Introduction

Prior to commencing the module, I have been asked to complete a digital profile self-test rating my current level of digital literacy on a scale of 1-5 as well as answering the following questions; why did you choose the module? What in particular do you want to learn from the module? Which degree programme are you studying? And, have you studied online before?

I think I speak on behalf of the majority of people when I say I always find these types of questions difficult to answer without waffling on about nonsense and finding myself telling you about the time I orchestrated my own animal cruelty protest and let my brothers beloved guinea pigs run free, so I will try and keep this short and sweet.

Here goes…

Q1 Why did you choose the module? Q2 What in particular do you want to learn from the module? Q3 Which degree programme are you studying? Q4 Have you studied online before?

As you may have already seen from my about me page (if you haven’t seen it yet fear not, follow this link and return back to me when you’re done) I am BSc Education student with aspirations of becoming a teacher (yay!). As a prospective teacher I am constantly looking for new ways to make myself stand out from the crowd. In the past this has included improving my personal attributes and seeking out new and exciting ways to engage students. But as the end of the academic year draws ever closer and with no job prospects in sight alarm bells began ringing so back to the drawing board I went.

Numerous hours and frantic Google searches later I came across this rather alarming headline: ‘Harmful’ ICT curriculum set to be dropped to make way for rigorous computer science’ HELP! How on earth am I, a prospective teacher with, well as you can see from my self-test (it will be interesting to see how these scores differ at the end of the module), very basic digital skills meant to teach ‘rigorous computer science’ to a bunch of inquisitive 10 year olds? Hours later and panic mode deactivated I asked myself the question ‘can I effectively prepare future generations for a life in a digital society?’ with the simple answer ‘no’ pinging to mind I quickly enrolled myself onto the module. Now you are probably thinking how will a living and working on the web module teach you anything to do with computer science? Am I right? (don’t worry I asked myself the same question)

BUT

One day while procrastinating (as you do) I came across this wonderful quote – “True vision is the ability to see in another more than they are showing” by Neal Donald Walsch, and immediately fell in love, not only with its wisdom but its potential to be applied to different scenarios, reminding us the importance of looking beyond what is visible on the surface. Which is exactly what I did when reading up about the module. On the surface the module appears to teach us how to live and work on the web but through the weekly developments and discoveries of new online resources the module provides the consumer with a plethora of adaptable online skills of which I personally hope to be able to use in the future when creating my own resources to support in my bid to ‘prepare future generation for a life in a digital society’ (wish me luck!).

While my main reason for choosing the module and particular interest in learning how better to utilize the wide range of online resources available have been discussed above, I would like to draw attention to the many other wonderful opportunities this module provides. Having never studied online before the thought of being able to not only develop my digital skills, but my independence and self-motivation would be key assets to my success as a (jobless) 3rd year student.

Rating at start of module Comments Rating at end of module Comments
Accessing, managing and evaluating online information

 

2 Although I am able to access vast amounts of information online I don’t feel confident in my ability to manage and evaluate information effectively.
Participating in online communities

 

 

2 I feel my participation within online communities is very basic only having the ability to engage with certain online communities, such as social media platforms – Facebook and Twitter.
Building online networks around an area of interest

 

 

1 Due to the only online networks I hold being social media platforms I feel that my ability to build online networks around an area of interest is somewhat limited.
Collaborating with others on shared projects

 

 

3 While I am confident in my ability to be able to collaborate with others on shared projects I feel there is still room for improvement.
Creating online materials (text, audio, images, video)

 

 

2 Very new to the online world beyond social media I find it very difficult to create online materials.
Managing your online identity

 

 

3 I believe my (albeit minimal) online identity is managed fairly well.
Managing your online privacy and security

 

 

4 I feel my ability to manage my online privacy is my biggest strength, one that I cope with at ease.
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