Exploring Digital Literacies

Digital confidence Profile:

  • The digital confidence profile was actually pretty good. I thought it gave me an opportunity to know what I am really capable of. And shockingly, I didn’t think I was able to do so many digital stuff. I am a person who is not really into technologies and stuff, but after this quiz/exercise, I found out that I am capable of doing so much stuff that I thought everyone knew how to do. My school gave us digital training since first grade, so I’ve got a pretty good technological background. But as I just mentioned, I thought everyone around me knew what I knew. I thought that editing videos, using photoshop, and understanding firewalls were basics that everyone who uses a computer should know how to do these stuff. But when I started answering the test, I automatically started by choosing the lowest level of all the questions that were asked (I think you should take this test inn order to understand what exactly I am talking about). But as I read the explanation of each choice, I’ve realized that I was underestimating myself to a certain extent. The results were all the same in all categories (the diagram attached below will explain what I am saying better). I think I have equal feelings about my results, I mean I am ok with the results, confident about them, and I don’t feel the urge to change or improve some of my skills. Of course, I would to improve my digital skills, but I mean I don’t see that the skills that I am having now are some sort of an obstacle that prevents me from doing stuff online.

Digital Literacies for Online Learning:

  • The second part of the task was to explore parts of the course Digital Literacies for Online Learning. In order to Finnish this part of the task, I had to finish two subtasks. The first one was to search for definitions and research some terms in order to understand the differences between some very important terms in the digital literacies field. This helped me develop my own definition of digital literacies, digital skills, and made me understand what were the most important digital skills that were demanded by the market nowadays. The second part of this task was to  read and annotate Professor Maha Bali’s article entitled Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies. I think that both tasks depend on one another because in order to fully comprehend professor Bali’s article, a person should have some sort of background on digital literacies and skills. On the other hand, the article explains what was asked in the first part of the exercise in a more practical way. She refers to how she teaches the subject, which I see very useful.
  • I think the most important elements of digital literacies, depending on the definitions of digital literacies that I read, would be the ability of a person to communicate effectively with others and being aware of the myriad of traps that he or she can fall in. Another important element of digital literacies is evaluating the sources of your information. This is a very important point that many people disregard, unfortunately. If I was asked to relate digital literacies in general to the Egyptian context I would say that a big percentage of the Egyptian population now is being more digitally literate compared to the past years. Since the rise of the Arab spring and until now, people somehow knew how social media and technologies in general can literally change a country’s fate. Even myself as a well educated individual, I think that I owe a lot of my digital knowledge to the circumstances I was put in as an Egyptian.

Digital Stations:

  • The third and final task in this assessment was to explore two quick (around 25 minutes) online lessons.
  • The first lesson that I chose was a lesson about blogging. Although I had a background on blogging, I actually learned a lot of new information in a very little amount of time. One of the most important things that I’ve learned was the difference between journals and blogs, VLR and normal blogs, and public and premium blogging websites. I really loved the idea of the lesson because it was so simple, yet super informative!
  • The second lesson that I chose was about digital identities or in other words Managing your online identity and reputation. We have discussed digital footprints in class before, but I also thought that this was a very informative lesson and not at all redundant. This lesson, along with other exercises that I did in this assessment, made me aware of how we are sometime (if not all the times) we (or our information to be more specific) are used by corporations in order to trap us in advertisements that may interest us in some way. The lesson mainly talks about the different prints that we leave on the web that facilitates the process of manipulation that corporations tend to do. The lesson also talks about the risks that social media can sometimes put us in risks and forces us to lose the sense of real life communication. So, we can conclude that when we access social media, which is the thing that most of us do first thing in the morning, we are actually manipulated by both the advertisements that corporations post on our feeds and by the specific social media corporation itself (e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.) This lesson made me think more about protection when using social media more than I actually had in mind, because honestly, as an ordinary person in some sense, I didn’t really care what websites do I access or what passwords do I use. I always thought of myself as useless for a hacker, but what I found out is that threats are not only from hackers, normal, well-known corporations can actually be a bigger threat.
  • I think that the idea of the short lessons were actually great. As mentioned before, they were very concise, yet very informative, straight to the point and not confusing. I loved the badges thing although it may sound stupid, though. I thought that the badges thing encouraged me to try answering all the questions in the test at the end correctly for some reason.

All in all, I thought that this assignment was really a good one. Despite how long and time consuming it was, (and how I had to reflect on it using more than 1000 words) I really learned some new stuff that I think wouldn’t have learned without it. The task was long, but I thought it was clear and the steps were simple. It really changed my view on technology and made me understand my technological capabilities more. It also affirmed and rapped up what we had in class since the beginning of the semester. In the same time, it worked as a summary for a big chunk of the material that we had in the Global Literacies class.

Below, I’ll include some links that I used while doing this assignment, a link of the assignment if you’re not familiar with it, a graph of the first task of the assessment (as mentioned above), and some information (they are mainly answers to the questions of one of the assessments) that I found that I think would be interesting and beneficial for you if you continued reading this article…

Definitions of Digital literacy

Digital skills:

  • Are any skills related to being digitally literate. Anything from the ability to find out your high-score on Minesweeper to coding a website counts as a digital skill.
  • How much digital literacy do I need to have in the work place is a question that can’t be answered because of the fact that it is subjective from one job to the other. So you can’t actually specify how much skills you need. Inn fact, digital literacy was described by some people as a language, the more skills you have, the better you can fluently speak this language.
  • All jobs will require some level of digital skills
  • Digital skills maybe as simple as replying to e-mails or as complex as programming a complex platform that is used my multinational firms.
  • Digital skills can change the workplace drastically. It can make it a freer and simpler place to navigate.
  • List of Digital skills that companies are looking for.

1) Programming and Web Development

2) App development

3) Digital Design

4) Project Management

5) Product management

6) Digital Marketing

7) Social Media

8) Data Analytics

9) International Team Working Experience


Digital Fluency

Link of the assignment: https://diglit.creativitycourse.org/class-resources/exploring-digital-literacies-activity/

First assessment result

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