far-ranging influences on commerce, education, news,
entertainment, information dissemination and much more, the
Internet has had an enormous impact on American society over the
past decade. This course examines that impact, as well as
future trends, with an emphasis on the differential impact of
the Internet on diverse US communities.
Upon completion of the course, students will
be able to:
analyze laws and public policies that
relate to the use of the Internet in the U.S.A.
assess the impact of the digital
divide in both qualitative and quantitative terms as it
relates to the economy and education
compare and contrast the positive
and the negative aspects of the use of the Internet in the
conduct Internet searches and
evaluate the quality of online sources
demonstrate proper citation of
online reference material
describe the basic demographics of
Internet use in the U.S.A., with particular attention to the
discuss social, ethical and
political issues surrounding the use of the Internet in the
evaluate the potential of the
Internet to affect American society in the future
explain the basic technology of the
Internet and how its various components work
formulate critical questions related
to the differential impact of the Internet on diverse
communities in the U.S.A.
identify major issues, trends, and
policies regarding the use of the Internet in the U.S.A.
integrate values of ethical uses of
the Internet into their own behavior
justify opinions in collegial
moderate threaded discussions and
participate in meaningful ways in online discussions with
provide specific examples of how
their lives are impacted by the Internet on a daily basis
summarize intellectual property
issues related to the Internet
use current Internet technologies,
including wikis, blogs, RSS, and podcasts
Please contact the instructor via e-mail or
the discussion board (in Blackboard) if you have questions at
any time. Online chat sessions or telephone consultations
can be arranged at any time.
use the Internet to access required readings, class discussion
sessions, and to submit written assignments. There will NOT be any face-to-face
meetings of this class. There is no text for this course -
all required readings are available online. There are no
A separate page has additional
information about the course, including Course
Organization, Instructional Materials, Course Navigation,
Netiquette, Technical Requirements, Techical Support, and
Weekly Discussion Forums-- Fifteen weekly discussions in the course
Discussion Forum. MULTIPLE WEEKLY POSTINGS REQUIRED
General Discussion Forum
-- Participation in this discussion
forum in Blackboard throughout the entire semester. This discussion assignment counts as the
"sixteenth" weekly discussion.
Paper One -- For your
first paper, you will select a topic that deals with how the
Internet has impacted your life in the past five years.
The paper, then, is to be a description how personally your
life is affected by the Internet in this area. (more
details here) DUE NOT LATER THAN NOON CENTRAL
TIME ON MARCH 14, 2014.
Paper Two -- For your
second paper, you will discuss a public policy issue among
those covered during the semester, such as (but not limited
to) the digital divide, Internet in education, online privacy,
Internet taxes, online commerce, security in online
communication and transactions, digital democracy, Internet
and terrorism, online health resources, and music
downloading. The paper is to include a discussion of the
laws and public policies that are related to this issue.
details here) DUE NOT LATER THAN NOON CENTRAL
TIME ON MAY 9, 2014.
grades will be determined in the following manner:
Each week, Prof. Oakley will produce a podcast
for CSC442 Section B. While you are not required to listen
to these podcasts, you are STRONGLY ENCOURAGED to do so, since these podcasts
provide an ongoing summary of the course, putting the various
course topics into perspective. In addition, Prof. Oakley is
using Facebook and Twitter to provide a brief mini-announcements
several times each week. You are encouraged to "like" the
official class page in Facebook and to subscribe to the class
Twitter feed to better keep up with the course. Additional
details are on the handouts for Podcasting,
Facebook, and Twitter.
of class of any accommodations needed for the course. While
O.D.S. does accept late applications, accommodations are not
retroactive. All accommodations must be approved through the Office of
Disability Services in the Human Resource Building, Room
80. The ODS phone number is: 217-206-6666.
Academic Integrity Policy
Oakley fully supports the UIS policy on Academic Integrity,
which states, in part:
“Academic integrity is at the
heart of the University's commitment to academic
excellence. The UIS community strives to communicate and
support clear standards of integrity, so that undergraduate
and graduate students can internalize those standards and
carry them forward in their personal and professional lives.
Living a life with integrity prepares students to assume
leadership roles in their communities as well as in their
chosen profession. Alumni can be proud of their education and
the larger society will benefit from the University's
contribution to the development of ethical leaders.
Violations of academic integrity demean
the violator, degrade the learning process, deflate the
meaning of grades, discredit the accomplishments of past and
present students, and tarnish the reputation of the
University for all its members.”
Academic sanctions in this class will range
from a grade of zero (0) on the assignment to a failing grade in
the course with a transcript notation of academic dishonesty.
time to time, faculty who are new to online teaching will be
observing the discussions that occur in the "Discussion Board"
in CSC 442 Section B. This will only be done in the
context of learning how to promote online discussion. The
faculty will only observe and will not participate in any of the
Exceptional papers may be shared with
students in future semesters; however, all student names will
be deleted before sharing these documents with other students.
Week One - Due January 27th by
noon central time - Introduction to our Course &
Introduction to Online Activities
Submit the Student
Information Form to Burks. [This form is also
linked from the "Surveys" link on the navigation bar at the
left of the Blackboard window.]
Submit a biographical sketch (>200 words)
to the "Introductions" forum in the Discussion Board.
Read the following paper from the Pew
2010 [click on the Download link to download the
PDF of the full report]
Participate in the Week One Discussion
Forum [Discuss the paper from the Pew Internet Project.
NOTE: Since this is a discussion, you can't wait until
Sunday night to start participating in the class-wide
Week Two - Due
February 3rd by noon central time - What People Do When They Go