David A Tetta
PB AF 598
Teaches practical administrative, leadership, and analytic skills commonly required of managers and analysts in the public and nonprofit sectors. The workshops emphasize hands-on problem resolution, simulations, and actual practice. Credit/no-credit only.
INTERNET TECHNOLOGY AND E-GOVERNMENT This course will introduce you to the ways in which internet technologies are affecting how people interact with government, and how governments, in turn, are using and managing these technologies to (hopefully) better provide information and services to the public. Course content is divided into three main themes, and begins with an overview of development techniques and assessment methods for public web sites and on-line applications. We will then examine key policy issues relevant to implementation of e-government programs, as well as to the broader use of information technology in democratic societies. Finally, you will have a chance to explore the skills and concepts needed to effectively manage e-government projects and programs. Given the nature of the class, we use a variety of internet tools to help us accomplish this, including blogs, RSS feeds, and virtual technologies, such as Second Life.
Student learning goals
General method of instruction
Students should be comfortable navigating web sites and using the internet for research and communication.
Class assignments and grading
Students will be expected to participate in class discussions, and will have the choice of one of the following projects as the main class assignment:
* Create and maintain an e-government related blog during the course,
* Evaluate a set of government web sites against a self-developed set of criteria, taking into account current practices and evaluation methods, or
* Propose a concept for specific government service that could be delivered via the internet, and develop a business case for this project or idea.
Grading is credit/no credit, based on class participation and completion of the assignments.