This course explores technology and its impact on the world around us. Technology influences society, and society influences technology, creating a feedback loop between them. We will critically analyze this feedback loop in this course through social, historical, and theoretical approaches to technology as well as the four general education lenses: history, humanities, natural and applied sciences, and social sciences. Each of these four perspectives allows us to better understand the construction of technology and its interrelation with society. From this enhanced understanding, you will be equipped to draw connections between technology, society, and your personal and professional lives, helping you to become a better-informed citizen who can make a positive difference in the world.
Issues and events in technology have a pervading influence on many aspects of society, and how they are dealt with requires diverse knowledge and perspectives to investigate and change. The purpose of this project is to examine a specific issue or event in technology and how it impacts individuals and society through the development of a critical analysis portfolio and a presentation in which you will demonstrate your ability to think critically, investigate, and communicate clearly. These skills are often necessary to achieve personal and professional goals across many disciplines.
In this assignment, you will demonstrate your mastery of the following course outcomes:
Analyze the evolving role of technology in one’s discipline of study or chosen profession by investigating the influence of technology on modern culture [IDS-403-01]
Integrate interdisciplinary approaches for determining how technology affects modern identity in personal and professional contexts [IDS-403-02]
Explain how technology influences modern society by employing appropriate research strategies [IDS-403-03]
Recommend strategies for utilizing current technology to meet personal and professional goals [IDS-403-04]
Articulate informed viewpoints on how technology shapes the world and can influence change using effective communication skills [IDS-403-05]
Assess the impact of emerging technologies on societal issues for incorporating diverse perspectives and viewpoints informed by relevant literature and interpersonal experiences [IDS-403-06]
For the second part of this project, you will develop a multimedia presentation in which you will have a chance to reflect on what you have learned about your issue or event, yourself, and society through analyzing its impact on technology. You will also be able to apply your communication skills and integrate multimedia elements to communicate your message to an audience.
In developing this presentation, you will be able to use your analyses from the first part of this project as a starting point. The reflective nature of this activity prompts you to dig deeper and consider the implications posed by the critical analysis of your issue or event in technology. How does studying technology affect how you understand yourself as well as the world around you? You’ll also be challenged to incorporate a dash of creativity to enhance your message.
Multimedia Presentation: For the second part of the project, you will create a multimedia presentation that incorporates audio narration and visuals to
articulate how critically analyzing your issue or event in technology impacts your own framework of perception and ability to constructively engage in society.
PowerPoint: You are required to include a combination of text and visuals in order to support your PowerPoint presentation. Use the Check File Compatibility
With Earlier Versions and Are You Having Video or Audio Playback Issues? resources to help you check compatibility between versions of Office. Also, follow the
instructions on the Microsoft Support page to compress your presentation as a zipped file. You may upload a zipped file when submitting this assignment.
Reducing the size of the PowerPoint presentation file by compressing it makes it easier for your instructor to download and grade.
Microphone: While it is not necessary to purchase a microphone for this project, you will need to have access to a microphone to record the narration of the
presentation. This could be the external microphone of your device, a set of earbuds, or borrowed from a friend. This assignment is graded on the content of
the narration, and not the quality of the recording.
Specifically, the following critical elements must be addressed:
I. Issue/Event: For this section of your presentation, you will introduce the issue/event and how it relates to issues of technology and any of the topics
that have been discussed in the course.
A. Using appropriate research strategies, describe a social or global issue/event that is related to issues of technology. [IDS-403-03]
i. What is the origin of the issue?
ii. What is the issue about?
B. Using appropriate research strategies, describe the impact of the issue or event on society. [IDS-403-03]
i. Who is impacted by the issue?
ii. What is important to know about them?
C. Using relevant research or diverse perspectives, assess how society impacts the chosen issue. [IDS-403-06]
II. Yourself: This section of your presentation explores how studying technology influences your individual framework of perception with respect to your
discipline of study or profession.
A. How has critically analyzing your issue/event in technology informed your individual framework of perception? Consider how it has altered the
way you perceive the world. [IDS-403-05]
B. How can critically analyzing technology influence your field of study or profession? How can studying technology inform your understanding of
the next big topic of study in your field or profession in the next five to ten years? [IDS-403-01]
Society: This section of your presentation explores how studying technology enhances your ability to engage constructively in society.
How does critically analyzing technology add value to how you interact with people and understand social or global issues or events? Supplement your reasoning with examples. [IDS-403-04]
Recommend strategies for using this kind of critical analysis for meeting your personal and professional goals. What might this look like in your everyday life? Consider how technology can be used to address the day-to-day responsibilities or questions faced by practitioners in your field or discipline. [IDS-403-04]
Using relevant research or diverse perspectives, assess the benefits and challenges of addressing issues in technology. [IDS-403-06]
Explain how critically analyzing technology adds value to interactions with people in personal and professional contexts. [IDS-403-02]
Presentation: Throughout your presentation, you will be assessed on your ability to use effective communication skills to deliver your message to your audience.
Construct your presentation in a way that ensures the audio and visual elements are logically organized in order to convey your message to your audience. [IDS-403-05]
Provide supporting evidence in your presentation that supports the importance of the chosen issue or event and its impact within technology. [IDS-403-05]
Develop the audio narration to logically flow with the presentation to articulate the importance of critically analyzing the chosen issue or event and its impact within technology. [IDS-403-05]
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