My 4th blog

 

This time I am going to blog about the article, called “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age” from December 14, 2012.

Learning is the act of acquiring new, or modifying and reinforcing, existing knowledge, behaviors, skills, values, or preferences and may involve synthesizing different types of information. [1]

 

Now, in the digital age learning can be digital. When we speak about e-learning there are a lot of options: work with digital tools using a computer, cell phone, TV or DVD; a possibility of getting consultations, advice, evaluation from a distance teacher; creating different communities in social networks having a common educational activity; a twenty-four-hour delivery of digital teaching material; learning and popularization of innovative pedagogical technology; a possibility to develop learning web-resources; a possibility to get modern knowledge at any time and any place; accessibility of higher education for people with special needs. Internet has made it possible for everyone to be a student, a teacher or a creative collaborator at virtually no cost. For the reason that this moment can be fragile, the opportunities for students in the electronic world should be protected. That’s why was “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age” created.

Our broad goal is to inspire an open, learner-centered dialogue around the rights, responsibilities, and possibilities for education in the globally-connected world of the present and beyond. [2]

The Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning is not written by learners but by a group of twelve: educators, technologists and journalists. The document appears to be written for online students, for example taking MOOC (Massive Online Open Course).

The most important rights for students are: the right to access, the right to privacy, the right to create public knowledge, the right to own one’s personal data and intellectual property, the right to financial transparency, the right to pedagogical transparency, the right to quality and care, the right to have great teachers, the right to be teachers.

First of all, everybody has a right to access and privacy. Learning should be affordable and available. Learners have the right to work, network, and contribute the knowledge in public and then to share their ideas in visible ways. Students have the right to care, diligence, commitment, honesty and innovation. All students have the right to have great teachers with a great experience.

There are also some principles to which the best online learning should aspire. These are global contribution, value, flexibility, hybrid learning, persistence, innovation, formative assessment, experimentation, civility and play.

It is really important that online learning is easy to get from everywhere on the globe. Everybody should have many options for online learning in a wide range of best learning environments. Students should have the opportunity to revise and relearn until they achieve the level of mastery they desire in a subject or a skill. Online education should encourage play that will allow students to achieve and perfect new skills and to experiment with moves.

In my opinion this document is a good idea to motivate online learners all over the world.  But only if students were engaged in this discussion. Students have a right to decide what do they really want from online learning, otherwise the Bill of rights and principles is a request that each student has to obey.  If people around the world have the safety and health and opportunity to learn, then they can express what kind of learning would be valued by them in their contexts.

 

 

 

1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Learning

2 http://www.hybridpedagogy.com/journal/bill-rights-principles-learning-digital-age/

 

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