SI 429 - Online Communities: Analysis and Design of Online Interaction
Fall 2022, Section 001
Instruction Mode: Section 001 is  In Person (see other Sections below)
Subject: Information (SI)
Department: School of Information
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This course is intended to help students understand and analyze communities that are formed in or maintained via online environments. Although there is a fair bit of disagreement about the definition of community (and therefore, online community), we will loosely use ‘community’ as a term to describe a group of people who engage in sustained interaction over time. The group may be held together by a common identity, a collective purpose, or merely by the individual utility gained from the interactions. We will use the terms e-community and online community interchangeably, as shorthand, both for communities that conduct all of their interactions online and for communities that use online interaction to supplement face-to-face interactions. The course introduces students to important concepts, terms, and theories that will help them understand how online communities are used by millions of people every day for a variety of purposes. The course develops a language for discussing online communities critically, and applying those concepts to new designs. The major component of this class is a group project where students apply the readings, theories, and empirical findings from the class to critique an existing online community or design a new one.


SI 429 - Online Communities: Analysis and Design of Online Interaction
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001 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Only UMSI students may register for this section. Non-UMSI students should register either for an open seat or for the waitlist for the 101 section.
101 (LEC)
 In Person
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
Note: Only Non-UMSI students may register for this section. UMSI students should register either for an open seat or for the waitlist for the 001 section. Location: 1401 MH

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