June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Computing & Information Technology
22.1407.1 - 22.1407.11
Teaching Web Information Retrieval and Internet Technology to Non-Major Undergraduate StudentsWorld Wide Web and the Internet have touched our life in many aspects. From a technologypoint of view, both the Web and the Internet have been experiencing dramatic changes over theyears. More and more people use them everyday and more are curious about how the Web andInternet work. From a societal impact point of view, the Web and the Internet have become anessential tool in our live, similar to reading and writing, to a level where we have to studycarefully the effect of this tool in our learning and in our live.This paper describes authors’ experiences in teaching the fundamentals of World Wide Websearch engines and the Internet technology to non-major undergraduate students. By non-majorswe mean students are from outside the general disciplines of computer science or informationtechnology. The two authors have taught two separate courses in two different universities in theUS. But the course setting and the experiences are similar. And the challenges are similar: howwe can teach the web search engines and Internet technology in general to undergraduatestudents who do not have previous computing background.In one course, the first author taught a foundation seminar on the subject of web search enginesto a group of first-year students from various disciplines from social sciences, humanity, naturalsciences, and engineering. We discussed the basic building blocks of search engines, the basicprinciples of mathematics, computer science, and engineering involved in search engines, andmost importantly their social impact in our lives. In the second course, the second author taughtan upper level course on the subject of wireless and personal communications to non-majorsfrom the business school, where we concentrated on how communication technologies such asthe signals, networks, and devices work in a large scale system like the Internet and a smallscale system like the home/office network. Both courses gave us rich experiences on how toreach non-major undergraduate students with topics of great importance and great interest.
Meng, X., & Xing, S. (2011, June), Teaching Web Information Retrieval and Network Communication Technology to Non-Major Undergraduate Students Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. https://peer.asee.org/18742
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