While this course requires the creation and use of a variety of publicly available and accessible websites / web resources, students are NOT required to create accounts on these websites using his/her actual name. Aliases and screennames can be used, if desired, to create these accounts. By using an alias or screename unrelated to their actual name, students can maintain public anonymity on the websites and in the web content created to fulfill course requirements.
Before selecting, creating and using online accounts for this course, students are encouraged to consider the benefits of establishing and maintaining a professional digital footprint. By using a consistent username across multiple websites and web services, and consistently publishing high-quality, professional content online, students can craft their online digital footprint in ways that can open future doors of employment and work.
Students are encouraged, but not required, to create a consistent, professional digital footprint through the completion of these course requirements. For more thoughts along these lines, see:
- "Social Networking Your Way to a New Job" - New York Times, 25 August 2010
- Darren Kuropatwa's post, "Google Never Forgets"
- Jen Wagner's post, "If You Lead….Are You Ready For Them To Follow"
- Clarence Fisher's post, "Losing Your Footprint Sucks"
- Wesley Fryer's post, "Google Profiles, Online Reputation Management, and Digital Footprints"
- Notes from Robyn Treyvaud's presentation, "Our 21st Century Challenge: Developing Responsible, Ethical and Resilient Digital Citizens"
- Yahoo's Safety website: FAQs about your Digital Reputation