There are more and more opportunities to learn new things online, but making content available doesn’t magically make people learn. There are both individual barriers (digital literacy, awareness of opportunities, and academic confidence) as well as structural barriers (racism, financial injustice, monolithic ideals of what constitutes “knowledge”) which prevent many people from being able to take full control over their own learning experiences.
In order to help illuminate these barriers we developed an activity where people are presented with a bold statement and asked to edit it. Instructions are below!
- Open the Google Slide above (or click here) and make a copy or download it as a Powerpoint presentation so you can edit it.
- Start by showing the slide to people, and ask whether they think the sentence is true.
- As people start to give feedback, begin to edit the sentence
- As the text gets longer, decrease the font size so that everything is still visible on a single slide (you may have to do this more than once).
- Once you’re finished, ask participants to share what they think about the new sentence.
- Ask participants how this sentence relates to the learning circle.
- Add your slide in a comment to this thread! You can do that by taking a screenshot and uploading it as an image, or by pasting the link to your Google Slide (if you do this, make sure that you set permissions so that anyone who has the link can view).
- Reading the thread below, do you see anything that you missed?