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It might be over, but it’s NOT the end!

I never thought I would feel anything other than excited about the end of a module, but UOSM2033 has surprised me. In terms of the self-test, I believe I have improved on almost everything since the start of the module.  At the beginning of UOSM2033 I didn’t pay too much attention to where I got my online information, but as the blog progressed I realised the importance of credible sources and topic 5 really brought it home for me. Continue reading →


Last week in my topic 4 reflection I questioned whether I would have been better off using a PowToon or a vlog for my blog post. So, for this week’s blog I decided to do a Prezi, I had never done one before so I was a dubious that it would work. Needless to say I had a lot of fun creating it; it’s always nice to do something different. James gave me some constructive feedback on my blog. He thought my Prezi was disjointed and didn’t really flow. Continue reading →

Open Access

For this week’s blog I have decided to do a prezi, there is no sound on it and I have posted all links in the reference section here. Please enjoy. References http://www.theguardian. Continue reading →

Reflecting on Topic 4

  Well this has been a fascinating couple of weeks with UOSM2033. Topic 4 has definitely been my favourite so far. My blog post was on the ethics of public shaming, as an individual who does not like to be centre of attention the idea of public shaming is particularly terrifying to me, so in a way I think I wanted to raise awareness about how damaging it can be. I believe I got my message across but I think a different medium may have been more effective, perhaps a vlog or PowToon. Continue reading →

Public Shaming

According to the BBC ethics at its simplest is a system of moral principles; Jay Shepherd simplifies unethical behaviour even more saying ‘It’s like pornography: you know it when you see it. It’s as simple as knowing the right things to do, then doing the wrong thing.’ I know the difference between right and wrong. I know what I should and shouldn’t say, like most of the population I was brought up with a moral compass that helps me direct my behaviour. Continue reading →

Another look at developing a professional online profile

Developing an authentic online professional profile can be as simple as signing up to LinkedIn but if you want to really get noticed you need more and there is a lot more you can do. My latest blog post mentioned 5 key things that you can do to develop your online professional profile and that didn’t even cover everything. Tom and Lucy both pointed out how important networking can be. The larger your network the more likely you are to find opportunities. Continue reading →

Developing an Authentic Online Professional Profile

IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE AN AUTHENTIC ONLINE PROFESSIONAL PROFILE? YES! More now than ever before, and it’s only going to become more important, here are some interesting statistics that you should be aware of: 93% of recruiters use or plan to use social recruiting (Jobvite, 2014). 69% of recruiters expect hiring to become more competitive (Jobvite, 2014). A Microsoft study found 79% of employers will research their job candidate online (Hunt, 2013). Continue reading →

Spurred Into Action!

This latest blog post looked at the positives and negatives of multiple online identities, of which there are many. Again, online identity is not something I had given much thought to, even though as a psychology student the concept of identity comes up often. Reading the other blogs and comments I am confident that the positives of online identities outweigh the negatives. Michael commented on my blog ‘anonymity-when used ethically-can be a very positive tool’. Continue reading →


In real life, there aren’t many situations where it is useful to be anonymous, (Vronay, 2014) but online, anonymity gives you the freedom to express yourself or parts of yourself without exposure. Jeff Jarvis criticises multiple online identities whilst acknowledging there is a place for anonymity referring to corporate whistle-blowers and Chinese dissidents (Jarvis, 2011) however, he doesn’t consider other vulnerable individuals, or inequality. Continue reading →