RESOURCES ON CIVIC AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT
Digital Civics Toolkit (The MacArthur Research Network on Youth and Participatory Politics (YPP))
YPP has created several modules related to various aspects of community and civic engagement. Each module contains conversation starters, readings, specific classroom activities related to each question, and background materials for faculty who would like to dig deeper. The modules were designed for high school students but can easily be adapted to the college classroom.
This module prompts students to explore the following questions: 1) Who do you see as your face-to-face and online communities?; What civic issues do you hear people in your community talking about most? And 3) What civic issues are you curious about that you’d like to understand better and get involved in?
This module prompts students to explore the following questions: 1) Why is credibility important? How can I judge the credibility of civic information online? 2) How can I reflect on my biases when investigating civic issues? 3) How do I understand and analyze visual forms of civic information online? 4) How do I investigate a topic and present what I have learned?
This module prompts students to explore the following questions: 1) What are the opportunities and challenges of in-person vs. online dialogue about civic issues? 2) What do good and not so good online discussions of civic issues look like? 3) How can we make good online dialogue about civic issues happen?
This module prompts students to explore the following questions related to sharing civic content in online spaces: 1) How do I find my story and express it in ways that are civically meaningful? 2) What do I choose to share publicly and what do I keep to myself? 3) As I express myself, how will my message spread? 4) How do I manage the ‘digital afterlife’ of my voice?
This module prompts students to explore questions related to taking action on issues that they care about: 1) What can we learn from social change efforts from the past? 2) What does it mean to take action around social issues in the digital age? 3) Is online activism “slactivism” or just another way to take action? What are the risks? 4) How do we determine a course of action using social media?