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My Learning Journey

This module has developed my skills, expanded my knowledge and changed my views of the Internet. To uncover just how far I have come, we must begin by looking back at one of the answers I provided within the self-test document. What in particular do you want to learn from the module? “I am entering with an open mind in regards to what I will learn. I feel the ability to write and maintain a blog will be invaluable, as well as the skills to create a range of online materials. Continue reading →

Topic 5 – Reflection

When reflecting upon Topic 5 using the work of my peers, I am slightly disappointed with my overall answer to the question provided. I feel that by trying to stand out from others – focusing on the knowledge economy – I gave too much of a one sided argument that did not represent enough reasons to why content producers should use paywalls. To aid this, I created the graphic below which includes some arguments that may have improved my own post. Continue reading →

Topic 4 – Reflection

With a subject more open to individual interpretation, Topic 4 offered a much wider range of different approaches to the post than the previous weeks. Although this led to some interesting reads, ranging from the digital divide to social media in education, it also presented the challenge of being authentic whilst staying within the topical guidelines – something I mentioned I intended to continue from my previous post. Continue reading →

A New(s) Era

Social media: a platform once considered ‘just a bit of fun’ has unforeseeably developed to impact the world in ways we could not have imagined. Even the news, one of the most longstanding industries, has embraced the opportunity to harness the power of this medium, using readily available user generated content (UGC) such as photos and videos to provide hard hitting scenes to the masses. Professor Vin Crosbie describes it as ‘the future of news reporting’ in this video. Continue reading →

Who are You?

With every action we take online we begin to create a picture of ourselves, whether this is intentional or not. Artist Jonty Hurwitz was able to encapsulate this idea in his piece ‘The Meta Ego’ (displayed below) and provides a brief explanation in this video. The face represents our online identity and is comprised of ‘strips’ that could be classified as our partial identities, profiles and personas (Internet Society, 2016). Continue reading →

Topic 1 – Reflection

Before starting the module I was guilty of assuming that this alternative working method in the form of blogs, would be more ‘easy’ than conventional essay writing. I quickly realised however, that just setting up the blog pushed me outside of my technical comfort zone (despite being a digital ‘native’!) and the short word count shocked me into writing in a concise manor, something I had rarely experienced in the past. Continue reading →

Digital ‘Residents’ or ‘Visitors’: Where do we Belong in the Continuum?

Whenever we use the internet, we leave digital footprints based on the actions we take and the pages we visit. The concept of digital ‘residents’ or ‘visitors’ enables us to better understand the impact of those actions and how it contributes towards our overall online identity (or lack of). This paradigm was introduced as a replacement for Prensky’s (2001) digital ‘natives’ and ‘immigrants’. Continue reading →