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Welcome to the course.

Modern living increasingly involves sharing our views, experiences and aspects of our lives with other people online. You might find that you’re presenting an online version of yourself to more and more people in lots of different environments. How can you make sure that you’re doing this in the right way? What can you do to get the most out of your online identity?

In this course, you’ll explore how to create an online identity that works for you. Whether you’re looking for employment, chatting with friends or simply sharing photos online, the skills you learn will help you manage these activities effectively.

What will you study?

Week 1 asks you think about what you’d like to gain from your online identity. You will consider different ways you can use your online profiles and explore tips to help you maximise your online potential. You’ll think about the impact of your online identity and some ways to improve your online interactions.

In Week 2, you’ll think more about managing your identity to protect yourself and others. You’ll consider the impact social media has on your daily life and think about best practice when communicating online.

Your tutor on this course is Neil Morris. He is Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change in the School of Education, and Dean of Digital Education at the University of Leeds, United Kingdom (UK).

Throughout the course, you may find terms you are not familiar with; you can use the Glossary in the Downloads section below for key definitions. You may wish to download this now so you can refer to it when needed.

You can use the course map to help you explore the course. Select the image below to access it, or you can download the map from the Downloads section below.


Have your say:

Now we’d like to hear about you. Please use the Comments to introduce yourself to other learners and add a short description about your own online identity.

  • What types of social media do you currently use to manage your online identity?
  • How would you like to enhance your online identity? Please also share a little about where you are from – this course is open to learners world-wide and you’ll get a sense of what modern learning looks like across the globe.

If you are mentioning the course on social media, remember to tag comments with #FLIdentityOnline. You can also follow us on Twitter or Facebook where you can find the latest news and updates about all our online courses.

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Learning Online: Managing Your Online Identity

University of Leeds