Online career and identity management was the theme of the second event in the successful LearnIt series of staff-student discussion events.
Students and staff from academic and professional services departments from across the institution heard brief introductory presentations on how/ why your online presence can influence your career, how social media can support academic learning, and how students can actively use social media to promote their subject to the wider community. These thought-provoking presentations were then followed by discussion groups comprising staff and students. A wide range of subjects was discussed including tips and techniques for different social media tools, the challenges of managing your online identity, multi- cultural approaches to social media and issues of ethics and integrity of an online presence.
Following these discussions, the group developed some action points for the institution, which will be taken forward by the DDLWG. These actions points were:
- We need to look at consistency of social media presence of the different units of the university
- The need for a university steering group for social media activity
- Interpretation of corporate policies on social media into a student friendly format
- Corporate Communications needs to promote social media policy
- Training for students and staff
- Raising awareness of professionalism on social media within academic context
- Internationalism in the virtual environment – needs to be looked at
- Investigate own professional body guidelines and see if we can create a support session for students to help them to adhere to the guidelines
- Google yourself to see which online profile is most visible
Commenting on the workshop, Dr Nick Greeves said “The workshop highlighted the power and potential of online professional activities for students, staff, departments and the University while also demonstrating that it is challenging to give definitive guidance to all these groups. It is clear that we need to address the constructive development of online identity for students (and staff) within our teaching at a departmental level. The opportunity provided by this event to hear diverse perspectives was invaluable.”
Alex Ferguson, Vice President of the Liverpool Guild of Students, added: “It was great to see a second Learn IT event in our building, at the Liverpool Guild. We kicked off with a series of explanations of what an online footprint was, and how it could help (or hinder) the student, academic staff or member of the professional world. It was so apparent social media is second nature to us now; we use it for everything and do not think about the fact it exists as a record of self and access point of information.
We saw how in the work environment it could mean the difference between hiring and firing someone – a true way for an employer to find out more about the personality of their prospective employee. We saw how it can be used more publically to let the wider world know about areas of academic work, or the activity of a society”
The final two events in this series are shown below:
Tue 17 Feb 2015, 1-3pm Information literacy & Digital research skills
Tue 10 March 2015 1-3pm Media literacy online; Collaboration & Communication online
You can register now via http://www.liv.ac.uk/cll/booking
blog by Trish Lunt, Educational Development