“Co-construction of knowledge could break out all over the University!”

Photo by VCU student Triet.

Photo by VCU student Triet.

That’s a quote from Gardner Campbell, Vice Provost for Learning Innovation and Student Success at VCU. He said that at our last faculty development workshop for The Great VCU Bike Race Book.

I last wrote about The Great VCU Bike Race Book in April. At that point, it wasn’t much more than an idea. Now, it is in implementation phase. We have over 300 VCU students enrolled in 26 1-credit “online” courses all focused, in one way or another, on the UCI Road World Championships which has descended upon Richmond, VA. Whether it’s for a course on the physics of bicycling, anthropology of crowds, or new media photojournalism, students will be learning and producing content throughout the week of the bike races. That content could be on student blogs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine, etc. Content will be aggregated to course sites and then further syndicated to greatvcubikeracebook.net.

If that’s too much to take in, there’s a Covering the Coverage course (yes, a meta course) that will be producing twice-daily magazine-style updates of what the VCU students have been producing.

On various social media platforms, students will be using the #vcubrb hashtag (along with course-specific hashtags, and, sometimes, #TheWorldsAtVCU, the official hashtag for VCU-related media).

A month or so after the races are over, we’ll be curating the best content into… well… a book. Of sorts. We still don’t know what that will look like, but we’ll figure it out as we go and as we see what kinds of content students share.

In the meantime, it’ll be fun to watch. The professional cyclists hope for anything but a wild ride. I look forward to this wild learning ride we’ll be on for this next week. I mean, co-construction of knowledge could break out all over the university!!!


1 thought on ““Co-construction of knowledge could break out all over the University!””

  1. Enoch Hale says:

    What if the co-construction of knowledge was the defining characteristic of the university culture? Imagine what great things could happen. From individual to community. From me to us. From mine to ours. From regurgitative to experimental. From isolated to shared. Awesome, and small steps are in motion.

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