Evolution of Technology (TEC 154 2014S) : EBoards

TEC154 2014S, Class 01: An Introduction to the Course


Overview

Preliminaries

Notes on the Class

Admin

Assignments

What is technology?

Concerns about technology ... is it always this positive? (Boy that's giving away the answer)

While there are negative consequences, we HOPE that technology is intended to aid humans

M-W: "Applied Knowledge."

Sam hopes that we will look at how technologies are developed, how they might aid people (and what aid we intend), what knowledge they apply, and so on and so forth.

How should one study technology? (in this course)

Course structure

Expectations

Notes from SA

A few thoughts from SamR on how these notes could be improved: 1. Clarify which things are questions from the professor and which are responses from students. (I don't want it to sound like this is all stuff that came from me; most of it is your ideas.) 2. Perhaps a bit more detail/context. For example, in the little "Readings" section at the end, it might be useful to have a note that "Sam is going to ask us to start with a relatively basic approach to readings." Similarly, rather than "details are available online", you should probably have the links. 3. A "key points" summary at the end would be helpful. Of course, it may be that there were no key points today.

Assignments for Wednesday:

  1. Introductory survey
  2. Three short readings
    • Two questions in total for the three readings.

What is technology?

Concerns about technology/is it always positive?

Merriam-Webster

[http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/technology]

Sam hopes that we will look at how technologies are developed, how they might aid people (and what aid we intend), what knowledge they apply, and so on and so forth.

How does one study technology?

In this course:

Course structure: details are online

Expectations: attend and participate [A full list of expectations is on the course Web site. There are daily questions on the readings, a mid-semester examination and final, a final paper and presentation, and a few other compnents.]

Readings:

Notes from EL

What is technology?

wrote our own definitions and discussed them

themes:

Concerns?

Sam wants us to look at how technologies are developed, how they might aide people (what aide we intend for them), and what knowledge they apply

How should we study technologies? (in this class)

In this course

Expectations for students in the course:

Show up and participate, different levels of academic experience are within the class so be aware that it may seem very tutorial like for the beginning few readings (asking questions such as what is the thesis, etc.)

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