Week 4 – Decoding

This week you will think critically as you decode a new digital tool. As you begin to figure out how this new tool works, remember that this tool is probably new to each one of your classmates. Consider how you apply code breaking in order to complete the activities. You’ll have a choice to make for your response to discussions this week. You are encouraged to work collaboratively or even get together (physically or digitally) to complete this week’s response choice.concept map of code breaking skills

DATES: Sept 22nd – 28th


TOPICS: This week we examine how to decode the navigational, operational and stylistics of digital spaces. This includes decisional factors that are embedded into digital texts and media that illuminate inherent biases and understanding. Characteristics and conventions within modes of digital text will be examined. Norms and practices in digital environments will be explored e.g. safety, behaviours, privacy, sharing.

Code breaking focuses on how digital spaces are accessed, used, understood and created for a variety of user populations. What affordances are ‘baked into’ the tools to ensure the user experience is positive and productive? What assumptions are made by the creator and/or the user in order to access and understand how to move within the digital space?


  • Review tips and videos on course LAB page for Flipgrid submission
  • Create a FLIPGRID video response (see grid embedded below) using the information provided by your instructor.
  • Begin work on your second blog post for A2
  • Look at Creative Makes list to tinker and play with digital tools and technologies, then include this tinkering experience in your next blog post, including any products you may have crafted.


  • A1: Discussion post in D2L by Tuesday at 11:59 p.m.
  • A1: Response choice options – select Option 1 OR Option 2
    • Option 1: Flipgrid video and respond to one Flipgrid video
    • Option 2: Flipgrid video and one response in D2L


  • From your own experiences, where have you had success or faced challenges in ‘breaking the code’ in order to access, use, understand or create in digital spaces
  • How can you improve your ability to decode digital spaces effectively? 
  • How could you integrate digital literacies into your current learning environments where you are required to ‘code breaking’?
  • In what ways can you support others, particularly students, when introducing or using web or electronic resources?

Flip Grid Video Responses – use the student name and access code provided