- Learn About AGORA
- What is AGORA-net?
- Our Goal: To Stimulate Reflection
- How to use AGORA
- Terms of Service
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Materials for Class Projects
- The AGORA Project
- Explore a World of Arguments
- Create an Argument Map
Invitation for GT students: VIP project on Digital Deliberation
Can Deliberation work better than this?
In the fall of 2017, the VIP Digital Deliberation meets Wednesday, 12:20--1:10pm.
Apply to join the VIP team on Digital Deliberation every semester.
What does the VIP Digital Deliberation do?
Our VIP team develops web apps for online debates and collaborative problem solving.
Who can join?
What will I learn?
How to work in an interdisciplinary team on a research and development project
How to design, develop, and market an online platform
Collaboration with IMTC, a Georgia Tech professional software developer team
Why should I join?
It is a fun and rewarding project that will look good on a resume
You get academic credit for up to 3 years
What does the VIP Digital Deliberation do right now?
Our VIP team does the main design work of the NSF project “Fostering self-correcting reasoning with reflection systems” (http://agora.gatech.edu/node/52). We design, test, and iteratively improve the Reflect! platform.
What is Reflect!?
A collaborative tool that structures deliberation and work on wicked problems in small teams.
What is a wicked problem?
Wicked problems are challenges that can be framed in a number of different ways, depending on varying interests, world-views, values, or differences regarding the scale on which people think the problem should be addressed. Decisions on wicked problems often lead to serious conflicts because people do not understand that others look at the same problem from a completely different point of view.
What sort of problems are wicked?
Health care reform, globalization, the increasing computerization of the workforce, global warming, or when a city plans a major construction like a stadium. These are just a few examples. Designing a simple door knob might also be a wicked problem if you do not take people with certain disabilities into account. Design problems are often wicked problems.
Why are wicked problems so hard to address?
Being able to deal with wicked problems requires the ability to correct one’s own reasoning.
Why focusing on deliberation?
Wicked problems can only be approached in collaboration with others. We need different points of view and we need to learn from others.
If you have questions, please contact:
Dr. Michael Hoffmann, 404-385-6083, m.hoffmann [at] gatech.edu
Dr. Christopher Le Dantec, 404-385-7555, ledantec [at] gatech.edu