Module One: Building your online identity
As learning developers, we need to ensure that anything about us online is appropriate and professional, but we can also use online platforms to proactively make ourselves and our work more visible to others. We might think about how this could help us in our own individual right, to enhance our career, or on behalf of our learning development services, to make them move visible to stakeholders. Module One of LD5D will focus on some of the main tools you can use to build up a coherent and effective online identity. They’re also the tools on which the programme is built, so you’ll need to get to grips with them to participate!
People will have different preferences about how visible they want to be online, but whether you’re comfortable with a very visible and rounded online presence, want to keep personal and professional strictly separate or would rather remain more anonymous, this takes maintenance and an understanding of the tools available and what they can do as well as the pros and cons. In this first module of LD5D, we’ll be not only exploring some useful tools, but thinking about the decisions you’ll need to make, and discussing some of the issues you need to be aware of. Whether you’re new to using web 2.0 tools in this way, or whether you’ve used some or all of them before, we hope this module will offer you the chance to review your practice!
We’ll be looking at some of the fundamental issues of putting information about yourself online in this first module, but we’ll be building on this in future modules with more interactive and collaborative ways of using the internet for various aspects of your work!
Module One covers:
Week One: Considering your online identity
Issue: Usernames, avatars, passwords
Week Two: Choosing appropriate types of platforms
Issue: Static/broadcast or dynamic/interactive?
Tool: WordPress as blog or website?
Week Three: Exploring additional platforms
Issue: Evaluating and maintaining several platforms
Tool: Google+, LinkedIn, Facebook
Week Four: Managing your online identity
Issue: Visibility, collating and interlinking (search engine optimisation)
Tools: Features of the platforms used so far, plus Google Search alerts, Gravatar, Namechk, About.me
Week Five: Maintaining your online identity
Issue: Finding a balance and managing time, building up a coherent profile around an area of expertise
Tool: Blogging (WordPress)