A Piece of the Puzzle

I like puzzles. I do. I enjoy the challenge of examining each piece, determining how it relates to the others – all the while having the “big picture” in mind. It requires intense concentration, an eye for detail, strategy and – above all – patience. The end result of every puzzle is the same: all…

Video Stars!

The filming for the course trailer for CMST 691 Collaborative Curiosity: Designing Community-Engaged Research has officially started! Last week we came up with the framework for the video – who should be featured, what people should generally say, and how to get it done in a week. Yes, a week. The deadline for course registration was…

Still on the First Page

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…

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…

Making # of CEnR

Success! We have decided to use #VCUCEnR with the course. Actually, we have decided to use it to refer to all things related to community-engaged research (CEnR) within and across VCU. Here were the deciding factors: • The course is about CEnR • CEnR is an abbreviation used by others across the university and in…

#hashtag

I’m finally starting to use Twitter. Sort of. At the beginning of the academic year I signed up for a Twitter account, followed several VCU related people and units, and then did not return. A month or so ago I sent my first tweet — hashtags and all. I have visited Twitter several times over that…

Will it blend?

Will it blend? That is the question asked by man in a white coat and protective goggles standing in front of a Blendtec blender. He asks this question of the items one might usually hope to blend — ingredients for a healthy green drink, even coffee beans. But he also puts in an iPhone, a Frozen…

Content Areas for the Course-That-Has-No-Name

One of our first tasks is to identify 4 to 5 content areas for the course (or was it 3-4?). Our preliminary list includes: Origins and Principles of CEnR Ethics Collaboration Building Designing CEnR Managing CEnR This picture reflects our first shared google doc with the brainstormed content areas, learning activities, resources, and experts to…