I write and talk a lot about the capacities and dispositions we seek to explicitly nurture in our learners. Recently, however, there is one particular quality I keep thinking about. This is the quality of discernment. It is the one learning capacity that has, for the moment, started to take precedence over the others. I’m not advocating any form of hierarchy amongst all learning capacities here, but I am increasingly finding that the need for the explicit development of discernment in learners is more pressing than ever. In our saturated world of information, our ability to search, sort and select appropriate, reliable and credible information is fast becoming as important to our digital learners as a compass is for sailors in stormy seas. This is equally the case when it comes to the safeguarding and nurturing of our digital footprints.
I came across this slideshare presentation from Alec Couros @courosa and found that it provided me with some pertinent questions within this topic. It reminds me of the issues we must continue to revisit both as educators and as participants, on our own behalf, in the digital landscape.