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This module is designed to give students an understanding of important concepts related to the new field of digital convergence. Briefly stated, convergence is the integration of voice, data, video and images over the same network. As technology evolves, many systems that have historically been thought of as separate are being combined. Examples include: Internet Telephony, Streaming Video and Audio, Internet Radio, Web TV and Video Conferencing. As this trend continues, increasing numbers of trained individuals will be needed to manage these new systems.

Teaching and Learning Methodology

This module is designed to fit into various teaching methodologies. The content can be used in a traditional classroom setting, online course, or as a lab assignment. Students may also be assigned the module as remediation. Instructors and students may use the module in its entirety or choose specific subtopics as needed. Modules require a short reading followed by a longer research oriented activity. These activities can be done individually or as part of a group. Students should be encouraged to locate current articles related to the subtopics. Because convergence is a rapidly evolving area, this module will become outdated fairly quickly. Instructors should incorporate the most current examples of convergence technology into the course.