Welcome to Course 2!
The main focus of Course 2 is around privacy, safety and responsibility online. We’ll explore the ideas of digital footprints, copyright, digital citizenship, and the power of connections over the next six weeks. Again, the course will be divided into 5 themes for the first five weeks, and your sixth week will be time to catch up and complete your finished product, with one week built in for a break when you need it!
Just like last course, you will need to complete:
- 1 blog post per week for each of the 5 weeks of the course
- Final project (see more details about the final project after the Week 1 readings)
- 1 additional blog post reflection on your final project – for a total of 6 posts
- 1 comment per week for each of the 5 weeks of the course – for a total of 5 comments
All of these items should be documented on your grading spreadsheet.
Now that we’re on to the second course, I recommend starting to think about your blog as a digital portfolio, documenting your progress and creating an online presence. For yourself and for readers of your blog, it makes it much easier to navigate your content if you’ve organized things using tags and categories to separate ideas, and perhaps create a menu system to help quickly access this info.
It’s tough at first to understand the difference between tags and categories, but the general idea is that categories are broad and encompass the main cornerstones of your work, whereas tags would then help break down these posts into more detailed sections. For example, a category is, “Course 2” but a tag may be, “digital footprints”. That will also let readers find all content labeled, “digital footprints” regardless of what course they were referenced in. So if I were creating a travel blog, the categories could be, “Asia, Indonesia, Bali, Ubud”, but tags could be, “food, culture, dance”.
There’s a tag section on the main Coetail.com site. Have a look through that and try to find some tags that we can use as a group to create continuity in our work.
Have another suggestion? Please leave your ideas in the comments!
This TEDx talk was shared in the previous cohort but is definitely relevant to all of us. Alexandra Samuel: 10 Reasons to Stop Apologizing for Your Online Life:
And one more that has been floating around which helps to demystify SnapChat.