7 – 13 October
During this topic we will together explore important literacies to survive and thrive in the digital age as learners and educators. You will be encouraged to continue to reflect on your digital presence and identity, as well as your experiences of digital consumption, communication, collaboration and creation, as a learner and an educator. Accessing, filtering, critically evaluating information in vast networks, repositories and digital libraries as well as connecting with individuals and groups via social networks and make use of it for learning and teaching is a complex process. It requires specific skills, attitudes and behaviors which become increasingly more important for individuals and society.

Activities/tasks for all learners
  1. Individual study:
    Check out the suggested readings and resources at the bottom of this page. You may also want to look at the aditional resources in Diigo or conduct your own search and share resources you find useful.
  2. Webinar on Digital literacy with Sara Mörtsell:
    As a start for this topic we had a webinar with Sara Mörtsell already on Monday 5th Oct. If you were not able to attend, please see the recording and Saras slides.
  3. ONL Google+ community:
    Discuss aspects of Digital literacy with peers and with Sara Mörtsell, who will be available for questions and discussion during the topic.
  4. Reflection:
    Continue to use your blog for reflections. For this topic, write a  post “Digital me” where you reflect on who you are as an individual in the digital age and your journey so far. You may think about your own digital literacy and identity in your personal and professional life, how they are linked and what ONL might mean for your development. Relate your reflections to literature/resourses, using proper referencing.
    At the end of the topic, finalise and share your “Digital me” post and have a look around how others have captured their stories. Comment and invite others to comment on yours. Do not forget to add your blog address on the ONL bloglist.
  5. Twitter (optional):
    During this second topic you are encouraged to continue to use your Twitter account. You might want to follow @OpenNetLearn and the other learners (facilitators and participants). Remember to use the hashtag #ONL152 when tweeting.
Additional activities/tasks for learners within PBL groups
  1. Study the scenario: start to reflect individually and then share with your group.
  2. Investigate the scenario together: consider using the FISh framework and adapt as it suits the group.
  3. Share your findings: at the end of this topic share your main findings in a creative way in the ONL community. Consider if and how you would license the product of you group work according to Creative Commons.

“I have been asked to create a digital portfolio on the web for the course I am doing. It feels a bit scary to do this. Why would I want to share things with the whole world? Who would want to read it anyway?  I am very sceptic about all this and sharing everything with everybody. I don’t really want people I don’t know to look me up… ok, I am on Facebook but that is it. I want to keep my private life separate from my professional life. But students seem to be everywhere on the web, sharing and discussing in social media and using all kinds of resources,  it all must take valuable time from their real studies at the university”

Suggested readings and resources


David White: Visitors and residents (part 1)

David White: Visitors and residents – Credibility (part 2)


White, D. & Le Cornu, A. (2011) Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). Available here

Developing digital literacies (2014) JISC guide.
Available here

The above suggested readings for this topic are tagged with “ONL152 topic 2 Digital literacy – suggested resource” in the ONL Diigo group.

Additional resources

ONL diigo group at https://groups.diigo.com/group/open_networked_learning

Please check this learners’ generated collection and add further resources you find useful and link well with this unit. Remember to use tags and comment on resources shared by others.


By the end of this topic, you will have had the opportunity to

1. discuss the importance of digital literacies for learning and teaching

2. reflect on digital literacies in your own personal and professional context

3. inquire into relevant digital literacy features related to a specific scenario