Digital Identity and Student Engagement


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  • DI = online personaThis photos captures some of the ambivalence that many of us feel about our digital identities. Many of us are open, networked educatorsso it might not be easy to remember what it was like when you first ventured into open social spaces online. What was it like engaging with authors of work you had studied? What was it like when they responded to you? How confident did you feel? It’s a process! And THIS is the process that I think is so useful for us to invite our students to engage in, to mentor and model and lead.... Many students already have a confident social digital identity, but developing an identitiy as a learner, a writer, a scholar, a citizen…. these are the essential tasks of us as educators. In the classroom and online, together.
  • Unfortunately, I’m not *quite* a local ;)I was born & raised in the Bronx, though I now live in beautiful Kinvara with my family. I’m absolutely delighted to be claimed as a local though….  THANKS!I work at NUIG…
  • 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
  • This is not a MOOC.This is not an open programme.This is a typical BSc programme, UG, mostly school leavers
  • 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?!
  • Huge literature review... (social awareness)Social engagement – enable learners to challenge, change & shape their worlds.Each person needs to find their own digital voice & Personal Digital EnvironmentEach person needs to navigate across digital landscapes
  • 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?
  • Privacy is a HUGE issue for students. When I introduce DI… groan… we were beat over the head with protect / be careful / privacy!In some senses effective, in others, students have shut down.
  • 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.
  • If there is a way for people to influence or even control the power structures, cognitive effects, social impacts of digital media and networked publics it is through know-how. how to use social media intelligently, humanely, and mindfully. What we know matters, and how we know matters. 5 essential literacies for a world of mobile, social, and always-on media: attention, crap detection, participation, collaboration, and network know-how. The effects of these literacies can both empower the individuals who master them and improve the quality of the digital culture commons.
  • PERFORMATIVE – constituted through practicesQUANTIFIED – clicks, follows, @s, likes, Klout, etc…. Like it or not!PARTICIPATORY – merging of production and consumptionASYNCHRONOUS – beautiful thing of creating your own moment, your own space to respond to othersENMESHED – atoms and bits, Nathan JurgensonNEOLIBERAL – ME, Inc. to what extent are we a BRAND?
  • Final quote from KF and NS...
  • Digital Identity and Student Engagement

    1. 1. ImageCCBY-NC-ND2.0FredericPoirotDigital Identity and Student Engagement:Staff Development Day – Mary Immaculate CollegeCatherine Cronin • NUI Galway• 10/06/13
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    3. 3. CC images: Laenulfean, nuigalwayAcademic coordinator #ITonlineLecturer (sic) #ct231Networked educator #edchatIE
    4. 4. “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-SA 2.0 yobink
    5. 5. I. Exploring Digital IdentityII. One storyIII. Considerations forAcademic & Support staff
    6. 6. I. Exploring Digital IdentityII. One storyIII. Considerations forAcademic & Support staff
    7. 7. byyouaboutyoudigital identity= who you are online
    8. 8. what is theGAPbetween ouronline & offline selves?Image CC BY-NC 2.0 tanakawho
    9. 9. Image CC BY-NC-ND Will Foster
    10. 10. digital dualismphysical world digital world‘REAL’ ‘VIRTUAL’
    11. 11. ...our reality is both technological and organic,both digital and physical, all at once. We are notcrossing in and out of separate digital andphysical realities, a la The Matrix, but instead livein one reality, one that is augmented by atomsand bits.Nathan Jurgenson (2011)@nathanjurgensonDigital Dualism versus Augmented Reality
    12. 12. It is wrong to say “IRL” to mean offline:Facebook is real life.Nathan Jurgenson (2012)The IRL Fetish
    13. 13. Image: corners311
    14. 14. I. Exploring Digital IdentityII. One storyIII. Considerations forAcademic & Support staff
    15. 15. 2nd year module, BSc Computer Science &
    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. Knowledge of digital toolsCritical thinkingSocial engagementDefinition by Tabetha Newman, adapted by Josie Fraser ofdigital literacies
    18. 18. “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
    19. 19. “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
    20. 20. Twitter@CT231
    21. 21. CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Frank Wuestefeldprivacy
    22. 22. “Nowadays people have to be extremely carefulwith the information they put on the internetbecause they never know who is reading it.On social network you have to be careful withwho you follow, who follows you, and who yourfriends are.”#studentvoicePrivacy
    23. 23. 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
    24. 24. “On Facebook it gives very little information on meas my profile is private to unknown persons.My Twitter account will show a purely educationalsocial aspect, as I only joined Twitter when westarted using it in conjunction with our subject.My YouTube account is completely anonymous asmy username has no connection to my actualname.”#studentvoicePrivacy
    25. 25. Image: CC BY 2.0 joiHoward
    26. 26. Image: uvenus.orgdigital identitiesBonnie Stewart@bonstewarttheory.cribchronicles.com6 Key Selves of Networked Publics:• Performative Self• Quantified Self• Participatory Self• Asynchronous Self• Enmeshed Self• Neoliberal Self
    27. 27. #icollab
    28. 28. #studentvoice
    29. 29. #studentvoice
    30. 30. Course blog:
    31. 31. Student showcase:
    32. 32. I. Exploring Digital IdentityII. One storyIII. Considerations forAcademic & Support staff
    33. 33. Learners need to practice and experiment with differentways of enacting their identities, and adopt subjectpositions through different social technologies andmedia.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
    34. 34. semi-openreal nameany photo1 identity:socialManaging Identity Onlineopenany namephoto/avatarunlimited IDs:interest-drivenopenreal nameID photo1 identity:professionalclosedreal namephoto?1 identity:student/lecturer
    35. 35. “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)
    36. 36. CCBY-NC2.0Idrose
    37. 37. Thank you!Catherine CC BY 2.0 visualpanic
    38. 38. 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)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), Wired article by TimCarmody (@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)NetSmart (2012) by Howard Rheingold @hrheingold)Rethinking Pedagogy for a Digital Age (2013) Eds. Helen Beetham & Rhona SharpeLearning Identities in a Digital Age: Rethinking Creativity, Education and Technology(2013) by Avril Loveless & Ben WilliamsonDigital Identity resources
    39. 39. How much of your digital identity do youshare with your students?How does using social & participatory mediachange power relations between studentsand teachers/lecturers, if at all?What are the biggest challengesin using social media in formal education,for students, for educators, for institutions?