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Understanding Information and Technology Today

Non-technological ‘big picture’ of technology and information systems to help you understand what technology can do for you today.

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  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Understanding Information and Technology Today

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Learn what to use computers for and when to switch them off and think.

When we talk about technology and IS (information systems) we tend to focus on computers. Instead, in this course we examine the ‘big picture’ of technology, in order to gain a better understanding of what computers can do for us and when we should switch off our computers, smartphones, tablets and wearables. We cover some of the fundamental concepts of technology and IS but the aim is not to provide an in-depth understanding of specific applications, but to help you develop a context for the technologies you encounter and to help you understand the changes in the technology landscape.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsSometimes technology annoys us.

Skip to 0 minutes and 12 secondsBut we like its convenience.

Skip to 0 minutes and 17 secondsGood use of technology makes us productive.

Skip to 0 minutes and 23 secondsBut will it replace our workforce? Technology must serve your business.

Skip to 0 minutes and 33 secondsSo how do you explain what you need technology to do?

Skip to 0 minutes and 39 secondsWhat should you use it for and what should not be left to technology? Join Viktor Dorfler for understanding information and technology today.

When would you like to start?

  • Date to be announced

What will you achieve?

  • Develop a 'big picture' understanidng of IS/ICT and its use in organisations
  • Evaluate where to put a database and where a knowledge base
  • Describe IS/ICT strategy as an aspect of corporate strategy
  • Explore basic concepts that you need to communicate with IS/ICT specialists.
  • Compare variants of cloud-computing.
  • Compare your experiences of using smart technology.
  • Discuss the possibilities and consequences of artificial intelligence.

Who is the course for?

You don’t need any past experience of this topic to take this course. You might find this course particularly useful if you’re background isn’t in technology but you now find yourself using technology regularly.

Who will you learn with?

Viktor Dörfler

Senior Lecturer in Information & Knowledge Management. My interest is comprised of areas of personal and organisational knowledge and learning as well as supporting these with information systems.

Who developed the course?

Free:

  • Access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • No access to course tests
  • No certificate

Upgraded:

  • Unlimited access to the course, for as long as it exists on FutureLearn (this includes access to articles, videos, peer review steps, quizzes)
  • Access to course tests
  • A Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course

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Unlimited access

Upgrading will mean you get unlimited access to the course.

  • Take the course at your own pace
  • Refer to the material at any point in future

If you’re taking a course for free you have access to the course for its duration + 14 days, regardless of when you join. If you upgrade the course you have access for as long as the course exists on FutureLearn.

Access to tests

When you upgrade you’ll have access to any tests during the course.

  • Validate your learning
  • Ensure you have mastered the material
  • Qualify for a certificate

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to take any tests and score over 70%. You don’t get access to tests if you choose take to a course for free.

A Certificate of Achievement

Upgrading means you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement when you complete the course.

  • Prove your success when applying for jobs or courses
  • Celebrate your hard work
  • Display on your Linkedin or CV

To receive a Certificate of Achievement you need to mark 90% of the steps on the course as complete, and score over 70% on any course tests.