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CMST 691: Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community-Engaged Research

May 23 to July 18, 2016

This course is designed for everyone, and is OPEN and FREE to everyone.

You are someone who seeks answers to important questions. You look to collaborate with others to find answers and develop solutions. You know that expertise is found everywhere in our communities. You see partnerships as a powerful strategy to accomplish good work. And you want to understand how research can have a real world impact.

You are interested in learning more about community-engaged research (CEnR).

This VCU-sponsored connected learning course will give you an opportunity to learn alongside students, faculty and community members from VCU, Richmond and around the globe. Participation in this course will occur through blogging, tweeting, Diigo and other connected learning tools.  Find specifics about getting started here.

We’ll explore how CEnR is an approach to research that values the expertise of diverse stakeholders. We will learn how to identify these talented partners and involve them in designing and conducting good research. We will uncover the ideas and techniques of CEnR together through connected learning and social media. We will demonstrate that connected learning – like CEnR – promotes genuine engagement in learning and research through openness and collaborative curiosity.

Doctoral Student Course Enrollment

Doctoral students may enroll in this course (CMST 691) for 3 credit hours at the current VCU tuition and fee rates. Completion of a graduate-level research coursework is a prerequisite. Contact Valerie Holton, PhD, LCSW for pre-approval to register at vholton@vcu.edu. Want to know more about registering for credit before emailing Valerie? Take a look at the Participate tab.

To connect with us on Twitter, use #CuriousCoLab (course-specific) and #VCUCEnR (for general conversation about community-engaged research).

Want to learn more about the course? Read the article by the VCU Spectrum, watch last year’s thank you and blooper video and explore this course website. We will continue to add content, so keep checking back. If you have any feedback or questions, please email us at cenr@vcu.edu.

Connect with the Instructors (and help us improve the course!)

Valerie Holton, PhD, LCSW
A Journey in Collaborative Curiosity
@ValerieHolton

Tessa McKenzie, MPH

Pro-Community Engagement
@Tessa_VCU

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