Recipe for Digital Curation of Your Online Persona

Cartoon headshot of blogger, Sandra Rogers

Have you googled yourself lately? What does the Internet search reveal about you? With each hashtag, blog post, tweet, and online project at a time, you’re building your online reputation whether you want to or not. In the absence of professional branding, your online persona brands you. Curation of our online personal data is more important than ever. This is because our online information and interactions are being used to analyze us for commercial benefit, credit ratings, job selection, relationships, health care decisions, harassment, law enforcement, and machine learning (Matsakis, 2019).

I’m putting together a few basic curation tasks in the ‘recipe’ below for a class lesson. Curation, of course, will take ongoing effort. These are simple actions to get you started.

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RECIPE

Curating Your Online Persona 

Time: Ready in minutes based on diversity of digital tools used and length of your digital footprint
Serves: Average technology users
Calories: 0

TIPS

  • Log out of all accounts to fully see information that you publicly shared.
  • Use alphanumericsymbolic passphrases for strong login credentials (e.g., @T!mBuk2B42Long). Create different ones for different types of accounts.
  • Consider the long-term impact of posting or otherwise reacting online.
  • Subscribe to a technical news service that shares how to keep your data safe such as  Mashable, TechCrunch or Wired.

INGREDIENTS

Benevolent Intention
Critical Thinking
Persistence
Relevant Safeguards

PREPARATION

  1. Search for your name on different Internet browsers (e.g., Google Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, Safari). View at least the first three pages of results to find older accounts that you may have forgotten about and should close.
  2. Use Google’s reverse image search tool to see if your shared photos (e.g., headshot, Facebook profile, or wedding pictures) are used elsewhere without permission. For example, did you know that FB profile photos are publicly available? Anyone could be reusing or repurposing them.
  3. Set short and long-term goals based on your findings and personal insight.

CURATION

  1. Set up a Google Alert on your name to stay informed of its mentions on the Internet.
  2. Cleanse unprofessional social media posts. For example, use GoCardigan to remove retweets and likes on Twitter. Why? Twitter users can delete their own tweets but not their reactions to others.
  3. Close compromised or unused online accounts to safeguard your data and reduce your digital footprint. Review Wikipedia’s list of data breaches. Recheck the list periodically.
  4. Tighten the privacy settings on your social media accounts.

Please share your techniques and issues in safeguarding your online persona. I’ll continue to add to this post as I dive deeper into this topic and as new technologies surface.


Recommended Readings

Bates, C. (2018). Take charge of your online reputation. Educause. Retrieved from https://er.educause.edu/articles/2018/10/take-charge-of-your-online-reputation

Internet safety and cyber security awareness for college students. (N.D.) Retrieved from https://www.cyberdegrees.org/resources/internet-safety-for-college-students/

Matsakis, L. (2019). The Wired guide to personal data collection. Condé Nast. Retrieved from https://www.wired.com/story/wired-guide-personal-data-collection/


Sandra Annette Rogers, Ph.D

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Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)

A Personal Learning Network for Online Language Educators
I’m learning about new tech tools from my peers!

After listening to a webinar today on PLNs, I realized that I often speak about various facets of personal learning networks but haven’t addressed them head-on. I’m a big advocate of PLNs because of their power to network with peers locally and globally. Additionally, I work from home, so I don’t have the more familiar hangout time with colleagues during breaks or at lunchtime when you would normally spend time discussing various topics. Instead, I’m more likely to attend a Google+Hangout or webinar to interact with peers in my field. Nowadays, I only see my peers face-to-face (F2F) at conferences. I just went back to school for my doctorate this spring, so now I’ll actually meet peers F2f but only during class on Monday nights!

First, allow me to make my own distinction between these two terms: PLEs and PLNs. Personal Learning Environments (PLEs) are formed to provide a depository or “online treasure chest” of great ideas and tech tools that you or your peers discover. You can have a shared PLE or an individual one. Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) are formed to guide our independent or group learning goals and professional development needs within a dynamic flow of information from our peers’ discoveries or that of our own. In my opinion, PLEs are more controlled by the individual or group and therefore static, while PLNs are more dynamic with input and output occurring from a networked community of learners.

Secondly, I’d like to share my own PLN because I think it’s critical to provide real examples and not just theory. Are you familiar with Paper.li? It’s a Twitter app that allows you to aggregate your twitter followers’ tweets into an e-newspaper. The possibilities are endless! I noticed that besides compiling your twitter feed and hashtags (#), it also will siphon your Facebook feed . . . that is if you want it to! “Feed” in this context refers to your followers or friends comments, articles, photos, and links. Paper.li could be the next best thing for social networking for learning communities. Imagine what you could do with it for your school or project! Watch my video demonstration on how to use Paper.li to set up your own PLN: http://www.screenr.com/embed/92Ss

For those of you who aren’t familiar with Twitter, you don’t have to have an account to follow the tweets. Anyhow, I’d like to share some alternative platforms. One example is the use of wikis. I used PBWorks.com to create my first PLE for online English language learning resources: http://mypersonallearningenvironment.pbworks.com/w/page/25570751/FrontPage. Learn how to create a PLE on a wiki from this screencast: https://teacherrogers.wordpress.com/2011/11/22/how-to-create-a-ple-on-a-wiki/. Another idea is to use social bookmarking sites like Diigo.com if you prefer not to collect resources on a wiki. For instance, Dr. Elizabeth Hanson-Smith is curating a Diigo site for TESOL with great resources in all English language teaching and training topics. Here is TESOL’s computer-assisted language learning-interest section (CALL-IS) Virtual Software List that she set up: http://www.diigo.com/user/call_is_vsl

I invite you to subscribe to my e-newspaper, The Online Educator, to become part of my PLN. I follow the EFL/ESL and tech leaders from around the world. Since this paper publishes weekly, it forces me to read about the latest technology tools and how they might be integrated into the classroom. For instance, I’m following the tweets of the Presidents of TESOL France and Chile, as well as IATEFL. Here’s the link: http://paper.li/teacherrogers/1301595898#. Check out these other twitter e-newspapers on similar topics:

  1. This one is by another EVO Moderator, Barbara Sakamoto: http://paper.li/barbsaka/starter-pln
  2. This one is created by the hashtag #ELTchat: http://paper.li/tag/ELTchat

  3. This e-newspaper is created by the British Council: http://paper.li/TeachingEnglish/teachingenglish

  4. This one is created by another EVO Moderator, Jose Antonio Silva for this hashtag, #EdTech: http://paper.li/joseantoniook

Lastly, take a look at these large-scale, professional PLNs to connect with your peers and advance your knowledge:

  1. The Educator’s PLN: http://edupln.ning.com/
  2. aPLaNet: http://aplanet-project.org/
  3. ELT Teachers’ Network: http://celt-athens.grou.ps/home
  4. EFL Classroom 2.0: http://community.eflclassroom.com/index.php

Best Wishes,

Sandra Rogers

How to Use Paper.li to Enhance your PLN

Paper.li is a twitter app that allows you to aggregate your twitter followers into an e-newspaper. The possibilities are endless. I noticed that besides compiling your twitter feed, it also will siphon your facebook feed . . . that is, if you want it to! “Feed” in this context refers to your followers or friends comments, articles, photos, and links. Paper.li could be the next best thing for social networking for learning communities. Imagine what you could do with it for your school or project!

Watch my video demonstration on how to use Paper.li to set up your own personal learning network (PLN):

http://www.screenr.com/embed/92Ss

I invite you to subscribe to my e-newspaper, The Online Educator, to become part of my PLN. I follow the EFL/ESL and tech leaders from around the world. Since this paper publishes daily, it forces me to read about the latest technology tools and how they might be integrated into the classroom. For instance, I’m following the tweets of the Presidents of TESOL France and Chile, as well as IATEFL. I’m learning so much from my online peers. I hope you can, too! Here’s the link:

http://paper.li/teacherrogers/1301595898#

Your Blogger,

Sandra Annette Rogers

(Note: This blog was previously posted on TESOL.org)