Final Project topic: online dating

I recent article by NPR:

takes a positive slant on a booming 21st century phenomenon: online dating.

Social media is having an increasing cut in the world of online dating. Apps such as Tinder attract a great amount of attention and research to provide you with solid material for a final project.

Here is some ready-to-go information on the topic:

How can you tie it up to global issues?

Consider this: in some societies (e.g. India, Pakistan), pre-arranged marriages are still part of the social fabric. They are traditional social behavior, which goes back centuries and suggests traditionalism, maybe even backwardness. However, there are news from those countries that more and more parents are using online dating apps to arrange the marriage. Can you make a comparison between such “online dating” and the online dating you are familiar with?

live office hours

!!! Live office hours today, Monday, tomorrow Tuesday and Wednesday!!!!
When: 10-11 AM and 2-3 PM

Where: (Adobe Connect).
If I don’t respond at this session, pls ping me on FB, email and cell: 320492 6157, since my daily schedule is full with emergencies I might be taking care of. Thank you for understanding.

Who: anyone one, who wants to discuss class-related topics and share and resolve other issues

How: individually (privately) or in groups

Why: to discuss live topics in class (including final project topics, groups formation etc.)
In 30-45 min, through desktopsharing, I can direct and lead you to your completion of ALL your weekly assignments, but your minipaper (which, depends on your writing abilities can take up to 60 min to redraft 3 times before posting) and your weekly discussions, which are on ongoing basis.

How to login as a “guest” in Adobe Connect:

If the above proposed hours do not suit your schedule, I am most willing to “meet” you at “your time,” but pls share at least three options, so I can adjust my schedule to your request.

You can also request a “meeting” with me using the University Outlook calendar and/or Doodle:


Final Project topic: global warming

The climate around the globe this last week provide provides plenty of material to consider this topic:


The US: 


Whether you are believe in or you are against #GlobalWarming, you will have plenty of material to explore this topic in conjunction with #SocialMedia. How does social media help / obstruct shaping the debate? Is there a debate? You can discuss details with your peers on the FB Group page

Topic for your final project

Here is an excellent topic for a final project:

why cryptocurrencies are unstable

It combines global issues (the influence of countries such as South Korea, Russia and China on concurrency) and social media (the impact of social media on the swings of the value of concurrency.

LinkedIn – a major social media platform, has an abundance of information on the topic: You will need to login with your LinkedIn account to review it.

Week 2 directions

Welcome to our second week of class.

Before we move toward the readings, discussions, and assignments for week 2, let’s overview quickly our week 1 activities.

Last week, we covered the class documents, such as the syllabus and the adjacent documents explaining the class workflow. According to those documents and most of your responses to the question “Why are we here,” we seek in this class to move out from our comfort zone.
If your comfort zone is “Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram etc,” namely tools for personal social media, in this class, we seek to expand our horizons and learn the potential for the professional use of social media.

In that sense, I strongly encourage you to go carefully again over the D2L content topic “LIB 290 Social media tools” in the very first module of the D2L Content:

And consider testing and driving the social media tools listed. If you have experience with any of those tools, great; do share your impressions in the FB group discussion (it will count toward your weekly discussions). If you never used any of those tools and test them, great: share your impressions and it will count toward your weekly discussions. If you want to ask questions and further discuss the proc and cons of any of those tools, great; it will count toward your weekly discussions.


As shared multiple times, each week increments, including the past week 1 and the upcoming week 2 will move in the following fashion:

  1. Read your articles, research and contribute with your own readings, if possible. Wed-Thursday.
    Discuss your findings in Facebook (brainstorming), Twitter (microblogging). Thursday-Friday. Respond, provide feedback to your peers. Friday-Saturday
    If you have hesitations to start a discussion in Facebook, you shouldn’t. There is a lot going on in the world, so finding a global issue to discuss should not be a problem.
    IN addition, I offer you the #SundayScoop, where our class can generate our list of “hot topics.” In addition, on a daily basis, I am offering you global issues, most of them in the realm of social media and you are most welcome to share your opinions about them.
    “Lurking” is acceptable in social media, but it will not bring you points in this class. A FB “like” is a good sign about you reading the posting, but not sufficient to indicate discussion. You have to take the poles under the FB postings and respond in a meaningful and well though-out way to earn discussion points. Your best bet to acquire your weekly points will remain your ability to engage your peers into discussions related to the main topics of this class.
  2. Complete the short class and home assignments in Evernote. Saturday-Sunday
  3. Post your mini paper in the D2L Discussion and provide feedback to your peers’ mini papers. Sunday-Monday.
  4. Explore your Educause blog and expand your knowledge on blog maintenance and its connectivity to the mainstream social media, such as our Facebook Group, our Twitter thread (#SCSULIB290) and your personal social media.
  5. Work toward your final project: creating a social media strategy regarding a global issue


If you are behind on any of those activities, especially discussions, make sure to catch up as quickly as you can, since the rest of the class will be focusing on the discussions for the next week and might not be able to focus on discussions

This coming week 2, we will be making sure that we understand the technology behind social media. We want to make sure that the entire class is on the same page when we talk about hardware and software. When we try to figure out the difference between software and applications. We want to understand the “cloud” and why it is so important for social media. Bonus points for those, who dive into Boyd and Ellison article and discuss with the rest of the class the issues raised in this article, since they are paramount to understanding social media.

This coming week 2, we will start our own blogs. Directions to the SCSU Edublog system are posted in your Evernote documents for week 2:

Now, I understand that “blog” does not sound nearly as sexy as Yo, or Kik (please share your impressions of those SM apps), but you are missing the foundational role of blogs in the SM world. Blogs are actually the places were your company’s real and solid information will be presented and shared with your customers. The difference from the old-fashioned Web 1.0 company web page is in the dynamic of update, which a blog provides. The difference from the social media apps such as Facebook is the more structured way to present your information. You probably are already understanding the microblogging disadvantage of Twitter compared to a blog.
How do you organize your blog activities with your Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube, Flickr, etc activities can have decisive impact on your institution, being that a corporate company, private business, or non-profit. This is why, we want to move as quickly as possible to the details of the blog maintenance and sometimes by March be able to build our own SM strategy, including our blogs and the rest of the social media we intend to use.

The rest of week 2 is the same as week 1: discuss, share your mini paper, complete the two short Evernote assignments and work toward your final project.


I encourage you to seek class support, which will help us work as a team. However, if you decide to turn directly to me, please use this Doodle link to seek a personal, live communication with me via Adobe Connect or old-fashioned phone call (320 308 3072).  I will do my best to help you success in this class


class workflow


A friendly reminder:
– by now, you have read the syllabus and the related documents in first two D2L Content modules:

Any questions about the class are contained in those documents.
This is an online class and it is executed in asynchronous mode. There is no regular F2F (face-to-face) interaction, unless you request one (as specified in the syllabus), thus your orientation for this class is contained in these documents, which you must read on your own.
I provided audio (and transcribed) directions to these documents in the D2L announcement :

You must read these documents and internalize them for the rest of the semester, since they are your plan/guide through the class.

According to these documents, we are nearing the end of our #week1:  first week (week increments start and end each Wednesday).
As it was shared to you in several Facebook group postings and Huskynet emails, by now you
1. Were supposed to cover your respective readings (Thursday-Fri)

  1. Brainstorm with your peers on the ideas from those readings and the readings you found on the FB group page and/or Twitter (Fri-Sat)
  2. Write out your solid academic response, based on the brainstorming, and post your academic response on the respective thread of the D2L Discussions (Sat-Sunday)
  3. Establish presence on Evernote and complete your home assignment and class assignment on Evernote (Sat-Sunday-Monday)
  4. Discuss your peers’ D2L entries and provide your feedback

Your work for the week is expected to be wrapped up latest by Wednesday morning, so I can have time to evaluate your work and enter the grades, before the new week starts.

You MUST adhere to this schedule. Belated FB/Twitter/D2L Discussion entries will not have the same weight when evaluated, since the rest of the class, as well the instructor, will be occupied with discussions for the next week and most probably will not be able to take into account your work.

Digitally Mediated Iconoclasm

Digitally Mediated Iconoclasm: the Islamic State and the war on cultural heritage

Are you a member of Academia.COM (the “social media” for “serious” researchers)?

If not, here is the PDF version of the article:

Digitally_Mediated_Iconoclasm_the_Islami-2o1450w (PDF file available here)