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Digital ethics curriculum released by researchers at Harvard and USC

[ 0 ] September 24, 2011 |

NAMLE National Advisory Council member Henry Jenkins, and board member Erin Reilly of organizational member Project New Media Literacies were partners in the launch the new digital ethics curriculum, Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World.  Here’s the press release:

Everyone is talking about the opportunities and risks of new digital media, especially for young people. Research suggests that young people often lack mentorship in their online lives, especially from adults who are savvy about the ways of the web and can offer them guidance into what it would mean to take an ethical course through their digital lives. Many young people want to do the “right thing” online, even as they are confronted with a range of dilemmas, but may need some help identifying good courses of action.

In an effort to address this gap, researchers at Harvard, MIT and USC spent three years developing a casebook of curricular materials called, Our Space: Being a Responsible Citizen of the Digital World. Our Space is a curriculum designed to encourage high school students to reflect on the ethical dimensions of their participation in new media environments such as Facebook, YouTube, online games, and blogs. The curriculum contains role-playing activities and reflective exercises that invite youth to consider the ethical responsibilities of other people online, and whether and how they behave ethically themselves online. These are raised in relation to five core themes and units in the curriculum: identity, privacy, authorship and ownership, credibility, and participation. All curricular units and lessons are free and available for download. For more information, visit: or

With funding from the MacArthur Foundation’s Digital Media and Learning initiative, Our Space was developed by The GoodPlay Project and Project New Media Literacies. Led by Howard Gardner, the GoodPlay Project is a research project focused on digital ethics and housed at Project Zero, the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Led by Henry Jenkins, Project New Media Literacies was established at MIT and is now housed at the Annenberg School for Communications and Journalism, University of Southern California.

Our Space is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License.

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About Rhys Daunic: Rhys is the founder and director of The Media Spot, a media literacy education consulting organization that facilitates student media productions, and develops media literacy curricula with educators throughout the country and abroad, primarily within New York City public schools. Read more about Rhys and The Media Spot. Rhys is currently on the Executive Committee (Secretary) of the NAMLE Board of Directors. View author profile.

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