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a whirlwind, and exciting journey: A Summary of my Learning

Hello everyone, I wanted to share a little about my journey into digital citizenship through EC&I 832. I began the class with some anxiety as I stepped out of my comfort zone and into unfamiliar territory. Although I pushed hard to get into the course, I was like the person below in the picture, feeling overwhelmed, confused, and unsure if this course was for me. I have since learned what it takes to be a Digital Citizen. I have never felt that I left a digital footprint online; however, after taking this course and reading the readings, I realized that my online presence also affects my actual life actions.

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As I began the course, I thought about dropping the class. I kept telling myself that I had a few days to think about it. I checked into discord, read some posts, and started to ask questions. I received some encouragement from my wife, which made me feel better. I stayed in the class as I saw similarities between the nine elements of digital citizenship and the Indigenous ways of knowing, particularly the seven grandfather teachings. I began to feel some comfort in knowing that the nine elements of digital citizenship were protocols that one must follow online. I stopped posting quotes on Facebook for fear of getting into trouble. In nêhiyawêwin (cree), there is a word that comes to mind it translates never to give up āhkameyimo

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We are nearing the completion of the course, and I am getting more comfortable with becoming a digital citizen. I am now up for the challenge and even went as far as self-proclaiming myself as an informed digital citizen. The things I have learned in this course make me feel better suited for the digital world. I have a long way to go before becoming a wizard, but I feel more confident in my abilities.

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I used the pictures as metaphors for my digital journey.

Now that you have heard about my journey this semester, here is a video to talk more about the process: video to follow

my final summary video

2 responses to “a whirlwind, and exciting journey: A Summary of my Learning”

  1. I am so glad you decided to stick around, Jeff. And I really appreciate your connection of the 9 Elements of DigCit to the 7 Grandfather Teachings. This is something I would like to look into further.


  2. I am glad that you battled your way to keep a spot in the class, and you were able to stick around for the course! It was amazing to see how you bridged your worldview with what we were learning, and how you tied everything in so well. I especially love how you used the Grandfather teachers to explain digital citizenship. Very interesting and unique!


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