Ina Smith’s research focus is in the adoption of open access publishing in the global South, with specific emphasis on Africa. She holds a Masters’ Degree from the University of Pretoria in Computer-Integrated Education, a Higher Education Teaching Diploma, and an Honours Degree in Library and Information Science. She has vast experience working in open access during her employment at the Univ. of Pretoria (2001-2009) and Stellenbosch University (2009-2014)– in repositories, journal publishing and conference publishing. She is currently employed as a planning manager at the Academy of Science of SA (since 2014-), where she is working as a project manager of the African Open Science Platform, among many others. She is also a DOAJ Ambassador for the southern Africa region. In 2014 she received the LIASA President’s Acknowledgement for Exceptional Contribution (2014), in 2011 she was a Runner-up in the international EPT Award for Open Access, and in 2016 she was awarded LIASA Librarian of the Year. She has a keen interest in the research process in general, and are actively promoting all to become digital citizens and to remain lifelong researchers and self-learners.
Ina will be using her award (generously sponsored by SAPnet) to establish a digital citizen training company, in partnership with a colleague. More about this business:
About In the Cloud
In the Cloud is a newly established digital citizenship training company, registered as a private business with the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa. The registered business name is Kids in the Cloud (Pty) Ltd, registration number K2014/279698/07. The business is currently in the process of being accredited by MICT SETA (Media, Information and Communication Technologies Sector Education and Training Authority). To become accredited, In the Cloud sourced an approved company by the name Thrive to assist. The process is expected to be completed by the end of May 2017.
The business has two directors, namely Ina Smith (MEd (Computer-integrated Education); HED; BBibl (Hons)) and Annamarie Goosen (B.Bibl). Both individuals have an impressive track record of experience in research, library and information science, computer, media and information literacy, digital citizenship, and training in general.
In the Cloud Vision
Digitally equipped citizens, accessing information resources and utilizing technology in a competent and responsible way, for them to become digitally empowered to address individual needs.
In the Cloud Mission
Creating digital citizens by empowering learners, teachers and librarians specifically, but also citizens from other sectors (e.g. senior citizens, working adults, public in general) with computer, media and information literacy skills.
In the Cloud Business Operations
In the Cloud business operations are divided into two areas:
This includes the development of a curriculum for digital citizenship, as well as accompanying curriculum content for primary schools, Grades 1 to 7. The series of manuals for teachers was developed on request of the Namibian private schools, and it has since been implemented widely. Each manual consists of 20 -30 lessons, covering content aligned with topics taught in existing school subjects, as well as digital/online
activities for learners to apply new learning in an innovative and creative way. A number of workshops have been presented to teachers from Namibian schools on using the manuals, and the intention is to also introduce the curriculum to the South African Department of Basic Education. Digital citizenship is not an official school subject in South African schools yet, which is a huge shortcoming. In addition to this, many schools lack computer and Internet facilities, and school libraries. The curriculum content was developed in such a way that both schools with the necessary facilities, and schools without the necessary facilities, can benefit and learn. This is to prepare all equally should they be exposed to an environment where they will require the necessary skills to use digital equipment, find information, submit information, create content digitally, and more. The full spectrum of digital citizenship skills are covered through these seven manuals.
In the Cloud will soon present MICT SETA accredited, highly interactive, hands-on workshops, contextualized for a specific group of individuals, according to the needs of the individuals. To use an example: for librarians from a public library, the training can include using PowerPoint or Slideshare to compile a virtual presentation which can serve as promotional material. Librarians will be introduced to virtual marketing, principles for best practice in terms of design, integrating various elements for example photographs, and images etc. The workshops are based on the principle of knowledge being passed on, to create a continuous effect where one citizen shares and teaches another, depending on the engagement with others. While In the Cloud is awaiting accreditation from the MICT SETA, workshops are presented where SETA accreditation is not a requirement.
In the Cloud Content
The following information and computer technology skills are taught as part of both the School Curriculum and the Workshops content:
Operating System (e.g. Windows, Linux)
Word processing (e.g. MS Word, Open Office Writer)
Spreadsheets (e.g. MS Excel, Open Office Calc)
Presentations (e.g. MS PowerPoint, Open Office Impress)
Online Communication (Email, Mailing Lists, Webinars, Vidcasts, Podcasts, Comments)
Online Planning & Calendar Applications
Blogs, Vlogs, Web Sites and Web Pages
Internet & World Wide Web research & tools
Online collaboration (Google Docs, Google Sheets)
Social Media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.)
The following digital citizenship skills are integrated when conducting training in information and computer technology:
Digital citizenship can be defined as the norms of appropriate, responsible behavior with regard to technology use.
Digital Access: full electronic participation in society.
Digital Commerce: electronic buying and selling of goods.
Digital Communication: electronic exchange of information.
Digital Literacy: process of teaching and learning about technology and the use of technology.
Digital Etiquette: electronic standards of conduct or procedure.
Digital Law: electronic responsibility for actions and deeds
Digital Rights & Responsibilities: those freedoms extended to everyone in a digital world.
Digital Health & Wellness: physical and psychological well-being in a digital technology world.
Digital Security (self-protection): electronic precautions to guarantee safety.