Module 3. Digital Citizenship

This module introduces the idea of digital citizenship and what it means to become a meaningful participant on the web.


Watch this video entitled "The Educational aPOPcalypse." As you watch this video, consider:

  • What does it mean for you and your students to become citizens of the web?
  • What potential does open education provide for solving persistent social and educational dilemmas?
  • What does it mean to be an open educator, and how does remixing content play into this?

Notice: This video contains mild language that some viewers may find offensive.

Learning Check

  1. What is Jim Groom's concern related to the crisis mentalities surrounding education?
    1. They might be true
    2. They make us angry about teaching conditions
    3. They require students to learn new literacies
    4. They allow outsiders (e.g., corporations) to redefine the space in undesirable ways
  2. How does Jim Groom view the issue of control and technical competency in his online classes?
    1. He teaches students how to use tools like web browsers
    2. He requires students to register their own domains and generate their own web presence
    3. He requires students to use a learning management system (LMS) like Blackboard
    4. He teaches students how to program
  3. Who creates memes?
    1. Marketing agencies of large businesses, like Sony or Ford
    2. The general population
    3. Search engine providers, like Google or Microsoft
    4. University professors
  4. What is a GIF?
    1. Short animation
    2. Geographical Input Form
    3. Cloud service
    4. Radio station service

  1. d - "It's a scam," in his words.
  2. b - He expects students to learn from the web and to help one another develop technical skills.
  3. b - This is the established definition of a meme.
  4. a - GIF stands for Graphics Interchange Format, and it is an image file type.

Recorded Event

In this interview with Jim Groom, we discuss digital citizenship and open education.