FDOL132 unit 2

Digital literacies

Rationale: During this unit we will explore together important literacies to survive and thrive in the digital age 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 make use for learning and teaching is a complex process and requires specific skills, attitudes and behaviours which become increasingly more important for individuals and society. We will also investigate the transition from digital consumer of information to producer and co-creator and contributor of new information, knowledge co-construction in the digital world and reflect on our digital presence and identity, experiences through consumption, communication, collaboration and creation, as learners and educators.

Digital Native


Intended learning outcomes

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

  1. critically discuss the importance of digital literacies for learning and teaching
  2. critically reflect on digital literacies in your own practice
  3. critically review in PBL groups digital literacy features of the chosen activity/resource

Activities/tasks for all learners

  1. Google + FDOL132 community
    Discuss aspects of digital literacies in participants’ professional context with peers and comment on each others’ contributions. Please use the category “unit 2: digital literacies” for these discussions.
  2. Twitter
    During this second unit you are encouraged to continue to use your Twitter account created in unit 1 (if you did not already had one). If you would like to it would be interesting if you tweet about your experience from the FDOL course. Please find peers on FDOL and follow them, and comment on tweets by others if you would like to.
    There are no requirements to tweet and/or comment, however you are encouraged and for those of you who are new on Twitter the idea of Twitter in the FDOL course is that your use will increase during the FDOL journey as you become more familiar with it.
    Remember to use the hashtag #fdol132 when tweeting.

Additional activities/tasks for learners within PBL group

  1. Pick a scenario
    You will pick a scenario (the scenario archive is found on subpage 4. PBL scenarios) you would like to inquire into/peer review during FDOL using the guidelines provided.
  2. Investigate the chosen scenario
    We propose to use COOL FISh for this, and carry out an enquiry into specific features linked to the theme of unit 2: Digital literacies.
  3. Share you findings
    At the end of Unit 2 share your main findings in the FDOL132 community using the Category Unit 2 section. Consider creating a Google doc, a video, a cartoon or any other more creative representation of your findings and invite the FDOL132 community to provide feedback on your work. Please note, overall findings from all PBL activities will be shared in Unit 7.
  4. Link to personal portfolios
    Remember to link your PBL activities to your personal portfolios.
  5. Reflection
    At the end of the unit, reflect individually and in your PBL groups on your learning.

The reflective post in unit 2

There is no additional reflective post for unit 2, the first reflective post “The digital me: past, present and future” continues in this unit and needs to be completed by the end of this unit (October 2nd) the latest.

Reflect on who you are as an individual in the digital age today and your journey so far. Start making links between the digital me in your personal and professional life and start thinking what you would like to get out of FDOL, how and why. Capture your reflections in your portfolio/personal learning space. Use relevant literature and we have made a few open access papers and further resources available. Feel free to use these and additional readings.

If you would like to share your reflection with others please do that in the FDOL132 community category “Reflective post number 1 The digital me”, please share the link to your portfolio/personal learning space and invite others to comment. Remember to add the hashtag #FDOL132 and @openfdol to your title if you want to share through Twitter.

If you study towards credits/certificate, please check with your institution regarding requirements for the reflective posts.

suggested readings1. What is ‘digital literacy’ by Doug Belshaw (Phd thesis) available here
2. Towards a theory of digital literacy: Three scenarios for next steps, by Aharon Aviram et al., available here
3. Digital literacy across the curriculum, by Futurlab available here
4. To be or not to be, the importance of digital identity in the networked society, by Cristina Costa and Ricardo Torres, available here

additional resources

FDOL diigo group at http://groups.diigo.com/group/fdol-resources

Please check this learners’ generated collection and add further resources you find useful and link well with this unit. Remember to use tags and comment on resources shared by others.

Unit 2 webinar
26 September, Thursday 9.30-10.30am UK time, find your local time
with Dr Cristina Costa
Twitter: @cristinacost

Recording: FDOL132 webinar unit 2 with Dr Cristina Costa, 26 September

Slides: FDOL132 Unit 2 Digital Literacies with Dr Cristina Costa from openfdol

Cristina’s Blogpost: http://knowmansland.com/blog/2013/10/06/digital-literacies-1/

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