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Digital Wellbeing

Do digital technologies affect our wellbeing? Explore the concepts of health, relationships and society in the digital age.

Discover how digital technology affects our wellbeing

What is the impact of digital technology on our health, relationships and society? How do we ensure our own digital wellbeing? Explore the answers to these questions and more with this course.

You will investigate new and established technologies and their impact on society, looking at the positives and negatives of engaging with technology.

You will also learn how to ensure your own digital wellbeing, exploring: how to balance online and offline activities, how to stay safe physically and virtually, strategies for dealing with information overload and creating a positive digital identity.

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Skip to 0 minutes and 10 secondsOnce upon a time, there was a world before our own: a land where the internet didn’t exist; where digital technologies did not permeate our every waking hour. It was a magical place... of playing outdoors, looking up information in books, visiting the library! An age when you didn’t know everybody’s bad opinions on every single topic, and where meeting people actually involved going to a physical place! That fabled land is a fading memory. Now it’s hard to go a day without using online digital technologies.

Skip to 0 minutes and 46 secondsWe face a new and confusing world, where we can barely tell fact from fairytale; where trolls no-longer simply hide under bridges; where mobs are ready to pounce on our every indiscretion, and where big bad wolves keep their big big eyes on us, recording our every action. Has something got lost in this digital forest? Is our Prince Charming ghosting us or micro-cheating? Have we traded the prospect of a happy ending for a handful of magic beans? The world we’re in is not all grim, but it reminds us anew of the need to look after our health, safety, relationships… even our environment -- not only in the physical reality of old, but in the virtual spaces we now inhabit.

Skip to 1 minute and 36 secondsIn this course we’ll be exploring some of the research, from York and elsewhere, that seeks to investigate the positive uses of digital technologies for our health, society and education. We’ll question how we might use such technologies in a way which fosters safe, accessible, and socially responsible online communities; ...that makes this new world of our a better place for all of us. So join us on our quest, as we step between these physical and virtual spaces in pursuit of our personal and social wellbeing, reflecting on our own practices, and exploring the different ways by which we might all live with digital technology happily ever after...

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to the digital society and wellbeing, considering new and established digital technologies, modern culture and trends
  • Exploration of digital identity, and the balance of online and offline activities
  • Consideration of negative behaviours online, and strategies and approaches for managing them
  • Positive uses of technology for our health, society and education.

When would you like to start?

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Engage with some of the current areas of research on digital identity and wellbeing
  • Discuss the various facets of digital wellbeing and the associated implications on both a personal and social level
  • Identify some of the benefits and risks of engaging in particular online activities with regards to personal wellbeing
  • Reflect on personal digital practices and the impact they have on digital identity and wellbeing
  • Collaborate in a safe and responsible way in online communities, considering impact on others

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in understanding health and wellbeing in the digital age. It will be of particular interest to people concerned with social science, healthcare or online communities.

Who will you learn with?

Heidi Fraser-Krauss

Director of Information Services at the University of York, and member of the University's Executive Board. Responsible for strategy development, and delivery, across IT, Library and Archive services

Susan Halfpenny

I'm a Teaching and Learning Advisor at the University of York. I spend a lot of time exploring digital literacies and competencies, to equip learners with the skills required in the information age.

Stephanie Jesper

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I'm a Teaching & Learning Advisor (sort of like an IT-minded Librarian), dancing with the ducks at the University of York.

Siobhan Dunlop

I'm in the Teaching and Learning team at the University of York, giving IT support and training and helping people use digital technology more effectively.

Alice Bennett

I work for the University of York library services. I am especially interested in how libraries can improve accessibility and user engagement, both virtually and physically.

Who developed the course?

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.

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