Topic 2 really got me thinking. While I often contemplate the identity I wish to portray to an online audience, I do not believe I devote sufficient attention to the broader picture. Until this point, I have not reflected on the identities I have created and whether these have an overall net negative or positive … More Topic 2: Reflection
To introduce this topic, here is a recent TED talk by Ulrike Schultze. She utilises the online virtual world ‘Second Life‘ to illustrate the ways in which online social media can impact on the formation of our identity. Of particular relevance is her summary, between 12:24 and 13:52, that emphasises the fluid nature of identities and alludes … More Topic 2 – Who are we?
Having considered what it means to be a digital ‘native’, ‘immigrant’, ‘resident’ and ‘visitor’, I now understand their relative characteristics, merits and flaws. I began this topic with the assumption that I would naturally exemplify a digital ‘native’, in accordance with Prensky’s (2001) original concept, owing to my age and technological abilities. Upon conducting research, and exploring … More Topic 1: A Brief Reflection
On a 1 – 5 scale (1 represents ‘no experience’, and 5 represents ‘very experienced’), I have indicated how I would rate my current level of digital literacy against a set of criteria. I will re-visit this self-test at the end of the module and reconsider my digital literacy. Rating at start of module Comments Rating … More My Digital Profile: Self-Test
In today’s increasingly digital and dynamic world, it is no surprise that the conceptualisation of ‘Digital Natives’ and ‘Digital Immigrants’ by Prensky (2001) has been fiercely debated. Articles emerged just two years after Prensky’s original theory claiming that such a concept is outdated (White and Le Cornu, 2011), and this is testament to the digital world’s … More UoSM2008 – Topic 1
Having just retired from a long, arduous day on campus, I sit and think about all the tasks I squeezed into just one day. Before I know it, I’m drifting off into a spiral of thoughts about my role as an undergraduate student. For those of you that haven’t realised by now, I’m a thinker. … More Musings of a mere undergrad.
My exchange programme is over. It’s time to leave Canada and return to the UK. But before I fly back, I will spend some time with family on this side of the Atlantic (or as we like to call it, the ‘pond’). Fortunately my parents decided to join me in London, so we made the … More Hitting the Road
When you hear the phrase ‘far, far away’ what do you think of? Perhaps the magical kingdom from the Shrek saga, or even a Utopian island getaway? For very few would the Syrian capital of Aleppo spring to mind. Yet this too is a land far away; a land that seems unimaginable and intangible … More A Land Far, Far Away
What a world we live in… Over the past year or so, the world has witnessed a great deal of change and numerous unforeseen events. From the EU refugee crisis; increasing tensions between EU and Russia; the UK vote for Brexit; to the surge of terrorist activity – particularly from ISIS; increased shootings of vulnerable groups in … More A Divided World
As my time here at Western draws to a close, I find myself frequently drifting off into day dreams about how fortunate I am to have travelled here and experienced the things I have. For most, this journey would simply be about experiencing Western student life and seeing as much of Canada as possible. … More Confessions of a Ponderer