Created Tuesday 04 January 2022
The class is designed to serve as an introduction to important technical ideas and concepts in IT through the lenses of the past, present and future. It is not only designed to teach you technical specifics, but to provide you with a mental toolbox to be able to understand underlying causes and shapes of IT in general.
Ideally, in-class discussions are the "center" of the course. Most weeks — after my lecture, student groups will be expected to engage and lead thoughtful discussion about the week's topic. Additionally, each team will be expected to write a short weekly response.
Individual assignments will focus first on general topics, leaning into more technical assignments. As both the primary operating system of the "cloud" as well as presently the only way to have true freedom in computing, the Linux Operating System will figure big.
Finally, there will be a culminating group project designed to bring together both the theoretical and the technical. Student groups will be expected to work on and document a "self-hosted" solution to an IT opportunity or problem.
About The TA
How we communicate
- In Class
- Collaborate if needed
Finally, all of the below is up in the air
- we should talk.
Classes will consist of LECTURES, DISCUSSIONS, and "LABWORK"
Because they're FASCINATING, duh.
And also to prep you for Quizzes and Discussion Work
Okay, fine, these are more fascinating. Led by you!
In Class Time dedicated to supporting Individual and Group Work.
- On-Call "Presentation" (Once in the semester per team) - no "deliverable"
- Written responses (Weekly, one per team)
- Intro assignment (In class, per team)
- Individual Tech assignments (Two or more, per individual)
- Two of these, multiple choice. In class or take home is TBD.
- History of Computing
- The Modern Era
- Algorithms and Milkshakes*
- Freely Available Information**
- Social Surplus
- Social Media
*and imaginary internet money and overpriced cartoon monkeys
** no seriously, why not just right click and save the overpriced cartoon monkeys?