Classroom Ethnography Project

The Classroom Ethnography Project (CEP) is a multidisciplinary research project which uses a Communication method (ethnography), to study a context relevant to Education (classrooms). It began in Spring 2006 with one student in COMM 310, and continued in Fall 2006 with nearly 70 students, enrolled in either COMM 310 or TEDU 210 . Wendy Leeds-Hurwitz teaches COMM 310; Shi Hae Kim teaches TEDU 210; both are based at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside.

CEPincludes multiple courses in different departments. This site has been created to support the CEP research. It is organized so that each course has its own page; each student enrolled in one of these courses has his or her own page; students from the different classes will be organized into groups, which also have their own pages. To keep track of all the pages, a sitemap has been created. It lists all pages included in this Wiki. Unlike other types of websites, Wikis do not keep pages linked in any way, so they must be listed either on a sitemap or on your student page so others will know what you have created.

During the semester, students will read and describe various sources, and produce several types of data. Their work will receive individual grades, but will also be shared with all the other students participating in the project. Unique to each student will be his or her subsequent analysis of the collective data, taking all relevant sources into account. This structure is intended to encourage individual as well as collective learning. The end result should be better research.

The project employs a wiki as a tool to create a collaborative workspace. If you are not familiar with wikis, there are at least 7 things you should know about wikis. By bringing together students with different disciplinary perspectives, CEP moves beyond the traditional classroom experience. It is the first wiki-based project at UW-Parkside. As such, though powerful, the technology is new to everyone involved.

If you are visiting the site for the first time, begin by exploring what is possible over in the sandbox, a space where you can learn how to use the various tools available to you without inadvertently destroying any important content. Once you have a decent feel for the interface, visit the sample student pages. Click the edit button to see how they are constructed, then design your own page under the appropriate course section.

Some other useful sections can be found in the navigation bar running along the top of this page. FAQ is a good starting place.