#MANG2049 has come to an end. I thought #MANG2049 would be “easier” and less challenging than learning in the traditional manner. However, as the sessions progress, I find that it gets more challenging – the more I learn, the more my viewschange. I believe that the new knowledge and insights that I garnered will follow me in the years to come.
For the past 12 sessions, we have been discussing online behaviour and actions. But, has it led to any changes in myself?
To start off, let’s take a look at a summary of my self-test…
Fig 1.1 | Before vs. After #MANG2049 (Original content with reference to self-test)
Fig 1.2 | Before vs. After #MANG2049 (Original content with reference to self-test)
The internet was always my safe haven. One of my favourite activity to do is to dive deep into Wikipedia until coming across a weird and slightly creepy page. I learnt how to evaluate the information I received by simply “googling” them to check if any reputable sites mentioned similar information. Unfortunately, I was unaware of any other methods of evaluating online sources.
In this digital world, communication with your loved ones online is as important as communicating with them offline.
“Did you really hang out together when there’s no post about it on Instagram?”
– A friend of mine
I shared personal details about my life with the intention of sharing them with my friends and family only on SNS. However, some of this information can be view by the public due to the unchanged privacy settings.
As for my professional profiles, I am aware of the platforms available to be used for professional networking. However, I am not active on such platforms.
I now understand the importance of your digital identity and how it might affect your employment status. In fact, a whopping 70% of employers look into candidates’ social media profiles before making a decision (Slam, 2017)!
I was introduced to the concept of digital residents or visitors. Take a look at Fig 1.3 for my Resident-Visitor Map:
Fig 1.3 | Self-produced Resident-Visitor Map based on JISC
After completing the map, I realised that I am a digital resident. This means that I view the internet as a space for social communication and networking by sharing personal information while maintaining and developing a digital identity (White and Le Cornu, 2011). However, this too puts my personal information at risk as it can be accessed by the public. The low level of privacy and security makes me vulnerable to identity theft.
Take a look at Fig 1.4 for my personal learning network (PLN):
Fig 1.4 | Personal Learning Network from moocpln
My PLN further shows that I am a digital resident. From the map, we can see that I tend to gather information online and that most of my interaction takes place on the web. By appreciating how the internet is so readily available for me, it motivates me to utilize it to its full potential.
Finding out about how huge the “fake news” ecosystem is, I learnt that digital literacy is very important as it helps in the evaluation process of determining what is fake. This is crucial as it looks like “fake news” cannot be prevented (Chua, 2017).
Building an online identity is important as it is not possible to be completely anonymous online (Pew Research Center, 2013). I found out that I have multiple identities online which pushes me to have a clear segregation between professional and personal profiles while remaining “authentic”.
Other than the valuable insights gained, I also learnt to create media using various different platforms, like Powtoon and Canva! I think that I would find these new skills are extremely useful, especially when I have to give a presentation when I enter the corporate world in the future.
Watch the video below, summing up what I found out about myself:
Source: Original content
Major changes made…
Firstly, I changed my personal profiles to private, making my content available to my loved ones only. Changing my profile pictures to the same for consistency as I want to show that I am professional, even on my personal profiles.
There are much-needed changes in my professional profiles. I was not making full potential of those to build a professional digital identity for myself.
I believe that by building professional networks of the same interest online will help me stay connected and up-to-date with the industry. Thus, I started to follow users, companies, etc. with the same interest.
Fig 1.5 | New following on Twitter
Fig 1.6 | New following on LinkedIn (Companies)
Fig 1.7 | New following on LinkedIn (Topics)
Next, I started to be more active by participating in the online communities.
Fig 1.8 | Screenshot of Article posted on LinkedIn
Fig 1.9 | Screenshot of interaction on MOOC
Fig 1.10 | Screenshot of uploaded videos on YouTube
Fig 1.11 | Screenshot of WordPress comment
Through interaction on these platforms, I found out that online platforms allow us to learn from one another. I believe that the changes to my professional identity online will help me in differentiating myself from other candidates in the eye of the employer in the future.
View the slideshow below for a summary of changes I did to my profiles.
Summary of changes:
Source: Original Content
In the Future
As an aspiring events manager, I plan to utilise the web to its full potential to help me fulfil my goals. This means that I have to acquire more knowledge to improve my digital literacy skills. I plan to do so by taking up digital courses provided by the university. Furthermore, research has shown that digital literacy skills can boost employability (The Guardian, 2011). I plan to look for relevant work opportunities through job recruitment sites. So, it is very important to keep my online identity clean.
I also plan to continue building connections using my professional profiles and to continue to be active on these platforms by continuing to blog on LinkedIn and WordPress. I aim to build trust with my audience by showing consistency in my profiles and work. I hope as time goes by, I will be fully equipped with the network skills and digital literacies, transforming into the flexible lifelong learner – #MANG2049 has taught me.
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