This course examines different information and communication technologies (ICTs) through the analysis of such genres as contemporary written, visual, oral, electronic and musical forms. It illustrates a range of theoretical perspectives that seek to explain the relationship between communication and technology. Using a sensory framework, topics include the history of human engagement with technologies for information capture and communication; the economic, cultural, and political climate into which 'new' ICTs emerge; human perception and meaning making of communication technology; and a brief survey of the challenges that ICTs raise around the world through the lenses of gender, access, and economic development.
This course critically examines the written, visual, aural, and dynamic of rhetoric as it pertains to communications for academic and other purposes across a range of digital and interactive media discourses. Students gain an ability to develop and/or hone critical analysis skills though blogs, podcast, campaign design, Wikipedia editing, and engage with multimedia in the production of rhetorical works. Students also develop a portfolio of multimedia works that they can build on, and share with potential employers by the end of the course. This course will give students a solid technical foundation in various modes of writing for contemporary media. Check out a video about the course produced by RezOne Capstone students of 2012 HERE.
This course builds on the increasingly reality that work projects and work teams are now often spread across geographic boundaries and collaboration must be mediated. Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) is a major area of design and research across many disciplines and contexts. This class takes a theoretical and practical approach to computer supported collaboration by placing students in teams focused on project based learning and will look at key literatures in CSCW and project management. There is a practicum (35% of final mark) where students work in teams to develop a mobile application for a real client.
This course provides an introduction to the philosophy, language, lifecycles, and methods of qualitative and quantitative inquiry for communications scholarship. The emphasis is on conceptualizing and designing research, based on an appreciation of the philosophical underpinnings of the approaches covered. Students consider the fundamental principles, processes, values, and roles of research for professional application in information organizations. In the course we explore and learn the basic skills of evaluating, planning, designing, executing, and applying research. Students are assigned to support the research of a professor and researcher at the University of Toronto - this assignment accounts for 30% of their final mark.
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