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Digital Literacy Undergraduate Introduction

A presentation created to introduce First year students to the concept of Digital Literacy. Prepared by tSquared Digital Consultancy for the University of Southampton.

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Digital Literacy Undergraduate Introduction

  1. 1. Digital Literacy Introduction
  2. 2. Digital Literacy is the way people use digital technology, to achieve any objective. Can be broken down into 4 parts as shown.
  3. 3. • Many people have perceptions of how they use technology, or how “tech-savvy” they might be. We are interested to hear your perceptions, and why you might think that way. • So please can you navigate to: and complete the survey. • At the end you will be given a grade on your Digital Literacy Digital Health-Check
  4. 4. Information Management How you use and manage the information online, or through other digital media. Rather than explain what makes a reliable website, we decided to share tools to increase how much you can get out of these websites. Evernote perfect for note taking at Uni Totally Free RefMe The easiest service for basic reference taking Totally Free
  5. 5. Creating Materials Being able to create your own resources is an invaluable tool and there are many services online that have far greater functionality than Microsoft Office. We have some examples of such services here: Canva fully online graphic design service, allowing you to create professional looking images, simply by dragging and dropping Mostly Free! Prezi A much nicer alternative to the conventional PowerPoint Totally Free
  6. 6. Effective Communication Effective Communication links closely to identity, through showing how important it is to embrace the opportunities for communication presented by Digital Media. Word Press The worlds most popular blogging service. If you want to blog, interact with other blogs, or discover the wealth of content, this is the way to do it. Free through Southampton’s “E-folio” service. Social Media Can be a powerful tool for communication, beyond just sharing drunk pictures. LinkedIn is a business oriented social media, which is useful for connecting to other people in your field
  7. 7. Online Identity Arguably the most important part of Digital Literacy, so here we’re going to do something a bit different. We’re going to show you how information might be gathered about you online. Video!
  8. 8. Nothing to do with me… It is easy to think that this doesn’t matter to you, for a number of reasons: • Since all privacy settings are set to “Only friends” or equivalent. But, many don’t know that every time Facebook updates its terms and conditions (even just changing one word), and you accept, everything changes back to public • Many people believe that Facebook and others don’t know that much about them…
  9. 9. Find Out What They Know About You Facebook Google (Only really works if you use lots of Google services) 1. Log onto Facebook on a computer 2. Go to Facebook Settings. 3. Click at the bottom of the first page; “Download a Copy” 4. Wait for the email to arrive This file contains a number of things, including access to private messages, every advert you have ever clicked on, and locations of everywhere you have ever used Facebook. And this is all they want to share with you… You can use a combination of Websites to explore Google’s data. 1. – to see Google+ information, or if you don’t use this, other information you have given Google 2. - to see everything about your Google account, including “Location History” which tracks your phone! 3. - to see what information Google thinks it knows about you, from your browsing habits – fun to see what they have guessed at
  10. 10. Online Identity It should therefore be very clear that it is best to be careful about what you post online for: • Security – there is a wealth of information that can fall into the wrong hands. • Image – employers are now more and more and more (we’re sure you’ve heard this as many times as us) checking up on prospects on Facebook. This is most important us, as we are both the group who needs jobs, and who are also most likely to be photographed on the floor of Jesters drenched in last nights Jesticle…
  11. 11. What Lack of an Online Identity Is Doing •
  12. 12. Positive Online Identity While this is obviously satire, the point is valid, and creating a positive online presence is of the utmost importance: • Write a blog (or even blog post)…more on this in a second • Use LinkedIn to create a professional identity and network • Use Twitter (maybe on a seperate account!) to follow and interact with people specific to your interests • Every now and then, check your privacy settings...! • And a thousand more things I’m sure you know that we don’t
  13. 13. To Finish…. University of Southampton Business Management School Blog! (If these words don’t fill you with joy then what will?!) Blog is at: For students, by students, so please read and interact! They are also looking for guest writers, if you are interested! Great way to practise writing, work on reflection for your assignments, and to build up a digital identity.