Digital Literacies Pathway

For my digital literacies’ pathway, I took a very long time choosing which path to take, whether its tinkering, taught, theory, or the mix. I ended up choosing taught for multiple reasons, I felt it was the one that felt the easiest for me. I’m used to studying and reading and I like receiving information directly, rather than doing an activity from tinkering. I also felt it was the least time-consuming path to take, and like usual I left the assignment till the last 2 weeks it was due in, so I wanted to be smart with my time. Lastly, I read the presentation topics and I felt like a few of them resonated with me, including the ones I chose to do, presentation skills and systematic searching. 

I chose the presentation skills power point because I need to elevate my presentation skills and doing this activity would teach me something new. ever since I entered university I focused on building and improving my presentation skills because I knew the importance of it, and I’ve been taking every chance I can get to build this skill. All throughout school I was very shy and I would struggle to present, I would get super anxious even the night before a presentation and dread presenting. I would come up in front of the class and stutter to the point I can’t say the word at all, my face would turn red and I would feel so embarrassed. Avoiding presentations and speaking in front of people was my number one goal. Then when I entered college, I said it was a good chance for me to have a new persona as someone who likes presenting and is good at it, no one knows who I was so I can fake it till I can make it. And that’s what I did now I don’t feel shy presenting, I give myself a pep talk before presenting and have all positive thoughts. This improved my ability to present a million times. But now is time to focus on how to present so people listen. 

I believe communication is key, I can have an amazing idea and present it in a poor manner, and people would be uninterested, and I can have a poor idea and present it in an amazing was and id have my audience interest and curiosity. So, to me learning to communicate and promote my idea is a skill I need, especially in my career life in the future. 

Like I suspected I learned a few key points from this activity, I learned the step I should go through when planning my presentation, and they are:

1- Understand my task: 

  • What is my presentations goal?
  • Is it formal or informal?
  • My purpose to inform, instruct, or persuade? 
  • Understand my requirements if I’m assigned any.

2- Know my audience:

  • Make sure content is age appropriate.
  • Understand what is their level of pre-existing knowledge on the topic, will you need to give an intro?
  • What do they want to get out of your presentation?
  • Anticipate questions likely to be asked.

3- Write my presentation:

  • Write outline with intro, key points, and conclusion. 
  • Intro: “tell them what you’re going to tell them”
  • Body: “tell them”
  • Conclusion: “tell them what you told them”

4- Prepare visual aids:

  • Create a power point
  • Add pictures or videos to help communicate your message

5- Practice:

  • Practice a lot = feel more confident 
  • Don’t read off slideshow
  • Pace my speaking, not too fast or too slow

6- Check the venue:

  • Check the place and its size 
  • Check the tools ill have available to use.

As for the rest of the activity I didn’t really benefit from it much. I already knew how to create slideshows using google slides, power point, and Prezi. I also knew the importance of font size depending on where I’m presenting, so the fonts not too big or small. And lastly, I already knew how to add pictures, videos, etc. The power point also discussed how to deliver effectively, but as I previously mentioned I already worked on this aspect of presenting and I’m focusing on building better presentations now. I already researched and practiced different hand gestures, voice changes etc.

Another thing I learned was the term TRAC when taking audience questions. Which stands for:

  • T: thank the questioner 
  • R: repeat the question (shows I understand the question)
  • A: answer the question 
  • C: check with the audience member that you’ve answered their question to their satisfaction. 

So, my overall benefit from this activity is a lot, I chose a topic that relates to me and is of use to me rather than a topic that has no connection or importance to me or my life. A skill is something I will always have to nourish and build, it’s not something I can learn once and leave, so any chance I get to add to my knowledge and ability in this skill I will take. 

For my second T-pathway I chose another interactive lesson, about systematic searching. I chose this topic for the same reasons I chose the other interactive lesson, because the topic is relevant and beneficial to me. At this point in my academic life, I do a ton of research for every course I take. I have a lot of experience in researching due to the assignments I took before, like research for my extended essay for IB, which taught me a lot of skills in how to efficiently and effectively conduct research. These tricks saved me time and energy while doing my assignments so I think this interactive lesson would teach me new skills. 

I learned how to choose relevant sources that are relevant and appropriate to my research, and how to filter my search results by evaluating the source’s quality and relevance. The aim of the lesson is to teach me how to develop my search strategy. There are five steps I should use to plan my research

1- Define my topic: 

  • Ask myself key questions 
  • Refine and clarify by:
  • Purpose of my research 
  • What type of info sources I should focus on 
  • Check that I have access to these sources
  • What am I being asked to do (compare, analyze, etc.)

2- Describe my topic: 

  • Using keywords 

3- Identify information sources: 

  • Research is through: books, journals, databases, websites, or grey literature.  
  • Sources are either: primary, secondary, or tertiary 
  • The sources information can either be clinical guidelines, qualitative research, or systematic reviews. 

4- Build my search syntax: 

  • “and”
  • “or”
  • “not”

5- Execute and evaluate my search:

  • Subject headings 
  • Check reliability, objectivity, and relevance.
  • Source popular or scholarly?

I was already familiar with most of the terms, such as primary, secondary and tertiary, and their differences. But what I benefitted the most from was the structure of research. I already follow this order in general, because of the number of times I did research, but it’s good to know that my procedure is correct. I already knew that there are many types of information sources I can use, not only websites and books. I already know that the AUC library offers many types of information sources that I can use, and I have used before for some papers I did. Also, I knew using “and,” “or,” “not” will filter out and help me reach what I’m looking for. I used this skill previously while doing research for my extended essay. They reduce the results I get and filter them to what I’m looking for. 

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