Towards an Ethical Framework for Open Recognition

Serge Ravet, Medium, Dec 01, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Though I think this project is a good idea, I am always wary when people use the phrase 'ethical framework', as there is no universal ethical perspective on which we will all agree. So this raises the question of what "an ethical framework for Open Badges in support of Open Recognition" would look like. For example, what are we to make of Alfie Kohn's remark in the context of open badges?: "Pitting students against one another for the status of having the best grades takes the strychnine of extrinsic motivation and adds to it the arsenic of competition.” I personally prefer to define a legal framework rather than an ethical framework. This defines the conditions required to live in a society together, while leaving morality as a matter of personal concern.

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