As a person who grew up at the same time the internet did, I would expect myself to be more digitally active than I am currently. (I’ll save you the estimation and math…. I’m 32) I chose in undergrad to use Facebook as my frequent digital platform and found many of my friends doing the same thing. It was really fun to post albums, tag friends, make titles for pictures, keep in touch over summer break, and reconnect with old friends. Then we entered our senior year of college. Job search, interviews, background checks. Many of my friends shut down, removed, locked, etc their digital profiles because of job prospects. I didn’t remove Facebook, but I did set my profile to strictly private. I hear about all the internet trolls and various other “not so kind” entities. Even recent stories from friends and coworkers have swirled around me. I took all of these responses and anecdotes to heart, and I have developed what I refer to as a healthy respect for digital profiles.
An opportunity was provided at Kenyon College to receive some guidance regarding professional digital identities.
I believe this course will be very helpful in getting my professional identity up and running as well as efficient; since I don’t need to remake the wheel because someone else already has the information. Our first week is focusing on our digital identity and how we use technology. We have watched a couple videos about “visitors vs residents” by David White (video here) and I’ve found this articulates my feelings about the relationship between technology and learning very well. I don’t believe that my grandfather “can’t learn” the internet, he just hasn’t spent enough time there to make himself into a resident of email or Google search.
We have been challenged to make our own “visitors vs residents” map to evaluate our status in the digital world. Mine is below, and my personal goal is that some of these boxes will move by the end of this course and even farther by the end of this summer.
What do you notice? Here are the pieces that I’m reflecting on:
My goals for the end of this summer would be: