The journey on this module has been a positive one, I have learned new skills, acquired new knowledge and developed my time management. Throughout this post I shall be looking back on the time spent over this semester and discussing what I have learnt and how I have developed.
Why did I choose this module?
I initially chose this module as I wanted to experience a different way of learning, learn more about the online world and develop my skills. I had always had an interest in blogging but never had the confidence or knowledge to start.
How did I find the module?
I really enjoyed the unique assessment method used in this module. I am used to modules that are usually assessed by one large essay (around 2000-3000 words) and a exam at the end. This module was assessed by week by week blogs and I enjoyed the fast-paced way of working. This module also taught me things that I was able to incorporate in other modules. For my large assignment on my Collective Action and Social Change module I decided to answer the question about digital activism after being inspired from what I have learned from this one and used the knowledge I have acquired to help me effectively answer the question.
The Learning process
(Made by me, 2018)
What Have I Learned?
Topic One and Two
I have linked these two topics together as they flowed well together. They both made me reflect on my personal online behaviours and privilege whilst creating a good basis for the topics that followed. This is where I first realised I was not as digitally literature and skilled as I had first thought, however, I have improved after undertaking this module.
Heres an overview:
(Created by Me, 2018)
Topic three was a very on trend topic to discuss and learn about. As I had heard the phrase ‘fake news’ often in the political sphere in recent months (Donald Trump!), I was really looking forward to developing a deeper understanding of what fake news really was and how it developed. Learning about filter bubbles and the way each individuals internet use is tweaked was a highlight for me in this course. I would argue that learning about media literacy has changed the way I approach internet sources and I have been aware of what and who I trust on the internet ever since!
Heres an overview:
Single Vs multiple identities was an interesting topic to blog about. I had never thought about the way we present ourselves online until then! I really enjoyed discussing with my peers the problems that can occur when you blur the lines between your personal and professional life online and concluded that it is really important to take your online identities seriously. This topic encouraged me to improve my professional identity by updating and enhancing my LinkedIn profile which has always been neglected and put to the side. I also had discussions with my friends who have careers in sensitive/important areas (social work, for example) how important it is for them to consider having multiple identities to distance their work life from their personal life.
Heres an overview:
Comparing my digital skills from the beginning to now
My original digital self-test was this:
Following the weeks learning on this module, I can now conclude my self-test looks more like the following:
My main improvements would be that I have learned how to make my own videos and infographics, which I had no idea about before. I have been able to link multiple accounts to share these images and videos, which helped improve my online identity. I have also developed my LinkedIn profile which has helped me to build online networks in careers fields that I am interested in. I have gained understanding about the importance of connectivity and have researched about the strengths of having a professional online presence when starting or developing a career. The importance surrounding first impressions and learning to stand out is key to succeeding in the professional world (Beckingham, 2014).
What will I take from this module?
- I have learnt how to blog and share information on a new platform
- I have read and gained understanding on all the topics we were given
- I have developed my digital skills
- I have created new online identities including the one on this blog and a professional LinkedIn.
- I have discovered a new way of learning which has improved my creativity, time management and summarising skills.
To conclude, I would say that this has been my most unique learning experience over my three years at the University of Southampton. I have learned skills I can take with me into the professional world which I intend to carry on developing and improving. I have enjoyed the feedback system we experience in this module both from the lecturers and my peers. It has been a good experience to learn from peers as well as academic sources to widen my views and opinions in a controlled and positive environment. For the future, I hope that issues raised in this module such as the digital divide and online trolling will eventually be a small issue (or not an issue at all!) and everyone can enjoy the online world for the positive and create space that it can be!
Thank you for taking time to read my reflection!
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Beckingham, S. (2018). Why You Need A Professional Online Presence. [online] LinkedIn. Available at: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/20140810203500-20331736-why-you-need-a-professional-online-presence [Accessed 17 May 2018].