What is it about?

This article explains how the ICT skills that teachers developed over the course of the COVID19 pandemic, such as live online teaching, online teaching platforms, video-making, curation sites, amongst others can be put to use in conjunction with flipped learning models to develop participatory and justice-oriented digital citizenship.

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Why is it important?

This article will help citizenship teachers to use the ICT skills they developed by necessity during the COVID19 pandemic to use flipped learning, which I believe has the potential to overcome many factors that inhibit citizenship education, such as insufficient class contact, student apathy or lack of knowledge of topics. The article applies Westheimer and Kahne's three types of citizenship to digital citizenship. Two examples are given of how teachers can develop digital citizenship from personally responsible, to participatory and eventually justice-oriented. This aims to help teachers of citizenship see how all three citizenship types can be employed in digital citizenship.


In common with many other teachers, I had to develop new and constantly changing methods of teaching during the COVID19 pandemic. I wanted to demonstrate how these skills could have an ongoing benefit for teachers. Hence, I wrote this article to show how using flipped learning, which requires such skills, has the potential do enhance the quality of teaching in citizenship education.

Gearoid O'Brien
University College Cork National University of Ireland

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This page is a summary of: Flipped learning as a tool to enhance digital citizenship: How teachers’ experiences of online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic can encourage participatory and justice-oriented citizenship, Citizenship Teaching and Learning, June 2021, Intellect, DOI: 10.1386/ctl_00057_1.
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