At-Risky Business: Empowering and Engaging At-Risk Youth Using a Wiki for Academic Service Learning
Wednesday, June 25 3:05-3:25 PM Location: B3109
Abstract: This presentation examines the lessons learned from implementing an academic service learning project using a wiki to foster mentoring opportunities for at-risk students from two educational institutions. Students on freshmen probation at the university mentored down to at-risk students at the high school about making the transition to university life and academics. In a reciprocal relationship, the at-risk high school students in a career preparation class “mentored up” to the university students about employability skills. The two groups interacted using a wiki. Students were empowered by mentoring and learned valuable digital writing and collaboration skills throughout this innovative project. This presentation will synthesize results from two different sets of classes doing the same project one year apart and provide analysis that can serve as a best practices model for future similar projects.