Is There a Need for “A Bill of Rights for Learning in the Digital Age”?
February 4, 2013 Leave a comment
Udacity thinks so. Originally posted by EdSurge, they’ve posted a “Bill of Rights for Learning in the Digital Age” to their blog including the signors of the document. I’m sure the questions and opinions are already running around in your head, so read all about the debated issues surrounding it or even weigh in on the conversation.
I’m very curious as to what my fellow “ELAs” think about a Bill of Rights for Learning, let alone one for Learning in the Digital Age. Of course the disclaimer at the bottom relays to the reader that it is a living document, which will be updated to reflect new information.
My background in public relations leads me to believe this was an innovative effort to steer digital learning development on both sides of the teaching/learning realm. While something of this nature was bound to be published, I think a much larger (and with more potential for the publicity to attract a much larger discussion) story would have been for this team of experts to publicize their efforts prior to its creation and make a call for what their customers (i.e. facilitators and learners) feel should be included and as such, not only would they receive unbiased opinions from their core customers, but those involved in its creation would feel they played a part in the process and jump on board to stand behind, discuss and share it, thus making it a more prime candidate to get the attention it very well may deserve.
Perhaps they did do their research before publishing, but I didn’t see a mention of this on the site. I did see that their hope is to now get a larger perspective through discussion for future adaptations.
To me, one of the benefits of learning in the digital age represents the democratizing of traditional linear education methods and opens the door for micro and macro specialization in regards to the innumerable variables present in facilitation of and learning methods within what we consider to be an education.