Shaping a Digital World is suitable as a textbook for capstone courses in computer science, information technology, and computer/electrical engineering which deal with perspectival issues in the discipline.
This book has been used at Calvin College, Dordt College, Bethel University, The King's University, and other schools as a text for capstone CS and engineering courses. These courses make use of the book to help provide a biblical framework for approaching issues in the discipline. Other resources are consulted alongside the book to provide further background on specific issues such as intellectual property, privacy, ethics, freedom of speech, artificial intelligence, automation, as well as computer crimes, risks and failures. Some references that provide further information on issues like these include books such as A Gift of Fire and Blown to Bits.
Are you a new faculty member in computing or engineering? Here are some recommended readings for new faculty.
If you are faculty member using this book in your classes, here are some resources which may be helpful:
- slides to accompany the book (PPTX, PDF, and ODP)
- diagram of the modal aspects introduced in chapter 2
- additional discussion questions
The following are some sample syllabi of "perspectival" captsone courses (some of which make use of this book). These syllabi are being shared to provide examples of ideas and approaches that have been used for capstone courses in CS and engineering at Christian colleges.
- CS384 capstone course at Calvin College
- COS450 interim course at Bethel University
- EGR390 capstone course at Dordt College
- CMPT470 capstone course at The King's University
- CSC311 online capstone course at Geneva College
- CpS469/479 seminar course at Bob Jones University
- CSC360 CS capstone course at Redeemer University College
- CSCI494 capstone course at Wheaton College
- CPS403/603 capstone course at Gordon College
Ideally, capstone courses are part of a vital, core curriculum which can help establish a Christian perspective and an inter-disciplinary foundation for students.
Some films/videos that could be used for class discussions:
- The Social Dilemma
- Coded Bias
- Out of Print
- Revolution OS
- The era of blind faith in big data must end a TED talk by Cathy O'Neil
- What Will the Future Be Like? (Nova)
- Sherry Turkle: Connected, but alone? (TED)
- Avi Rubin: All your devices can be hacked (TED)
- Robots will invade our lives (TED)
- Henry Evans and Chad Jenkins: Meet the robots for humanity (TED)
- Ray Kurzweil: A university for the coming singularity (TED)
- Look and See - A Portrait of Wendell Berry
Finally, how does an instructor actually connect faith and computer technology in the classroom? Here is a paper entitled "Approaches to Christian Education: From Elusive Towards a Larger and Deeper Approach" which explores different approaches using examples taken from the field of computer science.