Digital Identities

The digital world is everywhere and no part of life is untouched by it. This session is a chance to explore what digital identity means for all of us, and ways to protect and enhance it. There will be the chance to contribute your own views, experiences and top tips for life online.

Being Digital – short activities

Library e-resources mentioned

Internet articles mentioned

10 top tips to start controlling your digital identity

  • Google yourself. How happy are you with what you have found? Would you be happy for an employer to see this information?
  • De-activate any online profiles you are not using
  • Think carefully about who you would like to have access to your posts, then check and tighten your privacy settings in all social media, e.g. Twitter and Facebook
  • Take down photos that don't show you in the best light
  • Delete posts that you no longer want people to see – Facebook, for example, provides guidance on how to do this
  • Build up a LinkedIn profile by including achievements (e.g. awards, projects or qualifications)
  • Be active on Twitter for your profession or field of interest
  • Read and comment on the blogs of experts in your field
  • Start your own blog, if appropriate to your study or work
  • Be active on sites, for example discussion forums, relevant to your profession or area of interest
Presentation time: 
Saturday, 26 September, 2015 - 12:00
Presenter(s): 

Fiona Durham

Fiona Durham

Fiona Durham is a Learning and Teaching Librarian supporting academics in module production and also helping students via the Library Enquiry service.  She joined the OU Library in 2001, but has been a serial OU student since 1989, recently completing her seventeenth module (S175 Frozen planet).

Jonquil Lowe

Jonquil is an economist specialising in personal finance. Much of her work as a researcher and formerly as a journalist and consumer campaigner has concerned pensions, particularly the tension between individuals’ need for a secure income in eventual retirement and the risks and costs involved in saving over the long term.

Katherine Moore

Katherine Moore

Katherine Moore started working at the Open University library in 2009. She is a learning and teaching librarian. Her interests include in helping students with disabilities access online resources and building online learning communities.