Beyond Digital Citizenship…Let’s Teach our Students to be Digital Leaders
Abstract: “Disruption, innovation, turbulence, change, and competition are words that define our world today.” (2019). Part of why this is true is due to the growth rate of information technologies. In the information technology area, we teach our students about digital citizenship and the subjects of privacy, data security, and professional ethics. All students, no matter their major, should also learn about these issues. I argue that our students do not need to be only good digital citizens. They need to learn to be digital leaders. The article, Digital Student Leadership (2017) cites a participant in the study as saying, “I have always been told what not to do online. But no one has ever told me what I’m supposed to do on social media.” Students need to learn to take charge of their data security, demonstrate ethical use of technologies, and ensure the content they contribute to the digital world is reliable, verifiable, and researched. Diversity and inclusion in digital communications and accessibility of digital content students create are topics that all students should understand and implement. Students need to communicate with respect and integrity. Above all, they need to lead by example in the digital world. Employers are looking for many skills for working in the digital age. This presentation will outline why those skills, and others, are important to digital leaders in all fields and what we can do, as educators, to help instill those skills in our students.