Personally, I am not well technologically advanced, and I was typically a traditional learner focusing on lectures, textbooks, and clinical placements. I never participated in social networks like Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram, Messenger, etc., because I believe that they are time-consuming and can be pretty demanding if not appropriately controlled.
During my postgraduate period, I have had several occasions where I have used online platforms and realized how they can support my learning. Therefore, this module of ‘digital literacy’ was one of the motivating influences for me to join ONL course and to focus on how available digital technologies can support teaching and course design and to extend opportunities for collaboration, engagement, and learning.
There are several competencies to be considered when come to the educational community like digital and information literacies, social and emotional intelligences, and communication and collaborative skills. Digital literacy, as compared with the print literacy, comprises a set of attitudes, knowledge, and skills required to deal with digital devices such as smartphones, tablets, and computers (Säljö, 2012). Digital literacy is considered as a combination of technical, cognitive, and emotional-social skills (Aviram and Eshet-Alkalai, 2006). Effective application of digital literacy concept in the field of teaching and learning in higher education needs deep understanding of the cultural and social contexts in which this takes place (Futurelab, 2010). Consequently, adoption of digitalization concept in the educational atmosphere of my home university should take into account many points meticulously such as awareness raising, technical difficulties, learners’ enthusiasm, organizational support, etc.
Having attended the webinar on digital literacy, read many articles, and watched some videos, I can classify my own mode of participating online as mainly a visitor at both personal and institutional contexts (White and Le Corun, 2011). The main reason is that the social commitments particularly in our culture are so heavy and demanding to the extent that could be very destructive to my time management; however, the opposite is true when I come to learning online where the benefits definitely outweigh the disadvantages if there is any.
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