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Program Purpose
As JMU faculty implement digital projects and scholarship through experiential learning opportunities, it is imperative that students  are able to practice and develop 21st century skills. Faculty are often concerned with being ill-prepared as the technology experts in their courses and want to ensure that students have the resources needed to succeed. The purpose of the Citizen21 program is to provide support directly to students and to remove the burden from faculty. The Citizen21 program will focus on the following skills while remaining agile and responsive to trends and advancements in today’s world:

Web 2.0 & New Media
Students are comfortable with web 2.0 tools and new media. Students are able to evaluate the benefits and/or risks of particular tools and apply them in appropriate situations.

Use of Technology
Students use technology as a tool to research, organize, evaluate, and communicate their ideas. Students have experiences with various types of devices, hardware, and software.

Content Creation
Students understand and utilize appropriate tools. Students have a basic understanding of multimedia design principles and how to design creative and compelling content.

Information, Resource, and Data Management
Students research, organize, and evaluate information gathered from diverse sources. Students have the ability to recognize which pieces of information are significant and valuable.

Ethical and Social Responsibility Online
Students make judicious choices about the use and creation of content with respect to fair use, intellectual property rights, and consideration of their audience.

Collaboration
Students are open and responsible to new ideas from diverse perspectives. Students provide useful and critical feedback, as well as suggestions to move ideas forward. Students view failure as a learning opportunity.

Communication
Students articulate ideas clearly through different media to a variety of audiences. Students have strong listening and attention skills and are able to communicate in diverse environments.

Mindfulness
Students are attentive, aware, and engaged in the context of a digital environment.

Collaboration

Students in this course will have the opportunity to explore collaborative tools and collaborate with members of a group. This will prepare students for collaborating on course assignments and for becoming a productive and successful digital citizen beyond their time at JMU.

  1. Discuss benefits and challenges of collaborative work
  2. Discover and explore tools for collaboration
  3. Develop a plan to collaborate effectively using appropriate tools

Fair Use and Copyright

It is important to be able to recognize fair use and copyright issues in today’s world, including issues of ethical and social responsibility. The information literate student understands many of the ethical, legal, and societal issues surrounding information and technology.

  1. Recognize fair use and copyright issues in today’s world
  2. Define digital citizenship
  3. Explore available tools and resources
  4. Post a mash-up, including appropriate citations

Publishing

It is important to be aware of your audience, how you compose messages, and what platform you select to communicate your message.  Asstudents work through the modules of this workshop, they will have the opportunity to publish their work. This will prepare students for course assignments and for becoming a productive and successful digital citizen beyond their time at JMU.

  1. Understand the role of multimedia design principles in multimodal composition
  2. Compare the features and purpose of the identified publishing platforms
  3. Apply knowledge of multimedia design principles and technology use by creating and publishing content (content creation, communication)

Metacognition

This course will ask students to reflect on past projects, introduce students to new tools to illustrate metacognitive learning, and have students place metacognition in the context of their life as a student. This course will prepare students for their  academic assignments and for becoming a productive and successful digital citizen beyond their time at JMU.

  1. Understand the significance of metacognition in learning.
  2. Compare three different metacognitive tools.
  3. Apply one of the tools to any significant problem or question in your life. 
  4. Situate metacognitive practices in the context of your life at JMU.

Mindfulness

This course will ask students to define mindfulness in their own terms, thoughtfully evaluate the effects of living in a digital environment in their own life, and reflect extensively on the experience of incorporating mindfulness practice in their own life through a journaling assignment. This course will prepare students for academic assignments and for becoming a productive and successful digital citizen beyond their time at JMU.

  1. Students will be able to define mindfulness in their own terms.
  2. Students will be able to thoughtfully evaluate the effect living in a digital environment has had on their ability to be present in their daily lives.
  3. Students will be able to reflect on ways in which they could effectively incorporate mindfulness practice into their own lives.

Peer Review

Students in this course  will learn about the purpose of peer review in digital media, recognize principles of effective and compelling multimedia design, and demonstrate how to be a useful and respectful peer reviewer of multimedia.

  1. Understand peer review and how it can be applied to platforms other than documents
  2. Reflect on a past experience of peer review and what was helpful/not helpful about it
  3. Become aware of the different peer review resources that are available to JMU students
  4. Identify mistakes of infographics given and offer solutions for improvement 
  5. Create a WordPress post and evaluate the example of the blog post that is given