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Marylhurst Faculty Leaders Author Student Bill of Rights

Dr. Jesse Stommel and Sean Michael Morris, faculty in the English & Digital Humanities program, are among a select group of academic leaders initiating an open discussion around online education through a co-authored "bill of rights" for digital learning.

Excerpt from an article by Steve Kolowich in the Chronicle of Higher Education, January 23, 2013.

A dozen educators met last month in Palo Alto, Calif., to discuss the future of higher education. They had been convened at the epicenter of technological innovation in higher education by Sebastian Thrun, a pioneer of massive open online courses, and yet the task at hand had nothing to do with software or strategy. It had to do with citizenship.

The Philadelphia Convention, it was not. But the 12 educators, many of them well known in online-education circles, did manage to draft a document that they hope will serve as a philosophical framework for protecting the interests of students as online education, propelled and complicated by the rise of MOOCs, hurtles into a new phase.

Called "A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age," the document proposes a set of "inalienable rights" that the authors say students and their advocates should demand from institutions and companies that offer online courses and technology tools.

Those rights should include access and privacy, along with access to information about the financial models of institutions and companies offering online courses, write the authors.

Its authors hope the document will frame the standards and expectations that guide universities and their constituents as online tools and platforms become part and parcel of traditional higher education.

Read the full article on Chronicle.com
Read the Bill of Rights and join the discussion on HybridPedagogy.com

Read additional media coverage of this story on:
InsideHigherEd.com
EdWeek.org
TheDailyPennsylvanian.com

 

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