Digital Age, Digital Rights and Digital Learning

By Rhesa Lawrence.
In this day and age it has become very easy for people to become students, creators and educators; thanks the internet and the readily available software that allow us to bring our ideas and thoughts to life.

However, with new learning advancements, everybody has certain rights on what happens with the knowledge. Curators are given rights to publicly post their thoughts and ideas along with the right to own and get credit for their work. While the students or viewers have a right to complete transparency between the curator and the software who provides the access the knowledge. while all this may be true; the digital world has flaws. Depending on where a person is geologically located and or how technologically inclined the they are; can hinder the person’s ability to learn digitally.

As we continue to develop our technology, so should digital learning. It is important that we continue to develop and modify digital learning; as it has been proven beneficial to persons who are busy or are working and are trying to further their education without having to go back to a traditional school, due to how flexible it can be. In this digital age, the use of digital learning will be very beneficial to everyone; as it allows people from different areas to share and discuss their ideas and get feedback.

This article has showed my how learning has been developed as we advance in the digital age. The importance of copyright and khan academy, has now been understood as to how each play a role in the rights and principles of digital learning in this digital world. I believe that we have come a long way technology wise, but there is still a lot more to be done before a sustainable digital world is formed.

The Internet Today

By Jerelle O’Brien

It is so amazing how the internet or something so little yet so big such as a search engine can determine any little detail in a life. Whether you go out today, or whether you are able to love and some even depend on the internet to determine their love life.

Digital humanities can be understood to mean a progressive and skill oriented field of digital research and modern data processing. It uses technology to to redefine the way people obtain and achieve their work. Digital humanities calls for the distribution and production of scholarly work.

From my point of view, technology is a very important factor in the world today; from connecting with people, to sharing news and information- for basically anything. But is that the best thing?

As a youth in society, I can speak on the negative effects of technology on my generation. Not to be a hypocrite, I love my devices and the accessibility to information that they provide, but, in a way technology has had a dampening effect on my generation. A lot of times the internet and social media is not used responsibly.  

The internet is useful resource that can be used to do many activities. False news and cyberbullying are among other bad things and some good things. My generation sometimes encourage the developed and spread of false news and/or promote cyberbullying.

I believe instead of misusing this gift of the internet we have been given, my generation should practice the principles of digital humanities so that they can learn to use the internet more efficiently.

The internet provides almost a purpose, for the wider world. Because of the internet, people are allowed to play a lot of roles. It provides opportunities to be a student, a teacher, and a creative collaborator at virtually no cost. The way the Create Interns are making use of the internet to connect, share and develop our skills is the perfect example of what everyone should aim for.

Learning In The Digital World by Chelsea Bertrand

The internet is an ever growing and extremely useful tool.  It is the global system of interconnected computer networks that use the Internet protocol suite (TCP/IP) to link devices worldwide.

 Over the past couple of years persons have developed a dependency on this tool which has improved the lives of many.  The internet has been empowering persons and fulfilling lives of students by providing easy access to education which pays homage of the common quote “Knowledge is power.”.  The advancements in accessibility and strength of the internet has overall positively improved student life.

The bill of rights states that all persons have the right to access the internet regardless of any physical, mental or sexual affliction.  The notion that the internet should be affordable and available is extraordinary as it makes anyone willing to learn able to do so, allowing anyone to change their lives for the better at any given point in time.  

The best aspect  of learning is sharing your acquired knowledge.  The bill of rights has given persons freedom to express their thought processes and learning with individuals far and wide across the globe.  This plays a pivotal role in the expansion and growth of educational material available on the internet.

Another benefit of the bill of rights, which is  a means of self education and self betterment is that learners within a global, digital commons have the ability to participate and shape one another’s learning through peer interaction, new content, enhancement of learning materials and by forming virtual and real-world networks.  What can be taken from this is that persons have the power to positively impact the lives of their peers in addition to their own.

The overall influence of the internet has given man control of the progress of in both academic and social situations.  As a part of Create Caribbean a digital presence is key. Moving forward I would like to build up on my knowledge of the internet and its usefulness in the acquisition and preservation of information such as history,  arts, and science is indigenous to my country Dominica.

The digital world of learning

By Ashante Matthew

In today’s world, it is almost impossible to deny the fact that the presence and influence of technology on the way we learn and interact. We now live in a world where education is slowly making its way to the digital field. I feel like this is beneficial as well as it is problematic in essence.

Digital learning has been an aspect and concept that we are now only seeing the mass benefit within it. It provides a flexible way of being in the classroom with the opportunity to better balance other aspects of life with ones education. This is highly beneficial to individuals with busy lives trying to further their education. This digital learning also provides an easier way to grasp complicated concepts through the newly developed ways of teaching via technology. 

This is all great but online learning also proposes certain disadvantages to the whole concept. Such as the marginalization of certain individuals who are not very familiar with technology or how to use it. Everybody has the right to an education and if learning moves to the digital world, certain individuals will be left out therefore leaving them uneducated. This among other things will only lead to a population of uneducated individuals who may not see the importance of education. 

However it is important to recognize that online learning is the concept of tomorrow and that despite its holes in functionality. There are individuals working toward the fixing of this field and the future of digital learning is something that we should all look forward to.

Digital Humanities



By B. Melissa Encarnacion

According to Google dictionary, Digital Humanities is defined as an academic field concerned with the application of computational tools and methods to traditional humanities disciplines such as literature, history, and philosophy. From what I have grasp from my previous readings, Digital Humanities to me is the solving of problems in humanities and social science with modern computational methods. I encountered some difficulties when it came to understanding Elijah Meeks’ video on YouTube. That might have just been because of his choice of words or it simply not fitting my learning style which is more of a traditional one.

The digital world has many benefits but one that stands out to me is online learning. Online learning offers individuals a variety of new skills and “massive” learning opportunities according to Sean Michael and Jesse Stommel’s article. I understood that this field of digital humanities is not well explored but that it aim is to educate individuals everywhere no matter what their background may be. One of the first rights discussed in their article was the right to access which states that everyone has the right to learn stood out from the rest for me. That is so because often in a classroom setting students are neglected because of who they are or where they come from. As so one who has found myself in such situation i would love to participate in this kind of learning society.I learned that civility is a principle of online learning; though online learning doesn’t consist of visual interaction as a classroom setting would students should be encouraged to interact with each other. That is good since this generation is being more and more antisocial as time processes.

While reading Joshua Adam’s article i learned that I shouldn’t just take the first pieces of information i see in Google. Since that information might not be related to what I’m suppose to be looking for and is just place there as a marketing strategy. Joshua clearly states that, and i quote we need to think about how digital representation of marginalized groups is increasingly being dictated by powerful and influential companies. As someone who is always researching on historical events and ancient history, this is mind-boggling.

I look forward to !earning more about digital humanities and the aspects of online learning. Thanks to the two articles mentioned I’ve become more appreciative of the online learning culture and the opportunities which the digital world has to offer to any and everyone who is willing to pursue them.

Technological Equality and Pedagogical life

The internet according the business dictionary is A means of connecting a computer to any other computer anywhere in the world via dedicated routers and servers (http://www.businessdictionary.com/definition/internet.html). In this way I choose to introduce the thought brought about by the A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age, that we must be connected as to the internet or more so the online world. It is no secret that technological learning/teaching is on the rise in today’s world. The idea of a digital connected world is emphasized in these principles. The right to every student, whether young or old, student or employee, it really doesn’t matter what part of life you fall in online learning should be available to you. The fact is technology is all around us so why not take the opportunity to better one’s self through learning online, and not just through classrooms sessions and teachers relating to you what they themselves only know. These rights state that one should be able to learn in a free environment, a different setting. To be able to try and fail without criticism or being failed by a lecturer.

The first right is the right to access; every person should have access to online learning. As previously mentions, it matters not that you are old young, a student or an employee enrolled in a training course, it could event extend to those people who were born before the age of online technology. But everyone should have the right learn online. The second right one should also pay attention to is the right to create public knowledge; one should be able to voice ideas and interact with public knowledge or online knowledge. There can be so many innovative ways to engage you as an individual as well as looking to seek personal betterment in this way. The right to quality and care; the best learning one should be able to achieve online. It is said that “Learning–not corporate profit–is the principal purpose of all education”, in order words learning should be a means of institutions gaining money and developing, but it should solely be the purpose or drive of education world wide. The right to have great teachers and great mentors. A great value mus be placed on online learning,  setting a platform to life as well as work. Online education/learning should be the basis of self improvement. It should not be limited, there should be no limit to learning online and not just a replica of what we encounter everyday. It should flexible, meaning one should be able to learn a diverse wealth of information, to challenge the mind and its thinking. It has been proven by many of my friends that learning through games that stuff actual stick in one’s mind. We are encourage to make online learning fun, interesting. Experimentation with learning only makes a better critical thinker and better develop skills in daily life.

By Rennick Stevens

Paradigm Shift In Technology

By: Quisha Pascal

Since there has been a paradigm shift in technology, the internet has given many people worldwide a purpose. Prior to this research, my view on the internet is merely what it is now. Before I assumed the internet was just a mechanism of finding information, however besides the internet being a mechanism of finding information, it is also a way of sharing your opinions without it being ignored. This was proved in the article written by Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel.

The internet has given us the opportunity to do online learning where we learn for credit, self-enhancement, and employment or just for choice. In this article, they speak about the bill of rights and principles one must follow in order to achieve learning in this digital age.

In my opinion, learning is a major key to our success as human beings on this earth. The bill of rights shows that using the internet comes with policies which enhance our learning environments. The right to access allows everyone the privilege to learn, disregarding their social status. The right to create public knowledge gives us humans the liberty to work and supply knowledge and information to the public eye. Also, the bill of rights gives us the right, not just to have teachers but to have great teachers. As students possess different learning strategies, they require thoughtful teachers, mentors and facilitates that can attend to their specific learning techniques.

This article also explains the principles that we humans should follow, in order to obtain the best online learning. The one which stood out was Global Contribution. Global Contribution allows us the opportunity to learn from all across the world and not limiting it the United States or countries that are more tech savvy.

The Digital Age

By Shalian Shaw

The first words that come to the mind of most after hearing these words, ‘Digital Age’ are the internet and technology. The digital age does not only benefit the younger generation who seemingly can’t live without technology and use it in everything they do. It facilitates primarily new forms of learning and communication to anyone, anywhere.

‘Digital Humanities’, to my understanding, can be vaguely described as using technology and its  advances to study and understand traditional humanities work. It is using new age programs to investigate subjects in humanities. Humanities itself can be defined as the study of human society and culture.

Technological advances are making it progressively easier to conduct digital research and learning. Although helpful, we are also faced with a few difficulties by these advances. With the abundance of information being circulated, researchers face more searching and analyzing to obtain what they are looking for. Credibility and relevance are issues all users of the internet have to face.“Thinking About Google Search As A Colonial Tool” an article by Joshua Adams delves into how the search engine google influences what researchers find credible and relevant.

An article “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age” by Sean Michael Morris and Jesse Stommel examines the rights all learners should exercise. One right which I believe to be instrumental is the right to privacy. All students should have clear knowledge of the intended use of their personal information and the right to withhold the publishing or spreading of that information . The article also highlights the principles that programs should adhere to in order to produce the best learning for students. Of the many, one significant principle is that of global contribution, which emphasizes that information should be obtained from various places and fields which in turn exposes learners to a wider range of knowledge.

In this digital age, many opportunities have been created for people worldwide to learn and obtain information through technological advances. With this learning however, many things must be taken into consideration by both those releasing and absorbing the information. I am sure that these points expressed will help me in understanding the digital humanities course and they will also be kept in mind in all learning I shall be partaking in.

Technological Benevolence – by Kodie Jean-Jacques

I don’t mean to insult you, but you are guilty. You are guilty of being ungrateful. Many small details in our lives are overlooked. Not only that, we don’t realize how fortunate we truly are. Everything we consume, everything we make use of and all the privileges we enjoy are the fruits of people’s labor. Take for example – I was eating chicken, rice and peas a few days ago. I slowed my chewing for a brief period, and I pondered in silence.

I thought about where the food came from. I deduced that people would have to harvest the rice, process it, sell it and then somebody would have to cook it. The only thing I did was consume it, and, quite frankly, it was pleasurable. The same process would have to be done for the peas. As for the chicken? Hmph. The bird would have to be raised from a chick and taken care of for 12 weeks until it is slaughtered. Entertaining these thoughts made me realize how much work is put into the things I consume. Even the seemingly small pleasures such as information accessibility.

When Dr. Esprit broached the subject of “Digital Humanities” to the Create interns, I was quite reluctant to believe that there was an entire academic discipline dedicated solely to putting information on the internet. However, I was dumbfounded when I delved into what these cyber-magicians actually do.  

Digital humanists do much more than disseminate information on the internet. As a matter of fact, according to nextconf.eu, “They use technology to redefine the way people achieve their goals and enable people to achieve things not previously possible.” They employ databases, online events, digital 3D models and knowledge sites to empower people. Digital humanists may be a part of massive projects such as Wikipedia or much smaller projects such as the Salman Rushdie Archive.   

Permit me to share my views on technology. From a college student’s perspective, technology is great. It enables us to get information on billions of topics. It makes our day-to-day activities much more efficient and, lastly, it connects people in a plethora of ways. Despite there being obvious benefits to using technology, my economics lecturer always exemplified the principle that everything we do has an opportunity cost – the loss of other alternatives when one alternative is chosen. Don’t be fooled. Using technology is no anomaly. 

From my personal experiences, I have found that using technology dampens my creativity and retards my work ethic because everything has been made so ‘easy’. “Why do this when somebody else has already done it and I can just mimic their actions?” This question does sounds silly, I agree. However, I ask this question to myself quite often and I’m sure I’m not the only practitioner of this habit.  

Rewind your thinking back to my chicken, rice and peas analogy. What if we all grew rice and raised chickens? World hunger would be a thing of the past. Of course, it is highly unreasonable for all of us to be farmers. However, the principle applies to knowledge. What if we produced knowledge rather than merely consuming it? Imagine how much more information would be available to us if every person who had internet access was committed to sharing information with each other.  Whether we get the information from an 80-year-old book, or a personal experience or even a documented conversation with a knowledgeable person, we could be sharing it.  I learnt from a document published by Rafael Alvarado that – something as simple as mapping locations with Historical significance on Google Maps could assist thousands of people with their own research and self-advancement.

Inches away for us but a world away for many

By Tracey Daway

My oldest and vaguest memory has always been blurry to detail but has always been centered around help.  Helping other people has been my biggest motivation in life.  I’m not a superhero, nor am i a self made billionaire, yet, so it is very impractical and unreachable to want to save each person on this planet.  However, each person on this earth was made equal, although when you talk about birth you have to mention life and life is unfair.  Life is unfair, many persons today are born into unstable social, economical and financial situations they cannot get away from.  To escape the evils of this world one first needs to understand their situation, recognise it for what it is and make a plan to elevate to a better situation.  The problem with that is how few people realise their situation and how dangerous it can be simply from a system of oppression and lack of education. 

 Education is the key to life and success, whether that be a traditional education or a non traditional one.  Digital humanities in my opinion is the ‘glue’ that brings together education and people, it bridges the gap created by many societies around the world that prevent thousands, possibly millions from achieving a decent solid education.  It makes it possible and reachable for any individual, regardless of race, ethnicity, age, gender, financial background, social standing and sexual orientation to access a world of knowledge at their fingertips.  Digital humanities is a tool, it gives access to a network of knowledge, individuals and creators who are invloved in various humanity based areas, such as Literature, Sociology and Psychology to name a few.  It allows persons to consume aswell as create an share their own personal knowledge and insight.  

Technology has benefited humanity in many ways, it make learning a more engaging, interesting and flexible activity and therefore is able to reach a wider population of learners and students.  This is well known that each student learns and receives information taught differently, be it auditory, visual or sensory, technology makes learning attainable to a wider population and it assists many teachers in the classroom to cater to multiple methods of teaching.  Watching television does not allow me to leave a comment, or change it into my own words nor talk with the creator.  Social networks allow me to not only consume knowledge but create and produce my own.  Interacting and engaging with other people on the social webs allow me to think in ways i never would consider had i stuck to traditional old school education and learning methods.   However, with positives there will always be negative.  While technology assists those of us with different learning abilities it weakens our fellow learners who are already struggling.  With writing for example, penmanship was a staple traditional subject taught in schools across the globe and in the wake of technology coming into the classroom this traditional subject is being seen as old fashioned and medieval to some extent by many school students and even teachers who go as far as to remove it from the curriculum.  I do believe that in the future society will find a way to balance the old and the new as technology advances, not all that is dated should be lost and not all that is found should be kept, I’m Tracey Daway and this is just a brief collective of my thoughts on the articles i have read.