by Lori Beth Way
At CSU, Chico, Criminal Justice faculty and student majors are all members of the Vista CJ Community. The main purpose of the community is to foster communication between faculty and students. Specifically, there is a great deal of resource information that students can find on the community site. Majors can find there resources about careers, internships, graduate school, student groups, faculty office hours, and advising information. We also use the Vista Chat and Discussion tools so that majors can ask questions of the faculty and other students. Other tools that are well utilized are Announcements and the Calendar. Student response to the community has been very positive. They like having the resources organized and easily available whenever they wish to investigate them.
We have also started a Syllabi folder that is hidden from students because the function is to help the faculty make sure that we’re minimizing redundancy in courses. Hence, we’re also starting to use the Community Group in ways that not only helps students, but also helps coordinate faculty as well.