The reading which stood out to me and resonated the most was Helen Beetham’s blog post: “Building capability for new digital leadership, pedagogy and efficiency.” I was able to view digital capabilities from multiple angles and disciplines, such as a teacher, researcher, learner or a leader (to name a few). At the beginning of every profile, the importance of ICT proficiency is stressed. Consultations performed by Jisc, polled students at a network event and it was found “that teachers who are confident with digital tools make a real difference to their learning”. I did not find this surprising at all, as we all want a “subject matter expert” to lead in the classroom when it comes to discussing new technologies. What was interesting is that is wasn’t specific to teaching new technologies, it was being confident and well versed within the classroom while using any technology. We have all struggled with technology, but I did not realize it would leave such an impact on the learner. There is an amazing visualization within the subsection “digital capabilities researcher profile” which demonstrates the six elements of digital capabilities and because I am a visual person, this helped paint a broader, more comfortable picture.

To be honest, putting more effort in to not just learning, but truly understanding the material to enrich my learner experience is my goal from here. Understanding what is meant by the “Community of Inquiry” (Garrison, R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2000). Critical inquiry in text based environment: Computer conferencing in higher education) to have a better understanding of what is expected of me as a student in higher education has also come to the forefront. I need to adopt a different mindset and adjust to my role as a student and embrace being a learner. Admitting I don’t know something is the first step, falling down that rabbit hole is the next.

References:

Beetham, H. (2015, Nov 10). Building capability for new digital leadership, pedagogy and efficiency [blog post].

Garrison, R., Anderson, T., & Archer, W. (2000). Critical inquiry in text based environment: Computer conferencing in higher educationThe Internet and Higher Education2(2–3), 87–105.