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 Redeemer University College, Dordt College, Calvin College and other schools as a text for capstone CS 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, 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.
Here are some resources for instructors using the book which may be helpful:
- slides to accompany the book (PDF and ODP)
- diagram of the modal aspects introduced in chapter 2
- additional discussion questions
The following are some sample syllabi of courses that have made use of the book:
- CSC360 capstone course at Redeemer University College
- COS450 interim course at Bethel University
- CS384 capstone course at Calvin College
- EGR390 capstone course at Dordt College
Some films/videos that could be used for class discussions:
- Out of Print
- Revolution OS
- 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)
- The Singularity is Near
- The Amish (PBS)
- 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.