“We are in the throes of transition where every publication has to think of their digital strategy” -Bill Gates
Bill Gates’ quote compliments Glynda Hull’s article, “At Last: Youth Culture and Digital Media: New Literacies for New Times.” Hull argues that is in imperative that we, as users, are literate in different modes of media and digital communications. Digital literacy, like any other type of literacy is important to facilitate innovation and change.
I believe the ability to use various formats to obtain or understand new information via computer, tablet, or mobile device cultivates digital literacy. I also believe that digital literacy aligns with being familiar with technological devices and being able to apply that “how to” knowledge to the fast moving nature of the digital sphere.
To apply this argument to my own experience, I’ve learned how to concisely but thoughtfully write in different forums like: my personal blog, website, and infographics. My learning extended behind textual writing by writing for podcasts and videos.
I had no idea I would learn so much in just one semester of Digital Communication. My project topic seemed like a distant idea but it has grown to a full scale demonstration of what I want to say, how I wish to say it, and who I am as digital writer:
This blog allowed me to sculpt a notion that I constantly thought about. Here is what I am proud to say I have learned:
- proficiency in photoshop
- concision in digital writing
- appreciating digital aesthetics
- understanding the importance of SEO (search engine optimization), categories and tags and captions
- proficiency in storytelling through image slideshows. (Flickr)
My personal video
My video opened even more possibilities to my topic about social media literacy. And I gained assets I will definitely use in the future:
- learned interview etiquette
- experience with photo editing (iMovie and Adobe Premiere)
- experience with capturing footage and appropriate b-roll
I now have a website that contains my portfolio of my creative work, my resume, and a personal page that can describe who I am to future employers.
- self branding
- proficiency in web design
- self advocacy
- Created a digital resume
My journey… is not over!
“We are all failures- at least the best of us are” -J.M Barrie.
The number one lesson I learned from digital communications is: trial and error, trial and error, trial and succeed. I learned that everything is a learning experience if you allow it to be. I learned that collaboration is an inevitable task in life, and faith in yourself is necessary to work with your own skills and others. These lessons, I believe, will push me forward in my academic years and my eventual career.
But I also became proficient in some pretty impressive software and programs:
- Adobe Premiere
- Adobe Photoshop
- Wix website design
The first day of class, I was a shy freshman among sophisticated sophomores and juniors; I was intimated by the rigor of the class and my colleagues. But I grew confident in my abilites day by day and found that I am not only capable of taking this course, but I enjoy all the things I found most daunting. If I can apply the same mindset to every undertaking, I think I found the key to my own success.