Digital Citizenship

Today, I will be co-facilitating, along with eight wonderful women, a conversation of what it means to be a digital citizen, #digciz, particularly a liberal arts digital citizen, at the ELI annual meeting. In reflecting on how we came together as four institutions to lead this conversation I jokingly said it was through our own #digciz. And yet, that is very real ~ had we not leveraged the open, curious, networked, collaborative constructs that we are afforded through the aid of technology we would not be doing this. And in the process, we’ve expanded and enhanced our own digital identity.

When I think about what it means to be a #digciz, I can’t help but approach this wearing many hats – parent, teacher, technologist. Thinking about what it means to be a liberal arts citizen I am drawn to the work from Penn State. And yet I find myself falling back to the simple truths from Robert Fulghum, in All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten. Like adding the words “in bed” to the little slips of paper from fortune cookies, add the words “online” after each of Fulghum’s “rules” (Okay, some make more sense than others) and that’s a great starting point for conversations about what constitutes #digciz

  • Share everything . . . online.
  • Play fair  . . . online.
  • Don’t hit people . . . online.
  • Put things back where you found them . . . online.
  • Clean up your own mess . . . online.
  • Don’t take things that aren’t yours . . . online.
  • Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody . . . online.
  • Live a balanced life – learn some and think some and draw and paint and sing and dance and play and work every day some . . . online.
  • Take a nap every afternoon . . . online???
  • When you go out in the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands and stick together . . . online.
  • Be aware of wonder . . . online.
  • Goldfish and hamsters and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we . . . online (or do we?)
  • And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first word you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK . . . online.

Let me know your thoughts on how to do the wash your hands, flush and warm cookies and cold milk part online!

VandR

Having done this exercise a few times now, it’s always fun to re-do your v&r map to see how it has changed or shifted over time, which is why I chose this time to do a collage, using a topo map as my background. (Not to mention I love maps and the metaphors they can have, plus it gave me an opportunity to brush up on my Photoshop skills!) To me, the V&R model is something I will always traverse and things will shift like the hills and valleys of the topo map. Other times there will be some very clear direction and purpose for the tools I use – similar to the straight lines which I would perceive as roads cutting through the map.

My methodology this time around was to pull out my phone and literally look first at the apps I use the most – what do I open daily. I then brainstormed a list of other things that I “do” on the web – primarily from my computer. Lastly, I thought about areas that I dabble in and would like to definitely grow in my participation as a resident.

Looking at my list of “apps” or “networks” I then quickly ranked each of them in terms of which receives my greatest involvement.

I included the mail icon not to represent e-mail which I really wouldn’t consider to add to my V&R map, only because it is often supports closed 1-1 communication, but chose to include if for the purposes of listservs or mailing lists which are a large part of my networks. Particularly the ones I am most active with professionally include EDUCAUSE, T3G, and LCI. Personally, this is how much of my kid’s communication in various extracurricular activities is handled.

Google is how I conduct most of my searching on the web for both personal and professional use but is largely in the visitor realm with an occasional comment.

I added Amazon this time around because of a recent conversation I had with my husband who has become more active in providing reviews on Amazon – apparently there are some benefits to your prime membership the more active of a reviewer you are. I’ve rarely offered reviews on things I’ve purchased but certainly appreciate and benefit from other’s reviews so it seemed to me this is another space that could warrant an opportunity to be more of a resident.

The Wikipedia logo is to represent wikis in general – not necessarily Wikipedia. For example, my son’s Nordic Ski information is handled almost entirely via a wiki – PBworks – something I have to interact with daily.

As I look at my map and previous maps, the one thing that seems consistent is that I have a lot of space around the margins. I’d interpret this to mean that I’m kind of in my comfort zone and need to push the boundaries a bit more – particularly in the resident arena.

September 2016
August 2016

I also look at the areas that seem to be where I spend my most time and I find myself asking if that helps bring the greatest value to my digital self. Would growing the other areas be more beneficial? More enjoyable? Would there be benefit gained in shifting my USE of some of the tools where it seems I have the greatest networks from personal to professional and vice-versa?

I don’t think I have the answers to these questions quite yet, but the visual certainly causes me to pause and think a bit more strategically about my digital self, professional goals, and personal enjoyment. Maybe my next V&R map will be of what I’d LIKE it to be 😉 #goals

I had a great conversation with my 14-year-old son about this exercise as he saw me working on it and was curious. He didn’t care for the terms “visitor” or “resident” but felt the terms “spectator” and “content creator” were more appropriate. It was awesome to see that he immediately understood the concept of the exercise and was able to translate it into his own terms and relevance for himself. I’ll ask him to do his own V&R so I can share with you.