DigiThings is an online course for academics which aims to explore digital tools, in a friendly and supportive environment, that could be useful for your teaching and research activities.
DigiThings will give me the opportunity to work through some of the TEL tools I have touched upon but never used in anger! Along the way I am hoping to stumble upon new tools that I can integrate into my practice.
Thing one is all about presenting yourself online through blogging and setting up an online presence. I have had this blog (in various forms) since 2006(ish). At the time I started it up as a student and was encouraged to do so during my degree studies in Digital Art & Technology. Regrettably I deleted all the content once I graduated, but I wish I kept this content as I occasionally like to look through my old posts to see how I’m progressing (or not) and put things into perspective through this reflective process. I’ve also had things like a Gravatar and use various tools to create an online identity (which I won’t list here as I’m sure they’ll be popping up in the following DigiThings modules).
Looking at the ‘Thing One‘ post, I’m asked to think about I feel about having an online identity. Being brought up around technology I almost see an online identity as ‘necessary’. In these digital days, tools that allow us to create an online identity allow us to communicate to individuals or groups both close and afar.
DigiThings asks: Are you using your own name or a pseudonym? Are you aiming to combine your personal and professional identities or will you keep them separate?
In this blog I’m planning on trying to combine both my personal and professional identities as the two together is what makes me. Whether you know me as a person or a colleague… I’m the same person and for me that makes sense. My online presence elsewhere however may be more professional and less personal, it kind of depends on the website/application. I see it as the following:
- Communication tools such as Facebook- Personal
- Website for work – Professional
- This blogging space – Professional and Personal
I’m aware that I’m taking it upon myself to make this space a blend of the two, but that’s because in my studies I’ve learnt how powerful reflection can be. I may not be very good at doing it actively but I recognise I should be trying to do this to grow as a person and a professional.
DigiThings asks: How could blogging become part of your workflow? Could you use your blog with students? research colleagues? How often would you post?
Working in a support role, I can only see blogging in my workflow as a reflective process. Actively learning through my reflection on various ramblings/experiences/thoughts. As this is not pushed upon me in my day-to-day work so I find it difficult to post frequently, all I can say is I’d like to post more, DigiThings will give me the opportunity do this and we’ll see how I get on.