Here is the second draft of the first page of the syllabus. The plan is to turn our focus to learning activities, and then review the course description, learning goals and competencies again. Of course, all comments are welcome!
Course Description (thanks to Laura Gogia @GoogleGuacamole for the connected learning language)
Community-Engaged Research (CEnR) is a collaborative process between the researcher and community partner that creates and disseminates knowledge and creative expression with the goals of contributing to the discipline and strengthening the well-being of the community. CEnR is a unique approach to research that identifies the assets of all stakeholders and incorporates them in the design and implementation of the different phases of the research process.
This 3 credit-hour, graduate level, online course provides students with tools to explore the philosophy and techniques of CEnR through connected learning. Connected learning is a nontraditional educational approach that leverages social media and other digital technologies to promote connection, integration, transformation, and amplification of ideas across space, time, and disciplines. It parallels CEnR in that both seek to promote powerful engagement in learning and research through openness and collaborative curiosity.
Course learning objectives include: 1) building and maintaining academic-community partnerships, 2) designing and implementing CEnR, and 3) disseminating information creatively and effectively. Ultimately, the students will co-create meaningful products that will contribute to their personal research development and to the broader context of CEnR.
Course Learning Goals
[These are pretty much the same]
The core questions we will investigate during this course are:
- What is community-engaged research (CEnR)? How do we understand CEnR as a research perspective rather than as a specific method or technique?
- How do we build and maintain collaborative research partnerships between community and academic partners?
- How do we design and implement CEnR?
- How will we disseminate and translate research findings in ways that are accessible to a broad and general population
[These have been added. They are grounded in the literature re core competencies for community-engaged scholarship. We think they will need more work as we work on the learning activities.]
By the end of the eight-week course, students should be able to:
- Describe CEnR as a unique perspective to research
- Apply CEnR techniques to their own research, training, and interests
- Develop and maintain sustained and mutually-beneficial research partnerships
- Prepare a CEnR proposal for grant funding or dissertation
- Employ various social media outlets to collaborate with partners and creatively disseminate research.