New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
June 29, 2016
Technological and Engineering Literacy/Philosophy of Engineering
The Making of a Technology Literacy Course Abstract Our school is an urban, state-supported university and the engineering programs at this institution have been instrumental in providing educational opportunities for under-represented groups of minorities. In a society that becomes more and more dependent on technology the higher education should have at its core a fundamental goal to provide every student with the ability to understand the social, political, economic, and ethical implications of new technological developments. The paper will present the reasons to create this kind of course and how it was designed to help students discover how modern technology affects society and how they can use it to improve their cognitive skills of analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. The course was built to provide opportunities for them to explore the positive and negative aspects of modern technology, understand the social, political, economic, and ethical aspects of issues that are impacted by advancement of technology, and realize how to utilize it for the benefit of humanity. The course was structured to provide students with an environment conducive to free exchange of ideas and open dialogue. The diversity of the students was a positive factor in making possible the approach of every subject from various points of view. To instill the principles of teamwork, students majoring in various disciplines are organized in groups to work together on a variety of subjects. An assessment process is in place to evaluate the effectiveness of the course in meeting the course objectives. This paper will describe in detail the course content and present the assessment results as well as the continuing work to expand the students’ interest in studying the effects of technology on society.
Dimitriu, D. G., & Shadaram, M. (2016, June), The Making of a Technology Literacy Course Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26987
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