Blog 4: Learning challenge time!

At the start of any course, I feel excited and empowered but then assignments are issued and I begin to feel afraid and wonder if I can do them.  LiDA101 adds a new horror to this feeling because I am publicly publishing my assignment on the web!   This blog post is my second learning challenge for LiDA101. I have three tasks, read on to see my answers and approach to completing them.

1. Publish a personal definition of digital literacies and what they mean to you

The term “digital literacies” requires a broad definition because technology is used by people with diverse motivations of all ages, cultures, backgrounds and across all social contexts. In contrast to “digital skills” like coding that focus on what and how, digital literacies require a socially negotiated and context-dependent awareness of why, when, who, and for whom, when making decisions about digital behaviours, practices, or identities (Bali, 2016; Blewshaw, 2012). An individual’s success in digital society (modern society) depends on their non-digital skills of adaptability, self/cultural/political awareness when using digital tools to participate in digital society. When a person has strong digital literacies, they are able to participate purposefully and safely in digital society through critical consumption, remix, and creation of digital content while helping build and shape digital society. (Bali, 2016; BCS, ND; Blewshaw; Heitin, 2016, Jisc, 2014 ).  To conclude this section below is my personal definition of the term digital literacies.

Digital Literacies: A fluid and evolving set of capabilities of mind, supported by changing digital tools, facilitating safe participation and achievement in digital society. 

2. Reflect on the range of digital tools and how you use them in personal and institutional contexts.

Below is a map of how I use digital tools in my life (personal and professional) and whether I use the tool as a “visitor” or “resident”. The key difference between “visitor” and “resident” user is that as a “resident user” I leave a digital footprint, which is publicly visible and tells a story about me.  To be honest, I could add more to the map so I guess I am a fairly keen user of digital tools.

Personal learning network

3. Prepare an action plan for improving your digital literacies for online learning.

  •  Critically review my digital behaviours, practices, and identities and create a living set of learning and development goals to support the growth and maintenance of my own digital literacies.
  • Become confident with remixing materials I find on the web and understanding relevant copyright laws and accessibility standards.
  • Help build a better digital society—woah that’s a big one!

 

References

Bali, M. (2016). Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both, https://www.literacyworldwide.org/blog/literacy-daily/2016/02/03/knowing-the-difference-between-digital-skills-and-digital-literacies-and-teaching-both

BCS (n.d). Digital Literacy For Life Programme, http://www.bcs.org/category/17853

Blewshaw, D. (2012) The Essential Elements of Digital Literacy, https://youtu.be/A8yQPoTcZ78

Heitin, L (2016). What is Digital Literacy, https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2016/11/09/what-is-digital-literacy.html

Jisc (2014). Developing digital literacies, https://www.jisc.ac.uk/full-guide/developing-digital-literacies

 

7 thoughts on “Blog 4: Learning challenge time!

  1. I am loving the color blocking in your PLN mapping and how you were able to break everything up into much more concise areas than I did. Your voice is a lot more matter of fact where as mine is a half-awake, want to be asleep already monologue. I look forward to reading more of your take on our assignments for LiDA.

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    1. I made my map in Canva. It’s a hard/messy task as our digital habits do change and overlap. I think creating the map helped me to think about the meaning of the term “digital literacies”. Thank you for joining my learning network — I look forward to continuing on this learning journey with you and others taking LiDA101.

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  2. I just found your blog and I am impressed! I like the way you write: clear, professional and fun..all at the same time. I also like the colors in your blog and the structure..I wish I checked you blog before I created mine.
    About your PLN map: interesting to see “Bitcoin?”…why the question mark?

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    1. Thank you for your supportive comments. I put “Bitcoin?” because I wonder if I will ever actually use it on a regular base and become a blockchain resident.

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  3. Pingback: Learning Challenge – digital visitor vs. digital resident – An Adventure in Lifelong Learning

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