Nowadays, we usually hear people discussing the importance of digital knowledge, and in university, it is common among majors that the name of our courses starts with digital something, such as digital marketing, digital economy, and digital design, etc. So, as shown the term Digital is everywhere, from the education life, to our social life, to everything around us. I believe that everyone has his or her digital life. For me, my digital life is spending my time on my phone, laptop on social media, youtube, Anghami, etc. Unfortunately, I only had the knowledge of what I am posting and how I am posting but I never paid attention to why, when, and for whom I am posting.
Prior to taking this course, I never heard about digital literacy and digital skills. Even, when Dr. Maha introduced to us both terminologies digital literacy and digital skill during the workshop and asked us to differentiate between both of them; I didn’t really, know the difference I thought they both are the same. From both workshops and the article Knowing the Difference Between Digital Skills and Digital Literacies, and Teaching Both, “Digital skills focus on what and how. Digital literacy focuses on why, when, who, and for whom.” In my point of view, I believe that digital literacy shouldn’t be taught in classes as it is not something to be taught but professors can ask their students to explore the idea of digital literacy do awareness campaigns. However, I believe that universities should help students improve their digital skills in order to make their usage to digital world easier.
As discussed in the article Critical Digital Citizenship: Promoting Empathy and Social Justice Online, I disagree with how social media promotes empathy. I believe that social media visualizes reality to the extent that it isolates people emotionally mentally. It basically blocks peoples’ emotions. Yes, one can feel connected or sympathize with a video on Instagram or Facebook, however, it doesn’t change the fact that one cannot rather empathize, for instance, someone is watching a video about Isis and how they are killing people in a vicious way, then while scrolling down Instagram, he or she can find a meme that maser them laugh remotely disconnect them from what he or she just witnessed. This is the real reality. On the other hand, I strongly agree with the idea of each one has his or her digital citizenship and how each one reacts to stuff differently.
To conclude, I agree that I shouldn’t only have the skills of how to use certain technology, rather, I should judge to maintain awareness of what I read and write and why I am doing it and who I am addressing it for.
My Digital Profile:
I believe my Digital Profile is pretty much explaining who I am, except Tech and Learn I believe I am Competent in it. Because usually, I like to study on my own about new technology and love to explore them on my own. On the other hand, I believe that I don’t have lots of knowledge to Communicate and Collaborate, yes I am active but I don’t like to share and communicate on social media.