We'll be upgrading the Managing online commuities course next semester. The last I heard, the new course number will be MIS 424/524. This means that it will be a both undergrad (senior) & grad level course. Partially it is administrivia: grad students and professionals want to take it and can't do that as a 300-level (junior) course. Next semester, you don't have to be a degree-seeking student to register for this course, but yes, it is still local (rather than an online course) and a full semester long.
To go with that we will need to revise some of the cirriculum as well as add additional work appropriate for graduate level students. Unfortunately, I have not had much time to think about that and may not have it done before I leave on vacation in two weeks. I guess I get to take my laptop along and work a little over the holidays.
One of the regular assignments we have is analysis of news articles and papers on Web 2.0 and social projects and sites, and a presentation to the class. This semester has been more freeform to see what students will come across. For the grad level, I think we will need them to provide greater insight into the site they review: what is their business model/how do they make money or pay for it; how do they attract/retain visitors; how do they reward members; etc.
The final project also needs to start much earlier to give our students more time to complete the work. Apparently there was some confusion on what they were supposed to do. Also the selection of tools at their disposal were not sufficiently varied. We'll try and look for more tools per my previous note.
We like the aspect of interfacing with high schools, but we may need to expand to more schools to have a larger user base. The complication is that each trip to the high school has some overhead involved for both parties; the high school computers have firewalls/filters for some sites which are relevant; they may not be adequately equipped for enough students; high school classes may have a lot of movement (people come in and out of class often). A better way would be to bus the high school students to a controlled environment like the Hoffman ecommerce lab at UAMIS.
Upgrading the Managing Online Communities course