[CITASA] are you teaching "It's Complicated"?

Lilly Irani lilly.irani at gmail.com
Mon Aug 11 12:52:54 EDT 2014

My experience has been a bit different. I first encountered the
no-monograph idea in graduate school. The professor explained that she had
chosen only journal readings (in a humanities, feminist department) as a
matter of economic accessibility in a time when public school tuition keeps

However, in teaching an undergrad class, I assigned two monographs with
reading responses and students did seem to a fair bit of the reading. (In a
previous class, though, a student complained that I didn't have an
assignment that forced him to do the reading so he wasn't reading. He
*wanted* me to force him to read. Blew my mind.) Informally, I've heard
students say that they find monographs easier to read that journal articles
because they often tell stories more accessibly.

On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 8:32 AM, Nick Lalone <nick.lalone at gmail.com> wrote:

> Before I left my previous position as a technical liason, we were starting
> to get into the miles of rhetoric of this question of cost for books /
> student purchasing of texts for class. One thing we started to really look
> into was the viability of e-text platforms. While this itself is a
> troublesome topic given the gap between the level of technological adoption
> to the level of technological literacy, it did provide some interesting
> ideas.
> I was routinely told by multiple e-text distribution company reps was that
> for the most part, 40% of students in a class purchase the textbooks
> required for that class. I don't know where this stat came from but it made
> the products this reps were presenting seem pretty amazing so take it with
> the required degree of mistrust. This gap of was blamed for the high cost
> of textbooks.
> As such, the CMS embedded etext distribution platform was that it could
> guarantee 100% of all students get the required text 100% of the time
> because it was part of tuition. As such, the cost per text per student
> would range anywhere from 3.00 (for a book like "It's Complicated") to
> 20.00 (for a physiology class).
> Take that as you will.
> Nick
> Nick LaLone
> Penn State University
> Information Science and Technology
> ist.psu.edu
> www.nicklalone.com
> www.beforegamedesign.com
> On Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 7:37 AM, Michelle Kazmer <mkazmer at fsu.edu> wrote:
>> Gina:
>> Yes, same here. Combine the students' unwillingness to pay for materials
>> (for what may be very good reasons) with the requirement that we select all
>> required course materials at the time of enrollment (at our uni that's
>> mid-March for a course beginning in August), and I too have experienced the
>> zero-cost pressure. We work with it, but it can be frustrating. Graduate
>> courses are a bit more tractable, in my experience.
>> Michelle M. Kazmer, Ph.D.
>> Professor & Associate Director
>> School of Information @ Florida State University: Florida's iSchool
>> Email: mkazmer at fsu.edu
>> Phone: 850.559.2421 sk/fb/tw/g+: @michellekazmer
>> http://mkazmer.org
>> On Aug 11, 2014, at 3:21 AM, Gina Neff <gneff at uw.edu> wrote:
>> > Replying to the whole list on this one: I’ve noticed quite a bit of
>> push-back recently on buying monographs. For years, I’ve had an informal
>> policy of assigning at least one monograph for each of my large
>> undergraduate courses (and many of you have been the beneficiaries of
>> this). But a recent experience with an “instructional designer” for an
>> online course left me a bit sour – she said that students are not buying
>> even inexpensive monographs for the online courses and balk at paying
>> Amazon, itunes etc for a copy of a movie. Overall course material costs
>> have plummeted – students no longer pay for course packs. But still I’m
>> feeling a weird pressure to keep the monetary cost at zero. Anybody else?
>> >
>> > Gina
>> >
>> > Dr. Gina Neff
>> > Associate Professor, Department of Communication
>> > University  of Washington
>> >
>> > Senior Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study
>> > Central European University
>> >
>> > Twitter: @ginasue
>> > http://ginaneff.com/
>> >
>> > Author, Venture Labor: Work and the Burden of Risk in Innovative
>> Industries
>> >
>> >
>> > From: CITASA [mailto:citasa-bounces at list.citasa.org] On Behalf Of
>> danah boyd
>> > Sent: Monday, August 11, 2014 2:13 AM
>> > To: citasa at list.citasa.org
>> > Subject: [CITASA] are you teaching "It's Complicated"?
>> >
>> > Many of you have mentioned in passing that you're teaching my new book
>> in your fall classes (*thank you*!!!).  If you are, I was wondering if
>> you'd be willing to send me a copy of your syllabus?  One other question:
>> If you are teaching my book, are you encouraging students to buy it or are
>> you sending them to the free version?  (I'm fine either way but, as you can
>> imagine, folks are asking me how giving away my book is impacting classroom
>> adoption and I have _zero_ clue.)
>> >
>> > danah
>> >
>> > ------
>> >
>> > My New Book: "It's Complicated: The Social Lives of Networked Teens"
>> >
>> > "taken out of context / i must seem so strange" -- ani
>> > http://www.danah.org/  || @zephoria
>> >
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Lilly Irani
University of California, San Diego
Department of Communication
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