What a great journey we have begun. My goal in this MALAT program is to become more of a resident (White & Le Cornu, 2011) with many of the online tools I use, especially with the new ones that I’ve been introduced to over these past weeks. I want to become more confident with posting to my blog and commenting on the blogs of others. I also want to create a strong personal brand (Lancaster, 2014, 9:36) in my digital space and expand my Internet realestate (Lancaster, 2014, 10:39) through tools such as LinkedIn, WordPress, Twitter and others. I want to become more immersed in the participatory culture (Jenkins, 2009) of the digital world.
I will continue to learn more about the online tools we have been introduced to and expand on the ones I already use. I will also try to better organize my days and weeks to allow the time needed to do the necessary research and to become more of an expert with all these new digital tools. There is quite a learning curve to adding a program like this to what seemed to be an already full schedule. Work/life/study balance is something that is currently one of my biggest hurdles to navigate (and that I will overcome!).
Another gap I need to continue to work on is my academic writing skills. APA style writing is new to me as well as citing different bodies of work using the APA style.
Using the massive wealth of information on the Royal Roads online library site is one way I will tackle becoming more fluent in a APA style writing, referencing and citing. One thing I’m starting to realize at this early stage in the program is that it is sometimes better to post to my blog or go ahead and make that comment on someone else’s blog without necessarily having the perfectly crafted paragraph(s). Getting my thoughts and ideas out there, participating, is the most important thing and the ‘perfect’ style and academic writing will soon follow (I hope).
I will consider myself as having reached some level of success when I can feel more confident in my academic writing level to post more quickly to my blog, respond to the blog posts of my fellow cohorts and take a more active role in online discussions within this course and beyond. Another measure of my success in this space is when I have created a professional online presence across many platforms, leaving a strong digital footprint (Schryver, 2013) that can aid in the advancement of my career.
White, D., & Le Cornu, A. (2011). Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9).
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Jenkins, H. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. MIT
Schryver, K. (2013, February 5). Who are you online? Considering issues of web identity. The New York Times.
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