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so-ci-e-ty n. pl. so ci e ties

  1. The totality of social relationships among humans.
  2. A group of humans broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture.

These are the key concepts of Computers and the Internet in Society. What impact have computers had on society in general? Is this good or bad? Who has been affected? Where are computers now?

Learning outcomes

  • introduce yourself and "meet" your classmates
  • explore the course structure and presentation
  • use the discussion forum for discussions
  • learn about personal learning styles and study tips appropriate to learning styles
  • practice online research


  • computers in society - past, present, future, benefits, shortcomings, themes, issues

Study questions

Here are some questions to get you thinking about the important concepts and information as you review the selected media - articles, diagrams, videos, podcasts for this module.

  • Have you used a computer today?
  • Are there general computer-related issues that concern you? Do you have strong feelings about any of the topics that we will be covering? See course outline listed on the main CIS2 course page.
  • What are some of the benefits of computers to society? Are there some aspects that are not beneficial?
  • Are books and libraries that hold them going to go away? If yes, when might that happen?
  • Are crimes "worse" because of computers? How so?
  • Have you or your family been affected by computers and health care?
  • How are computers helping people with disabilities?
  • Where will we see the biggest impact of computers on society? How will this happen? How long before this happens?

All course materials are open on the first day of class for the quarter, and you are expected to start work immediately. Please read the assignments carefully. There are many parts to the assignments for each module in this course. ALL parts must be completed by the published due date.

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Readings, videos, pictures, diagrams, podcasts, animations,...

There is no textbook for this course. There are Selected Media - articles, videos, pictures, diagrams, podcasts,... listed as resources for each module. You don't need to study them all. Browse through SEVERAL and find 2-3 to review in detail. Or find your own...


TALL blog » Blog Archive » Not ‘Natives’ & ‘Immigrants’ but ‘Visitors’ & ‘Residents’
the web as a ‘place to live’ or as a collection of useful tools. This underlying motivation led us to outline two main categories of distance learning student. The resident is an individual who...
10 Fascinating Things We Learned When We Asked The World 'How Connected Are You?' - The Mozilla Blog
"#6: People are divided over who is responsible for making connected devices private and secureOne-third of respondents believe the makers of connected products are responsible for building pr...
LemonAID Warriors
"LemonAID Warriors activates the next generation of Leaders, one PhilanthroParty Event at a time. Our LemonAid Warriors are making an impact by making social activism a part of our social live...
Olin College is Founding Member of First-of-its-Kind, USAID-funded Network Aimed at Spurring Innovation to Solve International Development Problems
"develop innovative solutions to global development challenges. Under the program, each university will establish Development Labs which will work with USAID's field mission experts and Wa...
Technology and Society ( Read ) | Physical Science | CK-12 Foundation
"The Mars Rover pictured here is a wheeled robot developed by NASA. Its job is to explore the surface of Mars. The rover contains a lot of complex modern technology."
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Developing students' digital literacy | Jisc
"We define digital literacies as the capabilities which fit someone for living, learning and working in a digital society. To help with thinking about this, we have outlined six elements for c...


How to reach high achievement through listening skills | eSchool News
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Determining Website Credibility: A Rubric for Modern Digital Citizenship
Website Credibility: A Quick Analysis Whenever your students come across a resource they are interested in using, have them consider these 5 criteria which are included in the full rubric. They can...
The KYVL for Kids Research Portal - How to do research Home Base
research process. Using a gameboard as an interface, concrete steps to support their planning, searching, note taking, and writing. The clearly articulated steps, logical progression, and embedded...
Inquiry and the Research Process | Edutopia
research process helps students locate and evaluate information about any topic, it does not ensure that they have an opportunity to ask questions, investigate problems, or make connections to thei...
GSG: highlights=Open Content Images
The Getty Search Gateway allows users to search across several of the Getty repositories, including collections databases, library catalogs, collection inventories, and archival finding aids. This...
An Excellent Tool to Help You Stay Focused
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Your responses to this and all other assignments will be graded for college-level writing. Spelling and grammar errors will result in deductions. Late submissions are accepted but points will be deducted for late submissions, unless you get an extension from the instructor prior to the due date. Complete and thoughtful replies that demonstrate original thinking and personal experience will receive full credit. For more information, see Discussion Participation

  1. Read the Syllabus - CIS 2 Computers and the Internet in Society. There is a lot of important information in the syllabus.

  2. Review the Online Education Center | New Student Orientation (linked from the DeAnza New / Prospective students or the Online Education pages) and complete the Online Education Center | New Student Orientation quiz.

  3. Read Welcome to CIS2 that describes how to get started. This page describes how the class works in detail and answers many questions that you might have.

  4. Read the 20 Basic Rules For Digital Citizenship. This is a good summary of appropriate online behavior in general, and for online courses, specifically.

  5. In the Discussions forum, introduce yourself to your classmates. Write a '6 Word Story' about yourself (some examples). Post your introduction in discussion topic Introductions and expectations. Please use the Reply function to post your information. This will add your introduction to the topic discussion thread. For example, here is my introduction.
    Valerie Taylor - Open education - learning and sharing anywhere.
    There is more to the story than what you can say in 6 words. Use the "Reply" link to ask questions about other 6 Word Stories.

  6. To your Introduction, add 2-3 sentences about your outside interests. Are you interested in art, music, computer games, travel, cooking? Do you have any pets? You can include a small picture. This is an opportunity to meet classmates with similar interests.
    Write 2-3 sentences describing why you are taking this course and what you hope to learn in the class. Is this "for fun" or do you need to take this class for work or school? Are you enrolled in other DeAnza classes this quarter? Have you taken other online classes? Could you physically get to DeAnza campus in Cupertino? If not, why not - travel, physical limitations, transportation, child care, scheduling? Are you planning to travel during the quarter and keep up with the class remotely? Where will you be?

  7. Digital literacies - With technology becoming ever more prevalent in today's world and Apps being designed to meet specific needs, it is becoming increasingly important to identify these technologies and recognize how they may be of benefit to you now and when you graduate. Complete this short quiz to reveal a personalized profile spanning six different genres, which suggests ways you can improve how you use technology within your studies. These could have further reaching applications for when you graduate and apply for jobs. Digital Literacies Quiz

  8. Optional (Requires registration so you not not have to complete this activity.) - Take the Inner Heroes Personality quiz http://www.innerheroes.com/quiz.asp It addresses how you interact with others. This will be useful information in the discussions and online collaborations in the coming weeks. Take the quiz, then indicate your type - Helper, Thinker, Doer, Planner - in the I'm a... choice.
    Review the results and post a short note about your 'type" to your introduction in the discussion topic Introductions and expectations.

  9. Look up your name in one or more search engines - Yahoo, Google, DucDuckGo. How about Wikipedia? LinkedIn? How Many of Me? Are you there? How is your name used? Are there other people with the same name listed? Is there a problem for you if people mistake the other person for you? How many links were found that contained references to people with the same name as you? Look at a few of these sites. Are there some interesting people who share your name? List 3-4 people in discussion Interesting People with My Name.
    There are more than 400,000 references to Valerie Taylor. There is a romance novelist, a professor of Electrical Engineering, a shark researcher and a woman who works to build hospitals in Bangladesh, and me, just to name a few.

  10. Learning Literacies - Find it - Research and Information Fluency - browsers, search. The internet provides millions of resources. Being able to locate specific credible information is more than a simple Google search. Review 2-3 articles in the Find it media selections. Post a link and a brief summary of ONE to the Learning Literacies - Find it discussion. Only one review per resource please. Check what others have posted, then select something else to review.

  11. Read A Computer Geek's History of the Internet - Not the complete history but just the cool stuff. The Internet history from the perspective of a computer geek. Pick one event that was interesting to you and post a brief note about the event you selected in the Computer Geek's History discussion. Why was this particular event interesting to you?

  12. Review the Keywords and Study questions at the top of this page. These will help you look for important ideas in the rest of assignments for this module.

  13. Read, view, listen to several selections in the Society selected media list for this module. You don't have to review them all. Browse through several and find 2-3 that are interesting to you personally. What interests you about this selection? What keywords or study questions are addressed? Post a brief summary of ONE item from the Society selected media to the Selected media - Society discussion forum.
    What questions do you have about the general topic - Computers and the Internet in Society? Include 2-3 of your questions in your post.

  14. Search the web for sites that discuss computers and society. Find one that you think is particularly interesting. Refer to a web site article you found to get your student-led discussion started. Write a critical-thinking question about the social issues discussed in the web site article that you found. Your question should lead to discussion about the impact on society. Include the web address of the page you selected and post your question in the Forum discussion topic Computers and Society Websites. Then throughout the week, participate in a minimum of three (3) other discussions on this topic.

  15. Community Service Learning online - There are many opportunities to do community service via the internet. Many organization have organized volunteer work so it can be done by people from their computers. Some examples include proof reading scanned books for Project Gutenberg. Others ask volunteers to look for unusual formations in pictures taken by space telescopes, or report birds in your backyard or a park near your school or office. Find an example of an online volunteer or community service web site. Post a link to the site and a brief description of the community service opportunity to the Online Community Service discussion.

  16. More Catalyst exploration - Try different Catalyst features and setting. Look at your Profile and make any changes that you would like. Check Your Grades. Change the discussion display format - threaded, flat, newest first, etc. - works best when there are multiple posts and replies in a single discussion topic. Turn the tracking on and off. Edit your posting (within the posting edit time limit only). Also check the Catalyst resource pages for information about the Forum features. Look for the little "?" links throughout Catalyst - they indicate that helpful information is available and will appear in a popup window. Learn to use the features NOW. Post any questions or suggestions in the Catalyst exploration discussion.

    There is a guide online - Introduction to Catalyst. Be sure to review the section on managing emails from discussions.

  17. Reflection - I wonder.. Thinking about the topic this week and getting into the habit of asking related questions that interest YOU. This leads to "self-directed learning". Ask yourself questions about the topic and activities for this week. What did I see and do? What do I think about that? What does it make me wonder? These are questions you should be asking yourself.
    For this assignment - What is ONE unanswered question. Use the I wonder... 1 assignment to submit your reply. Include a sentence of explanation or clarification for your question if necessary.

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