Networked Learner’s Bill of Rights

Stephen Abram notes:

I think that this list from the Blue Skunk Blog is worth reading:

Personal Network Member Bill of Rights and Responsibilities

1. I have the right not to be social 24/7 – either online or in person.
2. I have the right to time for reflection and responsibility for doing so.
3. I have the right to use only the tools that suit my learning style.
4. I have the right to stop using a tool when it is no longer useful.
5. I have the right to not be on the cutting edge all the time or feel I need to always know all there is to know.
6. I have the right to choose those with whom I learn in my personal learning network and responsibility to learn from those with whom I don’t always agree.
7. I have the right and responsibility to disagree and the responsibility to do it professionally.
8. I have the responsibility to become familiar with a tool before sharing it with others.
9, I have the responsibility to share my knowledge with others in my network.
10. I have the right and responsibility to not let online activities keep me from my friends, my family, my workplace, or my community.”

I’d add a list of responsibilties too:

1. I have a responsibility to keep up.
2. I have a responsibilty to learn new things.
3. I am responsible for my own learning, I am not a child of my employer.
4. I am responsible to learn when I need to and not to wit until it’s an emergency.
5. I have a responsibility to understand that technology evolves and evolves with my feedback.

I appreciate the original lists and  Stephen’s additions. I’d add these:

  1. I have a responsibility to respect all members of my network.
  2. I have the responsibility to never stop learning.
  3. I have the responsibility to understand and consider  everyone’s POV.
  4. I have the responsibility to interact, disagree and debate without making it personal.
  5. I have the responsibility to present myself to my learning network – online and in the physical world – in a genuine, professional manner. 

What would you add?

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2 thoughts on “Networked Learner’s Bill of Rights”

  1. This is a great list! I agree with these, and am going to share it with the Idaho library community.

    I would add …. maybe two things:

    Instead of the responsibility to keep up I would say that I have the responsibility to evaluate new tools and know why I’m not going to use them if I choose not to use them.

    Also, even if I have the right not be online 24/7 I would say, I still have the responsibility to respond and acknowledge if a question or tweet or email or who knows was is directed my way.

  2. These are some great ideas to think about. Here are my suggestions (which pretty much all the amazing people I’ve interacted with online or at school have respected):

    1. I have the right to ask for help from more experienced people without feeling stupid.

    2. I have the responsibility to be patient with less experienced people and to help them to the best of my abilities and resources.

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