Learning Online: Managing Your Online Identity

Learn how to manage your digital identity and how to present yourself online to make the most of your online communications.

  • Duration 2 weeks
  • Weekly study 2 hours
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Learn to manage your online identity and share information safely

First impressions matter, and nowadays lots of first impressions are made online.

So how can you make the most out of your online identity when you are looking for employment, learning online, participating in online activism or socialising?

On this course, you’ll learn practical ways to manage your online identity and how to present yourself when searching for a job, promoting yourself or following your interests.

As our online and offline lives are increasingly interconnected, it’s vital to explore strategies to protect your identity and reflect on how your online behaviour can affect you both on and offline.

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What topics will you cover?

  • The importance of maintaining and considering your online presence.
  • Reflecting on what you wish to optimise about your online presence.
  • Positive use of social media for causes and campaigning.
  • Using your profile to improve your employability.
  • Strategies to improve your online profile for different purposes.
  • The risks of posting and sharing online.
  • The impacts of comments and shares.
  • Good practice when interacting online.
  • Security settings and how they function.
  • The importance of copyright.
  • Looking after your mental health online.

When would you like to start?

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  • Available nowThis course started 27 Jan 2020

What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

  • Explore the tools available to create and optimise your online presence.
  • Assess your online identity and identify strategies to create or enhance it.
  • Explain how an individual’s actions online can have both positive and negative consequences in the real world.
  • Identify how you can keep your online information and content safe.
  • Reflect on the impact your online profiles and behaviour have on your mental health.

Who is the course for?

This course is suitable for anyone interested in learning how to manage and optimise their online identity in a say safe way and will be particularly useful for students in high schools.

This course and the other courses in the Learning Online series provide an excellent foundation for studying the Going to University courses.

The Going to University course collection are created specifically for high school students as well as their teachers who can use these courses as classroom enrichment resources.

Who will you learn with?

Neil Morris

Neil Morris

Dean of Digital Education and Professor of Educational Technology at the University of Leeds. For more information see: https://essl.leeds.ac.uk/education/staff/156/professor-neil-morris

Who developed the course?

University of Leeds

As one of the UK’s largest research-based universities, the University of Leeds is a member of the prestigious Russell Group and a centre of excellence for teaching.

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