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Week 1 Scenario: developing digital information literacy and professional identity in an undergrad health & social care course - a mature student

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Helen Crump
18 January 2013


1) Brainstorm components of your scenarios
Actors: PJ, 36 year old male, father of 3 young girls aged between 3 & 8, in the process of changing career, formerly worked in a technical role in the construction industry, has been out of education for 12 years, his previous education had a strong vocational & technical emphasis.
He works part-time at the weekends in a residential care home. He got the job in the care home because his wife is a nurse and she was able to recommend him for the job. 

Goals: (why?) PJ is motivated to gain a professional qualification in Health & Social Care as there is a strong economic imperative to do so. He is a caring person and likes helping others.

Settings: (where & when?)  he attends classes on campus on a full-time basis where he has access to IT facilities. He also has access to the college's VLE. He studies on campus when he can but this is dependent on timetabling and childcare duties at home. At home he has access to a laptop and can generally spend 2-3 hrs per night, Mon- Fri studying

Objects: (what things are involved?) He has access to a laptop, Google email account and a mobile phone. He has a Facebook account, which he uses to keep in touch with family and friends

Actions:  (what do actors do?) The Professional Skills module is a mandatory part of his Health & Social Care course

Events: (what happens to actors?) PJ has patchy research skills and tends to use Google and/or Google scholar for his coursework assignments. He finds it difficult to organise relevant information/links and is not confidant with regards to the conventions relating to referencing or plagiarism. 
Although PJ has a Facebook account, he is skeptical about social media in general. He cannot see the point of applications like Twitter and has never heard of LinkedIn.

Results: (what is achieved?) PJ's work is of an average standard but he is capable of producing better researched and more polished pieces of work

Your design: (what role does your design play?)  Our design helps him: find better ways to research and present his coursework, develop a PLE, build a professional profile and a PLN

2) Develop a narrative scenario/s
PJ has a supportive group of fellow students on the course. There are 8  mature students in his Professional Skills module. They get on well and tend to form a group of their own, but they also get along and work well with the younger traditional students. PJ has exchanged mobile numbers with a few of his classmates, mainly the mature students and communicates about projects via college email. He knows that some of the students keep in touch via Facebook but he doesn't have the time for that and it doesn't seem quite right for him to use it.
 
PJ finds the Professional Skills module outline to be a bit bewildering with all its references to social media and digital identity/online professional profile.

3) Scrutinize your scenario & revise as necessary
I am claiming that PJ will be interested to develop his professional /academic skills but will be slightly daunted by the addition of the online and social media aspect of the module.

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