At the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016 I started thinking about “digital citizenship” in a deeper way than I had in the past. Off the top of my head I’m still not sure what drew me to those particular words – digital citizenship. Tracing the associative trails backward it seems that Sundi Richard and I were discussing the topic on twitter with some others and decided that a synchronous video call was in order.

The hangout turned into the #digciz hashtag and we have been using it to continue the conversation of digital citizenship in higher education. We have scheduled several rounds of conversations usually over 4-5 week bursts and we have focused on having conversations and bringing up questions – not presenting materials or delivering content. It is this format that has allowed us a chance to consider the questions that seem most pressing at the time as well as the flexibility to change direction if we need to.

And, because many questions persist, we have decided to do it again.

I’m so excited by the folks who stepped up and said that they want to be a part of this with us this time around. These are some of my favorite thinkers on this topic! We want things to remain flexible and spontaneous but here is a loose schedule that we are currently working with:

May 30th – June 4

Bonnie Stewart and Mia Zamora will kick us off asking questions about openness and participation including online activism and digital storytelling. They will ask whether our model of open citizenship is an idealized one, and how it actually intersects with the digital identity practices that platforms support and encourage.

Check out Mia’s kick off post on her blog.


Bonnie’s extended reflection and prompt for the #4wordstories through June 1st

June 5-11

Alec Couros and Katia Hildebrandt are going to ask “How do we move from a personal responsibility model of digital citizenship to one that takes up issues of equity, justice, and other uncomfortable concepts (and all the professional/personal complexities this entails)?”

Prompt and schedule for this week can be found here and here

June 12-18

Maha Bali and Kate Bowles will be asking questions around intercultural learning online and giving us a sneak peek at their track from the Digital Pedagogy Lab Institute in Fredericksburg VA.

June 19-25

Bill Fitzgerald and Kristen Eshleman will tackle big questions about data and security including: What are the risks we are most concerned about? How do we identify and prioritize these? When should identity be malleable? How can IT policies and designs support concepts of digital citizenship?

June 26-July 2

Sundi and Autumm will reflect on the weeks past. What did we learn and what questions persist? We will do some reflecting on evolution of DigCiz and talk about what might come next.

I’m so excited for this next round of conversations. Sundi and I will be there and we hope that you will too.

Watch this space for more information soon about week 1!!

Image Credit
By: Emílio Biel circa 1883
Title: Construção da Ponte Luís I
Public Domain CC0,