This course is an overview of the knowledge, skills and abilities needed to successfully implement technology related projects in public, nonprofit and community settings. This course is team-taught and addresses two main themes. The first theme is designed to prepare you to deal with technology in your workplace: dealing with the vocabulary of IT; the acquisition of technology skills; and developing strategies to remain informed about current and emerging IT issues that impact the public and nonprofit sectors. The second theme includes traditional e-government and public sector computing ideas. It will also feature information from nonprofit informatics and theoretical material from diffusion of innovation theory (Rogers, 2003). The course also makes significant use of emerging Web 2.0 technologies and explores their applicability to various settings in the governmental and nonprofit sectors. All students will participate in a project to incorporate a technology solution designed around the needs of a community agency or other organization.
Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:
- Identify uses of technology in the nonprofit and governmental sectors;
- Plan an appropriate technology solution for a problem or function;
- Demonstrate basic skills with regard to a range of software tools;
- Exhibit facility with the vocabulary of IT;
- Understand how skills are acquired; the difference between knowing about and knowing how; and how to learn a skill;
- Know how to inform oneself about current and emerging IT issues that impact the Public and Nonprofit sectors.
This course introduces students to the issues surrounding IT Infrastructure in the public and nonprofit sectors.The course focuses on three themes that impact the adoption, implementation, and evaluation of IT efforts: technology, policy, and administration.
There are three class aims for all students to acquire:
- Facility with the vocabulary of IT
- An understanding of how skills are acquired and the difference between knowing about and knowing how and learning a skill.
- An understanding of how to inform oneself about current and emerging IT issues that impact the Public and Nonprofit sectors.
Students will both learn about and work with technology throughout the class.
This course is designed for K-12 teachers and curriculum specialists but will accommodate students with other backgrounds interested in exploring ways that technology can best be integrated into student learning. Participants will learn strategies for evaluating student work which utilizes technology and will develop and critique student projects which incorporate technology for specific curricular aims. Readings, discussion and collaborative explorations will be used to examine how technology can effect student achievement.
Today, technology influences every decision that managers must make whether in dealing with personnel issues, conforming to legal regulations or simply communicating effectively with all staff members. This course provides an opportunity for students to explore mechanisms of online communication and learn about current issues in technology. In the concluding project, students will work in a group of two or three entirely online to complete a collaborative white paper on an issue involving technology in their real or hypothesized work environment. The course will consist of a first week meeting on campus followed by 4 weeks of online participation, with no subsequent meetings. Final projects will be submitted online and will be due 7 weeks after the first class meeting (2 weeks after the last class session).
This course explores uses of the Internet to support, enhance and deliver curriculum in grades K-12. The concepts and tools are appropriate for teachers at other levels, but most examples were drawn from K-12.
Participants used a variety of tools including the World Wide Web, File Transfer Protocol (FTP), Listservs, Newsgroups, and E-mail to access and utilize Internet resources in education and related disciplines. Individuals or small groups will create units of instruction appropriate to their teaching and subject matter level which utilize Internet tools and resources.