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Auf wiedersehen cyber buddies

In hindsight, UOSM 2033 has enhanced my online professional profile substantially, something all other modules I participate in cannot offer. Looking at my module self-review, above, my feeling towards all categories has increased. An area I am now most confident in is ‘participating in online communities’. Before UOSM 2033, I had never truly engaged in an online community, blogging hadn’t occurred to me as an online social activity. Continue reading →

Consequences of open access to content producers

Open access is the ability for all web users to obtain ‘any digitally-based information they need without encountering a virtual gateway: a password, subscription requirement or payment’ (Guardian, 2014). One advantage to a content producer of open access is the widespread recognition they can receive. Due to the full re-use rights open access entails, content producers will have their research literature cited from scholars and professionals globally (Open Access Explained, 2012). Continue reading →

Privacy amongst the educational use of social media

The ethical issue I will discuss is privacy, regarding the educational use of social media. A different approach will be taken towards this blog, as I will expand upon an interview I conducted with my sister, who is a secondary school teacher. The main points from the interview can be seen through the presentation below. Click to view slideshow. The image above is what a member of the public would see if they were to search for my sister on Facebook, for example a student. Continue reading →

Authenticity for Dummies…I was the dummy – Topic 3 Reflection

At the start of the topic, my understanding of an authentic online professional profile was one which is true and unique to a particular individual. Further ideas regarding this topic can be seen below. Picture sources at the end. However, from reading Davina’s blog, I understood that an authentic online professional profile can be developed across a range of platforms, not simply on those intended for professional reasons, but those created on social media sites aswell. Continue reading →

Authenticity for dummies

Authenticity relates to originality, and when applied to an online professional profile, it means that the profile is really YOU, not a clone of someone else’s profile or their characteristics. An authentic online professional profile can be developed in several ways, with LinkedIn being the most popular. Online platform – TARGETjobs, and creating your own blog, through Weebly or Tumblr, are other examples of ways to develop an authentic online professional profile. Continue reading →

Keeping the title simple, Topic 2 Reflection

From reading blogs of peers, my knowledge on the consequences of having multiple online identities certainly strengthened. I’ll jump straight into it. Part of the topic I omitted was the concept of anonymity. From reading Xiaolu’s blog, he furthered my initial understand of the consequences of digital identities, as through anonymity, both positives and negatives can be taken. Continue reading →

Consequences of several online identities

Online identity is your personality visible to the online world. It is constructed by partial identities, which are a subset of characteristics making up your [online] identity (Internet Society, 2015). Many internet users prefer to maintain a professional, alongside a social online identity. I will examine the advantages and disadvantages of having multiple online identities. Possessing several online identities is beneficial as it can spread out your name. Continue reading →

Topic 1: Digital ‘visitors’ and digital ‘residents’

The concepts of digital visitors and residents was born after criticism of Prensky’s ‘digital natives’ and ‘digital immigrants’. His age related hypothesis separated the youth as natives, due to being born into the digital world and categorised the older generation as immigrants, implying they need to adapt to the digital world and will never grasp the digital experience like natives have (Prensky, 2001). Continue reading →