Digital Wellbeing Course - University of York


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Program Description


Do digital technologies affect our wellbeing? Explore the concepts of health, relationships and society in the digital age.

Discover how digital technology affects our wellbeing

What is the impact of digital technology on our health, relationships and society? How do we ensure our own digital wellbeing? Explore the answers to these questions and more with this course.

You will investigate new and established technologies and their impact on society, looking at the positives and negatives of engaging with technology.

You will also learn how to ensure your own digital wellbeing, exploring: how to balance online and offline activities, how to stay safe physically and virtually, strategies for dealing with information overload and creating a positive digital identity.

What topics will you cover?

  • Introduction to the digital society and wellbeing, considering new and established digital technologies, modern culture and trends.
  • Exploration of digital identity, and the balance of online and offline activities.
  • Consideration of negative behaviours online, and strategies and approaches for managing them.
  • Positive uses of technology for our health, society and education.

When would you like to start?

Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts.

  • Available now

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to:

  • Engage with some of the current areas of research on digital identity and wellbeing.
  • Identify some of the benefits and risks of engaging in particular online activities with regards to personal wellbeing.
  • Collaborate in a safe and responsible way in online communities, considering the impact on others.
  • Discuss the various facets of digital wellbeing and the associated implications on both a personal and social level.
  • Reflect on personal digital practices and the impact they have on digital identity and wellbeing.

Who is the course for?

This course is for anyone interested in understanding health and wellbeing in the digital age. It will be of particular interest to people concerned with social science, healthcare or online communities.

Who will you learn with?

Heidi Fraser-Krauss

Director of Information Services at the University of York, and member of the University's Executive Board. Responsible for strategy development, and delivery, across IT, Library and Archive services

Susan Halfpenny

I'm a Teaching and Learning Advisor at the University of York. I spend a lot of time exploring digital literacies and competencies, to equip learners with the skills required in the information age.

Stephanie Jesper

I'm a Teaching & Learning Advisor (sort of like an IT-minded Librarian), dancing with the ducks at the University of York.

Siobhan Dunlop

I'm in the Teaching and Learning team at the University of York, developing teaching on IT topics and helping people use digital technology more effectively.

Alice Bennett

I work for the University of York library services. I am especially interested in how libraries can improve accessibility and user engagement, both virtually and physically.

Who developed the course?

University of York

The University of York combines the pursuit of academic excellence with a culture of inclusion, which encourages everyone – from a variety of backgrounds – to achieve their best.

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$259.99 for one year

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  • Access to this course for 5 weeks

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  • Access to this course for as long as it’s on FutureLearn
  • Access to this course’s tests as well as a print and digital Certificate of Achievement once you’re eligible

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  • Access to this course, and hundreds of other FutureLearn short courses and tests for a year
  • A printable digital Certificate of Achievement on all short courses once you’re eligible
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  • The flexibility to complete your choice of short courses in your own time within the year
Last updated Sep 2020

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