Guide for Creating Trusted Learning Environments

The following guidebook was designed to help communities create positive and safe learning environments for students inside and outside of school, on and off-line. The classroom is moving beyond a physical space to include learning networks enabled by technologies. These environments should advance learning and foster innovation without sacrificing the safety of the learner. To achieve this, a network of stakeholders (e.g. learners, parents, businesses, teachers and nonprofits) must work in collaboration to address potential issues of trust, safety, privacy, literacy and equity of access; creating policies, tools, and practices that  align with their community’s definition of trust.

This guide details the principles of and best practices for creating such trusted learning environments. It features activities to spark dialogue and actions, tailored for each of the following stakeholder groups:

  • Learners
  • Parents and care-givers
  • In and out-of-school program providers
  • Developers

This guide was produced by The Aspen Task Force on Learning and the Internet, a group of 20 innovative and respected experts in technology, public policy, education, business, privacy and safety. Their report, Learner at the Center of a Networked World, may also be of interest.

Source Organization: The Aspen Institute

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