This course is an experiment. We are "flipping the classroom." Instead of passive learning in class, we'll record lectures by leading thinkers and doers working on government innovation to watch at home supplemented by relevant readings. This frees up time in class for active learning. We will work on projects and problems, including blog postings to apply what we are learning to the topics we each care most about.
Students from all over the world come to the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU to acquire some of the skills needed to be a successful change maker. Students have diverse interests that range from agriculture in India to education in New York. Some are working in specific locales. Others work across regions on causes that matter to them. Given the range of passions, it doesn't make sense to create a course focused only on one type of project or problem.
That's why video lectures and readings will focus on a specific technology or type of innovation and we will each "Learn Out Loud," reflecting on how what we learned about big data, predictive analytics, social media, collaboration tools and other technological advances might be applied in the contexts that matter to us.
Starting in the first week of class, students in the Government 3.0 course will create a solo or group blog. We've purchased equipment to enable students to do their own interviews, field studies and explorations and post those on their blogs as well.