• Wed, Feb 24, 2010
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Welcome to "knowledge building and semantic aggregation". We have chosen to focus our theme on Web 2.0 collaboration and its impact on institutions.

We'd like you to choose an institution that you would be interested in exploring over our two weeks together. Please select from one of the four institutions below. Your homework assignment will be posted there.


Journalism is the craft of conveying news. How this news is conveyed has been changing since the institution of Journalism was first developed. This group will explore the institution of Journalism - past, present and future. Questions to consider: What does it mean to be a Journalist? How and where do we get our information? How does this impact the institution of Journalism?


The institution of Government is an organization of authority that we are all familiar with. The extent of control this institution has varies from region to region and from country to country. Nevertheless, the institution as a whole is designed to keep order at all levels in all sizes in all communities. Questions to consider: How much control does the Government really have? How well do they use their power? Should Government be challenged?


The institution of Education has always taken on many forms. The types of schools themselves - elementary, secondary, post-secondary - also the curriculum, the policies and organization. Questions to consider: How is education directed? How do teachers, policies, curriculums, etc. impact the institution of education? How important is an educational institution?


Health as an institution is vast. Health is physical, mental, nutrition, fitness, etc. Issues of and information on health are prominent in today's society but how was health looked at years ago and how will it look in the future? The World Health Organization in 1948 described health as being "a state of complete physical, mental, and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity". Is this still the correct definition? Other questions to consider include: Who has the authority on health? What do people consider health to be? Who is in charge of health information? Who do we listen to and trust?

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