Living and Working on the Web (UOSM2033) has been an eye-opening experience. I have been able to develop my technical skills, becoming more aware of how to use visual effects to engage the audience. Furthermore, I believed that I had a presentable and professional online presence, however through the module I realised I was a long way from perfect and far from a digital resident.
Since starting this module I have:
· Created a LinkedIn profile
A major milestone through this module was realising the importance of LinkedIn, as I was previously unaware of the significance it has on networking and recruiting. I set up my LinkedIn profile shortly after my first post in Topic 2 and since then have built up a total of 60 connections. I have also used a professional profile picture which remains consistent across my other social networking sites.
· Increased my security settings
This was a highly significant point for me, as I used to freely accept followers and friend requests. This was until I started to get anonymous messages regarding the content on my Twitter page and Facebook page, which induced me to change my privacy settings to a more secure level. I now realise the ease with which information can be shared and the care that must be taken when controlling your online accounts. In response to this, I have heightened my privacy settings, increasing my security setting to prevent “random” people being able to see my profile. I have aimed to protect my online identity from being catfished by only friending people I personally know.
If I could start the module again, the use of Powtoon and Piktochart would have been more relevant at an earlier stage due to the visual impact these have. I will certainly be using them for future presentations to engage the audience as it has amazed me how simple and effective such tools are.
The importance of maintaining a professional online digital footprint must be emphasised; it is the norm to be up to date and have a presentable online presence, however, a poor reflection of yourself could be something that hinders your progress. Much of this module has focused around this and I will certainly maintain the professionalism across my social media accounts by posting appropriately and avoiding any controversial topics that may arise.
Throughout this module, I have had the opportunity to study contrasting views on these modern day issues regarding social media. This has enhanced my knowledge around the subject allowing me to develop my own critical opinions. My skill of interpreting and deducing different views has been built on throughout this process which has aided me when researching and writing my dissertation. This further emphasises the point that developing skills in certain modules that focus on self-learning can filter into real life situations.
I would like to give special thanks to Nic, Lisa and Sarah, the advice throughout the module has assisted me in developing my digital literacy skills.
Topic 1: https://nikhilanandsite.wordpress.com/2016/10/12/first-blog-post/
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