The first part of the programme focusses on setting up a more static profile of yourself, to the degree you find comfortable and manageable.
Workshop One: Your Online Identity
A chance to get to know other participants and your moderator, and to discuss the tools and issues we will be exploring in the rest of the programme. We’ll focus on the principles of creating a professional online identity, from technical issues like search engine optimisation to more strategic decisions such as how to present yourself and what sort of information to include. You’ll have a chance to explore the pros and cons of a range of possible approaches to your digital footprint, from near-invisibility to a more open online identity, and discuss tricky questions such as how to keep personal and professional identities separate, and whether it’s now even possible not to have an online presence.
Week One: Creating your Online Identity.
- Issues: Setting up account profiles, usernames, ‘handles’, avatars, passwords, personal data. Anonymity, psyeudonyms and real life identities, longevity of online interactions.
- Tools: WordPress account, Gravatar.
- Task: synchronous and asynchronous commenting.
Week Two: Creating your Online Profile
- Issues: Pros and cons of online (in)visibility, searching for, finding and identifying you, linking your various personal and professional online identities or keeping them separate.
- Tools: Search Engine Optimisation, Google Profile, Namechk, Flavours.me / About.me, Gravatar
- Task: Googling yourself, reviewing your online profile across various platforms.
Week Three: Bibliometrics and Alt-metrics
- Issues: the academic web, measuring impact, managing your academic publishing and citation profile and using that of other scholars
- Tools: Google Scholar Profile, ResearcherID, ORCID
- Task: Setting up and managing your publishing and citation profile
Week Four: Creating your own web space
- Issues: setting up a personalised webspace, purpose focus and audience, dynamic or static, sharing content, Creative Commons
- Tools: WordPress (or other blogging platforms)
- Task: Set up a website or blog
Week Five: Mid-programme break, debrief and catch up