Digital Identities, Communities & Connections: Emerging Trends


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Digital identity, why and how: for continuing education professionals. Presented to APACUE 11 Spring Forum in PEI May 2011.

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Digital Identities, Communities & Connections: Emerging Trends

  1. 1. Digital Identities, Connections & Communities: Emerging Trends APACUE May 27th, 2011 Bonnie Stewart University of Prince Edward Island In the Open:
  2. 2. The times, they are a' Changing
  3. 3. Directions? <ul><li>Mass collaboration : digital technologies make cooperation possible & economical </li></ul><ul><li>Peer production : creating value without institutions or $ incentive </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture of participation : getting people involved with design or production means a ready-made market </li></ul>
  4. 4. Implications for Open & Distance Learning and Continuing Education? /
  5. 5. 21 st Century Convergence Economic Social Educational ?
  6. 6. The Creative Economy “ Members of the creative in a wide variety of industries - from technology to entertainment, journalism to finance, high-end manufacturing to the arts. They...share a common ethos that values creativity, individuality, difference, and merit.” - Richard Florida, The Rise of the Creative Class , 2003 Scott Beale / Laughing Squid
  7. 7. This is not about online learning. This is about effective communications as effective community-building .
  8. 8. This is also not about Facebook. (except for groups & pages) /
  9. 9. Instead of becoming a separate cyberspace, our electronic networks are becoming deeply embedded in real life. Clay Shirky, Here Comes Everybody, p.196.
  10. 10.
  11. 11. Social = Networks & Connectedness Erica Marshall of
  12. 12. Connecting is Sharing
  13. 13. <ul><li>Digital Identity: </li></ul><ul><li>The 'face' one wears and the voice one speaks with. </li></ul><ul><li>Cumulative. </li></ul><ul><li>Searchable. </li></ul><ul><li>Continually interacted with and reflected by others. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Your identity is public, whether you like it or not. Own it.
  15. 15. Lesson #1: Be human
  16. 16. Lesson #2: Use your strengths Effective networking is about literacies, not technologies.
  17. 17. Past networks were local
  18. 18. Now they are global Greater amplification Greater reach Greater unpredictability
  19. 19. But. Existing connections are your most valuable asset. /
  20. 20. Lesson #3: start now Digital Identity allows you to participate in a participatory economy. But networks & communities don't build themselves.
  21. 21. Bonnie Stewart, @bonstewart Images maintain copyright as originally indicated by the creator, all content created by the above is creative commons, attribution. What do you have to gain?