As we come to the end of UOSM2008, it is time for a final reflection covering all that was learnt throughout the course of the module and what I will endeavour to improve in the future.
What has been improved?
For those who haven’t been following my blog, in my first post I posted results of a self-test that I carried out to evaluate my digital literacy. This involved scoring myself from 1-5 (where 1 was no experience at all and 5 being very experienced) in different areas. Since completing the course I have re-taken this test.
Below is a graph I have made displaying my scores before and after, to illustrate my progress.
As you can see all scores have improved in all criteria. Particularly in ‘Creating online materials (text, audio, images, video)’. This proved to be my most improved skill, from 1 to 5! This is definitely an accurate representation of my improvement. As I mention in my Twitter Q&A video (below), I found creating my own materials to be the most challenging yet rewarding element of the course.
I have produced content using all of the tools mentioned above. Moreover, I am able to confidently create my own unique material in no time at all (when you compare it to the hours I spent initially!). However, I am still no expert. Despite rating myself a 5 in the self-test undoubtedly this skill can be further improved my expanding the number of tools I use to create material.
I now realise with hindsight that I over-estimated my own abilities initially. Particularly in ‘building online networks around an area of interest’. As you can see from the above graph, there is still room for improvement in this area. However, this is a skill which I am currently improving. As shown through the developments of my online profiles and this blog.
How have these improvements affected my digital identity?
I have begun to utilise my professional twitter; following academics that I am interested in and companies that I am interested in working for. I have also included my Linkedin profile in my Twitter bio, so that my followers are able to gain access to it easily.
Prior to this module I didn’t have a professional twitter account, nor a Linkedin profile. I have since realised the importance of representing yourself well online.Thus, I have created a Linkedin profile and have made connections with potential employers as well as students at the University of Southampton.
I have utilised my twitter account in order to contact students on UOSM with queries or to notify of new posts on my blog. It was also useful in collating this final reflection post as I asked students to direct message me questions about the experience of this module for my “twitter Q&A” video.
What was the most valuable skill/s gained throughout the module?
- Commenting and collaborating with other students over the course of the module allowed me to become an independent learner. It made me challenge my own opinions and incorporate the learning of others before formulating a more well-rounded holistic opinion on a topic.
- The value of managing an online identity in a professional sense to promote my own employability. As a 3rd year student, I am currently applying for positions at long-established recruitment firms in London. Armed with what Topic 3 has taught me, I have begun to establish my ‘professional online identity’. As I now realise the significance of this to employers.
- The value of self-reflection of your own work. Retrospectively revisiting all my previous blog posts has enabled me to identify what I have done well and what needed improvement. Moreover, marking my own work on GoogleDrive was a valuable exercise in accurately assessing the quality of my work as compared to the mark scheme.
What are the future practical applications of what I have learnt?
Below is a slideshow created on Visme to illustrate the practical applications of the knowledge I have gained throughout this module. In terms of my degree, my digital profile and my employability.
I’m very pleased with what I have learned throughout the module and how much my digital literacy has improved. I have always thought of myself as internet savvy, mostly because of my activity on social media.
However, this module has shown me it takes a lot more than an active social media profile to be digitally literate.. I am now able to present myself in a professional manner online which will (hopefully) have positive repercussions for my future employability!
I would recommend this module to everyone! We might live and work on the web, but that doesn’t mean we always know how best to utilise it!
(Video created by Natasha Greeff on iMovie)
(Thumbnail created by Natasha Greeff on Photoshop)
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