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The final act: A Refelction of Living and Working on the Web

And so here it is, the final post of my module Living and Working on the Web. I’ll start with the things I have learnt during the module that I feel were most important and useful, which, unsurprisingly, are the things I will also take into future modules. The first of these is the use of informal, yet reliable, sources, even if it’s just to get a background of a topic. Continue reading →

Advantages and Disadvatages of Products being freely available online – A Reflection

It’s strange to think that this is the last blog post I will make under the module #UOSM2033, where has the semester gone!! I’ll admit this wasn’t my favourite topic, and I found reading other people’s work much more interesting than researching my own, something that’s probably down to the aspect of the topic that I focussed on. Continue reading →

Finally free for everyone for ever – The benefits and limitation to authors publishing through Open Access

The motivations for my final topic of the module come from an internship I had in the summer, where I was working at Taylor & Francis analysing data that was part of a survey on Open Access in article publishing. My aim for this blog is to expand this knowledge and analyse its benefits and drawbacks. The short 2 minutes video below from T&F provides a concise description of what Open Access is, useful in gaining a basic knowledge. Continue reading →

Standing Out in a Crowd – A Reflection

I am now half way through my module UOSM2033: Living and Working on the Web and feel as though I am really learning things, with the topics and the discussions that I’m having certainly impacting on how I conduct myself on the web, in what I feel is for the better. This reflection will on Topic 3, which required me to look into ones online professional profile and how it can be developed. Continue reading →

Multiple Online Identites: A Reflection

Coming into the topic I already had a basic understanding of the main points of the debate, mainly due to following the debate surrounding the anonymous leaking of photos, however I found it very interesting building upon this knowledge, and soon discovered that the issue was not as black and white as it seemed, especially when I came across the ideas of Internet Society (undated). Through engaging with my peers I soon found many different dimensions to the debate. Continue reading →

Topic 2: Discuss the arguments for and against having more than one online identity

UOSM 2033 – Topic 2: Discuss the arguments for and against having more than one online identity What is an online identity? The first step in this discussion is to ascertain what is meant by a digital identity, a difficult task given the broadness of the concept at hand. Warburton (2010) uses a spectrum of examples, ranging from simple authentication of an online banking transaction using a unique code, to online personas lived out through blogs or Facebook, with self-controlled exposure. Continue reading →

Topic 1: A Reflection

While obviously having some sort of broad overview of what the module would involve, the intricacies of it, as discovered in our opening tutorial, was something rather alien to me; an online course, consisting of blogging and building an online presence in a ‘learn-as-you-go-along’ fashion, with no formal lectures or face-to-face contact with my fellow peers. This new format of learning made me apprehensive at first, but two weeks into the course I feel my worries were unfounded. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Digital “visitors” and “residents”

Explain the concept of digital “visitors” and “residents” drawing upon your reading and your own online experiences to date in support of the points that you make. To me, White (2008) provides the clearest explanation to what digital residents and visitors are in a blog, published as a preliminary overview to a 2011 paper, which looked to provide an approach that ‘was not based on age or gender‘, unlike Prensky’s (2001) earlier work on web immigrants and natives. Continue reading →