Students taking The Internet and Society course examine the personal, academic, media, and business uses of the Internet. They investigate the mutual interaction of computers and other new technologies, the Internet, society, and the struggles for control/ownership of the World Wide Web and its content. Students apply classroom learning to real-world projects.
Fall 2008 students gathered, evaluated, and commented on 2008 presidential campaign content for publication in the web 2.0 online political magazine, TubetheVote.com. Student efforts were recognized via The Wichitan (“MSU kicks up digital dust on campaign trail”), Times Record News (“Tubular”), national press releases, and postings on various weblogs, including Mashable, a “Social Media news blog covering cool new websites and social networks” that receives more than 10 million monthly page views.
Students pick a tool from “Top 100 Tools for Learning 2009” and “Web 2.0 Backpack: Web Apps for Students” to research and present to the class. A YouTube presentation included a demonstration, resulting in the following video: