This was one of those topics that you could have written a dissertation on, but you know that no one wants to read more than a few paragraphs, and in fact, they’d actually prefer to just see a visual depiction of the information. I really struggle during the writing process when there’s JUST SO MUCH INFORMATION and I have the task of sifting and connecting it so that it becomes an easily readable document. One page papers are often harder than 8 page papers. Note that I’ve also been ignoring the “Search & Research” assignments for a similar reason. I want to do ALL the research, and come out of it saying something profound, though really I should be more accepting of imperfection and willing to explore/question/fail as part of the process.
So, to make the “Exploring Digital Citizenship” assignment easier for myself, I decided to use a specific frame. I wanted to look at where digital citizenship sat in relation to cybersecurity and digital literacy. Where do they overlap? Where are the boundaries? Using this frame helped focus my attention when I was conducting research (looking for models that discussed each of the three terms). It also allowed me to explore just one aspect of defining digital citizenship which was far more productive for me than taking on the concept as a whole.
For those about to explore: If your assignment is feeling a little chaotic, choose a specific frame or perspective from which to approach the topic.