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Digital skills: succeeding in a digital world
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Week 3: Making your mark online


Would you recognise the ‘online you’? Katharine and Wendy discuss this further in the video.

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Video 1: Introduction to Week 3
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During Week 2 you explored the range of skills that contribute to being effective in a digital world. You started to develop your own plan for the skills you want to work on. This week you’ll think about your ‘digital identity’ and your ‘digital footprint’. Digital identity is about the way you present yourself online. Digital footprint refers to the permanent collection of data about you that is available online.

During Week 3 you’ll look at your own and others’ digital footprints and discover what you can do to ensure that your digital footprint is ‘healthy’. You will also be introduced to some ways you can create a positive impact online to help you achieve your goals, whether they relate to work, study or other aspects of life. Throughout this week we refer to your ‘digital profile’. By this we mean how you appear to others online.

You’ll start the week by thinking about your own ‘digital journey’: that is, where you are now and where you want to get to. As you go through the week you'll be able to shift the focus from your own personal digital identity to thinking about when you might interact with others online in general, and becoming a ‘digital citizen’.

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • describe the terms ‘digital identity’ and ‘digital footprint’
  • identify some steps to help you present yourself well online and improve your digital profile.

This relates to ‘Understand and engage’ in the Open University digital skills framework and ‘Digital identity and wellbeing’ in the Jisc digital capabilities framework that you came across in Week 2.