The Alex IEEE LA-boot Camp is a one-week course for University of California, Los Angeles, undergraduates and a sister course for graduate students at Cal Poly. Both are presented by the USC Computer Science Department, and are meant to introduce students to the basics of the Internet. They are also meant to be easily accessible and inclusive. The course is designed to be instructor-led, age-appropriate, and accessible to visually impaired students, by using the PTT method. The goal of the course is to have students learn how to use the Internet through text or voice, develop their understanding of the Internet, and then become able to resolve unsolvable problems when assisting others in using the Internet.
We use Cronin's Talking Circles to help us think about how to work with people in person - in conversational "talking" form. Talking Circles is a great communication tool for interacting with people when you are dealing with a group of people. People who go to their congregation, to their company, to their family, or wherever, are drawn together by similar problems in their relationships to each other. People are drawn together to discuss things that are going on in their lives. Since they are also mostly interested in the same things, the people get attracted to each other. With the Talking Circles Method, a group of people creates a group of small circles. Each person is separated from the rest of the group in one of the circles. The circle members get to know each other as friends off-line. That makes them feel more comfortable in the immediacy of the face-to-face situations they will have. When they are in a circle, each person is supposed to talk about something very important to him or to her. At first, the members of the circles won't talk about anything unless they are in the same circle. Then, they are supposed to begin to share their feelings. When they get to know one another, they can share their feelings and their views. This sharing brings them together and helps the group of people to develop a good sense of community. This approach is genuine community development, since it helps the people to learn how to work in real communities, balancing their individual responsibilities and desires with the common good and the wellbeing of their fellow citizens. It is not a 'team building' exercise. d2c66b5586