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Final paper presentations

Posted: December 1, 2014 in Assignments

First, make sure to read the instructions for the paper draft and peer feedback that I posted on Blackboard.

This blog post has information about presenting your paper to the class on December 8.

You have only 8 minutes to present your paper. Please practice and time your presentation. 8 minutes is a VERY short time.

Your presentation should include the following:

  1. Research goal: what did you set out to do? (30 seconds)
  2. Methods: what did you do? (1.5 minutes)
  3. Results: what did you find out? (5 minutes)
  4. So, what?!: why do the findings matter, and to whom? (1 minute)

No need to provide an overview since all presentations will follow the same format. We should have a few minutes for Q&A after each session of 4 papers.

Please upload your slides to the classroom computer as soon as you get to class. I am organizing the papers thematically so each session has some coherence. Here are the initials of people in each group:

1 – JM, HMK, RW, FA

2 – JS, ZZ, JM, LI

3 – DC, KT, ES, JW

Please ask any questions about these assignments (draft, peer feedback, presentation) in the comments below.


Assignment: Research Topic

Posted: September 30, 2014 in Assignments
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This assignment is available on Blackboard, and that’s where you submit it. Please ask questions about the assignment in the comments below.

Research Plan

Draft due Oct . 6; Finalized version due Oct. 27

By answering the questions below, you create a plan for your class research project. Please answer the first 3 questions in detail by Oct. 6.

Draft answers to the other questions, but you don’t have to finalize them until Oct. 27. Please answer in italics the parts that you are really not sure about.

Research goals – intellectual and practical

What do you hope to accomplish with this research? Please explain it to me in detail. What difference will your research make for theory and/or practice?

Personal goals

How does this research project align with your long-term life and career goals? How is this research project a step towards your thesis, dissertation, a publication, your dream job, etc.?

Research question(s)

List your RQ(s) here. Please make sure they are specific (particularistic). As we discussed in class.


What are the main concepts and possibly theories that define your perspective on this topic? For example, are you looking to increase profits, examine strategy, decision making, risk taking, etc.? These are all concepts that are linked to theories and theoretical perspectives. Please explain to me what your angle, or point of view, is.

Data Collection Methods

What are the concepts that you hope to capture or measure with your data? E.G.: influence of A on B. Define A and B for me (e.g. self-esteem, risky behavior, cultural values, satisfaction with life, etc.).

How can you operationalize and actually assess or tap into each one of the concepts that you want to capture? Is there a scale for self-esteem that you can use? Do you need to create one? What are the research instruments that you need? If they are available, include them here. If not, draft them here.

How do you plan to collect data for this class project? Will you use interviews, surveys, collect tweets, etc. Why is this method the most appropriate for your research purpose?

Please describe the exact procedures you will use, including details about how you will record and store the data.


What sampling strategy will you use? Why did you choose this sampling strategy? If your sampling strategy is not the ideal one, what would be an ideal sampling strategy for this research?

If you are using social media content: please include some information to let me know that you are able to find sufficient and relevant data. Try out your search strategy and see what you find. Fine-tune it so you find what you need.

Data Analysis

How will you analyze the data you collect? What data analysis methods will you employ?.

Other notes you wish to make:


Questions for Dr. V:




(Please insert rows as needed to share with me the steps you plan to take to complete the project.)


Activity Completion Date
Finalized research plan Oct 27 (P/F)
Literature review part of the paper Nov 10 (5 points)
Final project draft Dec 8 (5 points)
Final project presentation Dec 8 (P/F)
Final project Dec 15 (15 points)





Grading criteria:

The research plan is graded only as Pass/Fail. You cannot proceed with your final paper unless you have an Pass for your research plan. Even if you proceed, your paper will not count for a course grade.

I expect to see that you have thought everything through to the best of your abilities. Know what you plan to do and why. The more detailed and specific the plan, the better it will be. Think of it as a recipe for your research. Make it sufficiently detailed so that if you get run over by a bus, someone else can conduct exactly the same research by following the steps you outlined here.

This is not easy, and it requires a bit of research to refine your topic and your research question, and a bit of learning of new research methods. Do remember I can help, so consult with me.

Final project presentation

Posted: November 25, 2013 in Assignments

Please follow this structure for your presentation:

1.     Briefly explain the topic and its relevance
2.     State the purpose of your research and your research question
3.     Present your most important results
4.     Discuss the importance and relevance of your results – what contribution to they make to what field? Who should care about them and why?

To receive all the points for one section, make sure the content is communicated clearly and effectively.

Please make sure that:

  • The content on your slides is LARGE and visible
  • You do not cram too much text on one slide

Each student has  8 minutes for the presentation. Please be very mindful of this time limit.

The presentation is not graded. You will receive meaningful feedback instead. Please do it out of pride for your work – and also because you will lose 3 APP points if you do not. Let this be a celebration of your work rather than an evaluation.

The 20 points for the final project are broken up as follows:

Research plan: 5 points

Organized list of references for literature review: 3 points

Draft of final paper: 2 points

Final paper: 10 points



Next week is dedicated to Internet culture. Please prepare brief presentations that can help others understand a small aspect of Internet culture. First, read my post about Internet culture to get an idea of what I’m talking about.

  1. Pick a part of Internet culture you are familiar with. If you’ve never heard of Reddit, you probably won’t be able to get a real feel for it in a week. Make sure you have some first-hand experience with the topic.
  2. Use references to back up your presentation. For this one, the I Can Has Cheezburger network might be a valid source. But this doesn’t mean you should avoid scholarly research like the plague, either. 😉
  3. Don’t try to cover everything. Provide a brief orientation. For example:
    • what is this thing you call LOLcats?
    • what are the main landmarks in LOLcat culture? we can has a bit of history?
    • what are some of the main values or shared meanings in LOLcat culture?
    • what mistakes should you avoid so you’re not immediately labeled as a n00b? What is a n00b anyway???
    • show pictures
    • keep in mind the class screen is small, so make everything BIG
    • ONE idea per slide, please

Overall, Internet culture is irreverent, and it tries to be free, non-hierarchical, humorous. So, don’t take yourself too seriously with this presentation. It’s OK to have some fun, but don’t be offensive.

You can use any social media you wish to coordinate topics. Your grade will include the quality of the presentation and the coordination work. You need to work in a team. If you do not participate in social media coordination until the day before, the class has the right to leave you out, and you lose presentation points.

A good place to start would be to brainstorm topics: LOLcats, 4chan, rickrolling, Leet (1337), or cultures associated with a specific medium – e.g. Tumbler, Vine, or Instagram.

See below a brilliant presentation on YouTube culture (no, I do not expect you to pull together a feat of cultural anthropology in a week):

The next time we meet (you) students will give good presentations on topics of your choice related to numbers about social media adoption and uses. I posted some sample reports on Blackboard that you can use for inspiration and a better understanding of what fits in as a topic or not. You can speak broadly about social media adoption worldwide, or narrowly about teenagers and social media privacy in Thailand. But you have to present credible and reliable data and cite your sources!

It is up to you all to decide what topics you will present, in what order, and how long each topic will take. Plan to use a total of 125 minutes of class but divide them as you wish. Please use only Twitter to make these decisions collectively.

Once you have established a topic and found a team mate, you can collaborate with that person using whatever tools you wish (no restrictions).

Here are my suggestions and requirements:

  • The presentations themselves must be informative and well delivered. Please work on making clear slides that are clearly visible. Do not cram too much into one presentation. Less content that we can follow and understand is better than information overload. Organize the information clearly and make that organization visible to the audience. Speak up. Do your best to deliver what you think is a good presentation. You will learn that presenting is one of the most important skills in life – use every opportunity you get to practice it!
  • Each person is required to speak.
  • Try your best to collaborate with someone you do not already know. Try some networkING. It is enriching.
  • Cite your sources. One of the points of this exercise is for us to know what sources to cite when we need social media statistics.
  • Do some research before you commit to a topic. Make sure the data is available to you before you decide to present it!
  • Ensure to the best of your abilities that the data is credible and that it was collected through valid and reliable methods.
  • Explain in your presentation where the data comes from – what methods, what type of sample and what size. For this kind of information we are looking for statistically representative samples.
  • Avoid talking us through an existing infographic. Combine information from more than one source. Adapt it to the visual medium you are using (slides). Be cautious of infographics that do not disclose their methods and samples.

Questions about this assignment? Please ask in the comments below.

Remember that we will meet back in Knoy for the last class session: Your final project presentation.

Please keep your presentation short – no more than 5-7 minutes, and follow this structure:

  1. Research Question – explain the purpose of the research
  2. Methods – explain how you collected and analyzed data
  3. Findings – describe your sample and your most important findings
  4. So, what? – explain what your findings mean, why they are important and to whom and their implications

The presentation is not graded – but if you do not present or don’t give it due attention, your APP points will suffer.

The main goal is to inform each other about our projects – it will be interesting to see what people did and what they found.

I will bring some snacks. If you’d like to, you’re welcome to bring something, too – but you don’t have to.

Research Article Analyses

Posted: October 20, 2011 in Assignments
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For each of the 5 articles, write a blog post that follows this structure, more or less (OK, more, rather than less):

  1. Full article citation in APA style, linked to full text if full text is available online.
  2. Purpose of the research: Explain what the authors set out to accomplish.
  3. Methods: Explain, very briefly, what methods the authors used to accomplish the research goal.
  4. Main findings: Summarize the main findings
  5. Analysis: Write your own thoughts about the article. You, could, for example, address some of the following: What does this article mean to you, is it useful or not for your research interests and current/future projects? What are the main things you wish to remember about this article? What are some of the limitations of the article? What directions for future research does this article suggest to you? Etc.

Keep them short, concise and very clear. The purpose of these RAAs is to expose each other to research we would not otherwise read or even hear about. So, make them quick and easy summaries that others can read to get an idea about what other social media research is out there.

In addition to writing these, make sure you read your classmates’ article analyses – comment on them so I know you read them.

Please make sure your RAA’s are tagged and categorized as “Research Article Analysis.” It would help me if you begin the title with: RAA# (where the actual number of your RAA – first, second, etc.).

Apologies for not posting this sooner – and shame on you for not asking me 😉