Grades are based on a project (group), an individual (GeekSpeak) presentation, a student (course) blog and class participation. Your grade for this class will be based on a possible total of 1000 points; and your score will be directly translated into the 4.0 scale. Your final grade will be based on the total points received. For points, see the Google Spreadsheet (course links).

Group project

Our first Saturday, we will divide into groups (probably two, maybe three). Each group will develop a plan for a smartphone application for a nonprofit/government effort. The deliverables at the end of the quarter will include a description of the application and how it meets business objectives, assumptions about the audience, analysis of competing products, wireframes/screen flow, and a promotion plan. This project relates directly to all course learning outcomes.

GeekSpeak presentation

Each student will research and lead discussion on a smartphone-related technology. We will sign up in week 1 class. Discussion begins with the first Saturday class. These are short (~10 minutes) explanations of the technology, how it’s used, why it’s important. Please use PPT and post to; make a summary post on the course blog which will be a resource and note-reference. This assignment relates to the sixth learning outcome for the course.

  • Saturday 10 July : 3G and 4G Networks, CDMA, GSM
  • Monday 19 July : Gestures
  • Saturday 31 July : Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, SDK

Smartphone-related technologies list:

Examples of Geek Speak presentations from the Web Technologies class

Student blog

Students should make at least four posts during the quarter that link readings and course material with real-life experience/observations.  These mini-essays (approximately 500 words) should be posted to the student blog before 9 am on Monday; they should be substantive and spell-checked. They should be distributed throughout the quarter. Assignment rationale: Research shows that writing helps cement learning; clear writing is also an important business skill. Flexibility in assignment choice allows for student autonomy and the ability to adjust course requirements to work schedule.

  • There should be at least one post during weeks 1-3
  • There should be at least one post during weeks 4-6
  • There should be at least one post during weeks 7-8

There will also be other assignments related to the group project that will be posted to each student’s course blog.

Due 9 am 28 June (Monday)

  • Student blog : your learning goals for the course
  • Student blog : find and describe (with links!) three interesting government-or-health apps — link your post to our resources page. Practice good (SEO) headline writing – no “assignment one” as a subject line. This assignment encourages exploration and mindfulness and relates to the first learning outcome.

Due 9 am 5 July (Monday)

  • Student blog : three online resources for the communicator who wants to “stay up” on developments in mobile — link resources on our resource page. This is part of our learning community and relates to the third learning outcome.

Due 9 am 9 July (Friday)

  • Student blog: analysis of three applications that you like and three that you don’t with explanation of why (evidence!) including screen captures (Kathy can show you how to capture screen image on iPhone). This is prep for Saturday’s workshop and ties directly to group project work and the first learning outcome.

Due 9 am 19 July (Monday)

  • Course blog : Pick three-four ideas from the list and flesh out audience / purpose / competing apps / possible organization sponsor – post to this (course) blog by 9 am Monday 19 July (our next class)

Due 5 pm 30 July (Friday)

  • Course blog : Take your top ranking application and develop a draft application precis : rationale, audience, competing products. Show us that you have read and thought about the iPhone human interface guidelines. Where are the points of cognitive friction in competing products — places where you can secure an advantage for your product? For most of you, this post should be far more detailed that the post you made for 19 July. Look at the UGA student project for inspiration.

Due Dates – August 9 and 16 – see Our Projects

  • Application precis (draft) : rationale, audience, competing products
  • Screen flow (wireframe)
  • Promotion plan (draft)

Finals Week – see Our Projects

  • Final application proposal (one per team). Due Sunday 22 August at 6 pm.
  • Peer review of your team members
  • I will compile these into one document,so they need bio info (see the UGA New Media Lab project). Please be sure your final material contains all the parts. If you have been working in Word, please send me the Word Document. For posting on the web site, please use the “draft page” that has been created for your project.


You may participate through your active presence in class, through discussion that arises in class, and through discussion that arises through class blog posts. If you miss a class due to work or illness, you should participate asynchronously by commenting on classmate posts or making extra blog posts.

  • Course reflection due Sunday 22 August at 6 pm (part of participation grade)
    This final assignment substitutes for a final exam. In this essay, you should reflect upon what you have learned in the course; give examples (evidence!); illustrate how your thinking changed or detail other “ah-ha” moments. How will you apply this learning? Look at your course goals from week one and see how they changed (or stayed constant) as the course progressed. 600-800 words.

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