Digital me

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.

References
SÄLJÖ (2012). Literacy, Digital Literacy and Epistemic Practices: The Co-Evolution of Hybrid Minds and External Memory Systems. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 7 ER.

AVIRAM, A., & ESHET-ALKALAI, Y. (2006). Towards a theory of digital literacy: three scenarios for the next steps. European Journal of Open, Distance and E-Learning, 1.

FUTURLAB (2010). Digital literacy across the curriculum (http://www.futurelab.org.uk/).

WHITE, D. S.; LE CORNU, A. Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, [S.l.], aug. 2011. ISSN 13960466.

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6 thoughts on “Digital me

  1. Dear Mohammed,
    thanks for sharing your thoughts!

    Interesting to know that the Digital literacy was a topic that especially caught your attention for ONL! I also really liked the webinar with Sara Mörtsell 🙂

    I like how you used the resources and commented on them in your blog, there are so many resources out there and it is hard to find all interesting ones! Have you noticed there is a Diigo group for the oNL course ? https://groups.diigo.com/group/open_networked_learning The Säljö references is not there yet, if you are interested to find out more about Diigo you could join and maybe add that one… If a resource is already there and you have something to comment on it you are most welcome!

    I look forward to follow your blog!

    Best wishes Maria

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  2. Very nice thoughts Mohammed! I like the fact that you also bring up cultural aspects. I think it is very important to consider this when we are thinking about incorporating more digital tools into our courses. This is not something always easy, particularly in countries like Sweden where students come from many different cultures, and where the same concepts, ideas and ways of working will not be perceived in the same way by all. I also think that when incorporating digital tools into our courses it is important to try to be inclusive to all in terms of previous skills needed as well as the tools that students must possess to participate. The first steps in the transition are always the hardest part!

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