Immersive eeducation takes place online and requires that students have access to the Internet, a modern web browser (Internet Explorer or Firefox) and email.
To “get started” check http://ImmersiveEducation.org/@/bc
Courses listed below are open ONLY to students enrolled in a Boston College degree program.
ADIT 134101 Web 2.0: New Era of Web Technology
Immersive courses bring a new wave of exciting websites and technologies (such as Facebook, YouTube, Virtual Worlds) into the “Web 2.0” era. Rich and interactive forms of communication, collaboration, and socialization are the heart of Web 2.0, but the price is high: privacy breaches, identity theft, cyber-stalkers and addiction are a few issues that become more complicated in the Web 2.0 world. In this unique online course students learn how to harness the power of Web 2.0 while protecting themselves and others. Hands-on experience with social networks, online photo and video sharing, virtual worlds, wikis, blogging, mashups and more. No auditors.
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, Barbara Mikolajczak
ADIT 134501 Understanding Computing Devices
Ubiquitous in today’s society and able to run multiple applications simultaneously, computing devices -- smart phones, tablets, laptops, desktops, servers -- become ever more sophisticated with each new product release. The volume of data produced and consumed by these devices and their applications will continue to grow exponentially. This course introduces and explores the fundamental concepts that form the foundation of how these devices operate, in terms of running applications and managing the data that makes those applications useful: the appointments in your calendar app; your list of Facebook friends; the deposits and withdrawals in your online bank account. Students will write a paper and make a brief presentation on a topic of interest from those covered during the semester.
Wed 6:30-9, Jan 15-May 7, Donald Brady
ADIT 134801 Information Systems Applications
Prerequisite: None, but familiarity with Windows and Macintosh operating systems a plus.
This immersive education course covers the fundamentals of operating the Windows and Macintosh OS and a variety of desktop productivity applications. Includes basic concepts: terminology, word processing, spreadsheet, presentation applications, portable document format, webpage browsing, Internet safety, network terminology, blogging and authoring tools. Students are taught to utilize virtual world environments and blogs as well as online discussion groups (via the Internet) for course work conducted outside of class. No auditors.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, Barbara Mikolajczak
ADIT 134901 Collaborative Computing
Prerequisite: Facile knowledge of spreadsheets, word processing, data management, graphics, and the Internet.
This immersive education course extends knowledge and improves skills in the use of industry standard business software, supplemented with a detailed overview of server and workstation hardware. Students explore the collaborative use of versatile and powerful state-of-the-art applications. Topics include proprietary and open source operating systems, word processing, spreadsheet and presentational applications, hardware interfaces, backup schematics, network applications and protocols, including SSH, HTTP, FTP, DNS, POP3/IMAP Mail Transfer Agents, and client/server remote connect applications, web publishing, compression utilities, collaborative document concepts, and the design and structure of data files. No auditors.
Mon 6:15–9:15, Jan 12–May 11, Dean Hantzis
ADIT 135101 Discovering Computer Graphics
Prerequisite: Comfortable using Microsoft Windows operating system. An immersive education course.
Course may be taken simultaneously with MT 35801. Discover the joy of computer graphics. Learn how to create your own multimedia greeting cards; customize and enhance digital photos; design and create animated music videos; enhance business presentations and reports. Using collaborative and immersive software, experiment with 3D technology by playing interactive games and exploring virtual reality worlds. With a focus on graphics for the Internet and the Web, students learn related terminology and concepts as they gain valuable hands-on skills. Presents a variety of graphics authoring tools, viewers, and formats while exploring fundamentals of two dimensional (2D) graphics, three dimensional (3D) graphics, Virtual Reality (VR), animation, games, interactive graphics, streaming media, and interactive television. Hands-on experience includes Photoshop, Flash, Shockwave, Powerpoint, YouTube, Virtual Worlds, Audio Whiteboard, Word, Media Player, QuickTime, IPIX, SVG, MPEG, MP3, and more. No auditors.
Thurs 6:15–9:15, Jan 15–May 7, Aaron Walsh
ADIT 136001 Database Management
Introduction to database concepts: requirements analysis, data modeling, and database design; conceptual, logical and physical design techniques; normalization; overview of database administration and performance issues. Students analyze a realistic business scenario, design and build a relational database, and work extensively with SQL and its uses in business decision-making. No auditors
Wed 6:15–9:15, Jan 14–May 6, John McLaughlin