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This is the course syllabus for TECH 1940Q: Inquiry in Science & Mobile Technology, at Bowling Green State University.
This is the course syllabus for TECH 1940Q: Inquiry in Science & Mobile Technology, at Bowling Green State University.

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TECH 1940Q, Fall 2012
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TECH 1940Q INQUIRY IN SCIENCE & MOBILE TECHNOLOGYT /Th, 2:30pm – 3:45pm, 112 Life Science BuildingINSTRUCTOR DATADr. Paul Cesarini
419.372.7740 / email or FaceTime: pcesari@bgsu.edu / Skype: paul.cesariniDepartment of Visual Communication & Technology Education, 261 Technology Bldg.Office hours: M/W, 1pm – 3pm (face-to-face, by phone, or via chat), or by appointment
COURSE DESCRIPTION
TECH 1940Q, Inquiry in Science & Mobile Technology (3)Investigation into the impact of information and communications-related technological trends indifferent industries. Particular emphasis on analyzing and assessing the diffusion of emergingtechnologies as they pertain to mobile use, and examining the consequences associated with thisdiffusion.
REQUIRED COURSE TEXTS AND WEB SITE
Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2012).
The 2012 HorizonReport.
Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. [This publication is freely available at:http://www.nmc.org/publications/horizon-report-2012-higher-ed-edition]
Johnson, L., Smith, R., Willis, H., Levine, A., and Haywood, K., (2011).
The 2011 HorizonReport.
Austin, Texas: The New Media Consortium. [This publication is freely available at:http://www.nmc.org/publications/horizon-report-2011-higher-ed-edition]
Hughes, T. (2005).
Human-Built World: How to think about technology and culture
. Chicago,Illinois: University of Chicago Press. [Chapters 1-2 only; freely available via Google Books at:http://books.google.com/books?id=G7xmjLN6uXwC&lpg=PP1&dq=human%20built%20world&pg=PA20%23v=onepage&q&f=true#v=onepage&q=human%20built%20world&f=false ]
Kurzweil, R. (1992). The Future of Libraries, Parts 1 – 3:http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-future-of-libraries-part-1-the-technology-of-the-book http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-future-of-libraries-part-2-the-end-of-books http://www.kurzweilai.net/the-future-of-libraries-part-3-the-virtual-library 
Volti, R. (2009). Society & Technological Change, 6
th
Edition. (pp. 58-72).
Additional readings online, as well as video clips and audio interviews, will be posted and/or embedded in our Blackboard course shell.
The course will use a Blackboard Web site (or “course shell”) where you will be able todownload course handouts, communicate & collaborate with course participants, takeassessments, upload assignments, and check grades. At some point in the semester, we mayswitch over to a different learning management system called Canvas.
COMPUTER REQUIREMENTS
You will need to have an active BGNet account, and must be able check your BGNet email regularly.If you rely on an alternate email address, it is your responsibility to have your BGNet email forwardedto that address. You must also familiarize yourself with Blackboard conventions
.
You will need accessto a broadband-connected computer that has the most recent versions of the following software:
Browser: FireFox or Chrome (most preferred), Safari, or Internet Explorer (least preferred)
Media Players: QuickTime Player (either Windows or Mac OS X), Windows Media Player (either Windows or Mac OS X, or the Flip4Mac plugin), Flash browser plugin
PDF viewer: Adobe Reader, Preview (Mac OS X), or any PDF viewer 
Word Processor: Microsoft Word or OpenOffice
Presentation: Microsoft PowerPoint or OpenOffice All of the above-mentioned software is available for use in the University computer labs, with thepossible exception of FireFox and OpenOffice.
 
TECH 1940Q, Fall 2012
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COURSE OVERVIEW
"Why should we look to the past in order to prepare for the future? Because there is nowhere else to look." 
James Burke
Perhaps now more than any other time in history, technology is spilling past all barriers, in a trulyinterdisciplinary manner, and is becoming widely diffused into all aspects of our lives. It has becometransparent and ubiquitous – that is, the information and communications-related technologies we’vecome to rely on are both nowhere and everywhere. We take them for granted and have becomepassive consumers of them, expecting them simply to work.This course introduces current and emerging technological trends, as determined by numerousexternal sources such as the annual Horizon Report, with the goal of assessing these trends anddetermining which may or may not be applicable at home, at work, and in different industries. Themethodology employed will be through the use of individual assignments including exams, quizzes,frequent online discussions / debates, and where possible, virtual conferencing with experts.
LEARNING OUTCOMES
Inquiry-based, general education courses in the Natural & Technological World domain have thefollowing broad learning outcomes:1. Applying technological approaches to identify and analyze questions and problems in ways thatcontribute to their solution.2. Gathering data and evidence from various scientific sources, including published data and datathat are self-generated and gathered, using multiple scientific and technological approaches.3. Analyzing data and evidence using scientific reasoning processes and synthesizing competingevidence-based interpretations using appropriate quantitative and qualitative approaches.4. Drawing logical conclusions with reference to specific relevant evidence-based findings whiledemonstrating an awareness of the limitations to such conclusions. Additionally, BGSU has learning outcomes focusing on “our common responsibility for sharededucational values, despite differences in the content of the many majors, disciplines, and activities”.These learning outcomes are as follows: A. Intellectual & Practical SkillsB. General & Specialized KnowledgeC. Personal & Social Responsibility
D.
Integrate, Apply, and Reflect
 
[Detailed descriptions are available at:http://www.bgsu.edu/newcatalog/University/University8b.html]
TECH 1940Q also has the following specific learning outcomes, which match with the above-mentioned ones as follows:
Identifying current trends in information & communications-related technology sectors
[1; A,B] 
 
 
 Articulating critical challenges to the widespread diffusion of these technological trends
[4; B,D] 
 
Learning about technological change and how it affects groups and individuals
[1,2,3,4; B,C,D] 
Discussing and researching technologies to watch within the mobile space
[1,2,3,4; A,D] 
 
Examining the likely relationships among emerging technologies, work, and leisure
[1,2,3,4; A,B] 
 
 
Using the Internet for learning and research
[2,3; A,D] 
Participating in groups and reporting learning to other class members
[1,4; C,D] 
 
Offering / accepting constructive comments from instructors and to / from students
[4; D] 
 
 
TECH 1940Q, Fall 2012
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INSTRUCTIONAL PHILOSOPHY
 TECH 1940Q provides an entry-level experience in studying technology and its relationship to theglobal society. In this class, you will work as responsible inquirers, researchers, and decision-makers.This class will help you understand the big picture of technology by examining and analyzingtechnological trends within information & communications-related sectors. We will accomplish this byfocusing on evolving issues and trends identified each year in the annual Horizon Report. TheHorizon Report is the annual publication from the Horizon Project, a collaborative research projectestablished by the New Media Consortium (NMC) and EDUCAUSE that “identifies and describesemerging technologies likely to have a large impact on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry oncollege and university campuses within the next five years.”Since this report is annual, and since some or all of the trends identified may or be not remain thesame each year, the specific technologies and related content covered will likely change eachacademic year, to stay current. The manner in which we analyze and assess them, however, will stayconstant. Dated technological issues or concerns will incrementally be replaced by newer, moretopical ones as each new report becomes available.
COURSE DELIVERY
Depending on the specific section, course delivery will be either be a hybrid of face-to-face interactionin our regular classroom and online activity, via Learning Management System (LMS) coursefacilitation, or will be entirely web-based. In the hybrid section, in place of several face-to-face classmeetings throughout the semester, you will participate online with me, our TA (if we have one), andother students to build a cooperative learning community. Asynchronous communication tools,including email and online discussion forums, will be heavily relied upon in addition to our regular class meeting times, and in some cases in place of our regular class meeting times. The HorizonReport and other texts are for independent study; and the course Blackboard site will serve as aclearinghouse for information, where course handouts will be available, and communication tools,discussion board, and virtual classroom will be used by you, myself, and invited guests.Because of the nature of this course,
consistent online interaction throughout the semester ismandatory 
. You must ensure that you complete assignments by their due dates, and respond to meand working groups within a reasonable amount of time. You will participate in regularly scheduledelectronic discussion forums that collectively account for a large portion of your final grade. Newforums will be posted on predetermined Mondays, and will be archived or “locked” a week after theyare posted. Specific criteria for posting and responding within these forums are listed in the CourseDocuments area of our Blackboard course site.
COMMUNICATION
 Announcements will be posted frequently on the Announcement Page (frequently) or communicatedvia e-mail (very infrequently). Check the Announcement Page and your BGNet e-mail regularly inorder to access course related announcements.I will be checking e-mail regularly in order to access communications from you and will typicallyrespond to communications within 24-48 hours. However, any communication sent after 1:30 pm onThursday through Sunday may not receive a response from me until the following Monday.
UNIT AND ASSIGNMENT DESCRIPTIONS
The following is a brief description of the course units; specific details and evaluation criteria aboutthese assignments will be will be available in our Blackboard course shell as the semester progresses:

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