Excerpt on Guest Lecture for Interpersonal Communication at Ohlone College on Digital Citizenship and Digital Communities

Two old time favorites have taken to online communities and find that some things never change.

By Your Salonniere

Originally posted at Salonniere Alexis, here’s an excerpt:

On Wednesday, 16 November 2011, I had the pleasure of guest lecturing for an evening session of Interpersonal Communication at Ohlone College. The students prepared for our class by reading the previously published post “Digital Citizenship: Cultivating an Online Presence, Part I.” After a quick introduction, they broke into small groups to review the text and come up with discussion questions where we dived into what it means to be a digital citizen and how we social media sites.

The class was wonderfully diverse, with students from all over the world sharing exceptional insights about their experiences with social media. We discussed the following topics:

  • citizenship vs. consumerism
  • digital community vs. face-to-face community
  • what’s expected of citizens online
  • what’s expected of digital communities
  • how do different digital communities interact, for instance, Tumblr is for showcasing work and Facebook is for catching up with friends and family

The students then drafted group contracts between online users and the online community to determine what the community can do for digital citizens and what digital citizens can do for their community. Some of the policies they wished to employ included:

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