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.
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!
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