Week 2 Topic: Digital identities, exploring digital footprints

This week we will explore the concept digital identities. Everyone has a digital identity, but have you ever considered how the rest of the world sees you? Have you ever thought about the information about you out there? We’ll explore this topic in greater detail and examine the different ways we present ourselves digitally such as via Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.

We will examine the issue of control – do you consciously control and develop your digital identity? We will examine examples of digital identities that have been done well and some that have not. It’s an important issue as we are often judged by our digital identity, so we will examine ways we can control this a little more. You’ll need to read chapter 4 of the textbook, and there is an interesting podcast for you to listen to that will give you some ideas for the discussions we’ll have on the Discussion Board.


The reading from the textbook (Howell, 2012) is Chapter 4..


Managing your digital identity









Learning Activities (Discussion Board and Twitter)

The discssion board tasks for this week are:

1. What is your digital identity? Google yourself and see what the world can find out about you. Examine your Facebook page, how could this be interpreted?

Select a famous person and search for information about him/her on the Internet. What is his/her digital identity? Answer that by developing a digital biography about him/her and posting your effort to the discussion board as a document in the style of a magazine article.

2. In Twitter, using the hashtag #LLiDWOUA, give others in the unit one piece of advice on how to maintain a good digital footprint – or – how to overcome a bad digital footprint.


This week you have explored several new topics and technologies. Review some of these experiences and see if you can answer these questions:

What is a digital identity?

How much control do we have over the information about ourselves that is available online?

What is a blog?

What is Twitter?

How can we use blogs or Twitter in the classroom?




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Living and Learning in the Digital World; Teaching in a Digital World; Information and Communication Technology

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