Ronald M. Baecker, editor, Readings in Groupware and Computer-Supported
Cooperative Work: Assisting Human--Human Collaboration, Morgan Kaufman
Also required: additional readings, to be announced.
Approximate Grading Scheme:
15% Course paper presentations
10% Class participation
15% Short quizzes (approximately every three weeks)
30% Term project
- This class is a readings and discussions class. There are over 800 pages
in the Baecker collection, and there have been many papers published since it
so by the time all is done we may have read and
discussed around 1000 pages of material. You will be responsible for
reading all of the papers and will be responsible for leading the discussion on
several papers throughout the semester. The quality of your participation in
discussions and your performance as a discussion leader will be reflected in
- Refer to the course's Web page for copies of assignments and other
- We will use electronic mail for announcements.
To receive the class announcements, you need to
register your email address at
messages also will be archived there.
You should check your account for mail regularly.
- If you need to get in touch with me and I am not in my office, please use
- The course Web site will be updated regularly to contain information of
importance to the class. This will include copies of handouts, copies of
slides, and the course's working schedule. You should check it regularly.
- Quizzes are intended to make sure that you are keeping up with the reading.
- There will be no makeup examinations or quizzes. If you have a valid
medical excuse, the examination component of your grade will be computed based
on the other examinations.
- Include your name and email address on all assignments. You will
need to maintain a class Web site during this course.
Web site should include copies of all of your assignments. Do not email
assignments to the instructor unless otherwise instructed--put them on your Web
- Assignments are to be turned in paper form and maintained in electronic
form on your Web site. Note that both the paper and electronic forms are
required for most assignments and that you may lose credit if you don't have
- Assignments will be checked for plagiarism. Assignments that contain
plagiarized material will not receive any credit. Instances of
plagiarism may be referred to the department and/or University for disciplinary
- Assignments are due at the beginning of class on the due date. Due dates
will be set to give ample time for completion of the project and will not be
extended save for the unexpected and unlikely major, long-lived catastrophe.
Individual accommodations will be discussed if you have a valid medical excuse.
Start projects early--last minute computer malfunctions will not be accepted as
reason for delaying an assignment's due date. Changes to an assignment's due
date will be avoided because they are unfair to those students who have
organized their time to complete the assignment. Late assignments will be
decremented by 10% per class day or fraction of day late, starting at class
- Final course grades are based on the overall average. You are
guaranteed a grade based on a 10% window (e.g., 90-100% is an A).
Individual grade windows may be increased in size if the instructor
finds it appropriate (e.g., if you have 89% you might get an A but you
will get at least a B).