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Managing Teacher DIGITAL IDENTITY: Sharing, Oversharing and Undersharing


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Presented at TESOL Greece 36th Annual International Convention , 21/03/2015

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Managing Teacher DIGITAL IDENTITY: Sharing, Oversharing and Undersharing

  1. 1. Managing Teacher DIGITAL IDENTITY Sharing, Oversharing & Undersharing Sophia Mavridi TESOL GREECE 36th Annual International Convention
  2. 2. What is Digital Identity? How many Digital Identities can we have? What are some potential opportunities & perils of existing online? Why is it important to manage ‘who we are’ online? What are some ways this may be achieved?
  3. 3. DIGITAL IDENTITY The ego itself and how one’s self is represented and managed online (James et al, 2009: 20)
  4. 4. Digital Identity is the sum of all digitally available information about an individual, irrespective of its degree of validity, its form or its accessibility. It comprises everything that can be found about us; from the content we create or share to what other people post about us. It is becoming increasingly traceable, due to the rapid growth of available data and the big data capacities to process it. (Williams, 2010; Rose et al, 2012) Photo by Joe Hunt
  5. 5. Partial Identities or Digital Selves are subsets of a complete digital identity. Each represents the person in a specific online space or role i.e. attributes and properties may or may not be similar from space to space or from role to role (Internet Society, 2013)
  6. 6. Who are you online?
  7. 7. Part of my Digital Identity
  8. 8. What others say about me
  9. 9. What can be inferred about me
  10. 10. On the Internet, nobody knows you are a dog but they know you buy dog food
  11. 11. • Persistence • Visibility • Spreadability • Searchability (boyd, 2014) Photo by Mike D.
  12. 12. Participatory Cultures (James et al, 2009)
  13. 13. Self-expression “Online spaces offer individuals an opportunity to have a voice, an opportunity that may be rarer offline”(Stern, 2007) Photo by Mustafa Khayat
  14. 14. ‘The need to write our digital identities into existence can encourage reflection, which can nurture greater awareness of one’s roles and responsibilities to oneself, to others, and to one’s community’ (James et al, 2009:26)
  15. 15. Feedback ‘Individuals can elicit feedback on their digital experiments from broader, more diverse audiences, than they can offline’ (James et al, 2009: 24)
  16. 16. ‘Without any principle of coherence, the self spins in all directions. Multiplicity is not viable if it means shifting among personalities that cannot communicate’ (Turkle, 1995: 58) FRAGMENTED IDENTITES
  17. 17. The PERFORMATIVE element “Forming digital identities with an eye toward attracting or entertaining a digital audience, may undermine the degree to which an individual can engage in self-reflection (James et al, 2009)
  18. 18. People’s need to continuously signal their current locations, activities and moods may set the stage for an overreliance on feedback, which can undercut autonomy and create fragmented identities; they may also develop a strong desire for positive feedback and praise from others which may interfere with an individual’s capacity for reflecting in an abstract. (James et al, 2009) Tethering • Connecting one device to another • The nearly constant sharing of information and connectivity to others online
  19. 19. Digital Identity as the currency of the digital market It can be used for good purposes but it can also ‘be unscrupulously traded and abused’ (Saxby, 2011)
  20. 20. • When does sharing become oversharing? • How might this affect your credibility or authority as an educator and professional? • Do you tend to share less for fear of exposure? • What does it say about someone if they have limited digital presence in a digital age?
  21. 21. PROFESSIONAL OR PERSONAL Digital Identities?
  22. 22. The lines between professional and personal social media use are increasingly blurred
  23. 23. ‘The social web is still very young, and society is still adjusting to the new- found ability to share thoughts, feelings and anecdotes with a global audience. The real problem for those of us who seek to make the most of the opportunities offered by the social media revolution is to try and judge what the mood will be like in the future’. (Williams, 2010: 7)
  24. 24. BUILD UP YOUR PERSONAL IDENTITY Personal Brand Online Portfolio Knowledge Communities Effective role-modeling as teachers
  25. 25. Consider everything you do online as PUBLIC
  26. 26. Don’t get too personal X Date of birth X Home location X Inappropriate pictures Revealing pictures Embarrassing drunken photos X Relationship statuses especially when unstable X Political/ Religious beliefs X Too many selfies
  27. 27. A cartoon about selfies
  28. 28. The concept of identity is an issue of much greater complexity than it was in the days of the offline world. It has never been more important to examine and protect the concept of "who we are". We are at the beginning of a new discipline of Web Science in which such issues need to be researched across disciplines. Professor Stephen Saxby - University of Southampton, 2011
  29. 29. User created content or content creating users? Cultures are always changing and evolving but, on the Internet the concept of time and space is much more asynchronous and fragmented than in other forms of media. The key cultural consideration of the Internet is not so much the digitization of information, but the digitization of us (Page, 2009; Federman, 2011)
  30. 30. Sophia Mavridi Email Twitter @SophiaMav Blog