About this Course
If I Googled you, what would I find? As we move around the online world we leave tracks and traces of our activity all the time: social media accounts, tagged images, professional presences, scraps of text, but also many artefacts we don't always realise we are leaving behind, or that others leave about us. In this course you will hear from a range of experts and you will have an opportunity to explore and reflect on your own online tracks and traces, to understand why your digital footprint is important. We will introduce you to some of the tools and approaches to effectively manage your online presence (or digital footprint). The course will focus on the different dimensions of a digital footprint, including developing an effective online presence, managing your privacy, creating opportunities for networking, balancing and managing professional and personal presences (eprofessionalism). By the end of this course (MOOC) you should be equipped to ensure that your digital footprint works for you, whether you want to be more private online, or are looking to create a more effective and impactful presence. You can also join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #DFMOOC and follow us @DFMOOC We hope you enjoy the course!
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Beginner Level

Beginner Level

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Approx. 5 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week
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English

Subtitles: English
Globe

100% online course

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Beginner Level

Beginner Level

Clock

Approx. 5 hours to complete

Suggested: 5 hours/week
Comment Dots

English

Subtitles: English

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

1

Section
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2 hours to complete

What makes an online presence effective?

In week 1 we provide information on how to engage with the course as well as our Twitter account, using #DFMOOC. This week, we will introduce you to the topic of Digital Footprint. There are a range of activities, videos and resources for you to work through. By the end of week 1, you will have the opportunity to critically reflect on your own online presence and consider how you can make better informed choices as well as setting appropriate personal goals around your digital footprint. ...
Reading
8 videos (Total 37 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video8 videos
What is a digital footprint?1m
The Uncontainable Self - Part 1 (Nicola Osborne)8m
The Uncontainable Self and Professional Identity - Part 2 (Nicola Osborne)3m
Taking Gaming Into Adulthood (Dr Jill MacKay)4m
Who owns your data? - Part 1 (Nicola Osborne)5m
Who Owns Your Data? - Part 2 (Nicola Osborne)4m
Who Owns Your Data? - Part 3 (Nicola Osborne)6m
Reading5 readings
How to use this course5m
Using social media on this course10m
About week 15m
Step 2: Search for yourself online10m
Week 1 Additional Resources15m
Quiz3 practice exercises
Step 1: Have you looked?4m
Step 3: What did you find?4m
Week 1 graded quiz18m

2

Section
Clock
3 hours to complete

Why does your digital footprint matter?

This week, there is a range of experts who focus on why a digital footprint matters and how to create an effective online presence. The themes explored include data after death, privacy online and managing your online data. The activity and quizzes will help you to consider your own online presence and what you might do to make it more effective and work for you!...
Reading
15 videos (Total 69 min), 5 readings, 3 quizzes
Video15 videos
Step 2: Zeemap Activity - Review (Dr Louise Connelly)1m
Creating an effective online presence (Dr Louise Connelly)7m
Digital Footprints (Dr Rachel Buchanan)1m
Managing your online presence (Interview with Dr Ben Marder)6m
Tag Review Function, Taking Control Back (Dr Ben Marder)1m
Our Data, Our Rights (Interview with Prof. Lilian Edwards)4m
Death and Privacy (Interview with Prof. Lilian Edwards)6m
Data after death (Interview with Prof. Lilian Edwards)5m
Privacy Tips 1-6 (Nicola Osborne)4m
Privacy Tips 7-12 (Nicola Osborne)5m
Audience online, time/longevity of data, visibility (Interview with David Brake)7m
Audience (Interview with David Brake)3m
Time (Interview with David Brake)7m
One piece of advice about managing your digital footprint3m
Reading5 readings
About week 25m
Step 1: Zeemap Activity: Introducing yourself and giving advice10m
Checklist: creating an effective online presence5m
Digital Footprint Action Plan10m
Week 2 Additional Resources15m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Reflective question: Privacy (non-assessed)2m
Week 2 graded quiz20m

3

Section
Clock
2 hours to complete

What does it mean to be an effective online professional?

This week, we examine the idea of a professional online presence and what this might mean for different people and professions. Understanding whether your personal and professional online presence should blur or be kept separate can be a challenge. We will hear from experts in Business, Nursing, Science, Education, and a Careers Consultant. They will provide useful advice on what you can do to make your online presence more professional and potentially help you with finding a job, standing out from the crowd, complying with professional bodies' guidelines, and much more. The activities, including the quizzes and peer assessment will help you to reflect on your own online presence. There will also be an opportunity to get advice from your peers and consider putting into action what you have learned during this course....
Reading
13 videos (Total 61 min), 6 readings, 1 quiz
Video13 videos
Professional networking online (Rebecca Valentine)7m
Recruitment & business (Copil Yanez)7m
Student leaders and online presence (Tanya Lubicz-Nawrocka)3m
Professional bodies (Dr Louise Connelly)3m
E-professionalism & Nursing - Part 1 (Interview with Sharon Levy)6m
E-Professionalism & Nursing - Part 2 (Interview with Sharon Levy)4m
The E-Nurse (Interview with Sharon Levy)3m
Online Academic Presence (Dr Jill MacKay)4m
Academic presence: social sciences - part 1 (Interview with Dr Karen Gregory)4m
Academic presence: social sciences - Part 2 (Interview with Dr Karen Gregory)6m
How social media has been beneficial4m
One piece of advice about creating a professional online presence3m
Reading6 readings
About week 310m
Activity: draw your digital footprint (Gallery)10m
5 Tips - creating an effective online presence (Rebecca Valentine)10m
Professional Bodies' Guidelines10m
Week 3 Additional Resources15m
Digital Footprint Survey5m
Quiz1 practice exercises
Week 3 graded quiz20m
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Top Reviews

By HAug 14th 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed this course, my objectives were met and the course creators put a lot of thought into ensuring that various options were available to suit different learning styles. Thank you

By EGApr 10th 2018

The course is excellent! But should if you feel confident about the way you manage your digital footprint, you won't really learn that much.

Instructors

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Louise Connelly

E-Learning Developer
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Nicola Osborne

Digital Education Manager

About The University of Edinburgh

Influencing the world since 1583, The University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked as one of the world's top 50 universities. Today, we are an established and global leader in online learning, providing degree-level education to 3,000 online students in addition to 36,000 students on-campus. We also offer a wide range of free online courses in a variety of subjects. To find out more about studying for one of our online degrees, search for ‘Edinburgh online’ or visit www.ed.ac.uk ...

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