This section will provide you with all of the important logistical information you need about this course. The course outline and unit ("lecture") schedule and readings are also attached to this section.
1. Who am I? How can you contact me? How will I update you?
My name is Dr. Vera Pavri and I am your Course Director. My background is in the history and social studies of science and technology. Specifically, I am interested in legal and policy-related issues pertaining to communications technologies.
While taking an online course requires a good deal of independent learning and lots of self-discipline to stay on top of things, I will be here to help you every step of the way. My email and contact information can be found below and on the course outline. I will respond to your emails within 24 hours which means if you don't get a reply to your email I did not receive it in the first place. BEFORE emailing me, please carefully go through all your course documents (especially this overview!) as it is highly likely the answer to your questions can be found here. This includes information about test dates, assignment deadlines and guidelines, course notes and audiocasts, office hours and lots of other important things. If your email question can be answered by referring to something on Moodle, I will simply direct you where to find this information in my response. Also, please try and limit your email queries to short communications. I would rather discuss any complex issues or concerns over the phone during my phone office hours. Please carefully note the "office hour" times and ways you can communicate with me throughout the semester. I will also be at York during each test and you will be able to talk to me either before or after your tests.
CELL PHONE: 416-716-4342
If you want to talk to me directly, please note the day and time to do so:
TIME: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
I will also provide additional times closer to test dates since this is the time you are most likely to have questions.
If I do not answer your call, you can text me your name and contact information, and I will get back to you within 24 to 48 hours. I will not respond to any texts that don't include your name. You can also send me an email with your contact info if that is your preference.
I will also send you frequent emails through Moodle updating you about the course and reminding you when things are due or with updated information. These messages will also be posted on Moodle. Please make sure you are receiving the Moodle emails and if at any time you are having technical trouble, please contact York's computing department.
Finally, I will also communicate with you through the online chat rooms. I will leave the chat rooms open so that you can ask questions directly to me or generally to other students. I will frequently monitor the chat rooms and will be available on Wednesdays from 6:30 to 9:30pm to answer any questions you might have. In the event I am unavailable to chat during this time I will let you know and offer an alternate accommodation. Please keep in mind that I will use chat room #1 until our first test, then switch over to chat room #2 until the second test. The same thing will happen again for test #3.
2. What is this course about?
This course is about the role of technology in civilizations throughout history up until present day. The primary connection we will be examining is the relationship between technology and society. Specifically, we will look at the ways in which technology has impacted society, and how societies have played a huge role in shaping new technologies.
While this is a natural science course, our focus is primarily on technology, although we will be examining the relationship between science and technology in many units. Please keep in mind that this is NOT a course which only looks at the history and technical details of invention. Rather,…