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General Issues
Science & Technology
Specific Topics
Higher Education
Location
United States
Scope of Influence
name:scope_of_influence-key:citytown
Links
http://reflect.gatech.edu/
http://www.vip.gatech.edu/teams/digital-deliberation
Purpose/Goal
Research
Approach
Research
Type of Funder
Academic Institution

CASE

Digital Deliberation (Vertically Integrated Projects)

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General Issues
Science & Technology
Specific Topics
Higher Education
Location
United States
Scope of Influence
name:scope_of_influence-key:citytown
Links
http://reflect.gatech.edu/
http://www.vip.gatech.edu/teams/digital-deliberation
Purpose/Goal
Research
Approach
Research
Type of Funder
Academic Institution

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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 Democray 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 Inegrated 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 Demoracy Program at Georgia Tech Univerity. 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. 

Deliberation, Decisions, and Public Interaction

The goal of the VIP Digital Deliberation 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.

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

Talk to People With Dissenting Opinions

Obviously, we feel much more comfortable talking to people who share our views. But this is not sufficient when it comes to wicked problems and the resolution of conflicts. Instead of rehearsing 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

References

External Links

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

http://reflect.gatech.edu/

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