One of the key elements of this course is exploring and developing digital literacies. In order to do this, however, we need to keep in mind that each of us comes to this class with different levels of skill, confidence and interest in the digital. The activities below are meant to help you explore where you are and in which directions you may wish to develop throughout this course and beyond.

String Theory by Stephen Hawking flickr photo by Steve Corey shared under a Creative Commons (BY-NC) license

As you go through the below activities, take screenshots to use as you reflect on your blog.

  1. Go through Your Digital Confidence Profile and take a screenshot of the resulting profile (you’ll need to read through the meaning of each of the possible responses to choose the appropriate one). Take a screenshot of the resulting profile and reflect on whether it represents how you see yourself – your areas of strength and improvement in your digital skills and literacies. Which of the areas of digital strength are you most proud of? Which areas of improvement are you interested in developing throughout this course? Take note of this, as it will come up in later steps in this activity
  2. Explore parts of the course Digital Literacies for Online Learning. You are free to look at any parts of this course you like, to register or not to register, but you are required to complete at least the Introduction to Digital Literacies section (especially this and this). Where you are asked to do WEnotes, or to Tweet, skip that part, and include that information as reflections on your blog. I’m particularly interested in
    1. What you decide are the most important elements of digital literacies, given the Egyptian context and your own personal context
    2. Please include links of the references you use and look at, and what you find interesting in them, or what you would critique about them
    3. Your reflections on the activity (please conduct the activity as instructed in this module)
  3. Explore any two of the “stations” provided on this website (this is the same website where you did the digital confidence profile) based on your interests that you gleaned from steps 1 and 2 above. Examples include modules on Online Identity, Online Security, Blogs, Podcasts, Digital Research Skills, Referencing and Citation,  and more! Pick the two that interest you the most (preferably tackling two different dimensions of digital literacies, but it’s up to you). It’s up to you whether you want to receive the digital badge… but whichever ones you do, write your reflections on what you learned on your blog.

Publish your blogpost and come to class prepared to share what you’ve learned in your digital explorations.