Part 1: Digital Activism Learning Module
I created a Digital Activism learning module for an entirely online, asynchronous Introduction to Political Science course. The target audience would be college freshman, but the course would probably include nontraditional college students as well. I envision this module would be situated after a lesson on traditional political activism, and would come before a lesson on democracies and non-democracies. As of now, I have it organized to extend over 1 week, but depending on whether this was a semester/10-week course, I may spread it out longer than that because the work load may be a little too much for 1 week for a 100-level course as it stands now.
You can find the learning module here. Once you click on that link, you should be able to click on “enroll in the course,” and then “go to the course,” and then “module” on the lefthand side. The module is entitled, “digital activism.”
I enjoyed creating this final learning module. Many of my ideas came from the work I did for this blog post, and it was nice to have an opportunity to expand on those ideas in a pedagogical context.
Part 2: Thinking About Your Thinking
Part 2 of the Not-So-Final Project prompts us to explain how our thinking about digital citizenship has changed over the course. I created a visual explanation of my evolving views on the term “digital citizenship.” This assignment was particularly influential in the development of my own conceptualization of “digital citizenship.”
Part 3: Advice for Future Students
In Part 3, we were asked to advise students who will be taking this class next year. My advice for future students can be summed up into three main ideas:
- First, think before you create. You will enjoy quite a bit of flexibility in the assignments—and, now that I recognize that flexibility, I think it would’ve been neat to be more intentional about the products I created. Rather than creating piecemeal projects that touched on different issues, I think it would have been helpful if I had some sort of “master plan” that I used to direct the subject matter / content for at least some of the assignments (it is probably not possible or even desirable to have all of the assignments go towards one type of project or theme). Before starting the class, consider and make a list of what kinds of issues you want to learn about. Too, this class was the first class that I extensively used my personal website, and I think it would’ve been helpful to spend some time considering (before I started posting), how I wanted it to be organized, how I wanted to tag posts, etc. Consider this early on in the course, so you can start off on the right foot.
- Secondly, connect! Not surprisingly, studies show that students feel more satisfied with online learning experiences the more that they connect and engage with other students and the instructor. If you’re not comfortable initiating collaborative opportunities, just try and hop on when you see other students forming groups. I think you’ll find it to be one of the most rewarding parts of the course. The cohort in this class was extremely knowledgeable about digital tools and educational practices, and so I learned quite a bit merely from listening to my classmates, reading their blog posts, and participating in collaborative opportunities.
- Lastly, plan to devote more time than you’ll think you will need. If you finish early, start working ahead, because you want to give yourself extra time if you get stuck on something, or, even better, if you really get into something and want to devote more time to it. I think you could easily spend 1 hour or 10 hours on a single assignment. You could choose to do the assignment efficiently and meet the requirements, or, you could spend all day, allowing yourself to go down rabbit holes, try new tools, explore new approaches, etc. I think it’s best to do a combination of both approaches. Be creative and explore when you can, and other times, practice efficiency for the sake of time management. Be strategic and enjoy the creative process!