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Welcome to the Spring 2014 session of Grinnell College's TEC 154, The Evolution of Technology, which is described briefly in the official blurb and the unofficial goals distributed by faculty who previously taught this course.
My own take on the class is that we will consider the nature and effect of technology from several perspectives. Rather than simply considering a history of technology, we will instead reflect on a small number of technologies, their design, their context, and their impact. To help us reflect, we will rely on a number of guest lecturers from across campus.
In an attempt to provide up-to-date information, and to spare a few
trees, I am making this as much of a “paperless” course
as I can. Hence, materials will be in a course web, available at
Meets: MWF 8:00-8:50, Science 3821.
Instructor: Samuel A. Rebelsky (firstname.lastname@example.org), Science 3824. I also tend to follow an open door policy: Feel free to stop by when my door is open or to make an appointment for another time. Check my schedule for more details.
This grading system is tentative, and may change.
My experience shows that students who turn in work late learn significantly less than students who turn material in on time. (I'm not sure about cause and effect.) Hence, I strongly discourage late assignments. Unless prior arrangements have been made, assignments are due within five minutes after the start of class. After that they are considered late. Late assignments are penalized one letter grade per day late (or fraction thereof).
Extra Credit: I will often offer one unit of extra credit for attending a specified academic event (e.g., a computer science talk or College convocation) or for supporting your classmates in their public endeavors (e.g., attending a concert, dance recital, or sporting event). Each category is capped at four units of extra credit, which count as one point toward your final grade. So, if you attend four academic events and four peer support events, you will receive an additional two points toward your final grade. For any activity you wish to credit this way, you must send me a short (one paragraph) note about the activity within two days of the activity.
We will also read a variety of additional articles, some suggested by our visitors and some added in forthcoming weeks.
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