Topic 1: Online participation and digital literacies

20 February – 5 March

During this topic we will together explore important literacies to survive and thrive in the digital age, as well as your experiences of digital consumption, communication, collaboration and creation, as learners and educators. Accessing, filtering, critically evaluating information in vast networks, repositories and digital libraries as well as connecting with individuals and groups via social networks and adapting it for learning and teaching is a complex process. It requires specific skills, attitudes and behaviors which become increasingly more important for individuals and society.

We will also discuss online participation and your digital footprints. You will be encouraged to reflect on your digital presence and identity as well as your experience of digital consumption, communication, collaboration and creation.

As a starting point for your blog you will reflect on and discuss your own digital presence and identity and your experiences, concerns and challenges.

Activities for all learners

ONL 171 course community

Please post in the course common forum anything you would like to bring up for discussion…

By the end of the topic, take part of what the PBL group shares from their inquiries and comment!

Learning blog / reflection

Suggested themes for reflection on topic 1:
– who you are as an individual in the digital age and what characterizes your journey so far.
– you may think about your own digital literacy and identity in your personal and professional life, how they are linked
– what ONL might mean for your development
– your experiences from ONL so far
– other reflections on topic 1 readings and discussions

Relate your reflection to literature/resources, using proper referencing.

Share your reflection in your blog by the end of the topic.

Have a look around how others have captured their stories and thoughts, and comment in their blogs!
A “collection” of the blog posts for ONL171 (the blog roll) will be introduced later in this topic).

Please notice that writing of reflective blog posts (one for each topic) and commenting on blog posts by your peers, are parts of the course requirements (which you can read about here) to gain a course certificate.

Twitter (optional)
We would like to encourage you to use Twitter for the ONL course (please note that it is however not required).
Create a Twitter account if you don’t have one, and you might want to follow @OpenNetLearn and the other learners (facilitators and participants). Remember to use the hashtag #ONL171 when tweeting!

Activities in PBL groups

During these two weeks the PBL group will, for the first time, use the FISh model for collaborative inquiry into a scenario.

  • After you have agreed on working practices in the group (as discussed during the start up week), start working on the scenario according to the FISh-model. For information and guidance about working with FISh see Learning activities and the guide and templates in your PBL group Google folder.
  • At the end of the topic share your main findings from your inquiry in a creative way in the ONL171 community category “Topic 1: Online participation and digital literacies”.

Scenario; “I have just signed up to do an online course and I am excited to be there. But I have little experience of online courses and it feels really challenging to get started to connect and find my way with all these new sites and tools. I guess that other participants will be more experienced than me and I feel stupid asking about things. We are asked to create a Learning blog on the web; it feels a bit scary to do this. I do share things on Facebook with friends, but here in the open? I want to keep my private life separate from my professional life. But on the other hand, my students seem to share and discuss in social media and use all kinds of tools and resources. I think I need some guidance in how to become more digitally literate and what competencies I need to develop to keep up with what is expected of me”.


AIMS


By the end of this topic, you will have had the opportunity to:

– explore important literacies to survive and thrive in the digital age as learners and educators

– reflect on and discuss your own digital presence and identity as well as your experiences, concerns and challenges


COURSE SYNCHRONOUS ACTIVITIES



webinar
Webinar:
Digital literacies with Sara Mörtsell  21st February – see event


The activity tracker

Please remember to check out and update your activity in the Activity tracker!

  • Add your details and blog address (if you have not already done this)
  • By the end of the topic, complete the section for topic 1 with brief descriptions of your activity.

 

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Readings and other resources

Recommended


Films

Article

Further optional


  • White, D. & Le Cornu, A. (2011) Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). Available here

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