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Civilization in the 21st Century

, , , Utah State University, United States

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Montreal, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-40-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


We will report on the evolution of an on-line course. The Civilization/Humanities course had its origins in the reform of the university's General Education curriculum in 1994-95. It was one of several classes created to replace existing requirements. The reform effort was designed to create interdisciplinary classes that would put the emphasis on universal aspects of inquiry rather than the narrow focus of typical introductory classes. Other expected features of these new courses were an emphasis on writing and the integration of technology. The initial Civilization/Humanities class met these criteria and was, by several measures, quite successful. In developing his version of the class, Dr. Lancy digitized his very large slide library and students were thus able to more readily access the collection for study and review. Another milestone occurred in 1998 when the library adopted an Electronic Reserve policy. Forced to incorporate this system into his class, Lancy went further and adopted many of the built-in features of ERes" such as the "Bulletin Board." Civilization/ Humanities was moving towards the new millennium as it were. It became clear in the second year of implementing the new Gen Ed program (referred to as University Studies) that not enough faculty were signing on to teach the new courses. A bottleneck emerged which provided further incentives to adapt the few classes that had been developed to meet the new criteria for delivery to a larger audience. The most recent stage in this evolutionary process we will report on is the transformation of the Civilization course from a (primarily) classroom to (primarily) on-line delivery. In concluding we will generalize about this evolutionary process from cases gathered across the curriculum on our campus.


Lancy, D.F., DeBry, D. & Andrew-Hobbs, M. (2000). Civilization in the 21st Century. In J. Bourdeau & R. Heller (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2000--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (p. 1821). Montreal, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved September 18, 2019 from .