I am not someone who has grown up in the digital age, sometimes I struggle with all the possibilities that are given to us nowadays. But I believe that it is important for each of us to take responsibility for our own digital literacy and online participation. Online participation and digital literacies are more than just technical skills, they are essential for building trust and community in our rapidly changing world. Online communities can have a incredible power to connect with people from all over the world, learn about new perspectives and ideas, and build a community of support and friendship. However, navigating the digital landscape can also be overwhelming and lead to feelings of uncertainty and distrust.

Online participation requires individuals to engage with others in digital spaces, whether through social media, forums, or other platforms. This can be both beneficial and challenging, as it allows for diverse perspectives and new forms of community building, but can also lead to harassment, feelings of isolation and frustation when faced with toxic behaviour or of false information.

So how can we find out out about what the students, learners, partners or others with whom we work digitally feel, perceive us/our behavior? How can we get students / learners involved? Not only consuming but also participating, creating?

I have not found a generally valid formula for this. From my point of view, however, it has to fit the teacher, facilitator. It is of no use if you use the latest programs and tools, but feel insecure yourself.

Reflections on Topic 1: Online participation and digital literacies