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TITLE Introduction to Digital Citizenship

LEVEL I - Introductory Level


DEPARTMENT Centre for the Liberal Arts and Sciences

DESCRIPTION This Unit will focus on the competencies that equip citizens to better live up to the challenge of the knowledge society. Adopting a ‘hands-on’ approach, the Unit will provide learning experiences aimed at developing competencies in media, innovation, knowledge sharing, information representation, networking, learning management and knowledge management. Each participant will develop an e-Portfolio to manage, record and evaluate his/her own learning. At the end of the Unit, this webfolio will include all the themes discussed, all the tools used and all artefacts developed. Most important, citizens will have to reflect on the content and the process of learning. Thus the ePortfolio will also include their ‘reflection in action’ (reflection entered while executing a task) and ‘reflection on action’ (reflection about learning with technology, reflection after finishing major tasks and reflection about the webfolio-based learning and socialisation).

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Understand the role of media in the knowledge society;
- Understand the versatility of technology in mediating different modes of learning, communication and socialisation;
- Appreciate the patterns of interaction of citizens with digital tools and environments.

2. Skills:

By the end of the Unit the student will be able to:
- Identify and describe the key digital competencies related to active citizenship;
- Ability to identify digital tools according to the task at hand;
- Ability to adopt a critical approach to the Internet and Social Media.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

- Ala-Mutka, K. (2011). Mapping Digital Competence: Towards a Conceptual Understanding. Seville: JRC-IPTS Retrieved from:
- O'Brian, T. (2010). Creating Better Digital Citizens. The Australian Educational.
- Erstad, O. (2010). Educating the Digital Generation. Nordic Journal of Digital Literacy, 1, 56-70.
- European Commission. (2010). A Digital Agenda for Europe, COM(2010)245 final.
- European Commission. (2010). Europe 2020: A strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth, COM (2010) 2020.
- European Parliament and the Council. (2006). Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council of 18 December 2006 on key competences for lifelong learning. Official Journal of the European Union, L394/310.
- Ferrari, A. (2012). Digital Competence in practice: An analysis of frameworks. Seville: JRC-IPTS.
- Ferrari, A. (2013). DIGCOMP: A framework for developing and understanding digital competence in Europe. Joint Research Centre – Institute for Prospective Technological Studies. Publications Office of theEuropean Union, Luxembourg.
- Janssen, J., & Stoyanov, S. (2012). Online Consultation on Experts’ Views on Digital Competence. Seville: - JRC-IPTS. Retrieved from:
- Larson, L., Miller, T. & Ribble, M. (2010). Five Considerations for Digital Age Learners. ISTE Publication, Learning and Leading with Technology Magazine, 2009-10, Vol. 37, No. 4.
Downloadable from:
- Leader, Vol 32, No.2. On-line version at:
- Ribble, M. (2009). Citizenship Recast.Education Quarterly Magazine, Australia.
Downloadable from:
- Ribble, M. (2009). Raising a Digital Child. HomePage Books Publications.
- Tavani, Herman T., Ethics and Technology (Hoboken: Wiley 2013).

ADDITIONAL NOTES Pre-requisite Qualifications: ECDL (or relevant competence)


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Assignment Yes 25%
Essay Yes 25%
Portfolio Yes 50%

LECTURER/S Philip Bonanno
Jean Buttigieg (Co-ord.)

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