e-Learning for Educators
|Digital Citizenship for Inactive Educators|
The Internet is an exciting, tempting, treacherous place. It is a place where one wrong turn or bad decision can have life-long ramifications. But, if handled wisely, it can be also be a bridge to lifelong learning and a wealth of information.
By the end of this course, participants will:
This course includes several different activity components, all of which are described below. During each session, you will participate in a unique collection of these activity components, depending on the particular focus of that session.
This professional development course is designed for non-teaching West Virginia public school employees and/or for individuals who hold or have held West Virginia teacher certification but who are not currently hired in a permanent teaching position. Course participants must have access to a computer and a reliable Internet connection, be able to access the WVLearns course platform with a login and password, and send and receive email during the duration of this course. Although not a requirement, high speed Internet access definitely enhances the online experience. Participants should be proficient with using email, browsing the Internet and navigating through computer files.
Microsoft Word is required in order to read, edit and/or create documents for this course. If you have a WVDE k12.wv.us email account, you have access to Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneDrive, etc. as part of Microsoft Office 365. You should see your school/county technology support person if you need help in using/installing Word and/or other Office applications.
If you do not have a k12.wv.us email account, Word must be acquired through other means. One way to get access to Word Online at no charge is by Creating a Microsoft Outlook Account with Access to FREE Office Online.
Format and Requirements
This workshop is divided into six one-week sessions which each include readings, activities, and an online discussion among workshop participants. The time necessary to complete each session is estimated to be 6.5 to 7 hours.
Session One: Digital Communication, Etiquette, Rights and Responsibilities
With the emergence of new technologies, we have the ability to interact globally as never before. With these interactions, we need to know our rights and responsibilities as good digital citizens. This session defines communication, etiquette, and rights and responsibilities in a digital society. This session will address the following guiding questions:
Session Two: Digital Literacy
Few aspects of daily life are outside the realm of technology. Modern society has grown dependent upon instant access to unlimited, and often overwhelming, amounts of information. We, as Digital Citizens, must develop the skills to safely search for online sources that will provide accurate, relevant, and appropriate information and then be able to use that information in an ethical manner. This session addresses:
Session Three: Digital Security
The increased use of technology by all members of society creates challenges for digital citizens. People using technology must be proactive to protect themselves. This includes the physical technology tools as well as the virtual interface for usernames, passwords, and personal data. Personal safety and network security questions to be addressed during this session are:
Session Four: Digital Law
Good digital citizens must recognize the legal rights and restrictions governing technology use with regard to digital law, online threats, plagiarism, copyright infringement, alternatives to copyrighted works, identity theft and hacking. This session asks participants to focus on the following issues:
Session Five: Digital Health and Wellness
The world today is dependent on digital technology. This session provides an awareness of the physical and psychological dangers associated with the use, overuse and abuse of various electronic devices and platforms. The following questions are addressed in this session:
Session Six: Digital Access and Commerce
Many American adolescents have been raised with technology. However digital access is not universally available, and among technology users, the level of competence varies widely. Many young users spend hours on gaming and other activities such as downloading music and apps, but are they adequately educated in how to use digital commerce safely for vital real-world activities? This session addresses the following questions:
The following criteria will be used for evaluating successful participation in and completion of this workshop.
2. Discussion Board Postings: Participants will be evaluated weekly on the frequency and quality of their participation in the discussion forum. Participants are required to post a minimum of one substantial original posting each session in response to the discussion prompt for that session by Sunday evening. Participants are to respond thoughtfully to a minimum of two colleagues' original postings each session by Monday evening. They are to read all original messages by course participants and enough additional responses to make a total of 50% of the messages posted for that session by Tuesday evening. Postings will be evaluated on their relevance, demonstrated understanding of course concepts, examples cited and overall quality.
Read the Discussion Guidelines and the Checklist for Evaluating Discussion Postings. Your facilitator will follow these guidelines and the checklist when evaluating successful participation in the course Discussions. You may also be asked to peer review other participants' projects in the Discussions using peer-review. The Rubric Review Help Guide will assist you to complete this successfully.
5. Copyright: Copyright guidelines are to be observed throughout the course project and all course activities. All work associated with the course project is to be the original work of the course participant. Fair Use does not apply to the course project.
6. Grades: All grades in the course gradebook must be a "C" for successful course completion. A grade of "C" indicates that all work has been completed and the work meets the expectations for that assignment.
The grade scheme for this course will be:
C = all work meets the guidelines provided
7. Pre and Post Workshop Surveys: Participants are expected to complete both surveys. The Orientation Survey is to be completed by Sunday during the Orientation Session and the Final Survey is to be completed by Sunday during Session Six.
Certificate of Completion
Upon successful completion of this course, Digital Citizenship for Inactive Educators, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion documenting successful completion of the course requirements. Certificates are distributed to each qualifying participant by attachment to the the Session Six course dropbox shortly after the completion of the course.
Graduate Credit Information
Participants in this course who possess a Bachelor's degree are eligible to receive non-degree graduate credits from either West Virginia University, Marshall University, West Virginia State University, or Concord University. Credits will be awarded at the end of the semester in which the course occurs. Additional information is available on the course News/Welcome Page.
Content and Technology Standards
This workshop, Digital Citizenship for Inactive Educators, will help participants meet the ISTE EStandards for Teachers at https://www.iste.org/docs/pdfs/20-14_ISTE_Standards-T_PDF.pdf.
In addition, participants will identify specific WV Technology and Computer Science Standards (Policy 2520.14).
About this Course
For permission from Mike Ribble, author, to Reference the Nine Elements of Digital Citizenship in Schools published by ISTE throughout course content (click here.)
This workshop was developed by and for the West Virginia Department of Education (http://wvde.state.wv.us).
Original design (before format modifications) by EdTech Leaders Online (http://www.edtechleaders.org), a project of Education Development Center, Inc, © 2007. All rights reserved.