• Unit 2: Digital Citizenship (LiDA102)

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    In Unit 2 we engage in academic learning as a digital citizen of the internet. This unit will help you develop a positive online identity to support learning on the Internet, commensurate with good practice for privacy, security and interpersonal communications. Digital citizenship (LiDA102) is the second of four micro-courses for the Learning in a Digital Age course.

    Completing this unit should take approximately 30 hours (excluding time to prepare an optional assessment portfolio for formal credit).

    Image credit: One World–One Web by Paul Downey, cc by 2.0.

    • 2.1: Digital Citizenship


      In this subunit we build on the concept of citizenship considering a range of e-literacies and associated rights and responsibilities in a digital world to develop a definition for digital citizenship in the context of learning in a digital age.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Use an online note-taking tool to summarize video and/or audio presentations for academic purposes.
        • Summarize an academic publication to support your research.
        • Identify the range of academic and study skills for learning success in higher education and share support resources for improving these skills.
        • Discuss the future of higher education in a digital age with particular emphasis on the implications for academic and study skills.
        • Prepare a learning reflection; and
        • Improve skills and build confidence in using social media to support learning on the Internet.
    • 2.2: Your Online Identity for Learning

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      In this subunit we review your existing online identity and begin working on improving your digital identity to support online learning.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Distinguish between the technical and human elements of online identity;
        • Define the concept of digital identity and its importance for digital citizenship;
        • Understand the importance of digital identity and social media for your future career and building an online learning network; and
        • Adopt a proactive approach to digital identity by improving your web presence on appropriate social media sites.
    • 2.3: Digital Environments

      Techtree.jpgDigital environments refer to the tools and online spaces we use to interact with each other. With reference to digital citizenship this includes: health and safety, privacy and security and your skills reviewing the terms of service of the online spaces you use.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Identify the factors that can contribute to physical discomfort, visual discomfort, stress and fatigue when using computers;
        • Apply good online hygiene practices to ensure your privacy and security in digital environments;
        • Discuss the impact of digital rights management;
        • Compare and contrast online communities with off-line communities and consider the implications of the research on how to engage successfully with online communities;
        • Critically evaluate an online tool of your choice with due consideration of the business context, terms of service, and suitability of the tool for the intended purpose.
        • Publish a reliable product review of an online tool of your choice; and
        • Build and improve your online identity for tertiary study.
    • 2.4: Digital Practices in the Workplace

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      In this subunit we consider how changes with technology will impact digital practices in the workplace. 

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Describe how like-minded professionals in your field of interest network online;
        • Discuss how technology has changed business practices in your field of interest or career;
        • List contemporary examples of artificial intelligence in the workplace;
        • Review the potential impact of automation in your field of interest or career; and
        • List the implications for learning and skills development in your future career precipitated by changes in digital technology.
    • 2.5: Societal Issues and the Internet

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      In this subunit we introduce a number of societal issues and problematic online behaviors that have emerged in the digital world. Our list is not comprehensive and does not provide a thorough examination of the issues. Here, we encourage you to choose an issue for further investigation.

      You will choose one societal issue or antisocial behavior associated with the Internet that you would like to investigate further and publish as an editorial in your course blog. You will base your focus on your reading of open access resources you find online. Your blog post will also help you build your online identity.

      Upon successful completion of this subunit you will be able to:

        • Explain the true cost of free websites and Net neutrality;
        • Choose one of the following societal issues or problematic online behaviors for further investigation:
            • online impersonation,
            • Internet trolling,
            • online harassment,
            • psychological issues,
            • digital redlining,
            • equity and inclusion; and
        • Publish an editorial on a societal issue or antisocial behavior of your choice, thereby contributing to your online identity as a digital citizen.
    • LiDA102 Edubit Assessment

      Assessment Competency: Develop a positive digital online identity in support of learning commensurate with good practice for privacy, security and interpersonal communications.

    • Course Feed for Unit 2 (LiDA102)

      The course feed harvests learner posts from selected Internet sites. You can post to the feed by logging in to the course resource site.