Over the last few weeks, you might have noticed the #AcDigID hanging off a few of my social posts. In between #OLCInnovate conference wrap-up work and the end-of-semester fun, I was designing a new workshop I’ll be facilitating via the Online Learning Consortium. This 7-day, asynchronous, online workshop is designed to support digital identity development for faculty and staff in higher education.
|Developing Your Social Media and Digital Presence
Workshop Description: What does your online identity look like today? Have you Googled yourself lately? In academia, it is becoming increasingly vital to publish and share your teaching, service, and research knowledge. Besides developing an online presence and utilizing social media for professional development, faculty and staff are actively utilizing open and digital channels to support, learn, and contribute a thriving network of connected scholars. In this workshop, you will explore meaningful ways to craft an active, online persona, learn about strategies to effectively include social media and digital resources for your professional development, and understand how an online community of practice can enhance the work you do.
Dates Offered: May 16-22, 2016 and September 26-October 2, 2016; Registration Page (if interested in signing up)
Initially, I was asked to create a workshop around social media; however I thought this could be more. There’s actually a lot more than just social media needed when becoming a networked scholar and in crafting your digital persona. Academic social networks are on the rise and there are a number of reasons why scholars use social media and digital resources (Van Noorden, 2014). This is an important topic we to talk about with our peers in higher ed, as we are all public intellectuals now – at least in some shape or form.
If you have ever attended a webinar and/or concurrent session with me on the topic, there’s way too much to share in just 45-60 minutes – so I was thrilled to think about these issues in an extended format and to figure out how to best support academics interested in building their digital presence. It’s been fun planning this workshop, as it has made me return back to my blog archive, review the articles I have curated, visit texts I’ve read, and also pick up a couple of new ones to learn more (future blog posts to review these books soon!).
Here’s the outline for the #AcDigID workshop this coming week:
- Why Does Social & Digital Identity Matter in Academia?
- Getting started, digital identity development, and state of scholars online
- The Tools of the Digital Academic Trade: Social Media
- Twitter, hashtags, blogging, podcasting, LinkedIn, and more!
- Being a Connected and Digital Scholar
- Digital research impact and influence, ORCID iD, academic social networks designed for scholars, and measuring impact.
- Openness in Academia: Benefits & Challenges
- Being open in higher education, the tension between challenges and affordances of online, and experiences from networked scholars.
- Building Your Social and Digital Presence Online
- Creating your own space and place for scholarship (at least 3 platforms)
- Developing Your Digital Academic Identity
- Bonus: ways to aggregate and showcase your digital/social profiles
I am looking forward to sharing ideas and strategies for digital scholarship and identity online this week in the #AcDigID workshop. I don’t claim to know all, and I continue to learn – however I will say I am grateful for those networked scholars who have supported my digital developing along the way. That being said, I know some of you might have suggestions, experiences, stories, and more when it comes to academic digital identity development. I welcome this. If you are or have been a higher education faculty/staff who is/was on social media, academic networking sites, or just online – please consider giving some advice to my #AcDigID workshop participants.
#AcDigID ADVICE and RESOURCES WANTED for how you share your teaching, service, and research scholarship online:
- ADD TO THE LIST: to my “Academics Who Tweet” Twitter list? I would like to get a variety of scholars from all disciplines and areas in higher education. Let me know if YOU or someone else should be added.
- SUGGEST A HASHTAG: Do you follow a particular academic hashtag that my #AcDigID community should know about?
— Laura Pasquini (@laurapasquini) May 11, 2016
- TELL YOUR #AcDigID STORY: Interested in coming to talk about your #AcDigID development? How did you become a networked scholar? Want to share your issues, challenges or affordances for your academic online self? Let me know – happy to have you during a synchronous, online meeting.
- JOIN THE #AcDigID TWITTER CHAT: Join us for the live Twitter chat this coming Friday, May 20 from 1-2 pm EST – We will, of course, use the #AcDigID to ask questions and discuss the issues, challenges, and affordances of being a scholar online.
— Laura Pasquini (@laurapasquini) May 15, 2016
- USE the #AcDigID HASHTAG this week to introduce yourself, say hello, share resources, or offer advice.
Van Noorden, R. (2014). Online collaboration: Scientists and the social network. Nature, 512(7513), 126-129.