Understanding digital literacy is an increasingly important skill as we are more and more dependant upon utilising the internet for professional and social reasons. Through a high level of Digital Literacy – synonymous with being a ‘Digital Resident’, we are empowered with higher social presence allowing for online activities within communities, or engagement thus facilitating networked learning. This stands in stark comparison to the concept of a Digital Visitor – someone whom approaches the web with a very compartmentalised mindset – go online to accomplish 1 specific task before then going offline again. It is important to consider A Digital Resident and a Digital Visitor as two points on a spectrum; and that in different situations an individual can move between the two.
The Digital Literacy Self Test was a really interesting opportunity to examine the extent to which I am a Digital Resident. Through the framework provided I identified my current weakest area (where I am closest to being a digital visitor) is in the online participation of a community. Whilst I do frequent several communities I tend to take the role of an ‘observer’ or a ‘lurker’. On the other side of the spectrum, my best area is that of Online Identity. Indeed, alongside a fellow web science student Tom Davidson, I deliver a session to first-year students allowing them to explore and manage their own online identity. You can find the presentation here:
Despite having a relatively high level of Digital Engagement at this current moment in time, I am excited to be able to develop this further through the UOSM2008 module. There is much potential for growth in terms of digital literacy, and I look forward to developing my position as a digital resident.