CI 101: Community Informatics as General Education

  • John M Carroll The Pennsylvania State University
  • Eric Obeysekare The Pennsylvania State University
Keywords: Learning

Abstract

In some countries, university students fulfill a set of general education requirements in addition to the core requirements for their major program of study. The role of general education requirements is to broaden students, particularly with respect to general skills and knowledge such as reasoning, communicating, understanding the natural and social world, and appreciating cultures, the arts, and human values. In this paper, we propose that community informatics can be part of contemporary general education. We present a brief course outline for a notional CI 101 in order to promote more concrete consideration and critical analysis of this proposal.

Author Biographies

John M Carroll, The Pennsylvania State University
John M. Carroll is a Distinguished Professor: College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA E-mail: jmcarroll@psu.edu
Eric Obeysekare, The Pennsylvania State University
Eric Obeysekare is a PhD Candidate: College of Information Sciences and Technology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA, USA E-mail: eric.obeysekare@gmail.com
Published
2015-05-29
How to Cite
Carroll, J., & Obeysekare, E. (2015). CI 101: Community Informatics as General Education. The Journal of Community Informatics, 11(2). Retrieved from http://ci-journal.org/index.php/ciej/article/view/1216