Hi everyone! My name is Andy, currently a student at the University of Southampton. I have set up this blog to reflect on topics outlined in one of the modules I have taken this semester: UOSM2008 – Living and Working on the Web. Topics will relate to the online world we live in, and the identities that we present ourselves as on the web.
|Rating at start of module||Comments||Rating at end of module||Comments|
|Accessing, managing and evaluating online information||3||As an English student, finding references include both offline and online texts. Over time it is necessary to become well-versed in the evaluation of what is useful regarding the topic at hand.|
|Participating in online communities||3||While I don’t have a lot of communities online site-wise, there are various groups on Facebook that I participate in regularly, each pertaining to different interests.|
|Building online networks around an area of interest||2||While part of a variety of online networks, I find it hard to build up my own network around me.|
|Collaborating with others on shared projects||2||Having done group projects before, I can say that I am able to collaborate with others towards a mutual goal, however I much prefer working by myself.|
|Creating online materials (text, audio, images, video)||3||I have mainly used Adobe Photoshop in editing/drawing, and have also used audio/video editing software. I have limited knowledge on this however, only having done a few things before.|
|Managing your online identity||2||I have a limited online identity, most of which is on Facebook as the main social media platform I use. I feel that I could benefit in broadening the areas that I have a presence in.|
|Managing your online privacy and security||3||While I maintain security and privacy settings on Facebook, I realise that there are other platforms which I don’t have full privacy control over.|
So why did I choose this module?
As an English Lit student, I felt that as times change, so do the ways of literature. More and more often, you find people self-publishing novels, creating stories online, or – funnily enough – publishing blogs. In a technologically advancing world, I think that it’s important to keep up, and therefore to learn how to better manage an online presence on the web.
What in particular do I want to learn?
As mentioned above, I want to learn how to manage my online identity in order to make it the best it can be. In a world where people can find friends just based on a name, it has to be kept in mind what exactly people can find of you.
Which degree programme am I studying?
English Lit – just slightly different from this module, but overall I think they can hugely benefit each other.
Have you studied online before?
Not at all! This is the first time in which I won’t be studying outside of a computer; I must say as an English student this is quite the difference!