Online Technology Conference

Online Technology Conference

Course Project: Online Technology Conference

The final project is a presentation for an imaginary technology conference called in order to evaluate the impact of technology on culture. Students will pose questions of cultural concern in regard to new or emerging technologies and answer these questions in a multimedia presentation that uses scholarly research. The project will be completed in stages throughout the course and shared with the class in the final week. Students choose a new or emerging technology and ask the following questions about it (from Neil Postman, Building a Bridge to the Eighteenth Century):

  1. What is the problem for which this technology is the solution?
  2. Whose problem is it?
  3. Which people and what institutions might be most seriously harmed by a technological solution?
  4. What new problems might be created because we have solved this problem?
  5. What sort of people and institutions might acquire special economic and political power because of technological change?
  6. What changes in language are being enforced by new technologies, and what is being gained and lost by such changes?

Students answer these questions by doing research in the UMGC library.  At least six scholarly sources must be employed to answer the questions.

Your exhibit will consist of a multimedia presentation on a particular technology and its relationship to culture. The exhibit will address the following issues regarding technology and culture:

Purpose

The purpose of this assignment is for you to understand and articulate the relationship between technology and culture

Skills

The project will enable you to develop the following skills:

  1. Identify, define, and evaluate the influence of technology on human culture
  2. Analyze and evaluate specific relationships between technology and literature, writing, philosophy, religion, art, music, and posthumanism
  3. Articulate cultural critiques of technology
  4. Synthesize interdisciplinary scholarship in technology and the humanities
  5. Demonstrate the ability to design and produce multimedia communication appropriate to a given research or creative context (purpose, audience, event, form, genre, medium)

Knowledge

The project will enable you to obtain the following content knowledge

  1. Nature and function of technology
  2. Nature and function of culture

Part 4: Project Media

With the outline you created last week, this assignment ill focus on creating PowerPoint slides. To do this, consider your audience and your topic, and create/use media elements that will engage your audience.

All the link for this resources are attache as file:

Writing for an Audience 

Microsoft – PowerPoint Help & Learning (search feature)

Microsoft – PowerPoint for Windows training

  • Recommended for students unfamiliar with inserting images, graphics, audio, and altering other elements of the PowerPoint.

This week your primary focus should be on the PowerPoint slides itself (images, graphics, text, citations, etc.). Next week you will submit a full draft of your presentation, which will include an audio narration. 

Media uses within PowerPoint presentation: 

Microsoft – Slides, layout, & objects 

Microsoft  – Text & tables

Microsoft – Pictures & graphics 

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