Philip Doty and R. E. Wyllys
Assignment Title: Web-Based Presentation.
Format: Web-based PowerPoint presentation of a title slide, plus
fifteen to twenty content slides, plus a few annotated reference slides.
Submission Method: Upload to one of your your GSLIS accounts as
a PowerPoint Webpage (i.e., in PowerPoint, use the option to Save As type
*.html). Post the Uniform Resource Locator (URL) of your presentation
on the discussion board (under the Peer Project Evaluation topic).
Maximum points: 20
Introduction: Often in your future role as an information-technology
professional, you will find yourself educating others either formally
or informally. One tool you will find useful is the overhead-slide presentation.
Tools like Microsoft's PowerPoint offer an easy way to create overhead
slides for such presentations. In some cases, you will not always be available
to present your information, and the overhead slides will need to serve
as a self-contained tool for making the presentation. Such a presentation
might well be added to a Web site to increase its accessibility to others.
Goals: The goals of this assignment are that you will:
- Gain experience in creating "teaching material" on an important IT
topic, to be shared with and evaluated by your peers as well as by the
instructors. In this scenario, you act as an educator, presenting a
topic in absentia on a Website. Given that responsibility, your
finished assignment should demonstrate your group's professional competence
in the topic involved, and should reflect good pedagogy, good Web design,
and good use of PowerPoint.
- Gain experience in developing annotated bibliographies.
- Gain experience in posting PowerPoint presentations to a Website.
Tasks: For this assignment, students will:
- Form yourselves into small teams of 6 or 7
students. This will provide a reasonable number of 10-12 teams with
the class size of 70 students. (Note: The team may be, but does not
have to be, the same as the team that handled the earlier Information
Technology Problem assignment.)
- Select a team name from library and information
science pioneers (some examples are Dewey, Taub, Eratosthenes, Cutter,
Garfield, Callimachus, Tritheim, Bush, Gesner, Maunsell, Shaw, Bodley,
Rostgaard, Panizzi, Jewett, Luhn, Otlet, LaFontaine, and Ranganathan).
This may be the same name you used in the IT Problem assignment.
- Select one of the following topics:
|Specific actors and technologies in the
history of information organization, storage, retrieval,
|Disintermediation pros and cons
|Rhetoric and information technology
|Budgets and relative allocation of resources
to print and IT sources
|Gender and IT
|Boolean algebra and logic
|Cognitive authority of digital resources
|Perl and cgi scripts
|Babbage and difference engines
|Stored program computing
|The Convergence of Library Science with
|Important groups, e.g., ACM, IEEE, . .
- Post your team's name, members, and topic to the discussion board.
The TA will add a discussion board section for each team's topic as
they are approved.
- Jointly prepare a PowerPoint presentation about the topic. The content
of the presentation should occupy no fewer than fifteen and no more
than twenty slides; the title slide and any slide(s) devoted entirely
to references and/or endnotes are not counted among the "content" slides.
Be certain to cite your sources using APA formats. You are encouraged
to use hyperlinks to sources of information, and to locations of related
information, when you judge such links worthwhile.
- Jointly develop additional slides that give the complete APA citations
to your references and, in addition, to important print and online sources
related to the topic that you have not cited in your presentation. You
should choose at least ten sources, about 2/3 print and 1/3 digital.
Again, hyperlinks should be used where you deem them appropriate.
- Annotate each citation with a one- or two-sentence evaluative summary
of how the source is useful for understanding the topic. The annotation
should take the form of prose following the basic citation.
- As you progress, upload a draft of your presentation to the account
of one of your group members as a PowerPoint Webpage. (See the next
two paragraphs for details on how to do this.) This draft should have
a minimum of ten working slides. Post the Uniform Resource Locator (URL)
of your presentation on the discussion board (under the Peer Project
Evaluation topic) so that all of the class may review your presentation.
- In preparing your draft (and your final presentation) for uploading,
you will need to save your work in the form of an HTML file. To do this,
in PowerPoint use the File-->Save As option, and in the Save As window,
choose Save as type Web page (*.htm, *.html). This will lead you to
another version of the Save As window, in which you will need to click
on Publish. In the resulting Save As Web Page window, do two things:
First, look under Browser Support and ensure that the radio button labeled
"All browsers listed above" is selected; second, make sure
that under "Publish a copy as" the slot labeled "File
name" contains the name you wish to use for the HTML version of
your presentation and that the extension on the file name is ".html",
e.g., "mypresentation.html". Finally, click on Publish. The
result will be twofold: (1) PowerPoint will save a file with the name
you chose; (2) PowerPoint will create a subdirectory under the directory
in which it saved your file, will give this subdirectory a name starting
with the name you chose (except for the extension) followed by "_files",
e.g., "mypresentation_files". The tutorial PowerPoint
to HTML illustrates this process.
- When you upload your work, you will need to upload not only the basic
file but also the PowerPoint-created subdirectory and its files. The
basic file needs to go into the public_html subdirectory (the subdirectory
that was created as part of the Science and Technology
Studies Article Evaluation assignment) under the GSLIS account
of the member of the group who takes on the uploading responsibility.
That group member will also need to create, under his or her public_html
directory, a subdirectory with the same name as that of the subdirectory
(on his or her own computer) that PowerPoint created, e.g., "mypresentation_files".
The files contained in the group member's computer's PowerPoint-created
directory will need to be uploaded into the corresponding directory
on the group member's account on the GSLIS server. (You may need to
set or reset permissions in one or both of these directories to make
them public, i.e., readable by others. See the GSLIS IT Lab page entitled
Publish Web Pages for details.)
- When you have completed your final presentation, upload it as a a
Webpage (in accord with the previous paragraph) in the account of one
of your group, under the same URL as the draft presentation.