Page Text: As the module comes to an end, I find myself tuned towards digital residents as I start using a wider range of activities rather than my usual ‘limited’ digital residence habits.
What did I learn?
Learning beyond classroom
Managing my Online Identity👩🏻💻
Learning through FutureLearn allows me to understand how online lesson works, as it is my first time having a graded module through an online course. It provides me with an eye-opening experience as online classes are also interest and interactive.
Below is the self-test before and after embarking on MANG2049 journey!
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short yet productive 12 days
12 days of living and working on the web, taught me beyond the learning objectives, where it teaches me to be online professional and reminded me to be socially responsible on the web. Indeed, this 12 days was hectic as we had to rush for submission deadline nonetheless, it is one of the most enjoyable modules as we can have our lesson literally everywhere and anywhere!
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Digital literacy is one of the topics that strike me the most, as we discussed something that I neglected. Usually, I will assume that a certain article is right and it will not affect others if I source wrongly. However, after this module, I realize that while I am sharing my thoughts online, it also means that my credibility and responsibility are at stake if the source I provided is incorrect.
Never assume that a single article is always right until it is proven and always look for alternative sources to support the article.
To aid with filter bubble, I signed up for Vubblepop to receive my news in the future without ‘bursting’ all of them yet receiving news outside my filter bubble.
It sets a reminder for me to protect my online identities and emphasizes on everyone can be a target of identity theft. My takeaway to keep a clearer separation between professional and personal accounts. Below are the online identities of how I portrait myself.
Even though I have multiple accounts, I am mindful of what is posted. I consider myself as a careful digital resident as I am conscious of those posts appear on my profile.
Old ways wont’ open new doors
After this module, I become more aware of the digital world where I create professional online identities to have a more distinct separation. Initially, LinkedIn seems like it is just an additional bonus for individuals.
Through Topic 3, I discover that 70 percent of employers browse thought candidate’s social media platforms before hiring. ( (Lauren Salm, 2017) This forces me to create a professional account for communication.
Apart from my LinkedIn account, I have also published a new website for my online resume . This enhances my online professional account where I curate my information.
A smooth sea, does not make a skillful sailor
I was kind of sceptical of how this module will turn out to be, as it is my first-time blogging. Furthermore, we had to post and share our thoughts with the digital world which mean everyone can see what you post.
This allows me to step out of my comfort zone, where I get to share my thoughts with people who I am not close with. It also opens many opportunities for me to know my colleagues better.
Through these 12 days, reading colleagues and online articles broaden my perspective on not only the digital world but as a whole where I get to deepen my knowledge too! We commented on each other’s posts, that keeps me engaged and gain understanding through peer to peer learning.
Be Creative and Inspirational
Creativity is the power to connect the seemingly connected
Canvas was my go-to website for creating visuals. I get to explore way more interesting websites like Piktochart and Biteable. A mixture of visual, video and words allows me to retain my audience attention and keeps my creative juices from flowing! In return, it enables me to deepen my knowledge and learn faster through creative. I hope to inspire more individuals using creative visuals and video by continuing to share my thoughts on this blog!
Facebook and Instagram
I use FaceBook and Instagram frequently as I post videos and articles I saw on my newsfeed that interest me. I make sure that there are no inappropriate posts on my timeline, bearing in mind that what we do online leave traceable digital footprints that will tie down to our identity.
Despite understanding the importance of online privacy and security even before this module, I did not put to use when I still public my accounts. This sets as a reminder for me to be more vigilant to protect my online security and privacy. I will change the settings of who can view my post to friends only in the future.
My personal Twitter account is for reading the latest news and funny tweets. I created a new account for MANG2049 to separate my professional and personal life.
Following professional accounts like @TheEconomist, and @advertisingweek on Twitter and Linkedin to widen my networking. It allows me to keep up to date with the latest news and help with my future work endeavour.
Making sure that all my professional account is connected, I linked them together, which also increase accessibility to each platform and create a more holistically uniform digital online identity.
What’s the future?
Adopting what I have learnt from this module, I believe it not only set as a reminder for me but also inspire me in many ways.
Below is a video of my future plans:
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Special thanks to Professors Nicholas Fair, Sarah Hewitt and Lisa Harris.
It was an enjoyable journey with your guidance!
David S. White and Alison Le Cornu., Visitors and Residents: A new typology for online engagement – First Monday Volume 16, Number 9 [online] Available: http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3171/3049
Lauren Salm – 70% of employers are snooping candidates’ social media profiles [online] Available: https://www.careerbuilder.com/advice/social-media-survey-2017