Artifact: Formulate a plan for supporting and protecting a Digital Learning Community through Digital Rights and Responsibilities.  Share your plan in your blog.

Students would complete a learning module where they are introduced to various online “rules” such as Creative Commons licenses, the Fair Use Act, US Copyright Laws, etc. This type of lesson would be essential before embarking in an online class. In order to protect a digital learning community a teacher would need to ensure that each and every student upheld the “laws” of citizenship. Teachers can utilize resources such as turnitin.com to check the validity of a student’s work. Teachers must also require students to cite their work appropriately.

Answer:

  1. How can a DLC ensure that citizens within the community have access to an environment where an AUP protects members as well as the community itself, where individuals uphold laws, and a cooperative/collective venture provides robust, safe, and ethical resources and opportunities for learning?

Established DLCs will have a Terms & Conditions page that needs to be accepted upon signing up. If members of the community break the rules, either by posting inappropriate or irrelevant content, they can be removed from the site and blocked from signing up again. Other users of the DLC can also file a report if they find that another member is not following the rules.

  1. What is the best way to establish and maintain a flourishing DLC where citizens understand, observe, and are inclined to willingly support and ultimately benefit from Digital Rights and Responsibilities?

The best way to maintain a flourishing DLC is to keep access restricted and to keep the learning community small. When signing up students on Edmodo, each class is given a special code that expires within a few days. Only students in that particular class can receive the code. Once the code expires the class becomes locked. This can prevent outsiders or students from different teachers’ classes from trying to access your content or disrupt your online learning environment. Additionally, if students act inappropriately on Edmodo, their access can be restricted, suspended, or revoked. These measures help keep digital learning communities safe and thriving.

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