>1. Unwrapping the Gift

>Thanks to everyone who has already logged into the CIS2 Computers and the Internet in Society course web site. This is where you will find all the information about the course, instructions for the assignments, discussion forums and more.

Chapter 1. Unwrapping the Gift covers the key concepts of Computers and the Internet in Society. What impact have computers had on society in general? Is this good or bad? Who has been affected? Where are computers now?


  1. The totality of social relationships among humans.
  2. A group of humans broadly distinguished from other groups by mutual interests, participation in characteristic relationships, shared institutions, and a common culture.

In addition to the usual introductions, we will be looking at ways that computers and the internet, in particular are changing society and how society is having an impact on the development of technologies.

Some reminders…

This is an ONLINE course. There are NO on-campus meetings. We may have a couple of optional web meetings and community partners event.

There is a lot of writing required for this course. Your work is expected to demonstrate college-level research, analysis, writing and paper formatting and will be graded accordingly.

Participation in the online class activities such as discussions and group project work in addition to doing the weekly individual assignments, is required. You must be able to access and participate several times per week. Daily access to the course is strongly recommended.

Missing assignments and discussion participation are considered unexcused absences and may result in being dropped from the class. If you need credit for this course – keep this in mind.

If you have problems or need help, please let me know so we can discuss individual situations. I know that you have a lot of other things going on in your life. Keep me informed. It helps to have an explanation and a plan.

This is a very interesting and active group of students. I look forward to working with everyone.


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