Africa in World
Perspective:This course is an introduction to Africa. While our
attention and work is centered on the continent of Africa, at every major
step we will be moving outward to the larger African world and
Europe/North America--hence the title "Africa in World
Environmental History: Just what is "American Environmental History"?
Didn't we have enough to try to understand in our history without a whole
new discipline? This course will introduce students to this exciting and
vital new field, beginning with pre-Invasion Indians and
concluding with an assessment of the American environment today. Through
readings and discussions we will examine a variety of influential issues
and themes. Particular emphasis will be paid to politics (both domestic
and foreign), gender, race, ethnicity and religion.
Courses: An on-line course offered by Extension Teaching at the
University of Missouri-Columbia is a regular University course
conducted entirely over the Internet. Although the class does follow the
semester calendar,students can participate from anywhere in the world, and
the classroom is open 24 hours a day, allowing students to participate in
the course at times convenient for them. On-line courses may be
combined with traditional courses. If you are pursuing a degree, you
should contact your advisor to make certain the course will apply to your
degree program. On-line courses require access to a computer, a modem,
E-mail, and the Internet. The instructor facilitates peer interaction
between those enrolled in the course, and students are required to
actively participate in class discussions in an on-line environment.
Society (Economics 361N):Informational Sociey presents a utopian
design of society in the year 2050 which promotes discovery, invention and
innovation. The design is based on the advances in information technology
and automation. The changes in economic organization and income
distribution are forcasted. A fundamental concern of Informational Society
is information policy. The utopian design is based on promoting a
community organization of society. The federal government is modified to
create a stronger system of checks and balances. Governmental functions
Superhighway:This interdisciplinary seminar will provide an
introduction to the Internet, its evolution and future promise, and
explore a variety of policy, economic, technological, legal, and ethical
issues that arise from this new environment. Students will have practical
experience locating information on the internet, learn how to set up a
personal information resource that can be accessed from all over the
world, and use the internet to find information relevant to discussions of
issues such as privacy, free speech, copyright, and charging policies.
Faculty from Information Technology, Law, Computer Science, the Library,
and other departments will participate.
Media:Instructional Media is an entry level course designed to
introduce education majors to the underlying principles of instruction
and how instruction can be facilitated using technology. Throughout the
semester, students will become acquainted with all aspects of
instructional technology. Students will by necessity become proficient
with the computer as a teacher's tool as they use the computer for word
processing, data base management, spreadsheet development and
communications. At the completion of the course, students will have
familiarity with the tools found in the instructional technology field and
be able to integrate those technologies into their lesson plans.
to be able to travel the Internet using Netscape and save
location of every site you visit as a bookmark.
to be be able to organize your bookmarks by using folders and
save your bookmarks onto a floppy disk.
to be able to use Netscape to download graphics and text.
to be able to locate several educational sites on the Internet
to be able to search the Internet using search engines.
to be able to upload and download files using a file
transfer program (Fetch on Mac or FTP for Windows)
to be able to join a listserv and corespond with the members
for the list.
to be able to read and respond to messages on a newsgroup.
to be able to create a homepage with graphics, text and links.
to be able to identify common terms used on the Internet.
to be able to identify new technology available on the Internet.
Cyberspace: Cyberspace, E-world, the Infobahn, the Net. The metaphors
linking computers and what we do with them to the placeness of a virtual
reality are increasingly hard to escape. Is cyberspace an inevitable
development in the interaction of humans and computers? What will it look
like? How will it feel? In this course we will examine what happens to the
relationship of subject, author, text and the world in this context of
computer mediation, in this "consensual hallucination" where information
becomes architecture and words stand in for bodies. What are the larger
narratives that work to shape collective perceptions of e-space? What of
the blurring of author, reader and genre that virtual environments allow?
What might it mean to inhabit an electronic form? In our explorations we
will look first at works of science fiction, following these with a
consideration of both theoretical and popular works as we begin to move
into cyberspace ourselves. Our writing for the semester will be geared
toward a final collaborative presentation, which we will make available on
the World Wide Web.
Design, and Discovery: Overall, the course revolves around two active
learning modules that pose an invention or design problem students are
asked to work together to solve. The first module, based on the invention
of the telephone, attempts to teach you how to invent. The second module
gives you a chance to apply what you have learned in the first module by
inventing or designing a sustainable technology of your own choosing.
Applications in Agriculture: The purpose of this introductory-level
course is to acquaint students with the use of microcomputers in
agriculture. The course is concerned primarily with the use of
IBM-compatible personal computers, the operating
system (DOS) and basic software applications. Applications covered include
WordPerfect (word processing) Lotus 1-2-3 (spreadsheet) and MPS
(linear programming). The examples used to illustrate and teach these
popular software applications are drawn from
problems in agricultural enterprises.
of Neural Systems:This course is an in-depth study of information
processing in real neural systems from a computer science perspective.
We will examine several brain areas where processing is sufficiently
well understood that it can be discussed in terms of specific
representations and algorithms. We will focus primarily on computer models
of these systems, after establishing the necessary anatomical,
physiological, and psychophysical context. There will be some neuroscience
tutorial lectures for those with no prior background in this area.
Multimedia on the
Internet: Communication 499, "Multimedia on the Internet," is designed
to study and apply the tools of multimedia on the World Wide
Web. Students will learn about the various types of multimedia
applications (e.g. Adobe Photoshop and Premiere) and how
to construct effective interactive multimedia messages. The class will
also involve utilizing the Internet (email, newsgroups, ftp,
gopher, the World Wide Web and other Internet applications) for class
projects and communication. Special emphasis will be placed on using
multimedia in a world wide network delivery system (the World Wide Web).
Students will learn how to use hypertext markup language to create their
own web pages as part of a final project. Although this is a class about
utilizing and creating online resources, the class meets regularly and
good attendance is a requirement.
The Online Classroom (Education
L530): This course provides an introduction to the Internet and how it
can be used as an additional resource in K-12 classrooms. A survey of
several basic Internet navigation programs (Telnet, generic E-mail,
Gopher, FTP/Fetch, Browsers) and their related searching capabilities are
included. Students will create integrated units of instruction that use
the resources found on the Internet in combination with traditional
information resources used at schools and other places of learning. Issues
such as Acceptable Use Policies and censorship will be discussed. The
course considers curricular and pedagogical issues important to selecting,
gathering and developing curriculum which integrates the use of the
Internet into effective instructional practices. It is expected that
students will have a very basic knowledge of e-mail in order to get
started with the class.
Science 2093-Astronomy:Welcome to the computer age! This semester
youšll be assigned a digital term paper. You will have to write a
paper on an astronomy related topic and illustrate it with images and
other info collected from the Internet. More details about topics, format,
and due date will follow shortly.
Science, Technology and Medicine in China:Our aim in this course is to
understand the thinking behind the science, technology, and medicine of
classical and imperial China. To do this we must historicize Chinese
inquiries into nature and into the human body. In other words, we will
situate interpretations of the cosmos, ways of exploiting the earth, and
disorders of the body in an historical framework that will help
us surmise what was distinct about Chinese society. The course is
organized along the lines of "Heaven, Earth, Human" (Tian, Di, Ren), a
late classical theory of correlations that related human and natural
phenomena, and a concept that structured the mapping of sanctioned
knowledge during the imperial era.
Science and Technology in
Society:This course surveys the relationship between science and
society and considers a number of current scientific and technological
issues. Students who complete the course will understand the place of and
restraints on science, technology, and the scientific approach in modern
Cyberspace(UCLA Dept. of Sociology): This course provides an
introduction to the social issues emerging in cyberspace. We will draw
upon useful tools from interactionist sociology and studies of collective
property relationships to study how people interact and work together to
create powerful social networks. And since new powers bring new conflicts,
we will examine the challenges and struggles that will define how network
technology will be used in the next century.
How do we situate new interactive technologies in the context of
postmodernity: manifestation, convergence, catalyst,
How are postmodern theories of the self and identity actualized
and transformed by our experience in an increasingly
Where are the continuities between the computing aesthetic of
"simulation" (thinking of Sherry Turkle's term,
"culture of simulation") and postmodern theories of simulation?
Where, within electronic spaces, can we locate manifestations of
the dialectic between modernity and postmodernity (either
intellectual paradigms or aesthetics)?
Technology High Project at
Pulaski High School: The mission of the Technology High project is to
improve the educational and economic lives of the people of Pulaski
County. This mission is to be accomplished by a consortium of schools,
businesses, government agencies, and other individuals through three
technology-rich initiatives: a school-based initiative, a community-based
initiative, and a professional development-based initiative. Through these
initiatives, the project aims to revitalize the county's schools, make the
community into a learning community, and better prepare teachers to