Week 1: Welcome and introduction


When Monday 25, 5.30pm til 7.30pm
Where On campus: S408 Gardens Point

Online: Blackboard Collaborate Ultra (information on using Collaborate Ultra)

What  This week, we’ll be talking about how the unit works, what we’re going to be studying, and will kick off with some introductory content.
Can’t make it to class? You’ll be able to watch a recording after class.

Class recording

Download an audio version (MP3, 60MB).

Download the slides (PDF, 2.6MB).

Get ready for the semester

1. Sign up for an account on the unit site

[Update: We are having problems with the spam filter and as a result we recommend that you use your personal email address to create your account on the site.]

Sign up for an account on the unit site and create your blog. If you’re not ready to do this now, look for the Register link in the navigation later. Before you register, read through the information below.

There are a few things you should keep in mind as you do this.

  • Do not use your QUT email account to register for the site. The QUT spam filter is eating up emails sent by the site, which will stop you from activating your account. Please use your personal email address to register for the site.
  • You need to create a new account on this site. You can’t use your QUT account as this site sits outside of QUT systems. WordPress.com accounts won’t work either (although the site will pull your gravatar pic in as your profile pic – you can change this later though).
  • Your account on this site is not linked to your QUT access account. Any changes you make here (e.g. if you change your password) will not be applied to your QUT account.
  • Your username will be visible to your peers on the site so choose something you don’t mind people seeing! We recommend you do not use your student number. Instead, choose something that is more easily identifiable as you, like your name, a variation on your name, or a nickname.
  • Make sure you tick Yes, I’d like to create a new site.
  • You can’t change your blog URL after you set it, but you can change your blog’s title later.
  • When you are creating your blog’s URL, note you are choosing the letters/numbers that appears after the trailing slash i.e. http://2016.informationprograms.info/this-bit-here where ‘this-bit-here’ is the part you are choosing.
  • If you aren’t ready to enter a bio when you complete your registration, just put in some placeholder text and you can come back to it later.
  • You don’t have to include your Twitter, Instagram and Google+ accounts, but we will be using a variety of tools to connect this semester and it is useful for you to be able to see each others’ details on your profiles. You will be asked to go back and add your Twitter handle later as we’ll be using Twitter a lot this semester.

Once you’ve registered for an account, you need to activate it. Head to your email inbox and look for the activation email. If it’s not there, check your spam folder.

You might also like to whitelist the email address this email came from as this is the address for site notifications. The address is wordpress@2016.socialtechnologi.es

If the activation email does not arrive, don’t stress! The teaching team will activate accounts throughout the day so that you can just log in and get started.

If your activation email doesn’t arrive and we haven’t activated your account by the end of the day, just tweet us at @qutifn614 and we’ll get on it!

2. Complete your profile on the unit site

Head to your profile and make some edits. In the top right hand corner of your screen, you’ll see a greeting and your name. Hover over this and choose ‘Edit my profile’.

  • Complete any of the fields you didn’t complete on sign up.
  • Upload a profile photo (it doesn’t have to be a photo of you; just something that represents you in some way).
  • Upload a cover image.

3. Introduce yourself on your blog

Write a post on your blog to introduce yourself to the group.

Tell us the basics:

  1. Who you are
  2. Where you’re up to in the course
  3. What kind of library or information organisation you see yourself working in when you graduate

We also want to know what your superhero superpower is. Tell us:

  1. What do you think your superpower is? What are you really good at?
  2. What would people who know you say your superpower is? Would it be something different than what you think your superpower is? Do you think it’s a superpower you actually possess?
  3. What would you like your superpower to be, if you could choose one?

4. Subscribe

In this unit, key information is shared in a variety of channels. It’s all aggregated here on the unit site, but we recommend you subscribe to key content so you don’t miss anything.

Most importantly, you must subscribe to the teaching team blog by either email or RSS.

If you want to see class recordings and weekly intro videos in your YouTube feed, you can also subscribe to the unit YouTube channel.

You’ll also need to read your peers’ blogs during the semester and to help you do that, you can subscribe to a feed of all posts across the unit site via RSS. There’s also built in subscription functionality on this site, which we’ll introduce you to as well.

5. Get set up with Twitter

Get started with Twitter!

We’ll be holding Twitter chats roughly every second week during the semester.

We’ll also be using Twitter as our class discussion space using the unit hashtag #ifn614.

Get ready by working though the following steps.

  1. New to Twitter? Create an account. Don’t want to create a Twitter account? I’d really like you to reconsider… Please read my thoughts on this.
  2. Take a look at Kate’s Getting start with Twitter guide on Storify.
  3. Follow Kate and Clare on Twitter.
  4. Tweet Kate (tip: just stick @katiedavis in the tweet) with hashtag #ifn614 and Kate will add you to the class Twitter list.
  5. Follow your peers. Either follow the class Twitter list or use the list to find your peers and follow them individually. To do the latter, click on each person’s handle or photo to go to their profile.
  6. Follow the must follow library types list Kate has created to help you start to build up a stream of Twitter content.

6. Read about how the unit works

There’s lots of information on the site about how the unit works. Start out by reading the information in the About section, then move onto the Schedule, and finally, read about Assessment.

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