A teaching and learning conversation in collaboration with the open course Flexible, Open and Social Learning with:
Researcher, writer, education consultant: digital futures, digital literacy, e-learning, pedagogy, innovation
About this conversation:
A positive, ’employable’ persona is an asset that education is supposed to provide. Increasingly that persona is developed and presented in digital spaces and media. So digital identity work – the development and management of digital personae – is becoming part of the HE experience. Sometimes it is closely tied to issues of career choice and development, and sometimes it is more closely aligned with aspects of the subject specialist curriculum.
In this conversation we will discuss what we mean by digital identity for work, especially in an HE context. The background reading introduces emergent trends in work and workplaces, and asks what kinds of mindset and aptitude will be needed to thrive. This will naturally lead on to issues of curriculum design for digital identity development.
We will also explore the idea that our digital identities are work of a kind, and the results of that work. Should we consider the labour we put into managing our digital personae as leisure, creativity, or as unpaid work we provide to digital platforms, helping to generate value for them?
Helen Beetham is an independent researcher, writer and consultant on digital literacies. She works for Jisc in the UK, on projects based in the EU, Australia and the US, and for a number of global universities. Helen works particularly in the areas of digital capability, digital citizenship and digital wellbeing, the learning experience, and curriculum design.
When: Wednesday 18th October 2017 13:00-14:00 (UK Time)
OECD forum on the future of work (2016) https://www.oecd.org/employment/ministerial/future-of-work-in-figures.htm
Any article of your choice with the keywords ‘digital identity’ and ‘work’ or ‘labour’ or ‘social capital’ or ‘learning’. For example (from a variety of perspectives):
Gandini, A (2016) Digital work: self-branding and social capital in the freelance knowledge economy. Marketing Theory 16(1)
Lemke, J (2016) Identity, Development and Desire: Critical Questions. In Caldas-Coulthard RC & Iedema R (eds) Identity Trouble: Critical Discourse and Contested Identities, Springer
https://link.springer.com/book/10.1057/9780230593329 (also available on google books)
Fuchs C. (2014) Digital prosumption labour on social media in the context of the capitalist regime of time. Sociological Review 23 (1) http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0961463X13502117
Any article in Bayne S and Land R (2011) Digital Difference: Perspectives in Online Learning. Springer. (Also available on googlebooks)
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