Information and Computers in Public Service

Matt Hale
Matt Hale

Dr. Matt Hale, faculty in Seton Hall University’s Center for Public Service is teaching a graduate course this spring semester called Information and Computers in Public Service.  PSMA6008, is designed to provide students with the skills necessary to serve as an interface between administrative personnel in an organization focused on policy and those focused on technology.

A number of learning activities are planned for this course:

  1. “Me and My Technology”  … an early writing assignment to help students reflect on how they use technology in their everyday lives.  By comparing reflections, students will explore how different people use technology in different ways. 
  2. A collaborative book/article  review
  3. Individual article reviews to be written in individual student blogs
  4. “How are you going to do that?” – a collaborative group project for a factitious organization.  The class will identify a series of goals and taskes related to the project as well as desired organizational outcomes.  Each project will then review a different technology to see if their technology will aid the organzation in reaching their goals and objectives.

To aid in gathering and recording all student work, the students created individual WordPress blogs.  A class pbwiki was created along with a class pageflakes site.

To help students get started with the techology, a hands-on session was provided.  To see a syllabus of PSMA 6008, psma-6008-syllabus-spring-2009.