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Digital Presence



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A brief workshop on how to develop your digital presence as a scholar.

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Digital Presence

  1. 1. Tending your digital presence Religious Education Association 6 November 2014
  2. 2. a digital presence is... • a way for people to find you • a way to build context for your work intentionally • no longer a choice • an opportunity
  3. 3. a path forward... • identity markers (orcid): how do people find YOU? how do they know it’s you? • social media • formal publication (institutional archives, cloud archives, emerging formats) • popular publication (Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, etc.) • institutional presence • teaching portfolios • managing your time and attention
  4. 4. remember: these are simply examples and opportunities, no one would use all of them!
  5. 5. orcid • ORCID is an open, non-profit, community-based effort to provide a registry of unique researcher identifiers and a transparent method of linking research activities and outputs to these identifiers. • individuals can register to acquire a unique id which can then can be used with multiple digital tools • ImpactStory, FigShare, SlideShare, etc.
  6. 6. building a cloud presence in social media
  7. 7. formal publication
  8. 8. building a cloud presence through individual archiving
  9. 9. informal publication
  10. 10. Huffington Post, Religion Dispatches, Wabash blogs, etc.
  11. 11. your own sites (blogging, pinterest, instagram, etc.)
  12. 12. building a cloud presence through blogging
  13. 13. institutional support
  14. 14. institutional digital presence
  15. 15. open access • open access policies, COAPI • institutional archives (Harvard, MIT, etc.) • reporting on institutional archives and open access • and also some ideas about impact factors…
  16. 16. teaching portfolios • a teaching portfolio is a structured way to reflect upon your teaching practices • when built using mentoring and collaboration, it can be a robust form of assessment practice • such a process builds capacity for reflective teaching, and an institutional culture focused on learning • does not need to be digital, but is perhaps more portable in digital form
  17. 17. resources • Creating a teaching portfolio (Washington University) • Developing a teaching philosophy statement (Washington University) • Vanderbilt University’s Center for Teaching portfolio resources • Peter Seldin’s book The Teaching Portfolio
  18. 18. time and attention management... • find ways to use your writing in multiple formats (blog something, and have the post sent automatically to your social media status; tweet something and have it go automatically to your blog) • use social media to listen, at least as much as to express • make clear your policies about social media and email at the beginning of classes • schedule time for your online work -- and then do not let it bleed into your other work/writing practices • build e-notifications that help you rather than distract you
  19. 19. Q&A