• University of Leeds

Learning Online: Managing Your Online Identity

Reflect on how you want to present yourself online and take positive steps towards these goals.

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Learning Online: Managing Your Online Identity
  • Duration2 weeks
  • Weekly study2 hours
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Many of us now have an online identity running alongside our everyday lives. In this course you’ll consider your online presence; you’ll discover how what we say and do online can have major implications for our real lives, and those of others. You’ll also spend time looking at how to assess and enhance your online identities to ensure that you can get the most out of being yourself online.

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study effectively online.

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  • Week 1

    Optimising your online presence

    • Welcome

      Consider why it is important to have an online presence, and the ways it can help you.

    • The importance of an online presence

      In this activity, you will explore the importance of considering your online presence, and reflect on what is currently available about you online.

    • Optimising your online presence

      In this activity, you will explore how to optimise your online presence for different purposes, eg social, business promotion, activism, and employability.

    • Optimising your profile

      In this activity, you have the chance to apply your learning to improve some example profiles. You can then reflect on your plans to improve your profiles in future.

    • Summary

      To close this week, you are introduced to some of the options for studying at the University of Leeds. You also look forward to next week.

  • Week 2

    Your safety and security online

    • Your safety and security online

      This week, you will consider how much information is now available about yourself and others online. You will explore how to protect both your personal data and mental health in this context.

    • Protecting and controlling your online identity

      In this activity, explore the actions you can take to help protect your information and assets when sharing material online.

    • Protecting your mental health online

      In this activity, you will reflect on the fact that increasingly our online presences are an active part of our everyday life and health. You will also consider the pressures of social media on mental health.

    • The dangers of posting online

      In this activity, you will consider how your online identity is more than just your online profile. Your behaviour online, what you post and what you share can have serious consequences for you and others.

    • End of course summary

      Now that you’re reached the end of the course, you can think about how you will manage your future online identity and test your understanding of the topics covered.

When would you like to start?

Start straight away and learn at your own pace. If the course hasn’t started yet you’ll see the future date listed below.

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What will you achieve?

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

  • Assess your current confidence level in managing your identity online.
  • Reflect on your current approach to managing your identity online and discuss with other learners.
  • Explain how an individual’s actions online can have both positive and negative consequences in the real world.
  • Produce and share your own code of practice for your online presence.
  • Research and reflect on the power of social media and identify examples of people who are using the tool to raise awareness of projects.
  • Explore the tools available to create your online presence.
  • Critically assess your online identity and identify strategies to create or enhance it. Produce a digital asset to enhance a specific area of an online identity.
  • Assess your knowledge by participating in the end of course test.

Who is the course for?

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

Who will you learn with?

Educator, University of Leeds.

I lecture in History, specialise in Curriculum Design and build Digital Literacy and Digital Scholarship modules. I also lead the University's Liberal Arts programme.

Skills@Library Team Leader at the University of Leeds

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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