The Living Online Curriculum
1. ABOUT THE INTERNET
We start off by exploring the unique circumstances that led to the birth of a revolutionary tool that does not belong to anyone - but that has transformed the world. This section will also explain some of the key issues currently surrounding the internet, as well as some of those on the horizon.
The History of the Internet – How the Internet works – The Business Model of the Internet – Data, Big Data, and Metadata – A for Algorithms.
2. THE DIGITAL WORLD AND US
The second part of the curriculum explores our relationship with the digital world, specifically how technology affects our lives and moderates our behavior. The primary goal is to raise awareness and inspire student engagement in issues that are central to their online world.
Cyberpsychology – Identity – Privacy – Online Empathy – Online Friendship & Relationships – Digital Ethics – Distraction, Boredom & Overuse – Social (Anti-Social) Media – Digital Activism – Diversity of Thought – The Digital Divide – Digital Rights.
3. DIGITAL MEDIA LITERACY
The interactive properties of the internet have broken down barriers and unleashed both powerful creative and troubling forces that require new skills of students. This section of the curriculum is designed to empower students through becoming savvy consumers and sophisticated “prosumers” of digital content.
Digital Reading & Writing – Remix Culture – The Digital Media Revolution – Online Propaganda – Memes – Smart Search & Research – Wikipedia – Knowledge and Information in the Digital Age.
4. THE DARK SIDE OF THE WEB
No study of the internet would be complete without casting light on one of the largest and most controversial areas of the internet. The forces of the Dark Web may wreck havoc not only on the internet, but also on our physical world. At the same time, the measures to contain this threat may also profoundly change the internet as we know it.
Cyberwarfare & Cyberterrorism – Cybercrime – The Dark Web
5. THE WEB WE WANT
From cyberutopianism to digital dystopia - the future of the internet explored.
The curriculum ends with a close examination of how the ideals that accompanied the early internet have evolved, and the visions and concerns of a range of activists, thinkers, and technologists about the future of the net.