric) - 40 points  


Total Points



Assignments    Total Course Points = 200

ePortfolio Posts must include

(1) Description of project (2) Process of completing project (3) Project (4) Reflection (5) Resources and References (6) Supporting multimedia (images and video)

Reflection Prompts

When you post your assignment (artifact) to your eportfolio, the assignment is NOT complete without the reflection component. Answer the questions below. Be brief with reflection, but make the content meaningful.

1. How would you describe this project, event, or assignment to your friends?

2. What did you learn (skills and knowledge) from the project, event, or assignment?

3. How are you able to apply what you discovered and learned to other areas of your life?

4. What was your favorite aspect of this project, event, or assignment?

5. What risks did you take with this project, event, or assignment?

6. What problems did you encounter?

7. If you could do it over again, would you and what would you do or change?

8. What would you like to learn further about this subject, discipline, or professional field?

Academic Integrity

Each student must pursue his or her academic goals honestly and be personally accountable for all submitted work. Representing another person's work as your own is always wrong. Faculty are required to report any suspected instances of academic dishonesty to the Academic Judiciary.  Faculty in the Health Sciences Center (School of Health Technology & Management, Nursing, Social Welfare, Dental Medicine) and School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.  For more comprehensive information on academic integrity, including categories of academic dishonesty, please refer to the academic judiciary website at http://www.stonybrook.edu/uaa/academicjudiciary/

Americans with Disabilities Act

If you have a physical, psychological, medical or learning disability that may impact your course work, please contact Disability Support Services, ECC (Educational Communications Center) Building, Room 128, (631) 632-6748. They will determine with you what accommodations, if any, are necessary and appropriate. All information and documentation is confidential.

Critical Incident Management

Stony Brook University expects students to respect the rights, privileges, and property of other people. Faculty are required to report to the Office of Judicial Affairs any disruptive behavior that interrupts their ability to teach, compromises the safety of the learning environment, or inhibits students' ability to learn.  Faculty in the HSC Schools and the School of Medicine are required to follow their school-specific procedures.

COURSE EVALUTIONS - As Agents of Change, you can change the face of education around here by doing this!  JUST DO IT!

Each semester Stony Brook University asks students to provide feedback on their courses and instructors through an online course evaluation system. The course evaluation results are used by the individual faculty, department chairs and deans to help the faculty enhance their teaching skills and are used as part of the personnel decision for faculty promotion and tenure.  Stony Brook contracts with an outside vendor to administer the surveys and all results are completely anonymous. No individually identifiable data are ever reported back to the university or instructor. Students who have completed previous evaluations can view all faculty ratings at http://it.stonybrook.edu/services/course-evaluations-students.

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