Goals and Purpose
My overall goal for cultivating my digital presence and identity is to become a positive and impactful member of the virtual spaces I occupy. I look forward to enhancing my digital presence and connecting with individuals and communities that I will learn from and grow with. This will happen if I set up my spaces and activities intentionally to find and follow the topics and people that I am interested in. Making digital engagement an integral part of my daily life will allow me to benefit from new learning opportunities (Hargittai & Walejko, 2008). It is important that I do this in a way that is inclusive and authentically represents my thoughts, research, and personality in alignment with my core values. My expectation is that developing a strong digital presence and identity will foster meaningful connections and learning, leading to professional and personal growth.
I have chosen a select number of platforms to be a part of and each one serves a specific purpose. I want to keep those instances limited to ensure I have the time to use these spaces to the full potential. My plan details my approach to using each platform.
I acknowledge my skills/knowledge gaps including:
- WordPress technical skills
- Twitter social skills
- Expressing myself through academic writing
WordPress I am learning as I go, I have resources available through RRU to fill the gaps. Twitter is a platform I will familiarize myself with and do not anticipate much of a learning curve, however, I will need to find the motivation to contribute as well as consume from this platform. I plan to find inspiration from my research and discussions with my cohort throughout the MALAT program. I will use the resources available through RRU and feedback from instructors to improve my academic writing skills.
Measures of Success
In six months, I will consider my plan a success if; I have increased my number of connections, am actively engaging in conversations, and learning through current online influencers and research in my field of study/work. In two years, I will consider my plan a success if; I am sharing resources, creating impactful content, and posting my work openly.
I have created a plan based on specific platforms I will be using. The platforms I use may change, however, the goals and purpose will stay the same. See my plan here.
Hargittai, E., & Walejko, G. (2008). The Participation Divide: Content creation and sharing in the digital age. Information, Community and Society, 11(2), 239-256
White, D. (2013, September 13). Just the Mapping (video).Youtube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MSK1Iw1XtwQ