AUP or DCA?
What is negative, loaded with rules and consequences, stuffy and outdated, and never read but signed by all? Your school Acceptable Use Policy? Our AUP certainly met that description – but not any more. Our IT/Library team was tasked with tweaking our Acceptable Use Policy. We deleted and altered until our AUP was no longer recognizeable. With (lots of) inspiration from Educational Origami, a new Digital Citizenship Agreement (DCA) emerged that is student friendly and focused on positive behaviors. We also think it models our community values and can be used as a teaching tool. Check it out.
Much of our document was adapted from the work of others at Educational Origami thanks to their generous use of a Creative Commons license. Have a look at their site for inspiration to revamp your school’s AUP.