#digciz Blog Posts

Coming out of lurking to talk digital citizenship #digciz

The human of #humanmooc rang out and held true for me during the month of December. I didn’t finish assignments, but I found the ways in which my learning could happen and that was through conversations and getting past the fear of being in the middle of the conversation, instead of comfortably lurking. This was certainly possible and probably the least painful it could have been because those involved in humanmooc were welcoming and human in the best of ways. As part of jumping into the conversation, I was lucky enough to connect with Autumm Caines and we started chatting because of our shared interest in exploring digital citizenship. We decided to run a weekly conversation about #digciz which Autumm explains wonderfully here.

In a previous post I talked about a course I am doing with a group of faculty members focused on exploring digital identity to inform digital pedagogy #digpins. A lot of our talk about digital identity has been about how we present ourselves in a digital space and how we are perceived based on the bits and pieces about us that are available on the internet. The readings we read together (also in previous post) talked about the importance of having a hand in shaping that identity. Something that came up for me as we talked was the fact that many of the things that “appear” about us, photos, writings, creative works, job histories, don’t always reflect how we act with others. Much of what is seen is what we do, and may hint at behaviors, but they are not behaviors seen if we don’t interact in the open.

I want to be clear that I don’t mean that I think everyone does or should interact in the open, but those interactions are happening, and they are happening with students. As part of education, edtech, and highered communities, I’d like to talk more about what matters in those interactions and these #digciz conversations for me are a step in that direction. I’d like to talk about digital literacies involved in digital citizenship, but also about:

What is being a responsible citizen? What kinds of things influence how we cultivate being that citizen? Certainly our environment, the country (with its customs), the town or city we live in, our cultural background, our family dynamics, our interests. How do people know what kind of a citizen we are? How does this then translate to the digital citizen we are? Where do the citizen and the digital citizen overlap and what parts of digital citizenship are different?

I look forward to these conversations and hope that if you are interested, you will join us.

Week 1: What is digital citizenship?
Sync Video Chat
Wednesday, Jan 20th – 11am CST/12pm EST

Week 2: Why is digital citizenship important?
Twitter Chat
Wednesday, Jan 27th – 11am CST/12pm EST

Week 3: What resources around digital citizenship have we found helpful? Are there public resources that are needed and can we create them? 
Sync Video Chat
Wednesday, February 10th – 11am CST/12pm EST

Week 4: Participants choose this topic. Twitter Chat
Wednesday, February 17th – 11am CST/12pm EST

Week 5: Do we want to continue this conversation? What questions are still unanswered? What kind of timing should we continue with?
Sync Video Chat
Wednesday, February 24th -11am CST/12pm EST

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