First Page of the First Draft of the Syllabus

Here is our first pass at a title, course description and learning goals. This is, therefore, the beginning of an actual syllabus. The title came from this blog, which came from the Hurston quote (more on that later). The course description came from Tessa. This is the second draft of it. And the learning goals were a group process involving a whole group of people from AltLab, Tessa and me. Probably the hardest part was framing the learning goals into questions — I had the hardest time not starting each of them with “The student will …”. Let us know what you think. Does it sound like a compelling course? One that addresses the important aspects of CEnR? Does it make you want to participate?

Title: Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community-Engaged Research

Course Description:

Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) is a collaborative process between the researcher and community partner that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative expression with the goal of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community.  CEnR is a unique approach to research in that it identifies the assets of all stakeholders and incorporates them in the design and conduct of the different phases of the research process.  This 3-credit hour graduate course provides students with the tools to explore the philosophy and techniques of CEnR through connected, online learning. The course will incorporate technology and social media as a means to 1) build and maintain academic-community partnerships, 2) design and implement CEnR, and 3) creatively disseminate information. The student will experience learning through non-traditional methods that are organized, yet informal, and oriented to promote connectivity and powerful engagement beyond the classroom. Through collaborative curiosity, the students will co-create meaningful products that will​ ​contribute to their personal research development and to the broader context of ​ ​CEnR.

Learning Goals:

  1. What is CEnR? How do we understand CEnR as a research perspective rather than as a specific method or technique?
  2. How do we build and maintain collaborative research partnerships with community partners?
  3. How do we design and implement CEnR?
  4. How will we disseminate and translate research findings in ways that are accessible to a broad and general population?

Next step is everything else that goes into the syllabus.

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