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College of Professional and Global Education · School of Information

Seminar in Library Management - The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends
INFO 282

  • Spring 2023
  • Section 11
  • 3 Unit(s)
  • 01/25/2023 to 05/15/2023
  • Modified 05/22/2023

Canvas Information: Courses will be available January 25th, 6 am PT.

You will be enrolled in the Canvas site automatically.

Contact Information

Dr. Sue Alman
Office Hours: Zoom and e-Mail Advising

Course Information

Mode of instruction
This course will be entirely asynchronous. We will use Canvas for the submission of assignments and accessing readings and course materials. VoiceThread will be used for class discussions, and we will use Flipboard for sharing new technology information. Please Note: VoiceThread is a platform utilizing audio and video for class interactions. There will be two weeks of practice using VoiceThread and Flipboard before the submissions are graded.

Course Description and Requisites

Students will gain skills to plan strategically for the changing technological landscape. The course design enables students to participate in futuring activities through readings, video presentations, guest lectures, introductions to today’s futurists, and individual research. After an historical overview of forecasting students will become immersed in the literature and practices of current technological futurists and emerging technologies, gain skills to plan strategically for the changing technological landscape, develop a grant proposal outline to implement a new technology, and create a multi-media presentation or infographic that focuses on a new technological area that can impact the future. (See examples of multi-media/infographic projects.)


INFO 200, INFO 204.

Classroom Protocols


Students are expected to participate fully in all class activities. It is expected that students will be open-minded and participate fully in discussions in class and debate in a mature and respectful manner. Use of derogatory, condescending, or offensive language including profanity is prohibited. Disagreement is healthy and perfectly acceptable. Expressing disagreement should always include an explanation of your reasoning and, whenever possible, evidence to support your position. In accordance with San José State University's Policies, the Student Code of Conduct, and applicable state and federal laws, discrimination based on gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, nationality, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or disability is prohibited in any form.

Program Information

Course Workload

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course-related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group; contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Goals

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes) Supported

INFO 282 supports the following core competencies:

  1. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  2. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Plan strategically for the changing technological landscape.
  2. Identify and track the various publications, organizations, and trade shows that highlight new technologies.
  3. Identify and discuss the history of forecasting.
  4. Select the appropriate resources to use in planning for new technologies.
  5. Develop a project related to an emerging technology.
  6. Use a digital platform for project presentations.
  7. Develop a grant proposal to fund a new technology.

Course Materials


No Textbooks For This Course.

Course Requirements and Assignments

Please see the documents in Canvas for detailed requirements and grading rubrics for each of the assignments.

  • Techology, Journal, and Product Watch Reports, Participation & Engagement* (Supports CLO #3; Core Competency H): 35 TOTAL Points.
    • Part 1: Each week, a student team will prepare an Investigative Report on the assigned topic and co-lead the Flipboard Magazine and VoiceThread discussions. Students will participate in two (2) investigative team reports during the term. (Student teams will sign-up for the week/topic of their choice at the beginning of the term.) 14 points
    • Part 2: Each week, all students will actively read a wide variety of publications and scan electronic sources for new products, and they will report their findings by posting links and comments to each weekly Flipboard magazine and VoiceThread discussion. 16 points
    • Part 3: At the end of the term, each student will submit a 3-page paper on the ways they will approach the emerging future. 5 points
      * Students will also be responsible for participating in weekly activities such as the SXSWEEK 2022 events or scanning for positions that include a futures aspect.
  • History of Forecasting/Futures Studies (Supports CLO #1, #2, #4, #5; Core Competency H): 15 points
    • Students will have the option to develop one of the following: Research paper or LibGuide relating to the history of foresight/futures studies and identifying essential resources needed to plan for the future.
  • Grant Proposal Outline. (Supports CLO #6, Core Competency N) 10 points
    • Using grant proposal materials and strategic planning skills, students will develop an idea for a new technology project and identify an appropriate potential grant funder, along with a rationale on why it was selected and an estimated budget. This may be done individually or in collaboration with one other student. Deliverable: Minimum of 2 pages.
  • Future Trends Comparative Book Review. (Supports CLO #3, Core Competency H) 15 points
    • Students will select two (2) books either of their choice OR from the course reading list that deal with future trends, forecasting, or related issues and write a 1,000-word comparative review. (THIS IS NOT A BOOK REPORT). A link will be provided to a book review writing guide. In addition, each student will post a summary of their findings along with the complete citation for each work reviewed.
  • Term Project: Choice of White Paper, KLEVR Lab Project, or Self-Designed Project AND Final Multi-media Presentation(25 points)
    • Students will work with the instructor to develop a term project that will culminate in a deliverable AND a multi-media presentation that focuses on a new technological area that can impact the future. Sample options for 1-2-3 students: Develop a virtual LibGuide or a virtual exhibit on Connectivity; Blockchain; Privacy; Security; Futures Methods for the SJSU MLK Library KLEVR Lab; write a white paper on the types of apps information centers could develop with blockchain, self-sovereign identity, or digital wallets; or, self-designed project. The multimedia presentation will be posted on Canvas for others to review and discuss. Students with exceptional projects will be invited to submit their work to the Student Showcase housed on the iSchool website.

Late Assignments Policy

There will be a late penalty for assignments (grade reduction of 20% per day) turned in after the due date without prior approval. If your life circumstances require you to seek an extension, please do so 72 hours before the assignment is due.

  • No extensions will be granted for VoiceThread discussion posts.
  • No materials may be rewritten or revised after a grade has been assigned.

Major assignments are spaced ~2 weeks apart in most instances







Weekly Investigative Reports with VoiceThread participation.

Weekly Flipboard Topics

Locate Futures Jobs



VoiceThread and FlipBoard


Weekly Teams Will Sign-up for Topics/Dates

History of Forecasting



Paper, LibGuide, OR Narrated Digital Presentation


March 7

Comparative Book Review


H, M



March 21

Grant Proposal Outline


M, N

Written outline


April 11

Emerging Future Technologies

5, 6

H, M, N

Multi-media Presentation


May 7

Final Essay

1,2,4,5, 6

H, M, N

Flipboard and Essay


May 14

Grading Information

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100A
94 to 96A minus
91 to 93B plus
88 to 90B
85 to 87B minus
82 to 84C plus
79 to 81C
76 to 78C minus
73 to 75D plus
70 to 72D
67 to 69D minus
Below 67F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9 (PDF), relevant university policy concerning all courses, such as student responsibilities, academic integrity, accommodations, dropping and adding, consent for recording of class, etc. and available student services (e.g. learning assistance, counseling, and other resources) are listed on the Syllabus Information web page. Make sure to visit this page to review and be aware of these university policies and resources.

Course Schedule

Part 1: Futures Overview
Weeks 1-4 (January 25 - February 21)

  • Introductions/Overview
  • Flipboard Topics and VoiceThread Orientation
  • History and Keeping Current: Background, Techniques, Professional Societies, Publications
  • Emerging Technologies: Who and What to Watch
  • Planning Strategies: Foresight/Futures Studies - Techniques

Part 2: Technological Innovations & Key Impact Factors:
Weeks 5-13 (February 22 - April 25)

  • Grant Funding and Collaborations
  • Connectivity Issues
  • Blockchain
  • Privacy/Intellectual Freedom
  • Comparative Book Reviews
  • Big Data
  • Cybersecurity

SPRING BREAK (March 27 - April 2)

Part 3: Futuring
Weeks 14-16 (April 26- May 15)

  • Careers for Futurists
  • Digital Presentations Showcase
  • Wrap-up