“It’s no use going back to yesterday, because I was a different person then.”
Alice in Wonderland
I have found comfort in knowing that I am not an anomaly in my MALAT cohort when it comes to having a near non-existent digital identity. Prior to last week, I never felt the need to have a digital identity nor did I recognize its value. My digital map clearly illustrated that I was a “Visitor” and I viewed the Web as defined by White & LeCornu (2011), “[the Web] is not a ‘place’ to think or to develop ideas…,Visitors do their thinking off-line. So Visitors are users, not members, of the Web and place little value in belonging online.”
After taking some time to reflect upon the assigned readings, my opinions have been challenged that I need to take a new stance. I recognize that there is value in becoming a “Resident” and that I have knowledge, experience and questions that are valuable to contribute to online networks. So now, I have to devise a plan of how I am going to create my digital identity.
My plan needs some goals. They are:
- To create a LinkedIn account to raise my dental professional profile.
- To create a Twitter account so that I am able to follow others who I have shared interests with.
- To develop and craft my blog into a professional portfolio of my learning and work.
I will need to investigate the process around creating a Twitter account and LinkedIn account by seeking advice and guidance from trusted and experienced colleagues. This is personally a big step for me and I want to ensure I have control over the space I am creating and I plan to have the accounts set up by mid-May. With my blog, I agree with the points made by Watters (2015), “[t]o own one’s own domain gives [me] an understanding of how Web technologies work. It puts [me] in a much better position to control [my] work, [my] data, [my] identity online.”
Currently, I feel comfortable with using digital technology and have a basic level of digital literacy. However, there are gaps and I will need to ensure that I use my new “MALAT network” who are “Residents” to help me address these gaps. I plan to solicit feedback, hints and tips from my peers, instructors and dental colleagues as I begin to create my digital identity. I will also continue to read literature and ask questions to classmates and colleagues.
Measures of success will be establishing connections with my dental community and other professionals on my LinkedIn account. Contributions to my comments section on my blog from peers and colleagues. In addition, I will make a conscious effort to comment and engage in discussions on my classmates blogs. My Twitter account will be established and I will be following my peers who have Twitter accounts as well as 5 professionals in the field of Learning and technology.
Carroll, L. (2012). Alice’s adventures in wonderland and through the looking glass. Penguin Classics.
Watters, A. (2015, July 15). The Web we need to give students. Bright. https://brightthemag.com/the-web-we-need-to-give-students-311d97713713#.a2rmav7fp
White, D. S., & LeCornu, A. (2011). Visitors and residents: A new typology for online engagement. First Monday, 16(9). https://firstmonday.org/article/view/3171/3049