As my optional module this semester I chose “Living and working on the web”, coded as UOSM2008. In case you haven’t read the About section yet, I am a final year Psychology student. This means that this semester I get to choose all my modules. Hence, I decided to go down the “marketing” path of psychology.
So why did I choose UOSM2008? Because its different. Because it teaches you how to learn. Because its modern. Because it compliments my other modules, like web programming and the psychology of advertising.
Exploring this new aspect of psychology gives me great pleasure. To know that there is more than just text book material which is poured into our heads is invigorating. I am extremely grateful to be given an opportunity to study something different and I strongly believe that UOSM2008 will provide me with valuable skills. In particular, through this module I want to enhance my online presence and learn how to critically evaluate various topics. I have never studied online before, but there is a first time for everything and I am confident that this module will prove to be as good as it is said to be.
In order to quantify and monitor my digital literacy, I have completed a self-evaluation. On a scale of 1-5 (where 1 is no experience, and 5 is very experienced) I have rated my current online skill set against the following criteria:
Accessing, managing and evaluating online information
3/5. I would say I am good at accessing and managing information. However, I feel as though my evaluation of online information could be enhanced.
Participating in online communities
4/5. I have a variety of online accounts that I try to keep up to date. My latest participation in an online community was twitter, which I feel I am still getting to know. My LinkedIn profile is also in need of improvement and network expansion.
Building online networks around an area of interest
3/5. I achieve this mainly via Facebook. Thus I believe a wider selection of digital platforms would be beneficial.
Collaborating with others on shared projects
4/5. I am a team player and I enjoy being part of a team. I am good at both delegating roles and following orders. However, there is always room for improvement.
Creating online materials
3/5. Being part of SUSUtv, my university’s television channel, I have gained valuable editing skills. I am able to produce and edit short videos, which I look forward to including in my future blogs.
Managing your online identity
4/5. When I google “Melina Linden” most of my accounts show up on the first page, including facebook, twitter, instagram and LinkedIn. However, I would like my wordpress blog to show up on the first page as well.
Managing your online security and privacy
4/5. Although some of my accounts and posts are public, I am aware of the security settings and functions of the social platforms I use.