Week 1 – Introduction

beginningI hope that you have found the first face-to-face meeting congenial and hopefully has excited you about the content that we will explore together. As we are studying Social Computing it certainly seems only natural that we employ the tools and processes that we are studying as a part of our own practice. So … from today we will only occasionally be meeting in person but instead will interact through a variety of online means to reflect on how these change the way in which we interact and how they can be effectively employed to share knowledge. We are going to learn and see by doing. Your participation is crucial and I hope that what you do here will benefit your performance not only in your other modules but in your work life and next year’s major project.

We are in this together and at all times…be in touch and suggest what you like, don’t like and we will attempt to build this experience together. I will be suggesting topics and items. Feel free to pose your own questions as well.

As a point of reference I like this discussion: How to Build and Ethical Online Course

To do this I will need you to start (or continue) to use a variety of social media as part of our ongoing engagement. Please either create a new account (or create a new one for the purposes of this course on:

  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • LinkedIN
  • FourSquare

I would encourage participation in many of these media as a normal part of your life. I would also encourage, but not demand, that you use your own existing accounts as part of this course to appreciate the nature of real online engagement. You may well have reasons not to do so, so I encourage you to choose the path that makes sense for you.


Here is a copy of the slidedeck I shared in class (note that it is shared on SlideShare).

Lecture 1 – 1 October 2013

In the future I will be continue to share a deck or two as I deliver talks with you. These will accompany audio or video presentation on the various topics that we will look at in the future. Please let me know you are there as we begin this asynchronous experience.

What is Social Computing All About?

[box style=”info”]I would make one note as a public service: If you are serious about Information Systems (and you indicate a certain degree of interest if not determination by joining this programme) it is important to make the right associations. One suggested membership that you will find valuable is with the Association of Information Systems (AIS). You can join for as low as $6 and I would suggest that this is a huge bargain. Access to their library of research alone is well worth it.[/box]

Please take a read of:

  • Parameswaran, Manoj and Andrew B Whinston. “Social Computing: An Overview.” Communications of the Association for Information Systems 19, no. (2007): 762-780.
  • This will help you approach the question I am posing in the forum

Please view at your convenience the following video. I like it. Tapscott is fun and engaging (aside from being Canadian 😉

Don Tapscott – The Provocation of Don Tapscott : How to Reboot Business and the World

newOfficeShawnbwDon Tapscott is a Canadian business executive, author, consultant and speaker, specializing in business strategy, innovation, organizational transformation and the role of technology in business and society. Tapscott is chairman of business strategy think tank nGenera Insight, which he founded in 1993. Tapscott is also a member of World Economic Forum and Adjunct Professor of Management at the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

Action Items this Week

  • Visit the forum and provide some background information about yourself that you like to – perhaps considering what you would like to get out of this module.
  • Choose a journal article to review and indicate your choice in the forum on the right entitled Choose a journal article.