After spending the week analysing my “digital me” I have lots to share and to reflect on.
So what is the status quo?
I spend most of my work week in front of my laptop computer using a variety of different digital tools for communication, collaboration and sharing with colleagues. I regularly use email, Skype, Lync, SharePoint, DropBox, Google docs all powerful digital tools for professional communication, collaboration and sharing.
Privately, I am rather different in my online habits, I generally don’t go online much and when I do I prefer to use my smart phone. I do look at Facebook posts and Twitter feeds on a daily basis but I don’t generally communicate or participate much in social media. I tend to “lurk” and visit these spaces to see others activity and posts – I very rarely post or tweet myself. It’s my preference not to I guess – to be honest, I don’t feel entirely comfortable to post and share in these online spaces. WhatsApp on my mobile device is just a great tool which I use all the time for a wide range of work and social activities. I use WhatsApp to create groups and this functionality allows me to quickly and effectively engage with both work colleagues and friends – I can get a lot done using Whatsapp. Lastly, I do love to shop online and I do “Google it” at lot!
For many years now I have used two different online profiles – I prefer to use my maiden surname for my professional work and my married surname for more social online activity. Unusual I know, but its worked well for me. I do however have a new dilemma with respect to my digital presence – the ONL152 course is based in Google + and my Google profile is my personal one. So my two online profiles have started to merge …. mmm what do I do now?? I am confident that my ONL152 studies will assist me to answer this question.
Digging a little deeper into understand the “digital me”, I have realised that my digital footprint on the Web is negligible. This is a direct result of the fact that in my professional and personal capacity I don’t actively contribute and engage in online spaces. White and Le Cornu (2001) describe that “visitors understand the Web as akin to an untidy garden tool shed. They have defined a goal or task and go into the shed to select an appropriate tool which they use to attain their goal. Task over, the tool is returned to the shed.” This describes me and my online practices!!!
The way forward .. the new “digital me” .. change is ahead
Many digital tools, for communicating, collaborating, sharing and learning are already a natural part of my everyday life. The ONL152 course has helped me to see that I want to learn more critical digital literacies and change some of my digital practices. I have already expanded my digital literacy way beyond what I expected too and so many changes in my online behaviour have already happened: I am using new Web 2.0 tools, posting weekly on my blog and I have collaborated with people I have never even met in person. Thanks to the ONL152 course, I am growing in confidence through gaining new digital literacies and my circle/network of professional colleagues is slowly increasing. I do believe that by the end of the ONL152 course that I will improve my digital skills to the point that I will be able to collaborate online with others, contribute meaningfully to digital communities and engage in more “resident” forms of online practice. Ultimately my aim is create a strong professional online identity and build both my social and professional learning networks.
Bring on week four and Topic 3 … #inspired #readytolearnmore
White, D. & Le Cornu, A. (2011) Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9).