C2 – Social Web – Week 05

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Today’s Class

  • Units of Competency
  • Assessment 1
  • Feedback

Units of Competency

This class is a cluster of:

There will be one assessment delivered from:

  • ICAWEB413A Optimise Search Engines
  • ICAWEB424A Evaluate and Select a Web Hosting Service

Assessment 1

Students can work on this assessment until completion.

C2 – Assessment 1 SNS

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C2 – Social Web – Week 04

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Today’s Class

  • Units of Competency
  • Assessment 1
  • Feedback

Units of Competency

This class is a cluster of:

There will be one assessment delivered from:

  • ICAWEB413A Optimise Search Engines
  • ICAWEB424A Evaluate and Select a Web Hosting Service

Assessment 1

Please complete the attached assessment task and upload on MyKangan by the due date.

C2 – Assessment 1 SNS

You can work on the assessment in class.

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C2 – Social Web – Week 03

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Today’s Class

  • Units of Competency
  • Last Week
  • Social Web in HTML
  • In-class Task

Units of Competency

This class is a cluster of:

There will be one assessment delivered from:

  • ICAWEB413A Optimise Search Engines
  • ICAWEB424A Evaluate and Select a Web Hosting Service

Last Week

Last week we discussed aspects of social networking and how we relate to it. Let us look at the class discussion in the Forum on MyKangan. (The link requires for you to be signed into MyKangan).

Some of the discussion points and evaluations:

Facebook

How interactive is the site?  The site is very interactive as a user can communicate with others through many ways (e.g messaging, chat, comments, statuses, posts, sharing media) 9/10

How intuitive is the navigation? Facebook isnt very inituitive, especially for beginners new users, there isnt really much of a tutorial on how to connect with friends, upload images, posts, etc. And the navigation is a little bit hard to use. 6/10

How responsive is the site (speed)? Facebook loads very fast on a desktop/laptop but i find it tends to be slow and laggy on a smart phone and can take awhile to load/refresh. 7/10

Advertisments: are there frequent ads, pop-ups or spam? The ads are all interesting to the user and related to a user’s “likes” (which could be books, movies, games, etc). 7/10

Visuals, layout and graphics: Facebook has a boring blue and white colour scheme, although the layout may be modern and clean it isnt very appealing, its too simple and boring. The website is very text based (especially if you have a lot of “friends” that post alot of statuses, etc), but it does have some images if someone has uploaded them. 4/10

Jesse’s verdict: 6.6/10

by Federico Viola – Thursday, 17 October 2013, 3:06 PM
Okay, I will try the 5 points on Facebook:
  1. How interactive is the site? Facebook is very interactive when it comes to interacting with other users. You can engage them in different ways from chatting to posting on their ‘wall’. I find the wall feature a bit corny and there is no wall anyway, so it is just a page in a text editing software. The fact that you can communicate with others, post songs, documents, videos, photos, graphics and links is excellent. Interactivity:9/10
  2. How intuitive is the site? Facebook is not very intuitive. When you are new to Facebook you do not quite know what to do. It is rather boring to look at and you cannot understand the navigation easily. You get better at it through experience. I would rate it: 5/10
  3. How responsive is the site? It is pretty fast. Mostly happy: 9/10
  4. Advertisements? I do not like ads, I hate pop-ups and that goes even more for spam. Facebook is good in regards to ads, their ads are targeted and generally of interest to me.8/10
  5. Visuals? What visuals? It looks like a text editor! Very boring in layout, in use of images and in colours: 2/10

Federico’s verdict: 6.7/10!

Linked In

  • Linked In is not very interactive because the site is now dated and the only interactions are when you email someone or they contact you.  The topics of interest are not very regular and there is not alot of activity on a daily basis. 6/10
  • The navigation is also dated and like many SNS sites it takes time to navigate around the site to get used to it. 5/10
  • Linked In site speed is fast and there is not a page load time problem. 8/10
  • Linked In doesn’t have ads although I have noticed that they are promoting ads like facebook style ads to appear in the near future.  All members have the ability to advertise their own business. 3/10
  • The visuals and graphics of Linked In are also dated and in need of an upgrade.  You cannot edit your own images to how you want them to look and the whole page layout is boring. 4/10
  • On Linked In you cannot search for a person unless you are logged in.  This makes it good for privacy reasons although if you want to use the paid version you can see who has been searching for you which seems to contradict the privacy aspects of Linked In. 5/10
  • Linked In is 80% text based and 20% images. 2/10

Paul’s verdict:  33/70!

Social Web in HTML

We will look at ways to include content in a Social Networking website and how to incorporate content from your website on another site.

You can use HTML to embed sound, video, websites and other objects.

Iframe

Iframe is a command that allows you to embed a website or a video into a frame. Example for code:

iframe code

Screenshot of Iframe

Screenshot of Iframe

Read more about Iframes on W3Schools!

Iframe for YouTube Video

You can embed a YouTube video with Iframe:

This code can be found directly on the YouTube website by clicking on Share and Embed:

YouTube provides the code that allows you to embed the file. The video viewing size can be changed on YouTube.

YouTube provides the code that allows you to embed the file. The video viewing size can be changed on YouTube.

Read more about YouTube Iframe on W3Schools.

Embed Sound and Objects

Read more about embedding sound, video and objects on W3Schools: HTML Media  HTML Object  HTML Audio  HTML Video

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C2 – Social Web – Week 02

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Today’s Class

  • Units of Competency
  • Evaluate Social Networking Websites
  • Discuss Benefits of Social Networking
  • Discuss Negative Aspects of Social Networking
  • In-class Task

Units of Competency

This class is a cluster of:

There will be one assessment delivered from:

  • ICAWEB413A Optimise Search Engines
  • ICAWEB424A Evaluate and Select a Web Hosting Service

Evaluate Social Networking Sites

Before you will be able to evaluate Social Networking (Web-)Sites (let us call them SNS to make it easier) you need to define what a SNS is.

SNS – Definition

In our first class we looked at how to define a SNS. We seemed to agree that it needed to allow you to create a profile as much as to share information with others, to upload content and to be able to leave comments. It should allow you to chat to others.

This is a pretty wide approach and I believe applies to Facebook, YouTube and any other SNS.

Let us look at some other definitions:

‘A SNS is a web-based service that allows users to share a public or private profile with common users and explore connections with others within the site.’

(Boyd & Ellison, 2007 – Boyd, D. M., & Ellison, N. B. (2007). Social network sites: Definition, history, and scholarship.  Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication)

This is a fairly wide and inclusive defintion that applies well to SNS.

List of SNS

Popular SNS found at SocialMediaToday.com

Popular SNS found at SocialMediaToday.com

How many of the sites above have you come across? They were listed as 40 of the most popular SNS on SocialMediaToday. Here is a list of popular sites (source: Wikipedia)

  • Facebook
  • Twitter
  • Google+
  • Qzone
  • Sina Weibo
  • Formspring
  • Habbo
  • Vkontakte
  • LinkedIn
  • Bebo
  • Tagged
  • Orkut
  • Netlog
  • Friendster
  • hi5

How would you evaluate SNS? What criteria would you apply? Have a brainstorm with your colleagues (or alone) and afterwards discuss what makes a good SNS in your opinion.

Compare your notes with these two studies:

Based on the brainstorm and the studies above put a list together of 5 – 10 criteria to evaluate a SNS and place responses against it for one SNS.

Discuss Benefits of Social Networking

In your opinion what are the benefits of Social Networking?

Contribute to the discussion on MyKangan.

Discuss Negative Aspects of Social Networking

In your opinion what are the negative aspects of SNS?

Contribute to the discussion on MyKangan.

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C2 – Social Web – Week 01

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Today’s Class

  • Introduction to Delivery Format
  • Introduction to the Content
  • In-class Task

Introduction to Delivery Format

The classes will be delivered in 3 hour schedules. The content will be posted on this blog as well as on MyKangan. Tasks, discussions and research will be conducted inside the 3 hour slot and at home.

You are expected to work towards goals independently and to be able to operate as part of a team. In a work place you will sometimes be lucky to work with people that you easily get along with, but unfortunately you might often have to work with people that you might not easily get along with. A professional looks beyond this and finds ways to function in a professional environment with a range of personalities.

Assessments:

Important: You need to submit all your assessments on MyKangan. It is your responsibility to follow up due dates and access to MyKangan.

  1. Day 1 Task – this task is a simple comprehension task to establish student participation. (due: after the first class)
  2. Assessment 1
  3. Assessment 2

RAE – Research and Exploration or Class of Federico

This blog will be or main form of contact. It will be accessible from anywhere as long as you have internet access.

The web address is www.classoffederico.wordpress.com, and the name is RAE – Research and Exploration – Never Stop Learning. You might also call it Class of Federico or COF.

Make sure to leave comments on a regular basis. Any questions that you have can be posted as a comment. The posts for each class will be released prior to the class and in some cases the evening before.

MyKangan

To access MyKangan please open Kangan’s student portal and click on MyKangan. Next find the class by unit title. This can be a bit hard to see, so make sure to know the unit titles.

The unit title for this class will be combined in (the catchy name):

ICA40311-ICTITW4N-ITGEN-2013-ICAWEB417A-INTEGRATE SOCIAL WEB TECHNOLOGIES

The unit itself will be structured in the same way, that you have classes listed as Week 1, Week 2, etc and assessments will be listed by title inside an assessment folder.

This is also where you will submit your assessments. You will find hyperlinks with names such as Submit Assessment  1 here.

You can send messages to your teacher and you can leave comments as well. I am always open to suggestions, so please feel free to forward ideas about content or software that you would like to cover.

Any questions?

Introduction to Content

These units will be covered:

Please click on the links and follow the in-class discussion.

In-class Task

Please upload the attached Word document and answer the questions. Afterwards upload the file onto MyKangan.

Day 1 Assessment Task

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