1. Introducing the use of Digital Literacies

I apprehensively enrolled into ONL 192 course given my immigrant status. After my fourth session the apprehension levels decreased. Reasons being that the facilitators and group members created an environment that is so conducive to teaching and learning. I guess one can attribute that to the professions that we do belong to. Since social media tools are around, we have changed ways of learning. Blogs, Twitter, MOOCs and an array of other tools are either complementing and/or replacing face to face interactions.

Using the problem-solving strategy as a teaching tool as part of learning communities can be daunting at best. Vost (2015) advises the use of three C’s – to create, curate and contribute as a way to ease into the world of social media. Create meaningful content- write regularly-select tools carefully. Curate i.e. be diligent in selecting and organising the content you are sharing. Contribute new knowledge by adding your individual understanding and perspective to ideas of others. I thought this to be useful spin on not only discovery of the various online tools available but how to use them with the intention to learn.

In this course the introduction of the FISH document as a problem-solving strategy, I found very useful. I clearly liked the structure it provided in solving problems. The scenario presented also added to the mental image of the problem. Overall, I found the structure of the course very meaningful and well conceptualised.

I disagree with the using ‘age’ as a factor to gage the status of technology involvement of individuals. We discussed this extensively and I believe the argument around the level of motivation and interest influences the use of technology. Students may be ‘natives’ to use of technology in their personal capacity but hardly use it for the purpose of learning.

It was also interesting to note that social media meant different things to different people in the group. We had discussions around the vast array of tools available for use. It was agreed that one needs to choose wisely in terms of which tool fits the purpose it is to be used for. Group members used different tools for personal use and others in their professional capacity. The question that came to the fore was how do we protect our private lives from students on social media? The dangers of openness and the misuse of information is a reality.

In conclusion, by the end of Topic 1 I felt very proud and my confidence levels sky rocketed as I developed my own blog using WordPress and developed a twitter account. My anxiety levels dropped, and I was ready to conquer the rest of the ONL course. HOORAY!!!!

References

Vora, T. (2015) 3 C’s for Learning and Leading on Social Media. http://qaspire.com/2015/01/23/3-cs-for-learning-and-leading-on-social-media/

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

Published by Kantha Chetty

Dr. Kantha(Magavani) Chetty is the Dean of Faculty of Humanities for the Educor group. She has extensive experience in the higher education sector. She received her B.Comm from UNISA, M.Ed from Jackson State University, USA and doctorate from UKZN. Her 30 years in in higher education has provided her with an extended understanding of the tertiary landscape. Through her academic career she was exposed to several national and international scholars in the field of education and policy development and implementation. She was the recipient of two prestigious scholarships, the Tertiary Education Leadership Programme (USAID) and the Spencer Fellowship Award. Kantha is passionate about and interested in areas of social justice. As such her areas of interest in education focus is on student support and student success at tertiary institutions. When Kantha is not involved with academic matters her time is spent on serving society. She is the past President of East Coast Lions Club, a non-profit organization, affiliated to Lions International. The club consists of a group of people that work together and take an active interest in the civic, cultural, social and moral welfare of the community.

One thought on “1. Introducing the use of Digital Literacies

  1. Hi Kantha! Nice reading your thoughts! I agree with you that Problem-solving strategy is a good teaching tool. I think it is possible to attract students’ interest and curiosity, and contribute much to students’ learning.

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