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Goal: Civic Engagement

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To actively engage our students in a learning process that is grounded in service, citizenship, and ethical awareness.




Opportunities integration of civic engagement in coursework has often been limited. Service opportunities, for example, may not exist in the local community for a given discipline, may have too much management overhead, and are often limited by the risk of applying undergraduates to problems where the cost of failure was high.


Additionally, in an increasingly global economy, citizenship must be seen in global terms, and by increasing opportunities for communication with diverse



Technology allows for wide and varied opportunities for students to engage in ethical awareness, serivce, and citizenship from a global perspective. We can address these three concepts and offer opportunities for students to engage with communities unique from our own. The web and web enabled devices are ubiquitous and




Desired Outcome




Further, studies indicate that student reflection is a predictor of openness to new ideas, ability to see issues in a new way, “increased commitment to use of public policy to achieve social justice, and a more systemic locus of problem causes and solutions" (Eyler & Giles). While laudable goals they are not without challenges. In addition, technology can support open student reflection on their experience and how their understanding of civic engagement has changed.

Eyler, J., & Giles, D. E., Jr. (1999). Where's the learning in service-learning? San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.


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