The course is based on expanding on the basic insights of Marshall McLuhan as they have been laid out in ten predictions listed in his collaboration with Bruce Powers on a book published under the title, The Global Village in 1989. The predictions have all been proven correct today, but the value of the course is to estimate what technologies are operating today as extensions of these predictions. The intention is to provide an overview of today’s most critical technological and cultural issues as well as trying to make students understand and know McLuhan’s work. Each lecture takes one of the predictions and tries to explain what is relevant about them and see where it is leading us. It is expected that the course will sustain a larger perspective and offer students the opportunity to find teir place and their interests within that spectrum.
MOOCs stand for Massive Open Online Courses. These arefree online courses from universities around the world (eg. StanfordHarvardMIT) offered to anyone with an internet connection.
How do I register?
To register for a course, click on "Go to Class" button on the course page. This will take you to the providers website where you can register for the course.
How do these MOOCs or free online courses work?
MOOCs are designed for an online audience, teaching primarily through short (5-20 min.) pre recorded video lectures, that you watch on weekly schedule when convenient for you. They also have student discussion forums, homework/assignments, and online quizzes or exams.