I took digital communications simply because it is a requirement for a Communication Studies Major. I do my best to not deal with technology and so I knew this class was going to be a challenge, but I didn’t know just how valuable it would be and how much I would learn.
Learned Digital Literacy
Digital literacy is something that prior to this course I would have described as simply the ability to use technology proficiently enough to handle at least the basics of mainstream media. I’ve been amazed with how much more goes into the mainstream media, that you truly need to be fluent in digital literacy.
Making my definition the ability and awareness to utilize aspects of the internet to connect various aspects of media (images, sound, and video) to tell an story that is not necessarily unique to you but available to be added and contributed to by other media users. One should also be able to utilize various methods of communication among other media users to consider oneself digitally literate.
The Evolution of My Definition
My definition began to change as I was introduced to different technologies and see the connectives of the digital world.
Professionally being introduced to the professional method of blogging with WordPress, or the idea of having a FREE professional website through Wix, or potentially most importantly the different methods of making resumes and infographics. Then seeing not only in class but also through my works Twitter account the ways that social media could be adapted to a professional environment, and that there are even tools to help, like Hootsuite, persuaded me to see a more in depth idea of digital literacy.
Especially as I learned through a group project that collaboration is truly key to online success, and means there’s more to the definition than just the tools used to publicize.
What My Definition Means to Me
Group projects and technologies are two of my least favorite things; however, this class opened my eyes to the importance of both.
I felt I was able to excel at the video aspects in large part to previous history. Although working with the group enlightened me to new tricks to improve my individual video.
As for the podcast- I don’t feel like it was a terrible start though it could definitely be improved upon and more skills need to be acquired before I would say I was proficient in that. Just as I would say my skills at blog writing exist, but I’m much more successful with a personal blog then I am with a professional one. However, I’m still capable of writing for a blog, which is something that was new to me and an important skill to have even if it’s a work in progress.
Despite being a work in progress because information changes I do feel competent and completely literate with my website.
Why A Website
My website is the most valuable thing I’ve created in this class:
- I’m already using it for professional Mary Kay use
- I’m able to showcase my best digital work
- It has an amazing resume page
- Plus it ties in my professional social media
Creating a website was significantly more complex than I expected and put me to the test of my digital literacy. Ultimately I was glad to have a last project that had me tie everything together and showed me that as much as I’m still against technology I can be considered literate. . . at least for now.