Course Syllabus

Media Literacy & Cyber Communications

ITS 102 Media Literacy & Cyber Communications

ITS 102.02
Undergraduate College of Information Technology Systems
Spring 2014
Media Literacy & Cyber Communications: Using Web Smart Technology for Effective Self-Presentation and Communication
Room 304 Harriman Hall
Course Facilitators

  • Professor Manuel London, Ph.D.
    Dean, College of Business
    Faculty Director, Undergraduate College of Leadership & Service
    Office: 312 Harriman Hall
    Stony Brook, NY 11794-3775
    Tel.: 631-632-7159, Fax.: 631-632-9412
    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
    Office Hours – Wednesdays – 4pm to 5pm after class or by appointment
    Nancy Wozniak ePortfolio –
  • Nicole Gartner, Teaching Assistant
    TLT Teaching and Learning Lab
    S-1430 Melville Library, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3350
    Tel.: 631-632-2781
    Office Hours by Appointment
    Academic and Career ePortfolio-
    First Year Experience ePortfolio –
  • Michael Matza, Teaching Assistant
    TLT Teaching and Learning Lab
    S-1430 Melville Library, Stony Brook, NY 11794-3350
    Tel.: 631-632-2781
    Office Hours by Appointment
    Performance and Professional ePortfolio –

Course Description
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 ITS seminar will document evidence of their professional skills and abilities by building and designing ePortfolios and resumes in Prezi 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 – ITS 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 an ePortfolio to document your professional strengths, skills, and 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, 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 (WordPress) 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 by 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 a 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.
•ITS Events – Participation in 2 ITS Events is required. See Events in BB menu and at the Undergraduate Colleges Events webpage – (UGC Requirement)
•Spring Commons Day – Attendance is a MUST! (UGC Requirement)
•Visit for more information.
•Start a Linkedin account and SB You blog
•COMPLETED ePortfolio with completed projects and reflections

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.

Grading Policy and Grid

Total Points – 115
115 – 100 – A …Agents of Change Status!
99 – 90 – B
89 – 80 – C
79 and below – unsatisfactory (We don’t expect any of our ITS students to fall into this category.)

All assignments and due dates are tentative and subject to modification and change. You must check the announcements in Blackboard (pushed to you in 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 ). You MUST open the weekly Sparks of Innovation folders and follow the requirements and instructions. Use your SBU email account.

Extra Credit for Course Analysis with suggestions for improvement posted in Course Evaluations on ALL COURSES!!! See Nancy and I’ll tell you how to earn those extra credit points. You want to make a difference and change the world? Start by becoming an active part in improving the way we teach and learn at Stony Brook! Extra, Extra Credit for getting 5 friends to complete their course evaluations.

ePortfolio Requirements:
You must have an eportfolio and all assignments and events are posted in your eportfolio with the assignment or event title, description, assignment, and reflection. If you have an eportfolio from another course, add an ITS 102 tab (section) and include your postings and reflections in that section. Assignments are not complete until you have posted them with reflection in your eportfolio. You will submit the pages using the ePortfolio Tools drop down box and Submit. Completion of your eportfolio is worth 50 points (50% of the course points) and you can NOT pass the course without a complete eportfolio.
ePortfolio Posts must include
1. Description of project 2. Process of completing project 3. Project 4. Reflection 5. Resources 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

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.

– As Agents of Change, you can change the face of educaiton 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:

Important Contacts and Links:
•Your Faculty Director: Lori Scarlatos –

•Your College Advisor: Justine Perkowski –

•Your Quad Director: Steven Jubert –

•Center for Prevention and Outreach –
216 Stony Brook Union, Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY 11794 (631) 632-2748

•Undergraduate Colleges Website –

◦Events –

•ePortfolio Help –

•Digication Login –

•Spotlight on ePortfolios Model Examples –


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