21st Century Learning
We have two interrelated goals with students. The first is to help you develop a fundamental understanding of the core subject and the political and social environment in which it operates.
The second and overarching goal is to provide you with the education and skills necessary to construct lives of substance and achievement, helping you become effective citizens and successfully transcend the bridge from our community of learners to a community of leaders.
This Collaboratory furthers those efforts toward meeting these goals by providing a place and opportunity that increases the degree of collaborate between students so to promote learning course content, and enhance critical and creative thought. Considerable research indicates that when students collaborate with one another they…
- Engage in more discussion, problem solving, and critical thinking.
- Learn the subject matter more completely.
- Have a more positive classroom experience.
- Develop higher levels of interest in the subject matter being studied.
- Retain information longer than students working individually.
- Become more competent and confident public speakers.
If you have never used a Wiki before, be prepared for a bit of Culture Shock. The beauty of Wiki is in the freedom, simplicity and collaborative power that it offers to students. "Wiki" (wiki) is a Hawaiian word meaning “fast”. All Wiki content is a Work in Progress. The Wiki pages change as people come and go and can be edited “on the fly”. Wiki is unusual among group communication mechanisms in that it allows the organization of contributions to be edited in addition to the content itself. The purpose of this Wiki is to provide students with a portal where you can develop information, links, and share your own thoughts and ideas.
Like many simple concepts, "open editing" has some profound and subtle effects on Wiki usage. Allowing any of us to create and edit our own pages, and edit within the specialized journals in this Web site is exciting in that it encourages democratic development of the Wiki course pages and promotes collaborative content composition.
We decided to use a Wiki because it encourages collaboration and information sharing. Furthermore, it increases team engagement, participation and facilitates communication between instructors, student leaders and students in other courses. Moreover, this Wiki will be used for Collaborative Group Projects that provide the benefit of:
- Alignment: We avoid confusing email chains by collaboratively building and editing project information in a centralized location.
- Tracking: We can collect all assignment details in one place.
- Scheduling: It permits us to plan out and manage a shared calendar.
- Brainstorming: We can create a forum where students can share and comment on ideas.
- Drafting: It allows us to create and edit an outline and rough draft right in the Wiki — document versioning is built right in!
- Researching: We can also compile research material and capture bibliography information here on this site.
- Connecting: We can share team contact information, post responsibilities, and send team updates through the onsite-messaging feature.
This Wiki site’s primary focus is on topics in Psychology, Sociology, Criminology, Cultural Anthropology, World Regional Geography, American Government, State and Local Government, Education and Philosophy of Thought and Logic. Most of all, this is our forum where we share ideas! Much of the information here is subjective. Please read widely on this Wiki before adding new pages. This helps to reduce unnecessary clutter.