Grounded in our vision “to serve as an agent for personal, professional, and academic growth in a technology mediated environment,” the Digital Education Collaborative showcased our commitment to the promotion of responsible behavior in online environments. This past week, October 27 – October 31, the DEC hosted Digital Citizenship Week for Longwood University. The event took place, predominantly, across 2 online platforms: Facebook and Twitter.
Intended to promote the “norms of appropriate responsible behavior with regard to technologies,” our aim was to encourage students, faculty, and staff to T.H.I.N.K. critically before posting. This acronym should prompt people to ask themselves whether an intended post is true, helpful, inspiring, necessary, kind? A digital citizen is someone whose online presence actively reflects these tenants, across all platforms of digital engagement.
Digital Citizenship Week included a photo contest to encourage community engagement. Open to the Longwood community, members submitted a natural photo of that day’s letter. The winning photo, for each day, provided us with a new graphic for our T.H.I.N.K. poster. To conclude the week, our student staff Tip and Treated on Brock Commons for Halloween. After signing a pledge to be a digital citizen, individuals received a “Longwood T.H.I.N.K.s” button attached to tips (one tip focused on the Canvas environment and one focused, more generically, on social media) and, of course, sweet treats.
We would like to thank everyone that participated in the event, whether on Facebook, Twitter, signing our pledge board and/or wearing your “Longwood T.H.I.N.K.s” button! All photo submissions from the Facebook contest, as well as all the flyers from each day, can be found online on our Facebook page. We are eager to hear, and look forward to soliciting for DigCitWeek 2015, your stories of digital citizenship in action. You’re welcome to leave your story as a comment to this post. Until next year, don’t forget to T.H.I.N.K. before each post!