This week I have spent a good amount of time searching and looking at social media accounts, groups, podcasts, and blogs that I want to add to my personal learning network in the field of learning experience design. Some of the accounts or sites I came across ignited the social responsibility sense in me. Being fair, I have always been an advocate of social responsibility. I worked and managed a non-profit organization for five years which counts for more than third of my working experience. Nowadays, I volunteer by advising new business owners on how to manage and grow their startups. However, what these sites sparked is how can I give back to the community thorough my practice in instructional design.
One of the organizations that got me thinking is Mozilla Foundation, they believe that the Internet is a global public resource that must remain open and accessible to all. An initiative they have called web literacy is a great manifestation of how can instructional designers give back to the global society. With tools such as the internet our social impact can cross geographical borders, we became global citizen, a topic that deserves to be elaborate more about in another post. Mozilla’s objective is to bring equitable access to the internet for more people, there solution was to curate a curriculum that covers web literacy skills and 21st century skills. They were able to offer this open source of learning by collaborating with a diverse community of educators, practitioners, and technologists. As instructional designers holding knowledge in both learning design and educational technological tools we are of great value to such initiatives.
Another inspiring example I found to have a great impact on the community of education is the work of Dr. David Wiley. He is the author of the 5R framework that many colleges and universities use to frame their open education initiatives. He advocates for open education and the use of open educational resources.
Both Mozilla and Dr. Wiley are examples of how being a member of the education and learning community can have a positive impact on the local and global societies around us. Personally, I strongly believe in the power of education and knowledge and how it can build capable and skilled people who would form empowered communities. Also, I think that no matter how small our efforts to give back may seem to us the impact it would have is not! This impact would even be bigger if we managed to collaborate as instructional designers and education technologists to reach an objective of providing access to free or affordable education to more people around the world.
I would like to hear your thoughts on what is our social responsibility as instructional designers towards global and local communities? and what ideas or experiences you can share?
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