My plan to support the cultivation of my digital presence is inspired by the idea of participatory culture.
Henry Jenkins, Provost Professor of Communication, Journalism and Cinematic Arts at the University of Southern California wrote that “Participatory culture shifts the focus of literacy from individual expression to community involvement.” (Jenkins, 2009)
There is a lot of individual expression in my current digital world. Tweets are sent. Facebook updates posted. Blogs published. These digital boats are being pushed into the social media stream but it’s most often a one-way journey. A healthier digital life would be one with more of a collaborative approach.
A digital landscape must be dynamic, with a robust environment of push and pull. It should be one which is designed, almost hacked from existing platforms to meet the needs of a MALAT student.
W. Gardner Campbell writes passionately about taking control of one’s technology. “The real IT revolution in teaching and learning won’t happen until each student builds a personal cyberinfrastructure that is as thoughtfully, rigorously, and expressively composed as an excellent essay or an ingenious experiment.” (Campbell, 2009)
That is a worthy goal. I don’t have a clear sense of how to get there. I think it will be a gradual process of discovery. If I were to create a toolkit, I would include WordPress, Slack, and Twitter to start. I will think about how audio and video fit into the mix.
Campbell provides a signpost in his writing. In the same essay, he outlines how he sees a student’s online journey unfolding: “To get there, students must be effective architects, narrators, curators, and inhabitants of their own digital lives.”
I think to try to achieve Campbell’s goal in the next two years will be a major but worthy undertaking.
Jenkins, H. (2009). Confronting the challenges of participatory culture: Media education for the 21st century. MIT Press.
Campbell, G. (2009). A personal cyberinfrastructure. Educause Review, 44(5), 58-59. Retrieved from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2009/9/a-personal-cyberinfrastructure