LIDA102 Social media, online identity and learning

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Join the discussion on social media, online identity and learning sharing your personal views. Choose one or more of the following questions as a catalyst for your contributions to the forum:

  • How much of what you learn should be open and transparent (i.e. public) and how much should be kept private. Why?
  • In a digital age, how important is it for you to build a digital footprint of your learning?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities for building your online identity?
  • What levels of online engagement do you feel are appropriate for your own learning on this course? Does this differ from your engagement in other online communities?
  • Please “Like”, share and reply to posts. These are forms of engagement and a contribution to your online learning identity.
  • Other?


Any public tracking of my online learning is for me, usually because the online tools are better for searching and connecting than offline. I participate in loads of online learning - anything that sounds interesting, although my participation varies widely. It all depends …


Hi @vtaylor

What I like about open online learning is the ability to sip and dip in the things I find interesting.

I do get frustrated when so-called “open” courses require password registration in order to take a look at learning materials. This forces a prospective learner / interested person to leave a digital footprint of courses they have accessed. I can imagine situations where an individual would like to retain anonymity when deciding if an open course would be of interest.


Worse than having to register for access to an open course are the ones that require completion of a gatekeeper “test” to access the next module. I’m never that interested.

The article about lurkers was interesting. I find it odd that they are so concerned about trying to get peripheral learners to be more visibly present in the open courses.


Agreed - there is much to be learned through reflective observation. We know from our data that a high percentage of OERu learners actually read the contributions of others who post even though they are not visibly present in the courses.