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Interactive Study Through MOOCs: Cyber-Influence and Power

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Regardless of your method of study: In-person classes, online education, seminars, or workshops, continuing your education can have a great impact on your social bearing, as well as your personal career. Today’s MOOCs (massively open online courses) are a good way to supplement your current training, or degree program. These courses are easily accessible and offer numerous activities and multimedia resources. One particular MOOC to “subscribe” to would be through Wiley and TED Studies on Government and Politics – Cyber-Influence and Power.

This particular MOOC is a good fit for both teachers and students. The activities and multimedia resources within this class link the study of Islam to the real world. The proliferation of ICTs (information and communication technologies) and the new webs of social connections they engender have had profound political implications for governments, citizens, and non-state actors alike. Each of the TEDTalks featured in this course explore some of these implications, highlighting the connections and tensions between technology and politics. . . When viewed together as a unit, the contrasting voices reveal that technology is a contested medium through which political power is both exercised and resisted.

Instructors for this course are Dr. Patricia Campbell, Dean of Graduate Studies and Associate Vice-President at American Public University, and Christy R. Stevens, M.A, M.A., MLIS, Associate Professor and Library Instruction and Information Literacy Coordinator at California State University Polytechnic, Pomona. As for her involvement in this course Dr. Campbell offers that “In this Wiley course, we served as curators for a diverse collection of videos related to cyber-influence and power, highlighting connections, analyzing contrasting arguments, and exploring the various questions raised. ”

Other items covered within the course are:

  1. Technology and globalization: Managing systemic risk
  2. Revolutionary technologies: Social media and political power
  3. Controlling technologies: Authoritarian narratives and strategies in cyberspace
  4. Global power shifts: The reconception and diffusion of power
  5. Putting It Together

For an interactive version of this content you can subscribe to the TED Studies: Government and Politics course via iTunes.

Summary by Online Learning Tips Staff

 

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