ABOUT TEAM WonderPeople

This is a space on the web, a virtual clubhouse if you will, for one section of students in UNIV200 at VCU in Fall 2015. I’ve produced the little video below as a quick “teaser” for the course.


This is a Course With Many Names.

Our official name is UNIV 200: Inquiry and the Craft of Argument.

Our special digital engagement name is “Living the Dreams: Digital Investigation and Unfettered Minds.” The “dreams” are those of the pioneers and architects of the digital age, people like Vannevar Bush, J. C. R. Licklider, Doug Engelbart, Ted Nelson, Alan Kay, and Adele Goldberg. We’ll be reading and working with five essays by these dreamers this summer, learning new concepts that will help us build better questions and better learning networks with our trusty personal, interactive, networked computers (including the one you may have in your pocket right now).

Our catchphrase is thought vectors in concept space. It’s the source of our #thoughtvectors hashtag (Twitter) as well as the plain tag thoughtvectors. Our course librarian, Jenny Stout, has a great video about that phrase. Take a look.

As a “digital engagement” endeavor, this version of the course is fully online and has several moving parts, which you can read all about right here on our syllabus. Note that the syllabus is “beta,” which means that some of the specifics (synchronous events, activities, interactions) may shift a bit from time to time. We want to be able to respond, whenever possible, to the needs of our learning community in this course of study as those needs emerge. We will do everything in our power to avoid truly nasty surprises (for example, you won’t learn that the assignment due next week is suddenly due tomorrow).

These kinds of adjustments are normal for most courses of study, but for a fully online course you’ll need to keep a sharp eye on your email, the Twitter hashtag, your section site (the one you’re on right now), and the main course site for updates. We’ll push the messages out through as many channels as possible, but it’s up to you to keep yourself “tuned in” to the course activity sites. Work in the “spirit of thoughtvectors.” Commit!