Learn with Lynda: Digital Citizenship


This month’s recommended Learn with Lynda course is Digital Citizenship by Oliver Schinkten

In the course introduction, Oliver addresses what it means to be a good digital citizen:

Good digital citizens use technology in appropriate and respectful ways, and build community in every corner of the Internet. In 21st century education, helping students become good digital citizens—who communicate, search, and stay safe online—is part of every educator’s responsibilities.

As we embed the use of digital tools and online environments in teaching and learning, it is important to develop our own and our students’ skills in acting responsibly, respectfully and safely in those environments. An appreciation for the permanency of the web and an awareness of our digital footprint are key weapons in the digital citizen’s arsenal.

This  1 1/2 hour course is broken down into bite-sized topics to be dipped in and out of according to your interest and need. Topics include:

  • Creating a positive digital footprint
  • Addressing cyberbullying
  • Joining online communities
  • Finding solutions for the digital divide
  • Conducting online research
  • Maintaining privacy online
  • Protecting yourself from viruses and malware
  • Buying products online
  • Engaging with online reviews

Don’t forget to let us know what you think of the course! Was it helpful? Was there anything you would add? Any takeaways you can apply to your teaching or would like to explore further?


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Roisin Cassidy

Working to the Directorate’s annual objectives and the TEL Quality Framework, Róisín’s role as a TEL Advisor is to proactively support and develop staff in using technology to enhance the student learning experience. Her main focus will be to advise academic staff on effective use of learning technologies to develop innovative learning resources, processes and practices. She will also provide staff advice and development on the core TEL systems and technologies, with particular responsibility for Mahara and Turnitin. Róisín is also interested in how ‘Open Badges’ could be employed to facilitate motivation and reward in student learning and staff development at York St John. Roisin is the primary contact for colleagues in the Faculty of Arts & the Business School.

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