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My Final Reflective Post

I have chosen to finish #UOSM2033 in the same way I started it: by creating a website. Although I found navigating around WordPress difficult at the beginning of the module, once I got used to the facilities, I very much enjoyed creating blog posts. I have created a Weebly website where my final reflective post can be found as well as a Vlog which I made with a fellow blogger, Katie and a Storify which summarises my journey. The website also has links to all of my online identities. Continue reading →

The Open Access Debate

Source Open access is “about making all scientific research content available for anyone anywhere in the world” (Shockey and Eisen, 2012). The short video below explains the key difference between open and restricted access, using the characters of Charles and Julie. Throughout this module, we have been embracing the digital tools and information available to us in order to develop our knowledge on different topics and make new discoveries. Continue reading →

Final thoughts on the ethics involved in the use of social media

Source I was amazed by the vast amount of ethical issues which were covered in topic four’s discussion, so much so that I decided to gather all the ideas that we, as a group, explored in the diagram below. A summary of all the ethical issues which have been explored by my fellow bloggers and myself in the last fortnight. I chose to focus on a specific area involving online privacy: whether or not our potential employer has the right to spy on us. Continue reading →

Do our potential employers have the right to spy on us?

During topic three’s discussion of developing an authentic online profile, I touched on the fact that 93% of recruiters are using or planning on using social media in their recruitment efforts (Jobvite, 2014). Is this ethical? Do our potential employers have the right to spy on us? “Yes, why not?” Source Hmm, I think not! As Lauren Riley (2014) points out, ‘unless a company has a policy on social media screening, then recruiters aren’t technically doing anything wrong’. Continue reading →

Looking back on authentic professional profiles

 Source Topic three’s discussion of developing authentic online profiles was incredibly insightful and plagued with original responses. While I introduced a ‘how to’ approach, others engaged with key areas in developing an authentic personal brand. Leah made me consider the possible mistakes that we can make as we build our professional profile, such as failing to separate our personal from our professional lives. Continue reading →

Reflecting on multiple online identities

The most challenging part of blogging about online identities was concluding at 400 words as there is simply so much to say and expand on. I was blown away by my colleagues’ imaginative responses; while I concentrated more on separating the advantages from the disadvantages to reach a conclusion, others focused on specific elements within the topic. Bryony discusses the benefits of separating our personal and professional identities online which is something I practice myself. Continue reading →

Online Identity: One or more?

Our digital identity develops alongside our digital footprint as we engage with online spaces. Nowadays, occupying more than one online identity is extremely common. I will be discussing the arguments for and against, using my own examples, in order to shed some light on the topic. The first advantage of having more than one online identity stems from Costa and Torres’ (2011) idea that multiple online identities increase our reachability. Continue reading →