Education and Technology 733 Fall 2004 Indiana University of Pennsylvania Learning Outcomes for the Entire Course This class is a way for you … To understand current internet and software applications used by students in both positive and negative ways.
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Week 1 – Introduction
To become prepared with the course, acquainted with one another and to set expectations for the course/professor.
No Assignment Due
Week 2 - Virus, Worms and Trojans
To identify and understand internet security issues
See Assignment 1
Week 3 – Familiarity with Microsoft Operating systems and Mac OS
To compare and contrast the two major operating systems in use today.
Meet for class in the computer lab
No Assignment Due
Schedule of Events Page 1
-Virus threats and definitions
-Trojans and worms
-Familiarity of email hoaxes and precautions
Week 4 – Computer Addiction and Social Isolation
To understand the recent connection between depression symptoms and internet overuse.
See Assignment 2
The Relationship of Internet Use to depression and social isolation among adolescents.
-We will also look at Dr. Kimberly Young’s work. Formerly of the University of Pittsburgh, she has created a site called netaddiction.com to help battle addiction as well as establishing a team of “cyberpsychologists.”
Week 5 – Censorship
To understand an attempt to censor the World Wide Web by the United States Government as well as through different institutions of higher learning.
In Class Reading:
College Student Affairs Journal,
Jacqueline Spevak (2, 73- 79).
Week 6 – Instant Messaging Craze, online Journals, Message Boards, and Bots
To discuss the impact of instant connection via the internet allowing people to come together that may never have met in another world.
See Assignment 3
Week 7 – Transforming from a student to a professional
To introduce the differences between using technology for social and personal reasons and using it for your career.
See Assignment 4
Leadership, Higher Education, and the Information Age: A New Era for Information Technology and Libraries
- Moving from what you know to what you need to know can be a difficult transition. This is a primer for the rest of the semester. We will explore the connection and transition
Week 8 – The use of WebCT on college campuses
To provide a background
regarding how the concept
for WebCT courses was
devised and to determine
how Web CT courses are
being utilized at different
types of institutions
See Assignment 5
Week 9 – Empowering student involvement through home based techniques
To decipher characteristics
of students who obtain
information solely through
- Homework and programming: All in your own room
See Assignment 6 & 7
Meet for class in the computer LabSchedule of Events Page 3Part Two
Week 10 – Current Software
To become familiar with some of the current software in use for different functional areas.
No Assignment Due
Week 11 – Databases & Software
To acknowledge databases and software that are needed in the professional arena and increase our understanding of how to utilize them effectively.
See Assignment 8
Week 12 – Web Pages
To understand how web pages affect students and professionals and how to create a user friendly web page
-Web page creation
Meet for class in the computer Lab
See Assignment 9Schedule of Events Page 4Part Two
Week 13 – Moving Into the Future
Week 14 – Final
To incorporate the knowledge acquired during the course of the class.
See Assignment 10
Schedule of Events Page 5
To discus new technologies that are emerging on college campuses and learn how these advancements affect students and staff.
Readings from selected education and technology magazines, & from the Chronicle of Higher Education.
Final Project – Meet for class in the computer lab.
1.Viruses - pick a virus or a trojan or worm and write a 2 page paper on the effects to the computer and what it can do to a college campus (e.g.- spreading across a campus network) The paper should detail- the threat assessment distribution, damage it causes to the machine, and discuss removal procedures.
2. Tests - www.netaddiction.comSelf Tests page. Simply bring in the report sheet with only your last name. Another professor will record your participation in the program and no answers or scores from these surveys will be recorded. Further Discussion on the anonymity will occur in class.
3. Online Journal- Create an online Journal from livejournal.com or greatestjournal.com. Be creative. You will be judged on appeal, not content.
4. Leadership, Higher Education, and the Information Age: A New Era for Information Technology and Libraries.Edited by Carrie E. Regenstein and Barbara I. Dewey. We will discuss the use of technology as a professional.
5.WebCT - Students will find and assess three Web CT programs not linked to their current institution. They will evaluate the content of the site and determine what they see as the strongest and weakest attributes of each program. A three page synopsis, one page per program, will be turned prior to class this week.
6.Dancing with the devil: information technology and the new competition in higher education: Read the chapters about how to build a powerful technological infrastructure, how to create administrative structures that reward and support technological innovation, and how to secure funding for such transformations from.
7. The Software Project Manager's Handbook: Principles That Work at Work:Read parts one and three of the text. The first part of the text discusses four themes: (1) people, process, product, (2) visibility, (3) configuration management, and (4) IEEE Standards. These themes stress thinking, organization, using what others have built, and people. Part three discusses software engineering principles, and the technical aspects of software projects.
8. Programming Tool - Groups of three or four students will develop a new tool to reach students in their home environments. Each group will present a 10 minute presentation discussing their concept, marketing strategies, and the cost of implementing the program. Each member of the class will critique each of their peers’ presentations for feasibility and potential effectiveness.
9. Web survey – Evaluate several different web pages within one functional area using the provided questions & format. No two students can evaluate the same web sites. To avoid this, each person needs to post the web sites he/she plans to evaluate on a class message board. It the responsibility of everyone to read and check this message board on a regular basis.
10. Final Project - Work together with an assigned partner. Without verbally talking to one another, choose a problem within one functional area that can be addressed by implementing new technology. Together, explain the technology that will be used to address the problem, who will use this technology, how will students be affected, what are the limitations, and how will the technology be effective. Incorporate any information that is relevant. Each person will provide a written explanation of how you communicated with your partner, divided up the work load, and the frustrations or encouragements felt from working in this manner.
Indiana University of Pennsylvania – Thomas Baker, Sarah Sinclair, Rebecca Myers, & Douglas Smith