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About the Courseware

About the Courseware

Copyright: 2020

Authors: Karen Lankisch, University of Cincinnati; Nancy Muir; Denise Seguin,  Fanshawe College; and Anita Verno, Bergen County Community College

Our Digital World uses a contemporary approach to traditional computer concepts learning by integrating text and engaging technologies. It connects concepts learning with the way individuals use today's various online technology through a web-centric experience. Students view videos, play with interactive hands-on tools, connect with their classmates through blogs and wikis, and discover where technology is headed by watching videos online.

Complete course content is delivered in the Cirrus learning environment through a series of scheduled assignments that report to a grade book to track student progress and achievements.

Table of Contents

  1. Digital Technologies: Exploring a Wealth of Possibilities
  2. The Internet: Gateway to a World of Resources
  3. Computer Hardware and Peripherals: Your Digital Toolbox
  4. System Software: The Control Center of Your Computer
  5. Applications Software: The Key to Digital Productivity
  6. Communications and Network Technologies: Connecting through Computers
  7. The Social Web: Opportunities for Learning, Working, and Communicating
  8. Digital Defense: Securing Your Data and Privacy
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Our Digital World

About Cirrus

Cirrus is the next-generation learning solution for developing skills in computer concepts. Cirrus seamlessly delivers complete course content in a cloud-based learning environment that puts students on the fast-track to success.

Students can access their complete course content from any device anywhere, through a live Internet connection. Cirrus is platform independent, ensuring that all students get the same learning experience whether they are using a PC, Mac, or Chromebook computer.

Cirrus provides access to all the Our Digital World content, delivered in a series of scheduled assignments that report to a grade book to track student progress and achievement.

Chapter Introduction

The chapter introduction activities establish the learning objectives for the chapter and provide a starting point for class discussion.

  • Take a Survey Activities invite students to answer a few questions on a topic related to the chapter.
  • Technology in Your Future Videos explore cutting edge technologies and computing concepts in videos followed by short comprehension quizzes.

Dynamic Training

Cirrus for Our Digital World delivers interactive assignments to guide student learning.

  • Watch and Learn Lessons offer opportunities to view the content for each chapter in a video presentation, read the content for each section, and complete a short multiple-choice quiz for each section.
  • Take the Next Step Activities expand on the content taught in the section and include a brief quiz.
  • Ethics and Technology Blog Activities prompt students to blog about some of the ethical questions related to living and working with technology.

Section Review and Assessment

Section review and assessment activities in the Cirrus learning environment reinforce and assess student learning.

  • An interactive version of the Summing Up chapter summary provides pop-up definitions of the bolded chapter key terms.
  • Terms to Know flash cards can help students review content before the chapter exam.
  • Arrange It activities prompt students to organize a series of images such as a sequence of events.
  • Label It activities ask students to identify different parts of an image such as a motherboard or a URL.
  • Additional review activities include a multiple-choice quiz and a matching quiz.
  • Concept Exams with multiple-choice questions assess student understanding of the chapter content
Additional Courseware Features

Additional Courseware Features

Our Digital World provides clear instruction and hands-on practice to foster student success and skills development.

  • Learning Objectives establish clear goals and help students focus their study of the chapter. Numbers align with the major sections of the chapter.
  • The Why Does It Matter? feature provides context to help students picture the practical reasons for learning the chapter content.
  • Chapter introductions briefly summarize topics in the chapter, and the Cirrus Course Content box reminds students to go to their Cirrus course to take a pre-chapter survey and watch the Technology in Your Future Video.
  • Cirrus Course Content boxes indicate additional section-based activities available in the Cirrus online course.
  • Thought-provoking quotes scattered throughout the text provide insights into what the famous and the not-so-famous think about our digital world.
  • Tables organize data and summarize concepts.
  • Computers in Your Career features give ideas for how students' computer studies could help them succeed in a career they may not have considered.
  • Illustrations help students visualize processes and concepts explained in the text. Even if students are not visual learners, they may find that a picture can save them reading a thousand words.
  • Playing It Safe margin boxes provide practical tips for using the web safely and responsibly.
  • The Review and Assessment section begins with Summing Up, a recap of the chapter concepts. The Cirrus Course Content box reminds students to go to their Cirrus course to access additional training and assessment resources.
  • Completing the Chapter Projects allow students to put their new knowledge to work, either on their own or as members of a team. These activities let students demonstrate the kind of thinking and problem-solving needed in today's workplace plus students can use popular social media, such as wikis, in the process. The projects can be found in their book or in the Cirrus course, where they can upload and submit files to their instructors.
  • In the final Review and Assessment Activities, students get a chance to talk about some key ideas and to share their thoughts on the effects of current and future technology applications. Students can take their discussion online (if instructors set this section up as a blog) or extend their conversations in class with the challenging questions presented in the Class Conversations section.
Instructor Resources in Cirrus

Instructor Support

Cirrus tracks students' step-by-step interactions, giving instructors visibility into students' progress and missteps.

Accessed through Cirrus and visible only to instructors, the Instructor eResources for Our Digital World include the following support:

  • Planning resources, such as lesson plans, teaching tips, and sample course syllabi.
  • Delivery resources, such as PowerPoint presentations with lecture notes.
  • Assessment resources, including answer keys and rubrics for evaluating chapter work and a concept item bank for each chapter that can be used to create custom exams.