Hello everyone . I hope everyone is safe and healthy. Please connect with me through a Slack DM or email if you need any support or just have a question.

It sounds like many of you had a busy week – filled with synchronous digital meetings and supporting a lot of other people.

Week 5 Activities

This week’s focus is Digital Citizenship. According to BC Digital Framework – the concept of digital citizenship can be considered from many perspectives.

Course Readings:

Please only choose one of the two readings to focus on this week. 

Reading #1

Kral, I. & Schwab, R.G. (2012). Chapter 4: Design Principles for Indigenous Learning Spaces. Safe Learning Spaces. Youth, Literacy and New Media in Remote Indigenous Australia. ANU Press.http://doi.org/10.22459/LS.08.2012  Retrieved from: https://press.anu.edu.au/publications/learning-spaces%EF%BB%BF

  • Design Principle 1: A space young people control 
  • Design Principle 2: A space for hanging out and ‘mucking around’ 
  • Design Principle 3: A space where learners learn 
  • Design Principle 4: A space to grow into new roles and responsibilities 
  • Design Principle 5: A space to practice oral and written language 
  • Design Principle 6: A space to express self and cultural identity through multimodal forms 
  • Design Principle 7: A space to develop and engage in enterprise 
  • Design Principle 8: A space to engage with the world


The first readings is long – and gives you multiple of examples of how to design for safe and culturally responsive learning from an Indigenous perspective. This is especially important as teachers are unable to differentiate to meet all learning needs and cultural perspectives. This writing will share some insights on how being flexible, caring and responsive to student needs is the essential component of modelling digital citizenship. Another perspective about this topic is written in the following blog post by Dr. Geoff Taggart https://research.reading.ac.uk/education/2019/06/12/blog-post-by-dr-geoff-taggart-the-issue-of-care-in-early-years-practice/

Reading #2

Regan, P., & Jesse, J. (2019). Ethical challenges of edtech, big data and personalized learning: Twenty-first century student sorting and tracking. Ethics and Information Technology, 21(3), 167-179. DOI: 10.1007/s10676-018-9492-2

The second reading considers the ethical privacy and security challenges of using technology which can have lasting impacts on individual freedoms. The link was incorrect in the course outline, you will have to access this reading through the UVic online library. This reading emphasizes the importance of considering just began you can use a new digital tool, SHOULD you be using it when it may have long term impacts on student identity, freedom and privacy. Maciej Cegłowski wrote about this in his provocative blog post https://idlewords.com/2020/03/we_need_a_massive_surveillance_program.htm

Tuesday, April 7, 2020 – Synchronous Zoom Webinar

While many of you are “overzoomed”, learner feedback suggests that we will continue our weekly meetings. You can find the zoom link on the course blog.

Preparation for the Webinar:

The agenda for Tuesday’s webinar is posted in our course google folder under Synchronous meeting Info.

1) Each group will be presenting the key ideas and process for their final project. Please consider sharing any links/ info to support all groups in understanding your project in the new “Group Projects”. We will present the projects – then have some group time to connect the projects to the key topics which guide Digital Citizenship (According to the BC Digital Framework).

2) We will  be creating a padlet with ideas and resources to support the multiple considerations of Digital Citizenship. Please consider bringing some ideas/links/ resources with you to class based on your readings and the following topic areas:

  • Internet Safety
  • Privacy And Security
  • Relationships And Communication
  • Cyberbullying
  • Digital Footprint And Reputation
  • Self-image And Identity
  • Creative Credit And Copyright
  • Legal And Ethical Aspects
  • Balanced Attitude Towards Technology
  • Understanding And Awareness of the Role of ICT in Society

The RVS Digital Literacies Resources Blog – may give you some ideas: https://sites.google.com/rvschools.ab.ca/rvsdigitalliteracies/home

Also – as many of us continue to tweet using the #tiegrad hashtag, I encourage all of you to tweet your ideas/ resources to support this cohort, your school districts and schools and the world 🙂 #TieGrad Twitter Feed

Being Responsive, Flexible and Supporting Student-Centered Learning in EDCI 572

It is extremely difficult to “design for learning” with so many variables. We can’t make any assumptions about the lives of any of our learners (not that we should be making assumptions to start with) but if there were ever a time to think about “personal learning pathways” that would be now.  As such, even though we have a course outline, I will be emphasizing a safe and healthy learning space in the attempts to decrease any anxiety and pressure. Every student’s learning pathways will be extremely different over the next few weeks, so I encourage you to connect with your groups for support and check-ins.

I set up a “Check-in thread” in our slack chat to give me an idea of how things are going with YOU.  Next week, I will be creating a “Check-in” category. Please take the time to add a note in slack (from Friday-Sunday) to keep me up to date about how things have been going. You are always welcome to DM me or send me an email if you don’t want to add something to the group discussion.

It Take a Village

I will be using the slack “Check-in” category to try and be more responsive to your needs and to ensure that I try and provide the support that each learner needs. I don’t want to over inundate you with emails and check-ins, so if a person in each group could be responsible for reminding each other or the their group to check-in, it would be greatly appreciated.


  • Please consider dressing up as your favourite “digital or not citizen” for the webinar – or just dressing up.
  • Please add some humour and general fun links and comments under “Random” in the slack channel.

Weekly Blogs

At this time, we will keep the expectation that “two blog posts” will be accessed at some point throughout the course. You can choose one from the first few weeks and finish up with  one at the end.

Use the blogging as a means to support your learning. If you feel overwhelmed with the blog posts – consider other ways in which you can reflect about your learning: blog together, consider recording your post as a podcast or video recording, create a song, create a weekly transition project for your class – together – and add a “what I learned section” . If blogging is too much, send me an email or use the Slack channel or DM to share your learning. What is important is that we connect and interact and building knowledge together.

I look forward to “seeing” you on Tuesday!

Stay healthy!

Dr. Verena Roberts