I have never really thought about my digital identity before, so the readings for week 1 presented a new way of thinking. I found the digital identity models interesting. In terms of the Visitors & Residents model, I certainly identify as a visitor online. I read a lot on websites, Twitter, blogs, etc, and I follow the publications and posts of several very active educators. I check Facebook, and to a lesser extent Instagram, on a fairly regular basis. However, I rarely leave comments or upload my own posts. At the same time, I am much more active in closed groups, so I find I relate more to the Digital Practice model by Donna Lanclos. The deciding factor in how much I will engage depends greatly on the size of the group/audience, how well I know them, and how comfortable I feel expressing my thoughts.
I much prefer face-to-face communication, and will make phone calls rather than engage in texting and chats on social media. I also shy away from recorded voice notes or videos of myself. The shift to remote teaching in the middle of March pushed my boundaries! Suddenly, video chat was the only way to communicate with my students, and I was really quite nervous before the first online Zoom meeting. In fact, it went quite well and I got used to it quite quickly. The next step was to record some of the sessions at the request of my students since some of them had unreliable internet connections and didn’t want to miss what was discussed in class. I started recording my classes, and the first time I watched the recording, it was painful! I saw myself from a different perspective and I was extremely self-conscious. However, after a few sessions, I stopped worrying about it. I feel this is a great step forward for me!
Through joining DigPINS, I am taking more steps outside my comfort zone. Writing this blog is a completely new experience, and it triggers different anxieties. I will see how I feel about blogging at the end of the month! I will also try to be active on Slack and engage with others. Let’s see how it goes!
Digital Identity Logo by Adam Ross taken on May 2, 2011 – CC Creative Commons
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