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All good things come to an end, but the end is just the beginning…

Living and Working on the Web was definitely a way of learning that I have never encountered before and it gave variance and freedom to my otherwise fixed timetable. I am a strong believer that working when motivated can produce much better results. The fact that I was left to choose when I wanted to learn as part of this module made it feel less like work and more like a hobby, even though what I have gained in terms of knowledge is huge. Continue reading →

Reflection on free online content…

When I read the Topic 5 question I thought there were many ways the presented question could be answered. To fit all opinions into a 400 word blog post was challenging and I feel only a couple of issues could be addressed.  Others blogs seemed to either focus on open source academic papers or piracy online and how online users can access media for free even if it legally should be paid for. Continue reading →

“There is no such thing as a free lunch…”

As the internet became more popular, content producers started using it to distribute their material. Previously, this material, be it scientific papers, news or even media was paid for outright when it changed hands and this tradition has continued with web based content despite there being no variable costs to the distributor when displaying content online. Continue reading →

Summary of ethical issues caused by professional social media use…

I enjoyed the freedom of this topic as I feel the task could have been taken in several ways. Upon reading others blogs I wanted to take a different approach to the task and present a very current issue that I thought a lot of other students could easily relate to. However, I do feel that more important issues were raised by other students, as privacy of online professionals in my opinion is not as important as the modern way in which the news is presented (as discussed in Tobie’s post). Continue reading →

When sharing your social life on social media becomes your profession…

Today I’d like to talk about the ethics of professional use of social media, but not in a sense you might automatically assume. I will discuss people that gain income through their social media and the downfalls of doing so with regards to negative reaction from the public. Some of the most popular celebrities right now, especially amongst younger people, are known through the online social presence. Continue reading →

Authentic Professional Profiles

In the last decade, employment from online social profiles has been on the rise. With 92% of employers using social media in the recruitment progress according to a study in 2012 by Jobvite, having an authentic online professional profile is becoming ever more important. It seems online professional profiles are replacing CV’s because headhunting potential candidates online can be a lot more efficient and also give a more genuine picture of a person. Continue reading →

Reflection of Topic 2

Multiple identities online can raise alarm bells when people first consider it due to the popularization of the MTV show Catfish (brought up in many others blogs). Also I feel it could have the stigma it has as it is generally brought up in a negative light for example with new laws against internet “trolls”. Yet, multiple identities, if used correctly can be a useful tool for separating ones social life from their professional life. Continue reading →

Should you have multiple online identities – or any at all?

Online identity is the public information shared about a person and it is proving to be evermore important in the modern day, especially with a lot of first impressions being from social media or online activity. Due to this, it is with increasing importance that we understand that what we share about ourselves online is publicly available not just to friends but to potential future employers. Continue reading →

Reflective Summary of Topic 1

I would like to start by saying the module layout is different to anything I have come across before as I am used to the traditional layout of mass learning from an expert. Therefore, this module has opened my eyes to a new way of learning which is not only engaging but much more social than other forms. The idea of learning from each other as well as ourselves brings a community feels which is non-existent in most learning formats. Continue reading →

“Digital Visitors” and “Digital Residents”

Back in 2001 Marc Prensky, an American writer and speaker, presented the idea of “Digital Natives” and “Digital Immigrants”. The theory of it was that those that grew up with the internet and other digital platforms are very capable of using them, due to being surrounded by them all their lives. This new generation would be known as “Digital Natives”. Continue reading →