In an era of rapid technological advancement, the need for digital proficiency is growing more pronounced. Students at Paragon University aimed to bridge this gap by providing practical insights and hands-on training across via a Digital Literacy Workshop (‘My Digital Risk’) in December 2023, covering varied digital skills. The workshop’s intent was to address the digital divide among students entering higher education.
The ‘My DigitalRisk’ Workshop was developed and run by students from Paragon International University. The project also fulfilled requirements for the MIS321 course in Project Management within the Department of Management of Information Systems at Paragon International University.
‘My DigitalRisk’ addressed these needs by offering practical, hands-on training in essential digital competencies for 30 students, bridging gaps to strengthen participants to confidently engage with modern technology.
The Workshop’s three sessions were:
- How to use Digital Tools, (taught by Darapong Rith)
- My Digital Identity & My Password, (facilitated by Socheata Sokhachan & Chanvoleak Ros), focusing on digital literacy, security and password protection.
- My Device x Digital Risk, (facilitated by Socheata Sokhachan), training on security for personal tools.
Ms. Socheata Sokchan and Ms. Chanvoleak Ros also previously served as organizers for Cambodia’s Youth Internet Governance Forum Cambodia (YIGF) in 2023.
The ‘My Digital Risk Workshop’ was well-balanced for gender and diversity of background, with 30 participants ranging from 18 to 25 (56.76% females and 43.24% males) from a wide variety of educational backgrounds.
The workshop’s impact was evaluated through pre and post surveys (19 total), clarifying participant perceptions and skill assessments. Based on completed surveys, students demonstrated a 13.89% average improvement in average scores. This demonstrates the workshop’s impact in elevating participants’ confidence to navigate diverse digital tools and concepts.
“My DigitalRisk workshop provides a very comprehensive introduction to how to protect yourself on the internet. I’ve learned a clever way to avoid getting phished as well as how to create a password so strong that no one would be able to guess it. Moreover, My DigitalRisk has provided me with various groundbreaking tools to help me in my university life.”Mr. Bol Oudom, Student in Management of Information Systems from Paragon International University
“I took the ‘My DigitalRisk Workshop’ and it was eye-opening! My DigitalRisk Workshop equips participants with valuable knowledge, and shared tons about cyber threats, data breaches, and even online reputation stuff. They gave us practical tips on staying safe online, from passwords to privacy settings.”Ms. Nhorng Malin, Student in English Literature at The University of Cambodia
The success of the My DigitalRisk Workshop is due to collaborative efforts and support of our partners and supporting organizations. Their contributions have been instrumental in shaping this effort towards enhancing digital literacy. Our supporters are Paragon International University, Department of Management of Information Systems of ParagonIU, Open Development Cambodia (ODC), SecDev Foundation, Chumrum Digital, ICT4D and YIGF Cambodia.