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Our Dependence on Technology

After going home to Ecaudor for spring break, I realized just how much our society depends on technology. Although Ecuador does have the latest technological advances, they still don’t reach every corner of the country, so the few times I did use the internet, it was dial up connection that took hours to load. When I came back to the university and once again experienced the efficiency and convenience of wireless high-speed internet, I realized how dependent on the web I had become. Most of my professors rely on the internet for communication with their students. After recognizing American University’s dependence, I was surprised at Prof. Dolores Koenig’s responses to some of my questions.

Prof. Koenig teaches the course Living in Multicultural Societies. When I asked her about technology and how she includes this in her classes, she told me she was skeptical about this whole matter. She said she does not and will never use neither blogging nor podcasts because she believes that “it is important for people to continue to engage in face to face present basis.” Although she does not use them in her classroom, she still believes that those resources are very helpful to share information and to create study groups.

Prof. Koenig will therefore base her classes on discussion and interaction. She presents a series of films throughout the semester that as she believes, engage the students as well as teaches them. She will also refer to current events and even bring newspaper articles to the class, helping her students be aware of their surroundings and making them connect their learning to the events of the world. This demonstrates how important she believes it is to address the students through different formats of information.

Prof. Koenig believes we live in a fast pace multicultural world where her course helps her students learn more how to analyze the world rather than experiencing it. Through this perspective she teaches to create literate and well-rounded human beings.