INFO 331 – Week 3 Discussion

INFO 331 – Week 3 Discussion
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Moore’s Law and Network Effects

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Class, I appreciate your participation in this discussion! For this assignment, you must post your original post addressing the topics below, prior to 11:55 PM ET on Wednesday. Continue to follow your classmates’ posts for the remainder of the week and post at least two follow-up messages to your classmates’ posts prior to 11:55 ET on Sunday. Your follow-up posts can add additional insight to a classmate’s opinions or can challenge their opinions. Use examples from the readings, or from your own research, to support your views, as appropriate. Be sure to read the follow-up posts to your own posts and reply to any questions or requests for clarification. By the way, include the name of the person’s post you are replying to. Thanks!


  1. What is e-waste? What is so dangerous about e-waste? Many well-meaning individuals thought that recycling was the answer to the e-waste problem. But why hasn’t e-waste recycling yielded the results hoped for?
  2. What are network effects? Think about the kinds of technology products that you own, or websites you use, that are subject to network effects. What sorts of exchange do these products leverage (e.g., information, money, software, or other media)? Give several concrete examples and explain them as clearly as you can in your own words.
  3. Find an article online that discusses the problem of e-waste, preferably one that also proposed a solution. In your own words summarize and critique the article. Do you think it is a viable solution? Why or why not? Be sure to include the url to your article.
  4. Describe the impact that your chosen information system has on your organization. Be sure to consider both the positive and negative impacts. Over-dependence on an information system can be a negative impact, so also discuss whether your organization has any contingency plans for business continuity during system outages.

Forum Rubric: 

Rubric for Learner PostsPoints
Synthesis of concepts in a substantive manner (critical to class performance)30
Applications of personal experience20
Writing standards10
Response to two or more students in a substantive manner40
Timeliness: (deduction) Optional10

Initial Post Due: Wednesday, by 11:55 PM, ET

Responses Due: Sunday, by 11:55 PM, ET

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Synthesis of conceptsApplications of personal experienceWriting standardsRubric for Response to Two or More StudentsTimeliness
Synthesized concepts in a substantive manner (critical to class performance). The response refers to course materials and shows a clear understanding of main ideas and concepts.  There are no irrelevant comments and the information is on point.  Ideas are clearly and properly organized.The response provides personal examples that tie in with the course material being discussed.  Reflection is evident and clearly ties in with the material presented.  Insight was provided to some concept.The writing is grammatically correct, clear and concise.  The response is well formulated and easy to read and understand.  Correct terminology was used when needed.Responded to two or more students in substantive manner. The other learner’s ideas, questions, concerns were addressed.  The response referenced reading or lecture materials when needed.  The response addressed the learner’s feelings if needed.  There were no irrelevant or off-point comments.  The posting reflects a clear understanding of the other learner’s ideas.The posting was “not” submitted on time.
30%20%10%40%10% (deduction)



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