CECS 5200:

Technology and Global Learning

Progress in the field of educational technology has created a new platform for digital learning. The way learners engage and use information has become immensely diverse. Sites designed to promote; open dialogue and open content-sharing, have increased the quality and quantity of information available to digital learners.  Powerful graphic tools, audio, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Data analytics are readily available. Whether it drives the search for information; or enhances our workflow; technology will equip us with the tools to be more interactive and knowledgeable. There are some many resources open to the public, it is hard to fully understand the capacity of it all. 

Our generation is more aware of social,educational and political issues, than ever before. Distrust in traditional media, advertising and political discourse is due to a more knowledgeable public. Understanding that information is often biases and not based on facts, inspires the drive for personal research. As a digital journalism tool, users will be able to contribute relevant content that can further engage the topic; using non-partisan research, data analysis, etc.

Collaboration is important for responsible journalism; understanding every view is crucial to sustained discourse. Complicated contemporary topics will be analyzed on this site, where global learners who share values of empathy, intellectual inquiry and awareness, can lead the web learning movement. Breaking down complex issues with evidence will help us make more informed decisions; and shape the way our society develops. Technology plays an important role in information gathering, fact-checking and analyzing sources. An interdisciplinary research method leads to engaged learning; digital technology that can satisfy virtually any need.  By providing information, supported by credible evidence, we could foster a platform for educated discourse. 


What Turned you off of Journalism"

"We're stuck in these campaigns that don't deliver a nourishing discourse. I was frustrated. I felt I was in a box. I couldn't figure out how to write my way out of that box. Rather than feeling lousy at the end of a campaign, I thought, 'This isn't the grand noble adventure that originally attracted me to the field'."


Objectivity and Bias

"The solution, Lippmann argued, was for journalists to acquire more of “the scientific spirit … There is but one kind of unity possible in a world as diverse as ours. It is unity of method, rather than aim; the unity of disciplined experiment.” Lippmann meant by this that journalism should aspire to “a common intellectual method and a common area of valid fact.”


What is Journalism??

"It is not the truth in the absolute or philosophical or scientific sense but rather a pursuit of “the truths by which we can operate on a day-to-day basis.”


“...since we’ve witnessed democratic movements fueled in significant measure by social media and citizen journalism, we need to consider the nature and function of news in an era where boundaries are dissolving between the domains of professionalized communication and the enthusiasms of the eyewitness or the committed citizen. How are audiences and journalists carrying out their roles online, and how is that medium changing the news values of mainstream media organizations? How do news values and democracy interrelate?”
— https://www.ted.com/read/ted-studies/media-and-journalism/summary-analysis

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