It was once believed that Digital Literacy is only concerned with digital skills on devices such as the computer, however, through out the semester I learned that digital literacy is much more comprehensive than this, to illustrate, as shown in the diagram below, there are seven elements of digital literacy, that I will further explain.

 

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To begin with, the first element I will explain is the communications and collaborations literacy which is the part concerned with learning and research of the digital networks, it is highly relevant for the ones who work to improve student engagement, creating a digital community full of opportunities. Further, the career and identity management is mainly in terms with the digital identity, which is the management of a person’s digital identity and reputation. Moreover, the ICT element is the element that is concerned with the digital devices, services and applications that seem to be improved on daily basis, thereby, one must require a good amount of training, exploration and experimentation of the new technology. In addition, the fourth element, learning skills, which is the part, related to the effective learning and studying, both formally and informally in environments that are rich in technology. Furthermore, media literacy is the section that is related to the creative production of academic and professional ways of communication in different areas in the media. For the final element, which is the information literacy, it focuses on the interpretation, evaluation and management of shared information, and how can one determine the credibility of sources. Correspondingly, by developing the elements in the digital literacy we could be able to become more professional in handling, producing digital content and to be more expressive while using different forms of technology. Not to mention, we would also be able to analyze different identities and be able to construct a protected online identity for ourselves. Equally important, we move to another area that I learned a lot about till now, which is intercultural learning and global citizenship, these topics are highly interrelated, and proved to be very important to maintain our global competences with other students abroad, by competences I mean that we acquired an appropriate amount of knowledge, attitudes and skills that enhanced our communication with other international students, not only did it enhance our communications but also it helped us in being more empathetic, open minded, flexible, respectful and ethical with dealing with other students abroad. Similarly, global citizenship could be considered the end result of intercultural learning because a global citizen is a person who is aware and understanding of the world around him/her, someone who has an active role and is involved with national and international communities, not to mention, to develop a voice to express opinions on any arguments, to believe that one can influence the world and make a difference in it. All in all, I learned a lot from this course, and I believe now that I am a global citizen that is better prepared for the work place, having better and more meaningful interactions with international students; actually, one of the reasons for this is the Solyia Program, which was a great experience for me, that has contributed a lot in my learning, I was able to apply the things I learned in class about intercultural learning, in real life with other international students. The second most engaging activity that I really liked is the digital narrative game, although it was really hard for me because I was doing it alone, but regardless, the hard work paid off, when the professor saw the first draft and was pleased with it. Other activities that contributed a lot to my learning are the reflections that we were assigned to do, that were on podcasts, readings or videos, with each consecutive reflection I was able to better express myself more and more, especially that I am an introverted person who does not talk a lot, even outside of the classroom, so having to write things down definitely helped me. However, one thing I did not really enjoy is the different technologies we had to use, especially for a person like me who finds difficulty in using twitter, yet, it is an integral part of the course as it is one of the elements of digital literacy that I previously mentioned. Another, although the Solyia program was a great experience, yet, the sessions were too long with out any extra benefit, so I believe that if the sessions were a little bit shorter, the program could become an amazing experience. Finally, I think that there were too many assignments with high percentage points, so missing an assignment led to a big reduction in the final grade, even most of the students in the class thought the same way and believed that the workload is too high for a core course. Anyways, I believe that this course is a great, enjoyable, yet, a very demanding course and the professor is one of the best in the university, she is flexible, very understanding and amazingly kind, and I will be looking forward to taking other courses with her after I am done with this course because it was really an amazing experience to take such a course with her.

 

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