Talk:CIRAL Group Project

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Cast your votes by Wednesday! Whichever project gets the most votes will be the one we should try to go ahead with -Brian

voted for the 4 credit core

Onemic18 00:28, 9 October 2011 (PDT)

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BEGIN Ludbra29 09:58, 11 October 2011 (PDT)

"NTS:" means note to self. I may start using N.B. for nota bene (meaning: note well). It represents my thoughts and comments. For paragraphs, I will use (EOF) for the last one. It comes from computer science, meaning End of File.

We are hypothesizing about how to create the class. We are not in the action phase. We are listing what we think should be done, and what the measure of success will be.

Social contract expanded to make a group agreement.

  • Be real to your experience and background.
  • Don't invalidate others' identities or perspectives.
  • Have a dream you want to pursue (NTS: requirement? - can't turn away someone from the class because they don't have a dream, but at the same time they may be a group inhibitor).
  • Other typical group agreements: step up, step back; Oops, Ouch, Snap; Don't yuck my yum; One mic; Self-care.

Preconditions to CIRAL, Previous learning before registering for the class(one of the below): (((See below under "discussion 12")))

  • Cornerstone Seminar
  • Community Connection course (2cr available to freshmen only)
  • Community Volunteer Work
  • Prior Learning from Experience (PLE)

Preconditions to CIRAL, Skills for healthy interaction and functioning in the class:

  • Interpersonal boundary setting
  • Working across differences
  • Ability and willingness to be social
  • Ability and willingness to foster and positively support the development of the above skills in others as a group member.

Core Content

  • What Civic Intelligence is and isn't (hopefully no emphasis on 'isn't,' but may unfortunately be necessary for lay studies).
  • Wiki creation, maintenance, and reuse.
  • Civic Intelligence theory (NTS: not sure what this is, but maybe it includes the points below).
  • How to be part of a collaborative experience.
  • Problems that are faced by groups/communities and their members when trying to organize, and the social/planning/organizational tools needed to continue working (i.e. social innovations for success).
  • Briefly examine a few of the current problems we are collectively (i.e. globally) facing, and emphasize the need to be continuously learning.
  • Characteristics of an effective citizen. (NTS: Do we know the answer to this?)
  • How to get people outside of the class to be involved (e.g. in the Olympia Community or worldwide).

NTS: It seems that there are probably tools already developed that just need to be put into action, instead of being developed by the class. Articles/Presentations/Demos of these could already exist, and should be required for the program. Documenting the successes and short comings of the program via a post mortem will become the outcome of the research.

The above is priming for action and may take up a whole quarter. As such, maybe it is a precondition that is needed before doing the CIRAL. The CIRAL then may become more of a laboratory than a classroom. If no pre-cursor is required, then perhaps we will be trying to teaching each other, which may lead to fragmented knowledge and blind leading the blind. Perhaps the instructor assessment may accommodate everyone where they are at. (EOF)

END Ludbra29 09:58, 11 October 2011 (PDT)

I voted for the four core as well. I think that would be the easiest, fastest and most effective way to get things done. Toteri19 1552, 12 October 2011 (PDT)

I know I'm a little late to the party, but I'm casting my (mostly symbolic) vote for the 4 credit core just the same.

-Nichs Stenic13 20:27, 14 October 2011 (PDT)

DISCUSSION 12 I disagree with there being previous learning preconditions for CIRAL. Civic intelligence is a field that requires interdisciplinary thought and embraces all perspectives, specific experience is not relevant. Furthermore I feel that having prerequisites sends a message of exclusion (a hurdle to civic intelligence), and limits possible membership therefore reducing the likeliness of a sustainable program.

Note: I agree communication skills are necessary for civic intelligence, but the opportunity to foster and support the development of those skills in others as a group member is the other side of the coin. Therefore I'm adding it to the list.


Lets get crackin'

Since we're already heading into week 4, I'm feeling like we've got a lot to do if we're going to have much by the end of the quarter. I tried to add some more structure and ask questions to generate more content.

Any ideas or thoughts about how we can accelerate our work or what's holding us back? Onemic18 03:12, 18 October 2011 (PDT)