Blogpost3:Digital Culture

Blogpost3:Digital Culture

Digital culture

 

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This blog talks about my understanding of digital culture and its impacts on learning and teaching.

My understanding of digital culture:

Before taking this class (Technology Enhanced Learning) my understanding of digital culture was all about communication, fun, business and learning throughout any kind of technology such as laptops, mobile phones and tablets.

Now, my understanding of digital culture has got wider.

To clarify what I mean I have created a little table and I have developed it as I planned during my technology enhanced learning sessions:

My understanding of digital culture Before Now
Communications Family, friends Family, friends, peers, teachers and social
Fun Video games, music and movies I can have fun while I learn. e.g. following academic people in twitter
Learning All social cognitive theory social cognitive theory and social learning (contribution)
Teaching Courses throgh courses and through social media
Businesses Shops, jobs and ads Shops, jobs ,ads teaching and learning

 

It is clear that social, peers, contribution, communications, engagements, participation creation and sharing are my main new and developed understanding of digital culture. My awareness of social learning and information sharing is increasing during classes. Also, it is giving me the engagements I needed to explore more about digital culture and how I can apply what I have learnt in my learning and my future job.

The impacts of digital culture on teaching and learning:

I believe there are many impacts of digital culture on teaching and learning. However. I haven’t recognized them clearly yet. Also, I believe those impacts could be addressed somehow if they appear as clear issues to me.

For now, these are the impacts that I have explored and developed throughout TEL courses:

On learning:

This generation is growing up with digital surroundings, which have shaped the students expectation to have little response time (Gaston, 2006). Also, during the class, the delivery of information by their teachers are very slow for them, which is hard for them to be passive receptors (Gaston, 2006). they need a faster delivery of information and enough time to think and response.

Personally. I believe if the learner is exposed to how to learn throughout technology by themselves , it will be a good technology impact on their learning because it will give them an opportunity to learn whatever they want with ease and fast way

On teaching:

Online courses have made a gap between teachers and students (Toledo, 2007). This gap could appear especially when the teaching styles are not fit for online learning  (Toledo, 2007). however, technology has made teaching and delivering the information much easier than before. for example, one of my sessions in Digital Literacies and my lecture @cristinacost was very sick. she sent us emails to have that session in google hangout so we did not miss that session and she delivered it from her home.

In conclusion, it is clear that how my understanding of digital culture have developed after taking this course also my beginning of exploring the impacts of digital culture on learning and teaching is not clear enough to me. I need more exploring and interactions to get a better understanding.

References:

Gaston, J. (2006). Reaching and teaching the digital natives. Library Hi Tech News, 23(3), 12-13.‏

Toledo, C. A. (2007). Digital culture: Immigrants and tourists responding to the natives’ drumbeat. International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 19(1), 84-92.‏

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2 thoughts on “Blogpost3:Digital Culture

  1. Well done! I interested in your way of explanation of how your understanding about digital culture has developed. I agree with you the digital culture has a direct impact on students’ experience and in expanding their knowledge. I think to get the most of digital culture and to close the gap between students and teachers, we should reconsider the role of teachers in learning processes. We need to arise some questions, do we always need a teacher in learning processes, what is the role of teacher in digital culture? I am just thinking loudly! 🙂
    Regards,
    Mariam

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  2. Hello Hajar. you have nice write up here on Digital culture. However, as you seek to understand more on digital culture it is necessary to read the articles we had for the week ( Jenkins, H. (2009). Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture: Media Education for the 21st Century. The MIT Press. Retrieved from https://mitpress.mit.edu/sites/default/files/titles/free_download/9780262513623_Confronting_the_Challenges.pdf (pages2-11)
    Miller, V. (2011). Understanding digital culture. Los Angeles [u.a.: SAGE.
    (Introduction and Chapter 1).
    They are rich materials that will enhance you understanding of Digital Culture. Participation is one of the key elements the distinguishes Digital Culture (use of interactive technologies) from print and broadcast culture.

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