CS/INFO 5306:
Crowdsourcing and Human Computation
Spring 2024

Al Feldstein (1953). Ahead of the Game, Weird Fantasy pp. 9-15, EC Comics, 17b(1).

Course Staff:

General Course Information:

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The coursework is centered on three things: readings for each lecture, one-off sporadic assignments, and three team projects, according to the following percentages:

Attendance and Participation:

The course is in some sense a sampling of data points - examples of work that has been done - in this general area. The format of the class is that each class has readings that all students must do - exposing them to key data points - and lectures amplify beyond the readings and give further data points. Attendance is thus mandatory.

That said, things happen. Be communicative about events intruding in your life. Let us know in advance so we can be responsive to them, rather than telling us much later when it is often far more difficult to do so.
  • If anything else intrudes in your studies (such as, for example, a death in the family) please let us know.


    Academic Integrity

    From Cornell's code of academic integrity:

    Absolute integrity is expected of every Cornell student in all academic undertakings. Integrity entails a firm adherence to a set of values, and the values most essential to an academic community are grounded on the concept of honesty with respect to the intellectual efforts of oneself and others. Academic integrity is expected not only in formal coursework situations, but in all University relationships and interactions connected to the educational process, including the use of University resources. ... A Cornell student's submission of work for academic credit indicates that the work is the student's own. All outside assistance should be acknowledged, and the student's academic position truthfully reported at all times. In addition, Cornell students have a right to expect academic integrity from each of their peers.


    This course complies with the Cornell University policy and equal access laws to ensure that students with disabilities can still participate fully in this course. Requests for academic accommodations should be made during the first three weeks of the semester, except for unusual circumstances, so arrangements can be made as soon as possible. Students are encouraged to register with Student Disability Services, as we may require verification of eligibility to provide appropriate accommodations.

    Respect for Others

    Everyone, the instructors, TAs, and students, must be respectful of everyone else in this class. All communication, in class and online, will be held to a high standard for thoughtfulness and inclusiveness: it may never target individuals or groups for harassment, and it may not exclude specific groups. If any of the communication in this class doesn't meet these standards, please don't ignore it, but also don't escalate it by responding in kind. Instead, contact the instructor as early as possible; if for whatever reason you don't feel comfortable discussing something directly with the instructor please contact your advising office or the department chair.