Digital Civilization: Honors Western Civilization 2 Course Description ... a very different sort of Western Civilization class, one that actively blends our digital civilization with the history of western civilization ... This site is part of an Honors Western Civilization 2 course offered during Fall 2010 and Winter 2012 at Brigham Young University. Colloquially called “Digital Civilization,” the class is taught jointly by Dr. Gideon Burton (English) and Dr. Daniel Zappala (Computer Science). Western civilization has been greatly influenced by how we produce and share knowledge. Since the development of the printing press in the 15th century, the printed word has dominated religion, philosophy, science, economics, politics, and education. We are now in the midst of the digital revolution, with online media such as blogs, wikis, social networking, and the web shaping our civilization. In this course we will view western civilization through the lens of the digital revolution, learning both what the past has to say about how we produce and share knowledge, and what our experiences with modern technology lead us to discover about the past. Our readings will pair great works of western civilization with current texts and tools, exploring common themes that include the structure of knowledge, principles of openness and participation, authenticity, identity, privacy, and copyright. Students will become fluent with the concepts and tools needed to be lifelong learners and active participants in a world where technological innovations change rapidly. Brigham Young University BYU _504a7756-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a Gideon Burton The class is taught jointly by Dr. Gideon Burton (English) and Dr. Daniel Zappala (Computer Science). Daniel Zappala The class is taught jointly by Dr. Gideon Burton (English) and Dr. Daniel Zappala (Computer Science). Students of History Students will become fluent with the concepts and tools needed to be lifelong learners and active participants in a world where technological innovations change rapidly. _504a7f3a-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a To view western civilization through the lens of the digital revolution, learning both what the past has to say about how we produce and share knowledge, and what our experiences with modern technology lead us to discover about the past. _504a7fda-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a Self-Directed Learning The course has a heavy emphasis on self-directed learning. This means that we do not have an extensive assigned reading list. Instead, we introduce core concepts and themes, but expect students to make use of available resources (both online and otherwise) to achieve the learning outcomes. Emerging Media The course makes extensive use of emerging media and communication tools. Rather than writing formal papers, each student maintains a blog for the duration of the class. The blog allows students to show what they have consumed, but to also create new content and connect to other students and to people with shared interests throughout the world. Students become conversant with the rich set of digital media tools that are available by completing some digital literacy labs. Communication Tools Computing Concepts The course integrates computing concepts and digital culture into each of the class periods. We do not assume that students have a technical background. We aim to provide students the same level of understanding of computing that they would achieve in an introductory Computer Science class for non-majors, combined with regular experiences in digital culture and social media. Digital Culture Open Educational Resources We proudly support and encourage Open Educational Resources. History Intelligently and accurately represent periods of western civilization _504a8052-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 1 Students intelligently and accurately represent periods of western civilization in terms of: * prominent themes and ideas * major events * influential people and works _504a80d4-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a c7a9338d-68cb-46a2-a394-a834f8c0178c Core Concepts Understand the core concepts of digital civilization and relate them to history and contemporary society _504a814c-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 2 Students understand the core concepts of digital civilization and can relate these to history and contemporary society. _504a81ce-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 3d78deea-7b1f-4760-9f50-55f337bb25e3 Digital Literacy Demonstrate competence in digital literacy _504a823c-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 3 Students demonstrate competence in digital literacy via the following methods: Consumption Independently and intelligently seek out, gather, filter, and qualify information sources _504a82b4-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 3.1 Consume: Students independently and intelligently seek out, gather, filter, and qualify information sources. 8d11d99e-dce7-43fe-af70-a3c8b0675b3f Creation Use a variety of media to generate content _504a832c-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 3.2 Create: Students use a variety of media to generate both informal or provisional content as well as content more formally produced and published. 5190a4ff-6690-4d00-89fa-a3518fe8a1ff Connection Share content _504a83a4-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 3.3 Connect: Students share what they consume or create, interact with others both in person and online, and use social media seriously. a0c70273-7072-4d5e-aaf3-9ca42d105c4c Self-Directed Learning Manage one's own learning _504a8476-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 4 Students take control of and manage their own learning. _504a84ee-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 4b58c6d6-8e54-4d68-a4bd-0d4f69dc74f8 Collaboration Work collaboratively to identify and complete meaningful projects _504a8570-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 5 Students learn to work collaboratively to identify and complete projects that are meaningful to themselves and others. _504a85f2-83ea-11e1-b190-5a862abff88a 3d94820d-efdf-4696-a7ab-c77acc3b8fbb 2012-04-11 http://digiciv.byu.edu/?page_id=87 Owen Ambur Owen.Ambur@verizon.net Submit error.