Don't friend your students until after they graduate


and other little gems of digital literacy.

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Eight years ago, the Guardian published 20 ways of thinking about digital literacy in higher education. Some of that advice is really evergreen, and deserves fresh exposure. Take it from 2012, while thinking to how far we are from certain visions today:

“All technology should facilitate critical reflection - awareness of the self and the ability to articulate ideas”

“Make sure that organisations embed digital literacy as a cultural approach and expectation rather than as a discrete thing that one or two staff members are responsible for ‘delivering’”

“A key digital literacy is how to manage distraction.”

“The idea that you build some kind of identifiable career capital online is likely to have a big influence on your ability to get a job.”

“Google now knows that [all my online nicknames] are me and that I can’t have a divided personality. My only piece of advice is don’t friend your students until after they graduate.”

Finally, the understatement of the decade (at least): “Developing digital literacy should also have an ethical dimension.”

(This post was drafted in May 2020, but only put online in August, because… my coronavirus reports, of course)

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