Rendering of the Morehouse campus

Rendering of the Morehouse campus (Posted )

ACS faculty are invited to attend  Blended Learning and Civic Engagement: Modeling Writing as Community Activism, a blended learning seminar at Morehouse, September 17-19. The focus will be on “sharing digital strategies for service learning,” and will feature a hands-on workshop where participants will develop specific community service projects that they are working on at their home campuses. Potential participants from ACS member institutions must complete an application using this link ( https://morehouse.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cUuPt3PNhLBGUHH).

Full text of the Announcement

We would like to invite all Faculty from ACS schools to apply for our blended learning seminar September 17-19, 2015 on the campus of Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA. This seminar will focus on sharing digital strategies for service-learning through a hands- on workshop where participants will bring specific community service projects that they are working on around their campuses and we will discuss the best ways to digitally document those projects and encourage writing and reflective analysis about this service by students. The faculty of this seminar will include nationally known scholars who work in community service, social justice, and digital technology. It is hoped that the outcome of this project will be the growth of civic engagement at all ACS schools and the construction of new, effective models to meet critical course outcomes.

Moreover, while there has been much emphasis on the way in which social media has brought political change throughout the world (for example, the Arab Spring), very little attention has been paid to the ways in which technology can assist community service efforts on our campuses. Further, it seems that even smaller amount of attention has been paid to the ways in which digital service-learning might be successfully integrated into ACS classes. We see this seminar as a way of disseminating work that we have been doing in the Atlanta University Center in the areas of community service, service learning, faculty development, and the digital humanities.

Moreover, while there has been much emphasis on the way in which social media has brought political change throughout the world (for example, the Arab Spring and Black Lives Matter), very little attention has been paid to the ways in which technology can assist community service efforts on our campuses.  Further, it seems that an even smaller amount of attention has been paid to the ways in which digital service-learning might be successfully integrated into ACS classes. We see this seminar as a way of disseminating work that we have been doing in the Atlanta University Center in the areas of community service, service-learning, faculty development, and the digital humanities.

Thus, the main objectives of this program are to:

  • Increase student engagement and improve student writing.
  • Increase students’ critical thinking about issues in the community.
  • Demonstrate how to use knowledge of the writing process to produce a collaborative digital anthology between students and faculty.
  • Model how to integrate technology in order to archive student and community narratives.
  • Establish the importance of reflective and transformative writing throughout the ACS Community.
  • Develop meaningful partnership between Morehouse and other ACS Schools in creating and archiving digital service-learning initiatives.

Interested faculty should apply through this qualtrics link: https://morehouse.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cUuPt3PNhLBGUHH by July 15, 2015.

Food, lodging, materials for the seminar, and admission to the Civil and Human Rights Museum will all be provided.

Contact Corrie Claiborne (corrie.claiborne@morehouse.edu) or Jamila Lyn (jamila.lyn@morehouse.edu) for further information.