Over the last several weeks I have learned so much about digital citizenship and all that it encompasses. Although I have learned a lot in this course there is still so much more about digital citizenship out there to discover. I think the biggest thing that surprised me about digital citizenship is the fact that it covers a lot of topics including copyright, digital footprints, and cyberbullying. Copyright alone is such a huge topic but one that I think I learned the most about over the last five weeks. It is a subject that I honestly (and quite shamefully) haven’t given much consideration. Yes, I had SOME basic copyright knowledge but was glad to learn about determining fair use and public domain. Most of all, I learned that Creative Commons is a great resource for finding materials to use lawfully for my blog or presentations which can be easily cited under a Creative Commons license. One of my biggest accomplishments in the course was getting a clearer understanding of copyright and completing all of the written assignments.
One of the biggest challenges that I faced in this course was getting through all of the reading materials and resources. There is just SO much information out there on digital citizenship. There are endless resources such as videos, articles, and infographics for all of the topics we discussed available on the web, YouTube and Pinterest. Another challenge I faced was creating my PowToon for my digital footprint presentation. This was a digital presentation tool that I’ve never used before so it took a lot longer to complete than I originally imagined it would. Despite this challenge I am very pleased with how the animation video turned out! I think the PowToon is one of the best works that I created in this course just because of the amount of time and effort that I put into it. Although it is a fairly short video, I think it is full of good information to share about digital footprints. The video helped me solidify my ideas and thoughts about a digital footprint and how it applies to digital citizenship.
Learning about digital citizenship, digital footprints and cyberbullying prompted me to reach out to my 12-year-old daughter and ask questions about her Internet and social media habits. Which social media apps does she use? What is she sharing and posting? Do you know anyone that is being cyberbullied? Are you cyberbullying anyone? It was meaningful to have those conversations with her every week as I learned about each new topic. I now feel better prepared to have those conversations with her and stay connected and in tune to how and what she contributes to cyberspace.
My favorite parts of the course were working out the copyright, fair use, and cyberbullying scenarios included in the weekly assignments. It put my knowledge of the subject to the test and helped me think critically to work through an authentic activity.
I have to admit during the first week of this course I was a little overwhelmed at the amount of work to be done but I believe it was all worth it in the end. I got a lot out of this course by participating in the discussions, reading all of the course materials, and locating online resources for the projects and assignments. I really was looking forward to this course on digital citizenship and was not let down. I can truly say that this course is one of my favorite courses so far in this program.