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Civic Engagement in Action Series:

eCitizenship: New Tools, New Strategies, New Spaces

 


Description

Facebook®, wikis, blogs and a host of other technology-based tools are transforming the ways that citizens interact with others and with government. Indeed, technology is transforming our democracy. How do we begin to understand this transformation and to find ways for colleges and universities to use these tools to prepare informed, engaged citizens.

 


 

Map of eCitizenship Participants by University

 


View American Democracy Project eCitizenship in a larger map

 

List of eCitizenship Participants


Goals

This three-year initiative is a partnership of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) and the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University. Still in the beginning phases, the participating thirty-five institutions in this initiative will work together to study how emerging technologies, particularly social networks, support and facilitate civic and political engagement. The main goal of the initiative to provide insights into and strategies for engaging undergraduates in the use of social networks and technology tools for civic purposes. Those strategies can then be broadly employed to prepare undergraduates for lives of engagement and participation.


Mission

The mission of the eCitizenship Initiative is to prepare students for knowledgeable and effective citizenship in the digital age.

 


 

Table of Contents



Project Resources

Multimedia Tools

eCitizenship Facebook Page

eCitizenship Twitter

American Democracy Project Blog

iTunes University

eCitizenship homepage

Wordle

MicroPoll

C4LPT Top Tools for Learning

MyImpact.org

hootsuite

VoiceThread

TwoSides.Co

Change.Org

 

With VoiceThread, group conversations are collected and shared in one place from anywhere in the world. All with no software to install. A VoiceThread is a collaborative, multimedia slide show that holds images, documents, and videos and allows people to navigate slides and leave comments in 5 ways - using voice (with a mic or telephone), text, audio file, or video (via a webcam). Share a VoiceThread with friends, students, and colleagues for them to record comments too.

 

Google Moderator

Participants in a workshop, training session, keynote, or presentation can submit their questions or feedback before, during, and after the event via traditional text or with a YouTube video. Participants can also vote on the questions or ideas they like best; consequently, the most popular questions move to the top of the moderation queue. These responses and questions can also be easily shared via email, Twitter, or Facebook.

 

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Examples of eCitizenship

UlsterCorps: Volunteerism and Service in Ulster County

Bringing Twitter to the Classroom

Rockville Central

Speak up for Change

Democracy in Action

Journey of Action

Yes We Can! 'Save Screen on the Green'

Overseas Vote Foundation: Power to Move

BLink

 

Splashlife

Melissa Helmbrecht of Splashlife was our Keynote Speaker for #CivAg10.

Splashlife’s mission is to help our members get from here to there—whether “there” is a cleaner planet, a more satisfying career, a healthier body, a sense of meaning, or just a good chuckle. Think you can help us do that? We do, too. Add your voice to Splashlife.com.

 

Blimee

Blimee plans on bringing the news back to the street and recreating the town crier, town hall and town square. By using digital displays that are located all around your neighborhood and making the experience interactive by allowing users to tweet short messages up to the screen and share their opinions about happenings in their location.

 

Neighbors Forums

E-Democracy.org hosts a growing number of neighborhood-wide Issues Forums we simply call "Neighbors Forums." They are big "C" community life and complement our city-wide big "P" politics forums. The area/population covered is determined by the volunteer forum managers, but in general we like forums that either conform to the service areas of neighborhood councils or are based on a strong sense of local identity.

 

Classroom 2.0

Classroom 2.0 is a social network for those interested in Web 2.0 and Social Media in education.

 

Syinc

Syinc is a youth group in Singapore that brings together people to seek innovative solutions for social change. We work to enable young people as the change-agents in our community.

 

Participedia

Participedia is a tool for strengthening democracy. Based on a wiki platform, its main content consists of user-generated articles which describe and assess participatory governance throughout the world. For instance, there will be articles on the British Columbia Citizens’ Assembly of 2004, consensus conferences in Denmark, participatory budgeting in Porto Alegre and other cities, local school council governance in Chicago, municipal evaluation meetings in China, and the People’s Campaign for Democratic Decentralization (under the Panchayati Raj reforms) in Kerala, India. In addition, there will be articles on participatory methods, such as deliberative polling, citizens' assemblies, and participatory budgeting, as well as articles about the organizations that sponsor, implement, and study participatory governance. Over time, we hope Participedia will garner hundreds and perhaps thousands of such articles.

 

AthenaBridge

AthenaBridge is a Web-based application that can engage thousands of citizens in a single conversation to discuss any of our nation’s toughest problems. Today’s issues are complex, and solutions require interdisciplinary collaboration. AthenaBridge is interested in partnering with eCitizenship Schools. Please contact Lucas Cioffi if you would like to explore this opportunity.

 

Antoine Dubeauclard, Owner, MediaG email: ant1@mediag.com

Proposing a Network for Engagement

The Center for the Study of Citizenship and Media Genesis propose the use the Media Genesis’ Power of Peace Network (PPN) platform (developed for UNESCO) as a model and a prototype to create a civic engagement network. A civic engagement version of PPN would provide a space for faculty, leaders in student services, and students themselves to meet, share, collaborate and promote civic engagement among ADP colleges and universities. In Providence, a rump group of eCitizenship schools proposed to make a network a key eCitizenship initiative. This presentation is the next step in its development.

 

 

 

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eCitizenship Campus Work

 

Northern Kentucky University

eCitizenship Meets the Public Square at Northern Kentucky University

 

University of Northern Colorado

Confluence of Culture: University of Northern Colorado Blog

 

University of Arkansas, Fort Smith

University of Arkansas, Fort Smith ADP Blog

 

Fort Hays State University

Fort Hays State University Census Facebook Group

Institutionalizing eCitizenship (PPT)

 

University of Wisconsin La Crosse

University of Wisconsin La Crosse eCitizenship Website

UW La Crosse Update

UW eCitizenship Wiki

 

Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI)

About the eDemocracy Project

Future Goals

User Testing

 

University of Alaska, Anchorage

UAA Engage

 

Metropolitan State University

Metro State gets involved with the U.S. Census

Metro State Twitter

Metro State Facebook

MN Campus Compact Blog

 

Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

Facebook page

Twitter page

eCitizenship@Stockton

 

Southern Polytechnic State University

Workshop on implementing eCitizenship on the campus:  http://cse.spsu.edu/rhalstea/ecit  

 

University of Wisconsin - Stout

Goals and Objectives

 

Missouri State University

YouTube video

 

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eCitizenship Institute Resources, November 12-13, 2009 (#eCit09)

Can eCitizenship Really Work?

Jose Antonio Vargas's Presentation

David B. Smith's Presentation

Institute Agenda

List of Journals that publish scholarship of engagement

 

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eCitizenship Institute Resources, November 4-5, 2010 (#eCit10)

Institute Agenda

 

Presentations

Presentation from UW Stout Session

Presentations from SPSU

 

Reading Material

1) Digital Citizenship and Web 2.0 Tools by Reshan Richards, Columbia University

2) The Generational Shift in Citizen Identity: Implications for Civic Learning Online by Lance Bennett, University of Washington

3) Unlocking Social Capital: What is the role of digital communication and diversity in increasing civic engagement?

4) Why the Revolution Will Not be Tweeted by Malcolm Gladwell

5) Can Twitter Lead People to the Streets? Online discussion and response to Malcolm’s article

 


 

eCitizenship Bibliography

 

Books

Civic Life Online: Learning How Digital Media Can Engage Youth by W. Lance Bennett

Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything

The Facebook Effect by David Kirkpatrick

 

Websites

Personal Democracy Forum: Technology is Changing Politics

National Conference on Citizenship

Public Agenda

Digital Citizen

Digital Citizenship

 

Research Publications

Changing Citizenship in the Digital Age

Pew Study about Social Media and Mobile Internet Use Among Teens and Young Adults

Pew Study on the Internet and Civic Engagement

CIRCLE Paper on Volunteering and College Experience

DARPA Network Challenge

The New Laboratories of Democracy: How Local Government is Reinventing Civic Engagement

Promising Practices in Online Engagement

E-Consultation: Enabling Democracy Between Elections

The Generational Shift in Citizen Identity: Implications for Civic Learning Online

The Internet and Civic Engagement

Pew Study: Millennials, Media and Information

Pew Study: United We Stand...on Technology

Pew Study: New Media, Old Media - How Blogs and Social Media Agendas Relate and Differ from Traditional Press

Pew Study: Managing Your Online Profile - How People Monitor Their Internet Identity and Search for Others Online

Digital Citizenship and Web 2.0 Tools

Voting in a New Conversation

The Case for Social Media in Schools

  

 

Newspaper Articles

Ideas Online, Yes, but Some Not So Presidential

Does 'Tiananmen + Web = Tehran'

University-Based Reporting Could Keep Journalism Alive

Politics is No Longer Local. It's Viral.

dailynews.edu: A Proposal

A Cure for Meetings? Wikis used by professors to reduce workload

Facebook Seeps Onto Other Web Sites

Antisocial Networking

Professors and Social Media

Social Networking Goes to School

Upload Real Change

 

Multimedia Resources

Did You Know 4.0

ServiceNation

 

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Community Mapping Resources

Examples of Community Asset Mapping

1. Mapping Assets for Biloxi

2. Portland State University GIS and Asset Map

 

Community Mapping Software

 

On the Commons

On the Commons is launching a story mapping project to document and give voice to stories of change and transformation. Please share your story by creating an account or logging in and uploading video footage, photos or a written summary. Putting our stories on a map reminds us that that we are not isolated in our work, and it helps us see collective pathways we’re forging towards a joyful, equitable and abundant future. Search on keywords or categories to find stories most relevant to your work and interests.

 

Project Organization

15 March 2010 Conference Call Minutes

 

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Invitation to Post

This wiki has been designed to support students, faculty, and administrators involved in the eCitizenship Initiative. If you have materials or links to post to the site, we encourage you to create an account with PBWorks and add to our wiki of resources.

 

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