This class was tough.
Unfortunately for me, I was required to take this course for my degree. However, if you are put in a position where this course is optional, I would skip it. The title of the course is very misleading as you think it might be about how technology effects the world, differs from country to country, or has shaped society as a whole. But, it's really just another ethics course. You are required to purchase two books: one that has completely outdated news articles in it and costs around $50; and the other which is written by some no name author, is independently published, and riddled with grammatical and spelling errors. You are required to write several papers per week and work in groups to accomplish some of your tasks. Good luck dealing with others online as in my experience it was hard to get everyone else to submit their portions on time, communicate efficiently, and align our schedules to work together. I had one member in my group who waited until the last day every time to contribute, and I had another member who did absolutely nothing but still got full credit. Even with advising the instructor (who was too busy working on her PhD rather than teaching the course), there was no resolution to these issues. This class is extremely time consuming with the projects, research papers, homework, readings, discussion boards, and offline hours. Please be advised that if you work full-time, have priorities towards family, or have a strict personal schedule, this course should not be taken with any other classes as it requires too much of your time.
As mentioned above, I did not have a great experience with this course. All of the materials that were used were obsolete and irrelevant to my learning experience. The research papers contradicted the book's materials and the discussion boards were random and tedious. Especially, when there is a deadline to post initial replies and ones to students and half the class waits until the last day to do so and the teacher never addresses the issue. This course should not be required or be available at Park University as it has no contributing factors to modern society.
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Advice for students:
I would suggest utilizing as many resources as you can to answer discussion boards. Also, your research papers will require anywhere from 10 or more resources and half of them need to be from a library, periodicals, someone with expert knowledge on the subject, and more. The two main textbooks are extremely pointless and a waste of your money, but you have to get them in order to respond to some assignments. Instead of reading the entire book, be familiar with the sections that each unit talks about and study those materials since that is what you'll be tested on. Also, you must have above average writing skills and be familiar with PowerPoint and Word to complete your presentations and research papers.