The HASTAC/MacArthur Trust Challenge application opens in one week. We can't wait to see the collaborations and “laboratories” teams come up with to address the challenges to trust in connected learning environments. We also hope to have an ongoing conversation about trust and learning here on HASTAC. We started the conversation earlier with the related webinar series on trust and connected learning. You can watch the four part series on the DML Competition website.
As we've had conversations on this topic, one of the things that keeps coming up is how important context is for understanding trust. Many of us share classroom experiences from the student and teacher perspective. We talk about experiments in learning. However, we tend not to forefront trust, thinking of it more as an implicit part of the learning experience. One of the things that is important to remember is, when we start thinking about the digital toolkits we use, we have a limited amount of control to make sure that the environments are ones that engender trust. In order to fix this, we have to start radically contextualizing the places where we see trust working and breaking so we can start seeing the places where we are taking it for granted. Once we see these places, we can create new tools and practices that start with a foundation of trust.
There is a whole page of examples of the type of challenges we had in mind when we were thinking of the challenge. The list isn't exhaustive though. We would love to hear some of the challenges to trust you all have had while teaching or learning in hybrid or digital learning spaces?
I know, from my end, getting students to buy into social media is harder and harder as they grapple with managing a public persona online that is both theirs and for a very specific learning context.