Global Digital Citizenship: Becoming a World University in Oman

By Mary Lane-Kelso.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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Global digital citizenship is defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible, and ethical behavior to use digital technology in global communities. Currently, the Instructional and Learning Technologies (ILT) Program at Sultan Qaboos University (SQU) frames teaching and learning within the context of digital technology to assist students in becoming educational technology leaders in Oman. However, technology lives in a world without physical boundaries so an intercultural dimension has been a natural part of this process. To help create a world knowledge university, it is necessary to ensure the students’ readiness to do so. To develop this model, the ILT faculty team began by identifying the specific needs of the ILT curriculum in global digital citizenship competencies. The team sampled baseline elements of digital citizenship, reviewed students’ skills and attitudes for global engagement, and measured the extent that internationalization has taken place in the program. Several themes emerged to define the action plan and prototype. The prototype will, in turn, be integrated into a more comprehensive strategic curricular model of the ILT program that interfaces with objectives, topic strands, and college goals.

Keywords: Global Digital Citizenship, Educational Technology

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 5, Issue 1, pp.97-114. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 379.677KB).

Dr. Mary Lane-Kelso

Assistant Professor, Head of Department, Instructional and Learning Technologies, College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University, Muscat, Oman

Dr. Lane-Kelso is an American educator with a Doctorate in Curriculum & Instruction, and focus in Educational Technology. She is currently a faculty member and Head of Department at the Instructional and Learning Technologies Department in the College of Education, Sultan Qaboos University in Oman. Her research topics include professional and curricular development with global education and technology integration. Specifically, Dr. Lane-Kelso’s research interests are in transdisiplinary areas of study that include peace pedagogy, gender equity, and inclusionary practices throughout education.


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