Learning in a Digital World: Strategies for Success

Course Overview

Units at a glance

It’s no secret that technology is continually growing and changing. We live in a world fueled by digital media. In fact, many of us have technology constantly with us at all times, whether we have a cell phone on us, wear a smartwatch, or carry a tablet around. Our growing world of innovation is an exciting thing! Technology is not just for our personal enjoyment. Digital technology can help us advance our knowledge, skills, and overall well-being. But, how do we use technology to effectively promote our growth? How can we find success online? We have all been given a great opportunity with the amount of technology that surrounds us. Let’s dive in and see how we can successfully use technology to learn, grow, and take full advantage of all that the digital world can teach us.

Do you know how to spot a threat online? Are you familiar with some of the dangers that come with being in the digital world? Also, have you ever thought about who you are online? What does the way you portray yourself online say about you? Would your friends and family be able to connect your virtual presence with your actual self? If you’re not sure, don’t worry! We will explore all of these questions in this unit. We’ll learn how to be on the defensive when it comes to online safety, we’ll discover who we really are online, and we’ll determine if that’s someone we truly are and really want to be.

How do you keep in contact with your family and friends? Do you call them on the phone? Do you video chat with them to be able to see their reactions? Do you send them a text message with the emoji that best matches your current mood? Communication has come a long way from the days of having to send letters through the post office. The digital world has introduced so many different ways to be able to communicate with others all around the world. Let’s take a look at some of the ways in which we can digitally communicate and how we can use those tools to improve our online learning experiences.

Digital literacy is being able to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create online content using different types of technology and the internet itself. So, while being a digital citizen is who we are online, digital literacy is the knowledge of what we do online. It’s knowing how to successfully use all aspects of the internet to the best of our ability. As a student, being able to apply all aspects of digital literacy will help us to be the best students we can be. Throughout this course, we have already discussed several parts of digital literacy, such as writing emails and messages, using video calls, and staying safe online. Let’s now discuss some of the areas we haven’t touched on yet, including focusing on researching and discovering information on our own online.

Learning in a digital world gives you many freedoms. You have the ability to learn from anywhere, do your work on your own time, and learn and take notes however you want. But, with all of this independence comes responsibility. To be a successful online student, you are going to want to come up with a plan on how to tackle all of these freedoms. This unit is full of tips and tricks on how to plan out your learning life so that you can be an efficient and successful student.

As we continue to grow as digital citizens, it’s time to focus in on one of the Ps we talked about earlier—permission, and all the rules that come along with online content. It’s easy to see something you like online, copy it, and present it as your own. But just because it’s easy to do, it doesn’t make it right. With all of the content that is out there in the digital world, it’s hard not to be inspired by something you see and want to use it for your own purpose. So where is the line telling us what is OK to use and what isn’t OK? Let’s start to explore the rules surrounding online content and how we can apply those rules to content that we create.

Learning and taking in information isn’t a cookie-cutter, one size fits all type of skillset. Just as every person is different so is the way they learn. As an online student, you take most of the control in participating and going through your studies, so you should also take control in how you take in and process that information. It’s time to fine-tune your study skills and habits and find purpose in what you’re learning so you can take your education to the next level.

It’s time to move on to the last piece of the puzzle in learning in a digital world. Together we’ve put together the parts of how to be a successful online student. We discussed all the ways in which we can work with the elements that surround us. We’ve talked about different technologies, work spaces, and online exploration, yet we didn’t discuss the element which is us. We still need to discuss how to take care of ourselves, so that we are able to perform academically. Let’s discuss how to keep ourselves motivated throughout this whole online learning process. Then, we will come together and see how everything we learned, and how every piece of the puzzle, will help us to not only be successful digital learners now but how it will stay with us as we head out into our lives beyond this course.

Course Highlights

Develop effective study habits in an online learning environment.
Explore online media types including videos, blogs, emails, and podcasts.
Learn techniques to be a successful student in a 21st century classroom.
Discover what it means to be a responsible digital citizen.

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