A School Community Approach

The way we use technology is constantly evolving. Underlying these changes are fundamental rules of behavior that remain relevant no matter what technology is being used. This program sets out to explore these rules as a school community and develop a code of conduct that is relevant to all stakeholders.

The Student course

The Students course covers the 9 Elements of Digital Citizenship using quality interactive learning resources from around the world. Seamless assessments occur throughout the course and the platform automatically accrues the results of each student. Students are awarded a badge at the completion of each learning module and are issued a certificate at the successful completion of their course.

The Parent and Teacher courses

The Teachers and Parents courses can be taken on their own as an individual or as a group. The Teachers course is specifically designed to provide a full understanding of Digital Citizenship from the perspective of the educator. Likewise, the Parents course is designed with their needs, interests, and abilities in mind.

Parents and Teachers in the Student's course, have the option if they want to contribute to the mixed forums.

Instructional sections are provided for Parents and Teachers detailing the learning objectives at each forum that are invisible to the Students and are aimed to assist effective participation. It is recommended, but not essential for participating adults to complete the short eModerator course. It provides specific skills to enhance the learning value of the forums and how to navigate the learning platform.

The eModerator course

It is recommended, that this short course is taken by anyone responsible for moderating a forum. It briefly explains the Moodle platform and the course design features. It further details the skills required for maximizing the knowledge creation in the forums and how to manage your online time and yet maintain a 'presence' in forums.

The blended Student course has seven learning modules covering a wide range of Digital Citizenship topics. The course can be taken on it's own or in parallel with the Parent and Teacher courses.  The course covers all the elements of Digital Citizenship in fun and at times gamefied/roleplay way, that puts the Student in genuine decision-making scenarios.  By the time the courses finishes the Students will be even more responsible, safe and effective user of digital technology.

Student voice, expressing their opinions in the inter- and intra group forums are supported by the activities  and are e-moderated. 

The Parent course runs in parallel with the courses for Students and Teachers and consists of seven learning modules. The course can also be taken by itself in a group or alone. It provides a clear overview of all the Elements of Digital Citizenship with specific emphasis on how parents can support the school's efforts in teaching students how to use technology effectively, safely and ethically. 

Parents will be shown what technology is used by teens. Throughout the course parents and caregivers will be encouraged to ask questions and express their views via the forums both within the Parents group and via the cross-forums with the Student and Teacher groups. The aim of this is that by the end of the course each group will feel that they have contributed to the consideration and are familiar with the school community approach to Digital Citizenship.

The course requires about 2 to 3 hours a week commitment and the work can be done at any time during the week on most devices.  You will be enrolled and all your efforts will be automatically saved for the next time you log on.   

Completing the course will enable you to help your child(ren) establish good Digital Citizenship behavior and ensure that they make optimum use of the opportunities that digital technology can provide.

The Teacher's course consists of seven learning modules and can be taken by itself or in conjunction with the Student and Parent courses. The course provides a clear overview of all the elements of Digital Citizenship with specific emphasis on how to teach using the existing curriculum and the responsibilities required of an educator working with new media.  Though the use of forums supported by activities a lively discussion is encouraged, which allow the participants of the teacher group to identify the key issues that are most relevant to their particular school community.  At strategic points, there are crossover forums to allow exchanges between Teachers, Parents, and Students. The aim of this is that by the end of the course each group will feel that they have contributed to the consideration and are aware of the other viewpoints.

The course requires about 2 to 3 hours a week commitment and can be done in a time-flexible manner. 

This course is designed to make running the Digital Citizenship program easier.  It explains relevant aspects of the Moodle elearning platform, including how to navigate the site and how to register participants.  

A detailed overview of the instructional design of each course is given and how the role of the eModerator changes during each of the 5 stages* of the program;

  1. Access and motivation stage
  2. Socialisation stage
  3. Information exchange stage
  4. Knowledge construction stage
  5. Metacognition stage

eModeration requires a new set of skills to enhance the learning of the online participants.  It is a delicate balance between guidance and overreach and this balance changes over the duration of the program.

Completing this course before the commencement of the Digital Citizenship program will enable the school staff member(s) to run the program more effectively and (time) efficiently.

* e-Moderating: The Key to Online Teaching and Learning - by Prof. Gilly Salmon