About our facilitators
Trish Rosseel is the Teaching and Learning Librarian at University of British Columbia where she provides strategic leadership, direction and support for the library's instructional programs, services and resources.
Cindy Underhill is the Learning Resource Designer at the UBC's Office of Learning Technology.
About the seminar
This Digital Identity seminar is loosely organized into weekly themes:
- Our learners
- Our institutions
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Thanks for the introduction, Sylvia.
Trish and I will be tag teaming in the discussion over the next few weeks. This morning, she'll be logging on to lay the groundwork for a short, interesting (we hope) activity to set the stage for our discussion. I'll check in again later today.
I'm looking forward to sharing what we're learning in our work with the digital tattoo project as well as hearing about your observations and experiences grappling with the issues around digital identity and (to some extent) the broader issues related to digital literacy and fluency.
All for now,
In my view, one of the biggest hurdles that inhibits people from understanding the issues of digital footprints in the Web 2.0 world is that they don't really understand the underlying mechanics of how their information is distributed across various networks, and its persistence in those other places even after the person's original post may be deleted.
Looking forward to hearing you and everyone else who participates,
I am an instructional designer with StFX University and I am also a doctoral student from the University of South Australia, researching professors' transitions to online classrooms. The concept of digital identity shall be an interesting part of my work.
And as an aside, in a previous life I did some studies in Internet marketing and customer management systems (think scan codes, the cashier asking for your postal address, the tracers on online coupons, etc). Online privacy is a concern. And don't even get me started on the conversations we must have with our pre-service teachers about Facebook, myspace, Twitter, etc!
It is fascinating how little bits of seemingly unrelated data can be compiled to construct an identity... as Activity #1 demonstrates!
I look forward to the session discussions!
Given the interests you have both shared, I thought you might want to know about some resources that we developed (related to the digital tattoo project) for a couple of specific audiences here in Vancouver:
1. Resources for teacher candidates in the Faculty of Education at UBC:
2. Resources for grade 9 class on the topic:
In both cases, the idea was to present a few relevant case studies and a set of questions for small group discussion. Following the learning design for the website, we don't want to be prescriptive, but rather have people think about their own level of comfort with online sharing, etc.
With the teacher candidates, we also wanted them to explore the case studies from 3 different perspectives: as individuals, as practicing teachers and as part of the larger profession of teaching. Looking at the issues through multiple lenses offered an opportunity to see some of the "sticky" places - where many different interests need to be negotiated and addressed.
Look forward to hearing more about your observations and your research!