Discussion: Digital Identity, Online Presence, and Scholarship


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Discussion with students and staff in the College of Medicine, NUI Galway, 4th June 2013. As an advocate of connected learning and open education, I was invited to speak with medical students and staff about issues surrounding digital identity and online presence as students, educators, and professionals. These slides were used simply as a prompt for our discussion -- many thanks to all for a stimulating session!

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  • what is it? relationship between DI & IRL Privacy & Anonymity practicesDI = the persona we present across all digital communities It is often said that we leave our "digital footprint" behind as we share and interact online.
  • Not connected/limited by geography, space, time... but connected by our own ideas, passion, commitment via social media.
  • Elements of our DI include information that we create ourselves -- as well as information about us which is posted by others.
  • Who are you? And how to you construct YOU online?
  • OFFLINE = organic, physical, laws of physicsONLINE = technological, digital, laws of codingDifferent experiences of time/space, visibility & privacy
  • OFFLINE = organic, physical, laws of physicsONLINE = technological, digital, laws of codingDifferent experiences of time/space, visibility & privacy
  • What *is* privacy?Is it closing the door? Is it closing the door to whom we wish, when we wish?The nature of digital artefacts is that it is very, very difficult to ensure the privacy of ANYthing online!Mark Zuckerberg, asserts that sharing or "public" is the new social norm.  Jeff Jarvis, author of Public Parts: How Sharing in the Digital Age Improves the Way We Work and Live, acknowledges that fear accompanies the adoption of any new technology and notes that "we will make a lot of mistakes as we develop social norms around how to treat information online". Sherry Turkle, author of Alone Together, maintains that democracy requires that we retain a zone of privacy around the individual.danahboyd writes about being aware of an "invisible audience" -- defines 4 key characterisics of information (about us) which exist online. Persistent: recorded & archivedReplicable: can be duplicatedScalable: potential visibility is greatSearchable: accessible through searchPrivacy on Twitter – it doesn’t existPrivacy on Google+ ... set up circles... But they are leaky! Private posts can be shared Circles can be invited others (and others can do this!)
  • It’s not the audience! It’s your context within the audience. American internet entrepreneur from NYC, noted for founding the websites 4chan and Canvas. He originally started 4chan anonymously, under the pseudonym moot.
  • Knowledge NOT= CurriculumKnowledge = “a living landscape of communities of practice that contribute in various ways” to our learning and to our identitiesSo… HOW do we do this?!
  • This is not a MOOC.This is not an open programme.This is a typical BSc programme, UG, mostly school leavers
  • Google+ was useful for more in-depth reflections, e.g....
  • And... a reflection on Khan Academy.
  • We agreed to use Twitter as a tool throughout the course… have used G+ in the past, but there were some issues with that.Use a class Twitter account and hashtag. Invokes digital identity immediately!Must discuss and explore first... privacy, identity in online spaces, etc. Who am I on Google? Who am I here? In this class? Who is the audience?
  • Identity is prismatic... in FB, identity is a mirror. Context collapses.Consolidating identity is actually distorting our identity.
  • 3 themes...Fascinating, is that these are very personal and individual considerations, that we negotiate daily -- as well as exploring them with our students. This puts this kind of teaching in a different realm to teaching effective research skills, for example.
  • Final quote from KF and NS...
  • Discussion: Digital Identity, Online Presence, and Scholarship

    1. 1. ImageCCBY-NC-ND2.0FredericPoirotDigital Identity, Online Presence and ScholarshipDiscussion at School of Medicine, NUI Galway, 4th June 2013Facilitated by Catherine Cronin, NUI Galway
    2. 2. @catherinecroninslideshare.net/cicronin
    3. 3. “I don‟t thinkeducation is aboutcentralized instructionanymore; rather,it is the process [of]establishing oneselfas a node in a broadnetwork of distributedcreativity.”– Joichi Ito (2011)Image: CC BY-NC-
    4. 4. I. Exploring Digital IdentityI. Considerations for professionals &academics
    5. 5. I. Exploring Digital IdentityI. Considerations for professionals &academics
    6. 6. byyouaboutyoudigital identity= who you are online
    7. 7. what is theGAPbetween ouronline & offline selves?Image CC BY-NC 2.0 tanakawho
    8. 8. Image CC BY-NC-ND Will Foster
    9. 9. digital dualismphysical world digital world„REAL’ ‘VIRTUAL’
    10. 10. ...our reality is both technological andorganic, both digital and physical, all at once.We are not crossing in and out of separatedigital and physical realities, a la The Matrix,but instead live in one reality, one that isaugmented by atoms and bits.Nathan Jurgenson (2011)@nathanjurgensonDigital Dualism versus Augmented Reality
    11. 11. It is wrong to say “IRL” to mean offline:Facebook is real life.Nathan Jurgenson (2012)The IRL Fetish
    12. 12. Image: corners311
    13. 13. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Frankprivacy
    14. 14. It’s not who you share with,but who you share as.Chris Poole @moot (2011)High Order BitImage CC BY-NC 2.0 redmaxwell
    15. 15. I. Exploring Digital IdentityI. Considerations for professionals &academics
    16. 16. “If institutions of learning are going to helplearners with the real challenges they face...[they] will have to shift their focus fromimparting curriculum to supporting thenegotiation of productive identitiesthrough landscapes of practices.”CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 choconancy1Etienne WengerSRHE Conference 2010 Knowledgeability in Landscapes of Practicein deFreitas & Jameson, Eds. (2012) The e-Learning Reader
    17. 17. http://about.me/catherinecronin
    18. 18. 2nd year module, BSc Computer Science & ITct231.wordpress.com
    19. 19. “Recently our class has begun to usemore social networking sites likeFacebook and tools like DropBox toshare notes and keep up to date withlectures. I found this to be a greatbenefit in studying and managing mywork.”Social media...#studentvoice
    20. 20. “Strange putting a face to the voice ofmy first year maths lecturer!Khan Academy is possibly one of themost useful sources for studentsstudying maths. The idea is simple, Ifyou dont understand the first time youwatch it... watch it again.”Khan Academy...#studentvoice
    21. 21. Twitter@CT231
    22. 22. #icollab
    23. 23. http://www.scoop.it/t/ct231-student-showcase
    24. 24. Course blog: ct231.wordpress.com
    25. 25. semi-openreal nameany photo1 identity:socialManaging Identity Onlineopenany namephoto/avatarunlimited IDs:interest-drivenopenreal nameID photo1 identity:professionalclosedreal nameno photo1 identity:student/lecturer
    26. 26. privacydigital identityauthenticity
    27. 27. Learners need to practice and experiment withdifferent ways of enacting their identities, andadopt subject positions through different socialtechnologies and media.These opportunities can only be supported byacademic staff who are themselves engaged indigital practices and questioning their ownrelationship with knowledge.- Keri Facer & Neil Selwyn (2010)Rethinking Learning for a Digital Age
    28. 28. “The onus is on us as scholarsto understand the possibilitiesthat the intersection of digital,network and open approachesallow...The adoption of the functions ofengagement, experimentation,reflection and sharing willgenerate the resilientscholarship of the nextgeneration.”- Martin Weller (2012)
    29. 29. Thank you!@catherinecronincatherine.cronin@nuigalway.iewww.slideshare.net/cicronin
    30. 30. Exploring digital identity with our students (2012) by Catherine Cronin(@catherinecronin)Social network sites as networked publics (2010) by danah boyd (@zephoria)Digital identities: Six key selves of networked publics (2012) by Bonnie Stewart(@bonstewart)Who are we now that we‟re online? Connected learners, connected educators(2013) by Bonnie Stewart (@bonstewart)Digital dualism and the fallacy of web objectivity (2012) by Nathan Jurgenson(@nathanjurgenson)You are not your name and photo: A call to reimagine identity (2011), Wiredarticle by Tim Carmody (@tcarmody)The case for anonymity online (2010) TED Talk by Christopher “moot” Poole(@moot)We, our digital selves, and us – YouTube video (2012) by Alan Levine(@cogdog)Social Media Literacies syllabus (2012) by Howard Rheingold (@hrheingold)Digital Identity resources
    31. 31. • eLearning Toolkit wiki -- information on OERs, findingimages, copyright & Creative Commons, creating videos& screencasts, and more• Social bookmarking & curation tools:o Diigoo Deliciouso Scoop.it• Twitter clientso HootSuiteo TweetDeckTools & resources discussed during the workshop: