Exploring how social media can be used strategically for creating a positive online identity for networking and employability. In particular…
– How to manage a Public Facebook Profile
– How to use LinkedIn most effectively, including what to include in your LinkedIn Profile Continue reading “eGo: make the web work for you! (updated 2013)”
Pinterest – great for using as a portfolio, creating your own ‘secret pin boards’ and displaying in your blog’s sidebar …but use publicly with care! Continue reading “Pinterest as a Portfolio, Image Sharing Websites and the Law”
Those of you who receive emails from me may have noticed the addition of CMALT in my signature. Just before Christmas I became a Certified Member of the Association for Learning Technology. This involved submitting a reflective portfolio evidencing skills around operational issues; teaching, learning and assessment; engaging with legislation, policies and standards; communication and a specialist area – in my case, Digital Literacy in terms of using the web for self-promotion.
Although it is up to you how you present your work, I chose to use the Profile tool in PebblePad so that I had experience of using it as a ‘student’ – we are trialling this feature with the current PGCAP cohort. I also attached a webfolio to illustrate the range of projects I’ve worked on. Unfortunately I forgot to give my assessors permission to comment directly onto the profile as it would have been interesting to see how this worked.
I found ‘being reflective’ in my answers to be quite challenging – I tend to do this in my head so it seemed particularly odd to write thoughts down for someone else’s benefit. The University’s Learning Development Team provide a useful guide on being reflective (PDF) and also thanks to Dr Anne McDermott for being my ‘critical friend’.
I’m hoping that gaining this accreditation will help establish career progression for Learning Technologists here at Plymouth, and across the sector. It is interesting to see how well qualified LTs are from their signatures when following discussions on the ALT JISC-Mail List – sometimes better than our academic colleagues! :o) The range of skills involved is also impressive – David Hopkins, an LT at Bournemouth University, has made some interesting observations in his series of blog-posts (and associated comments) around ‘What is a Learning Technologist?‘ I was marked as being strong in my ‘technical knowledge and ability in the use of learning technology’; ‘understanding of teaching, learning and assessment processes’ and ‘understanding and engaging with legislation, policies and standards’.
For those interested here’s my CMALT Application – I think it’s easier to click on the ‘View evidence tree’ link to see it. Good luck to those who are currently working towards it!
This presentation is designed to introduce First Year students to using the web for social and professional networking. Like ‘ME Time’, it advises students about e-safety and reminds them to pay attention to their privacy settings on Facebook. It also contains guidance about how to behave on the web as well as the benefits of using PebblePad to record and reflect on their learning, as a recent focus group identified that not all students were being told about this by their tutors. I’ve also included videos that explain free tools for social bookmarking, aggregating blog posts and communicating, such as Twitter and Google +. I hope students find these incredibly useful – I know I did!
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The Careers Service at the University are running a series of workshops for graduates that aim to ‘Boost Your Confidence’, enabling them to have the edge in a very competitive employment market. I was really flattered to be asked to contribute to these through doing a session around managing online identity and using the web to network and promote yourself.
I ran my first hour-long workshop on 24th May. The students were from a range of disciplines which was quite challenging but gave me the opportunity to revisit various resources and suggested strategies I’ve collected over the past couple of years. The presentation fits neatly into stages, influenced by Dan Shawbel’s ‘Personal Branding’ blog, which contains a handy ‘getting started guide‘.
I began by asking the students if they had ever ‘googled’ themselves – this was an activity that Pat Parslow (University of Reading) got us to do when he presented his ‘This Is Me‘ workshop at Plymouth a couple of years ago, and I thought it worked really well. Unfortunately my workshop was based in a classroom, so we couldn’t do this for real. However, although not many students had ‘googled’ themselves, I was pleased to discover that they were all very careful with their Facebook privacy settings!
I then set them a mean task – defining themselves in one sentence – which is incredibly difficult at the best of times …and especially so when you’re only given 10 minutes in a classroom and know you have to immediately share it with the rest of the class! They did really well and seemed to enjoy it – the aim was to help them to prepare a considered and meaningful profile for all their online presences.
We then started looking at some of the free services that they could use to set up sites and other digital presences. While putting this workshop together, I discovered the work of Dr Helen Barrett. Helen has been researching strategies and technologies for e-portfolios since 1991 and has built up an impressive collection of her own e-portfolio using many different services. She is also interested in digital storytelling and has been an invited keynote speaker on both this and e-portfolio at many events around the world.
However, the time went very quickly so we were unable to look at anything in great detail. An hour is nowhere near enough time to cover this topic, especially without computers. I therefore ensured that everyone had made a note of where to find the presentation so that they can access it in their own time.
I’m due to run another of these workshops at the end of July. I’ve also been asked to do a similar session aimed at First Year students. Is anyone else working on similar resources/ workshops? It would be great to swap notes…
NB: When linking to the ‘This Is Me’ project, I noticed that they have now added a range of (short) books, free to download, about Digital Identity & Careers; Health Professionals and the Retired. They go into far more detail than I have, with case studies and exercises to work through, and are well worth a look!
OK – just missed Halloween (doh!) but here’s a cautionary tale about the possible perils of using social networking sites… Lee Wright, a Lecturer in Midwifery, wanted to create a resource to advise Health & Midwifery students about using social networking sites. Working with him and Stephen Hodge, the Faculty of Health’s Learning Technologist, we decided to produce a video telling the story of a nursing student, Tracy, who is careless using Facebook and therefore has to ‘face the consequences’.
The storyboard (above) was created using the excellent toonlet, a free ‘web comic blogging’ tool, although I confess I cheated and also modified some of the panels using Photoshop. The next step is to produce the video and we are currently looking for actors. So, if you would like to get involved UoP peops, please let me know ASAP!