INF.103 wk4 as1, Tarasha Hickson-Smith, Short Critical Reflection Paper

INF.103 wk4 as1, Tarasha Hickson-Smith, Short Critical Reflection Paper

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Running head: THE DIGITAL SOCIETY 1 Overview of the Digital Society and Its Effect on the Education System Tarasha Hickson-Smith INF. 103 Computer Literacy Professor Valarie Schroeder June 20, 2011
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THE DIGITAL SOCIETY 2 The Digital Society and its Effect on the Education System Online Education Online education has become more and more popular over the years (Bowles, The Origins of Computer-Assisted Learning, OnLine Education, 2010). Just about every higher education institute has adopted this option to be offered to those looking to pursue a degree and or extra training on any subject. With the digital classroom now in the forefront of 21 st century education, there is much to be apprehensive about as we consider the exposure this advancement will bring. The chart below shows the growth of its popularity (see figure below), (Bowles, The Origins of Computer-Assisted Learning, OnLine Education, 2010). ONLINE EDUCATION Conduct and Privacy The concerns following this advancement of online education are; course management, and netiquette (Bowles, The Origins of Computer-Assisted Learning, OnLine Education, 2010). Each is equally important to keep the integrity of traditional education in balance with online education. There may be technical concerns with system complications, or viral threats. There may also be concerns of misconduct on classroom discussion boards, where all students may not follow the rules of net etiquette during online participation as they would in a physical classroom. Because of these concerns extra precautions are taken and suggested, and updates are mad constantly to protect all parties involved in the digital classroom.
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THE DIGITAL SOCIETY 3 The Online Community The notion of an online community is about increasing our range of communication with others. Before we only had access to those that were around where we lived, worked, or socialized, and as times increased it was costly to travel, or even call long distance. As foreseen in the predictions of Howard Rheingold, the author of THE VIRTUAL COMMUNITY , the invention of the internet made it much cheaper than both means of communication to reach out and connect with others (Bowles, Cyberspace, VIRTUAL COMMUNITIES, 2010). Now in the 21 st century we have unlimited access to just about anyone in the world , so if you wanted to change where
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