by Henrike Paepcke
Vienna Colloquium on Innovative Techniques
for Teaching the United Nations
Diplomatic Academy, Vienna, Austria
November 22, 2008
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Wiki-based social networks – Introducing the UN Studies Portal
The UN Studies Working Group is an emerging international community of academics and practitioners dedicated to actively create and contribute to "the next generation of UN Studies".
Founded at the 2007 ACUNS Annual Meeting in New York City and operating in close cooperation with ACUNS, we aim to foster collaboration and raise awareness about this interdisciplinary field of study.
The group’s vision is to promote the formation of an interdisciplinary, UN-focused field of studies, and to build a strong UN Studies community that takes UN research and teaching to the next level.
The UN Studies Portal is our main, informal working platform to network, to develop and exchange new ideas, as well as to build and share knowledge.
our homepage: http://www.unstudies.org
Look and feel, features are all pretty basic. We are planning on carefully adding more features to enhance our communication and collaboration.
The almost infinite range of features that facilitate social networking, interaction and collaboration is one of the main reasons for our decision to use a wiki. The philosophy behind wikis is another compelling motive: Among the various web 2.0 tools (such as blogs, forums) wikis offer the most interactive, participatory solution to tackle increasingly complex problems and the resulting overflow of information.
The four wiki principles:
-- Tapscott / Williams: Wikinomics (2006)
Main advantage: Every user can write and edit pages.
sample list of educational wikis: http://socialnetworksined.wikispaces.com/
Background: Existing UN-related studies such as “Global Governance” or “International Relations” study programs reveal critical shortcomings – first and foremost, they lack a systematic focus on the diverse dimensions and unique role of the UN in global affairs.
Our wiki-based portal is not only a test how far we can take the wiki philosophy and principles in real life, it is also key in our effort to reach out to the next generation.
Join us in our wiki learning experiment.
We look forward to hearing your comments and ideas.
Please contact the UN Studies Association at: firstname.lastname@example.org
You are welcome to visit and contribute to our portal: http://www.unstudies.org