The beginning of this module has facilitated a significant amount of thought on the concept of ‘Digital Literacy’. This topic has coincided perfectly with delivering sessions on Digital Literacy to first-year Business students, as alluded to in my first post. However, the actual process of reflection alongside colleagues enables a collaborative learning environment which we have access to via the comment section on others blogs – a valuable asset which has really helped me develop personal goals for the module (Costa and Kallick, 2009).
Further to this, the overview of Digital Residency obtained through reading and discussion across several other posts has highlighted a willingness to move away from the digital immigrants vs natives model offered by Prensky (Prensky, 2001) and rather towards Residency. However, conceptualising digital ability as a simple model of Resident vs Visitor or otherwise will generally have some shortcomings and be unable to fully and adequately describe an individual with their unique understanding, use and digital environment (Digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org, 2018).
The Digital Self help tool has been an invaluable tool in contextualising a broad range of Digital Literacies as exhibited by the wider cohort. Most interestingly, despite a wide range of self-assessed ability, the majority of people who reported their results seemed to likewise have ‘engaging in online communities’ as their single weakest segment. Upon reflection, this is likely because a positive engagement can be remarkably difficult to achieve in the digital age (Martins, 2017). Despite this, the formation of a ‘micro-community’ within the UOSM2008 module will go a significant way towards developing the skills for engagement with online communities. It is mostly through connecting with others (and to some extent this occurred in an offline setting) that I was able to realise the extent of my Digital Residency and how it could be improved.
Discussion with others occurred on:
- Costa, A. and Kallick, B. (2009). Learning and leading with habits of mind. Moorabbin, Vic.: Hawker Brownlow Education, p.Chapter 12.
- Digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org. (2018). Challenge 4: a robust, flexible digital environment | Jisc Digital Student. [online] Available at: https://digitalstudent.jiscinvolve.org/wp/challenges/challenge-a-robust-flexible-digital-environment/ [Accessed 19 Feb. 2018].
- Martins, G. (2017). New guide promotes positive online engagement | ACMA. [online] Acma.gov.au. Available at: https://www.acma.gov.au/theACMA/digital-citizen-guide [Accessed 19 Feb. 2018].
- Prensky, M. (2001). Digital Natives, Digital Immigrants. On the Horizon, 9(5), pp.1-6.