An important component of participating in this class was participating in class-related discussions with classmates on the blog. This occurred through a couple channels.
- During the first half of the semester students participated in the Weekly Crowdsource. I would make a post starting the conversation about the readings – which previewed the topic for discussion during class that week – and students would discuss in the comments section. They were encouraged to engage each other, piggy-backing or contending with other’s ideas.
- After the midterm, a student blogging component was added. Each week students would post blogs related to what they found compelling and worthy of further discussion. Students were assigned (based on preferences) to two weeks wherein they were expected to post to the blog. To encourage discussion and dialogue, students were also assigned three weeks where they had to comment on others blogs.
These conversations are categorized by topic, and organized in chronological order.
- Weekly Crowdsource (Covers theories of poverty, city as entertainment venue and the breaking down of the New Deal)
- Residential Segregation
- Housing Affordability
- Community Development/Gentrification
- Public Space
- Criminal Justice
- Immigration Policy
- Urban Future