Data

General Issues
Science & Technology
Planning & Development
Specific Topics
Higher Education
Research & Development
Location
North Ave NW
Atlanta
Georgia
30332
United States
Links
The Reflect! platform (Georgia Tech)
Vertically Integrated Projects - Digital Deliberation
Videos
Walking through a project on the Reflect! platform
Purpose/Goal
Research
Approach
Research
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Targeted Demographics
Students
General Types of Methods
Research or experimental method
Deliberative and dialogic process
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Reflect! Online Deliberation Platform
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Not applicable
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Online
Decision Methods
Not Applicable
Type of Organizer/Manager
Academic Institution
Type of Funder
Academic Institution

CASE

Digital Deliberation (Vertically Integrated Projects)

General Issues
Science & Technology
Planning & Development
Specific Topics
Higher Education
Research & Development
Location
North Ave NW
Atlanta
Georgia
30332
United States
Links
The Reflect! platform (Georgia Tech)
Vertically Integrated Projects - Digital Deliberation
Videos
Walking through a project on the Reflect! platform
Purpose/Goal
Research
Approach
Research
Open to All or Limited to Some?
Limited to Only Some Groups or Individuals
Targeted Demographics
Students
General Types of Methods
Research or experimental method
Deliberative and dialogic process
Specific Methods, Tools & Techniques
Reflect! Online Deliberation Platform
Legality
Yes
Facilitators
Not applicable
Face-to-Face, Online, or Both
Online
Decision Methods
Not Applicable
Type of Organizer/Manager
Academic Institution
Type of Funder
Academic Institution
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The Vertically Integrated Projects' Digital Deliberation involved designing, testing, and implementing of the online large-scale deliberative platform Reflect! The project intended to facilitate discussion between people with dissenting opinions and to gamify public deliberation.

Problems and Purpose

The goal of Georgia Tech's VIP Digital Deliberation program is to design, test, iteratively improve, and implement the online platform Reflect! that supports and structures large-scale deliberation on wicked problems and stimulates reflection. Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) allow GATech students to work on long-term research and development projects with faculty and graduate students for academic credit.

Background History and Context

The Digital Democracy Program began in 2016 with the release of the first version of the Reflect! 

Organizing, Supporting, and Funding Entities

The Digital Democracy Program is run by Vertically Integrated Projects, a university program at Georgia Tech university. It is overseen by Micheal Hoffman. 

Participant Recruitment and Selection

Thus far, participants have included students - both those working on the platform and those used as test subjects. The platform is only available to those studying or working at Georgia Tech.  

Methods and Tools Used

The Reflect! platform is designed by students in the Vertically Integrated Projects' Digital Democracy Program at Georgia Tech University. The design of the method is, therefore, itself participatory, involving student collaboration on graphic design (using HTML5 and responsive Javascript frameworks), user interface design and usability testing. The latter portion - usability testing - requires participation and, thus, this is also an example of participatory research. Testers of the platform are subject to non-invasive psychological experiments, surveys, and focus groups.

The platform itself constitutes an online engagement tool. 

What Went On: Process, Interaction, and Participation

Students and faculty work together to model, build, and test the Reflect! online tool to facilitate the following:

Talk to People With Dissenting Opinions

Individuals often feel significantly more comfortable talking to people who share their views. But this is not sufficient when it comes to wicked problems and the resolution of conflicts. Instead of rehashing time and again the same opinions, we need to talk to people whose opinions we do not share.

Deliberation and Self-Reflection

Peaceful decision making and conflict resolution are only possible if people are able to change their mind based on the better argument. This again requires to organize deliberation in a way that supports reflection on one's own reasoning. People need to be enabled to identify—in the process of deliberating with others—weaknesses, gaps, biases, and limitations in their own thinking, and they should be supported to improve it.

Creative, Collaborative Decision Making

Instead of winning an argument, it is much better to stimulate creativity so that solutions can be found that more stakeholders can support.

Gamify Public Deliberation

Participating in public deliberation should be experienced as exciting and rewarding.

Influence, Outcomes, and Effects

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Analysis and Lessons Learned

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See Also

Reflect! Online Deliberation Platform

References

External Links

http://www.vip.gatech.edu/teams/digital-deliberation

http://reflect.gatech.edu/

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