A different kind of detox…


Image: Tanja Cappell, Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0)


I’m writing to share an important initiative being run throughout the month January at Thompson Rivers University: the TRU Digital Detox 2020.

It’s not the type of detox that has you turning off your devices to virtually disconnect from the world around you. Rather, it is all about understanding how we connect, and how structural inequalities intersect in online spaces.

Anyone can sign-up, and if you do you will receive two thought provoking blog posts sent to your mailbox on Tuesdays and Thursdays. It began this week, and I am totally loving it.

I felt compelled to share this 2020 challenge with you here because the first week of the detox has highlighted many (un)ethical considerations related to online learning and so much more…all of which really speak to open education initiatives such as Social Alterations. From questioning the ethical considerations of having and maintaining a Facebook page, for example, to better understanding challenges related to open-access resources. If you’re interested in learning more, sign up!

I hope your 2020 is off to a beautiful start so far.

In Solidarity,


PS, I will share this post on our Facebook page, and the irony will not be lost on me…

Mary has a PhD in Sociology from University of Edinburgh, researching responsible fashion and transnational labour rights activism in the wake of the Rana Plaza building collapse in Bangladesh.

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