MT 34101: Web 2.0: New Era of Web Technology

Credits 4, Spring 2014


Instructor: Ms. Barbara Mikolajczak


Office: Online and Virtual                          

Office Hours:    By appointment                   

Telephone: 617-552-3900

Schedule : Wednesdays 6:30 to 9 PM                          

Room: Online                                


Boston College Mission Statement


Strengthened by more than a century and a half of dedication to academic excellence, Boston College commits itself to the highest standards of teaching and research in undergraduate, graduate and professional programs and to the pursuit of a just society through its own accomplishments, the work of its faculty and staff, and the achievements of its graduates. It seeks both to advance its place among the nation's finest universities and to bring to the company of its distinguished peers and to contemporary society the richness of the Catholic intellectual ideal of a mutually illuminating relationship between religious faith and free intellectual inquiry.


Boston College draws inspiration for its academic societal mission from its distinctive religious tradition. As a Catholic and Jesuit university, it is rooted in a world view that encounters God in all creation and through all human activity, especially in the search for truth in every discipline, in the desire to learn, and in the call to live justly together. In this spirit, the University regards the contribution of different religious traditions and value systems as essential to the fullness of its intellectual life and to the continuous development of its distinctive intellectual heritage.


Course Description


Immersive courses bring a new wave of exciting websites and technologies (such as Facebook, YouTube, Virtual Worlds) into the “Web 2.0” era. Rich and interactive forms of communication, collaboration, and socialization are the heart of Web 2.0, but the price is high: privacy breaches, identity theft, cyber-stalkers and addiction are a few issues that become more complicated in the Web 2.0 world. In this unique online course students learn how to harness the power of Web 2.0 while protecting themselves and others. Hands-on experience with MySpace, Flickr, YouTube, Virtual Worlds, Google Documents, wikis, news feeds (XML and RSS), Digg, Twittter, mashups and more. No auditors.


This course is comprised of entirely online classes. Classes are conducted in an online Virtual Reality “world” so that students can take portions of this class from the comfort of home or anywhere (a modern computer and reliable Internet connection is required). This is an "Immersive Education" course; see for details on how online courses are conducted using video game and virtual reality technology.

Note: You MUST have a headset/microphone to take this class (approx $15 at stores such as Radio Shack). If your computer has a built-in microphone you may use ear buds (such as iPod earbuds) or simply a headset. In any case you can NOT have an "open mic" in this class: the audio you hear MUST come through a headset or ear buds (not through a speaker; the audio is picked up by your microphone in such cases and creates feedback).




iED 3D/VR Virtual Learning Environments, Academic Subscription

Note: The Immersive Education College+ VIRTUAL LEARNING ENVIRONMENTS are available at a discounted academic rate to students of this class. Click on BUY NOW button below to purchase:


Note: You MUST have a headset/microphone to take this class (approx $15 at stores such as Radio Shack). If your computer has a built-in microphone you may use ear buds (such as iPod earbuds) or simply a headset. In any case you can NOT have an "open mic" in this class: the audio you hear MUST come through a headset or ear buds (not through a speaker; the audio is picked up by your microphone in such cases and creates feedback).


Course Objectives


1. This is an Immersive Education course in which students will be taught the tools (online discussion groups, audio white boards, blogs and virtual worlds) to complete this Immersive Education class and other Immersive Education classes.


2. Students will develop specific skills and competencies using the most current Web 2.0 and social media software that is currently universally available. Application will include, but are not limited to, Facebook/My Space/Google +, Twitter, PhotoSharing, Video Sharing, Blogs, Wikipedia, Mashups, Virtual Worlds and future technologies.


3. Students will develop critical thinking and cultural understanding while evaluating and reporting on competing collaberative web based software applications based the application’s technical merits as well as global appeal.


4. The student will demonstrate competency, across cultural settings and will learn the impact of culture, gender, socioeconomic status and age in the Internet age in regards to social media and Virtual Worlds. In particular, what effect social media has has on particular genders, age groups and cultures and evaluating which applications may have higher/lower appeal to each of those groups.


5. The student will demonstrate ethical knowledge, pertaining to how the Internet has as altered the way society behaves and what responsibility the individual has in this medium by their blog assignments and activities in Virtual Worlds. Students will have a particular focus on the ethics of using social media and web 2.0 technologies and what impacts that have on individuals as well as organizations and corporations.




The following input will be used in assessing each student’s letter grade for the course:

Punctual attendance is required.

Participation in class discussions via audio white board, google groups and virtual worlds.

Weekly homework assignments posted via blog and Facebook.




WCAS Grading System

The undergraduate grading system consists of twelve categories:  A (4.00), A- (3.67), excellent; B+ (3.33), B (3.00), B- (2.67), good; C+ (2.33), C (2.00), C- (l.67), satisfactory; D+ (l.33), D (l.00), D- (.67), passing but unsatisfactory; F (.00), failure; I (.00), incomplete; F (.00), course dropped without notifying office; W (.00), official withdrawal from course.  The graduate grading system is A (4.00), A- (3.67), Excellent; B+ (3.33), B (3.00), good;  B- (2.67) and C (2.00), passing but not for degree credit; F (.00), failure.


Grade Reports.  All students are required to log into the web through Agora to access their semester grades.  Students must utilize their BC username and password to log on.  If your username or password is not known, the Student Learning and Support Center in the O’Neill Library Computer Center will issue a new one.  The SLSC requires a valid picture ID (a BC ID, driver’s license or passport) to obtain your password.



Text(s)/Readings (Required)


Book title: DISCOVERING Web 2.0, Academic Edition


e-Mail Group (Required)

Students collaborate through the MT34101 Google Group
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Important Policies


Written Work

Graduate and undergraduate students are expected to prepare professional, polished written work.  Written materials must be typed in the format required by your instructor.  Strive for a thorough, yet concise style.  Cite literature appropriately, using APA, MLA, CLA format per instructors decision.  Develop your thoughts fully, clearly, logically and specifically.  Proofread all materials to ensure the use of proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling.  You are encouraged to make use of campus resources for refining writing skills as needed [].


Scholarship and Academic Integrity

It is expected that students will produce original work and cite references appropriately.  Failure to reference properly is plagiarism.  Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not necessarily limited to, plagiarism, fabrication, facilitating academic dishonesty, cheating on examinations or assignments, and submitting the same paper or substantially similar papers to meet the requirements of more than one course without seeking permission of all instructors concerned.  Scholastic misconduct may also involve, but is not necessarily limited to, acts that violate the rights of other students, such as depriving another student of course materials or interfering with another student’s work.


Disability Statement

Classroom accommodations will be provided for qualified students with documented disabilities.  Students are invited to contact the Connors Family Learning Center office about accommodations for this course. Telephone appointments are available to students as needed. Appointments can be made by calling, 617-552-8903. You may also make an appointment in person. For further information, you can locate the disability resources on the web at



Class attendance is an important component of learning. Students are expected to attend all classes and to arrive by the beginning of and remain for the entire class period.  When an occasion occurs that prevents a student from attending class, it is the student’s obligation to inform the instructor of the conflict before the class meets. The student is still expected to meet all assignment deadlines. If a student knows that he or she will be absent on a particular day, the student is responsible for seeing the instructor beforehand to obtain the assignments for that day.  If a student misses a class, he or she is responsible for making up the work by obtaining a classmate's notes and handouts and turning in any assignments due.  Furthermore, many instructors give points for participation in class.  If you miss class, you cannot make up participation points associated with that class. Types of absences that are not typically excused include weddings, showers, vacations, birthday parties, graduations, etc. Additional assignments, penalties and correctives are at the discretion of the instructor. If circumstances necessitate excessive absence from class, the student should consider withdrawing from the class. In all cases, students are expected to accept the decision of the instructor regarding attendance policies specific to the class.


There may be circumstances that necessitate a departure from this policy.  Feel free to contact the WCAS at 617-552-3900 for consultation.


Assignments are due at the beginning of the class period on the specified dates.  Late assignments will be graded accordingly.


Course Assignments (readings, exercises and/or experiences)


This is a four credit class that meets for 2 hours and 30 minutes. In addition we will make use of chat sessions on audio white board, google groups, virtual worlds and class blog per outline below.


It is expected that 8 hours per week of your study time out will be spent on out of class assignments and exercises. These are listed below. Please note that some weeks will require more time and some weeks less time but the average is approximately 8 hours per week over the semester.


  Note - These timelines are subject to change. Changes will be noted in class and on the class list. Students are responsible to take note of any changes.

Class 1: Meet online at: Introduction and Immersive Education

Class 2: Immersive Education and Virtual Worlds

Class 3: My Space, Facebook and Google+

Class 4: Flickr and Photosharing

Class 5: You Tube and Online Video

Class 6: GoogleDocs

Class 7: MIDTERM

Class 8: Wikipedia

Class 9: Tumblr

Class 10: Reddit

Class 11: Twitter

Class 12: Mashups

Class 13: Web 2.0 on the Horizon and Final Review

Class 14: FINAL