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Skip to 0 minutes and 4 seconds Welcome to our course on Becoming a Digital Citizen. Over the next three weeks we’ll be considering

Skip to 0 minutes and 10 seconds a variety of information: everything from case studies to research and opinions from our academics at the University of York. We’ll also hear from librarians and IT specialists on all matters to do with information technology. This week we’re going to look at the theme of digital access and information inequality.

Skip to 0 minutes and 30 seconds We’ll consider the digital divide: what the impact of not having access to information and technology has on people’s lives; we’ll also look at the skills you need to access information technology; and finally we’re going

Skip to 0 minutes and 43 seconds to have a look at searching for information: how do we search for information well and not get stuck in the filter bubble, and how do you critically evaluate information sources and find out if they’re useful for you? We look forward to learning with you over the next three weeks, and hope you enjoy the course.

An overview of week one

The overall theme for this first week of our course is ‘Digital access and information inequalities’, and we’ll be breaking that down into three activities:

  • Digital society and citizenship: If we’re to become digital citizens we’re going to need an understanding of what that actually means. Where might we be citizens of, and how does that citizenship manifest itself?

  • The digital divide and the skills gap: How equal is the digital society? Are some citizens more equal than others? Are some completely disenfranchised? In this activity we’ll explore inequalities of access and their implications.

  • Finding information and critical appraisal: The internet was once dubbed the Information Super-Highway, but how do we make the most of that information, and can we believe what we find?

We’ll be hearing from a range of staff from the University of York, including academics, professional staff and the York University Student President about the challenges involved in accessing information.

Aims and Objectives

By the end of this week you should have:

  • Explored some key ideas around “digital citizenship” and reflected on your own digital practices

  • Considered the impact of digital technology on society and how it impacts upon different groups

  • Investigated new ways of finding information online and evaluating what you find.

We hope you enjoy the topics we will be covering this week, and that through it you’re able to develop your abilities as a digital citizen.

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Becoming a Digital Citizen: an Introduction to the Digital Society

University of York