University of Wisconsin-Stout

Sept. 14, 2009

The University of Wisconsin-Stout is participating in a three-year initiative that will research the use of social media tools for civic engagement.

The project, called “eCitizenship: New Tools, New Strategies, New Spaces,” is an initiative of the American Democracy Project. It was launched by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities and will be led by the Center for the Study of Citizenship at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Thirty-four colleges and universities have been invited to participate in the national project to study social networking tools — such as Facebook, wikis, blogs and a host of other technology-based applications — and research new ways for institutions to harness the technology in preparing students to be active and engaged members of society.

Representatives from the participating institutions will gather for an introductory eCitizenship seminar at Wayne State University in November.

Founded in 2003, the American Democracy Project is a multi-campus initiative focused on higher education’s role in preparing the next generation of informed, engaged citizens and producing graduates who are committed to being actively involved in their communities.

For more information about UW-Stout’s participation in the eCitizenship project, contact Dennis Shaw at shawd@uwstout.edu or 715-232-2214.