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0246 Finding my way...


13:00 - 14:00 on Wednesday, 8 September 2010 in Pos


0246 Finding my way...
Flea Palmer


0246 Finding my way...
Flea Palmer
Despite many students having grown up surrounded by technology, the web to them is still fairly unchartered territory. Yes, there are pretty lights (camera and action!) as anyone can be an author, director, entertainer and/ or critic…but they are often not aware of the 'dark side'…the 'footprints' they leave behind; they're naive about what they're saying to whom; are unknowingly vulnerable to attack. Increasing numbers of students use social networking sites to share personal information, websites to shop and enjoy online banking. As Higher Education facilitates personal development planning (Dearing, 1997 & Burgess, 2007 Reports), we are encouraging them to further build their online identity."We are commited to develop graduates who are readily employable, and well-equipped, through direct work experience or volunteering, for lifelong learning and the professional world and are ready to take their place as active, co-operative and responsible citizens in local and global society." The University of Plymouth's Teaching and Learning Strategy 2009 -2014. In order to become active and responsible global citizens, students need to know how to interact within this new environment – become 'streetwise'. Placed in a diagram, these types of interaction divide into four strands: identity management (self-promotion, digital footprints), digital literacy, legal issues (copyright & IPR) and security. This diagram became the basis for developing 'myBrand', a collection of resources which aim to raise awareness and support students in these areas, with additional links to free Web 2.0 tools. As a Learning Technologist, I'm involved with promoting the use of PebblePad to support PDP. I therefore created myBrand as a 'webfolio', demonstrating how PebblePad could be used. This year long project was the result of a Teaching Fellowship Award and is still very much in development at the time of writing. Like a lighthouse, it aims to illuminate some of the larger issues and provide some immediate guidance. Each area could be researched and developed much further in collaboration with experts.