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Digital Literacies Pathways: Digital Confidence Profile

In order to analyze what areas I needed to work on to set my digital literacy goals for the semester, I had to take a test that determines my digital confidence profile and where I stand in different categories in the online world. By analyzing the results, I was able to understand how my confidence mainly comes from creative work done online and being able to link emotionally to difference messages I want to deliver for the observer. Also, this made sense when I found out that I was prone to viewing myself as a student and always aiming to teach myself new literacies as new technologies seize to exist in the modern world.

For example, studying architecture developed greatly with the invention of various technologies. In that regard, AutoCAD was designed in the 1970s to allow clients to view their work in 2D format. This did not allow them to develop a critical form of digital literacies on the building such as applying different weather conditions as a plug in and testing different circumstances by which the building can endure. By the invention of Revit BIM, a program later designed in 2003, it helped encourage designers to perceive programs beyond a drafting method, rather a living organism that can be shaped according to different cultural needs and climatic conditions.

It was also important to analyze my weak points and understand ways to enhance them. For instance, my results showed that I might face difficulties transforming my work into material that is profession on paper and can be used in further research methods. I believe this exists since I tend to be a visual person and rely more on producing digital material that appeals to the eye more than making sure it impacts the academic audience in a sense.

Also, I showed average results in my sense of wellbeing and digital identity developed in social media platforms. In that regard, as new technologies seize to exist, the internet seems uncontrollable and I am always whether a normal user who is not highly aware of software protection methods would be able to trust the internet safely and share their personal information in a way that doesn’t threaten their wellbeing and safety online. From my perspective, I believe this is why we still rely mostly on the governmental efforts and regularly aim to file cases against hackers and illegal online activity due to our lack of sufficient knowledge to protect ourselves once and for all.

By analyzing the previous results, I feel like I currently need to focusing on developing a critical thinking technique behind my work and not focus entirely on finding the “perfect tool”. In that regard, the options themselves will never be good enough if the sense of reasoning is not detailed to allow the work produced to explain itself for the target audience. As a result, I chose to apply several tasks using the tinkering method to test my understanding of digital literacies by being proactive in different scenarios to test differently according to the description of every task.

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