Patterns of Inclusion: Fostering Digital Citizenship through Hybrid Education

Alex Young Pedersen, Rikke Toft Nørgaard, Christian Köppe, Educational Technology & Society, Jan 08, 2018
Commentary by Stephen Downes

This is an erudite and intelligent paper combining three major threads. First, the idea of digital citizenship as an extension of T.H. Marshall's influential conception of social, economic and political rights and responsibilties. Second is the elucidation of hybrid education based on the concepts of 'becoming', which leads to plurality ("nobody is ever the same as anyone else who ever lived, lives or will live.”), and 'belonging', as seen in the concept of community ("this reconsideration of digital citizenship takes aim at the philosophical and ethical foundations for a reconfiguration of education"). And third is the mechanism of patterns and pattern languages, draw brom Alexander's ideas of patterns as bound to the problem, linked to the community, and connected to other patterns. The outcome is an EduPLoP(Pattern Languages of Programs) workshop, which is described and assessed in this paper.

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