Before I started this module I didn’t really know what to expect, it was completely different to all of my other modules and I didn’t quite understand what would be expected of me ‘online’ speaking. Although I would class myself as efficient using online social medias I have never had my own blog before and this worried me slightly.
Before the module I already had several online profiles, including LinkedIn (https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=374362653&trk=nav_responsive_tab_profile). Prior to this module my LinkedIn profile was very bleak, I have now reached the advanced profile status. I have added a photograph, skills and previous education and work experience.
I also already had a Twitter account prior to UOSM2008, I rarely used Twitter and to this day I still have a limited presence on Twitter, but I do find myself looking at trending topics and current affairs more regularly as well as accounts related to graduate and student prospects. (https://twitter.com/FrankieCharnley)
All together I still have a small online presence in regards to posting and interacting with others, however my efforts to ‘follow’ more profiles and accounts that relate directly to my university studies and future career prospects has definitely increased.
I have really enjoyed this module and the freedom that it has given me to participate in online discussions and research topics. At the most basic level I have learned how to create my own blog and post blog comments as well as interacting and commenting on other colleagues’ blogs.
With the world becoming ever more digitally orientated the use of blogs is sure to increase, having this basic background in blogging has provided me with the principles I will need in future career prospects.
My researching skills and looking around topics has also increased, finding interesting tangents to set topics has not only been useful but enjoyable as well. Having extended research skills will aid me in all aspects of my life, both academically and for future jobs.
Specifically Living and Working on the Web has given me the opportunity to research topics that typically I would not have been interested to research myself. However when I started to research each topic I found that they all in fact do relate to me in some way or another.
The topics have given me a greater understanding of issues related to web use, ranging from digital visitors and residents, online identities, online branding and free access to online materials. My personal favourite would be the case of having more than one online identity – having several personal accounts myself this interested me greatly. The research from this topic allowed me to unify my accounts in order to have a more consistent online profile which I believe will help me in the future with potential employers and colleagues.
I am more aware of the difficulties of using online sites and the privacy and security issues that I may incur, and this should hopefully help me avoid these issues.
Looking back at my module, something I wish that I had concentrated on further as mentioned earlier was my actual posting on my social media sites such as Twitter. Overall Living and Working on the Web was a very enjoyable module.