Managing Online Identity

This is a topic that is gaining a lot of coverage, and is extremely important in an academic setting. I’ll be facilitating a workshop next week at the Next Generation Environments event at Aston University with James Farnhill and trying to elicit some issues from both teaching and research practitioners.

We’ll be running a couple of exercises during the session, asking delegates to look at their online identity and asking them to reconcile their ‘results’ with their actual identity.

If you’d had any experience with identity issues then post a comment and I’ll use the example in the session, if you’re interested in listening in on the day, let me know and I’ll see what I can do.

The slides will be posted on this blog after the session along with feedback from the delegates and pointers to further resources and ongoing work.


  1. An old school friend was trying to track me down online – quite easily as it turned it – he said I had “a web presence to rival Microsoft”.

    Part of the job I guess – in order to evaluate, I’m registered on almost every Web2.0 or related site. I’ve been considering my online identity lately and doing my utmost to be consistent – same email, same primary URL, and where possible same account/user name, so if you discover or search for a “katiepiatt” it’s always me.

    The one exception which causes me some problems is Facebook. Thats where my work and home life collide, and I think twice about what I say as I know it will get read by work colleagues as well as friends with a lot less interest in my thoughts on technology!

    Would be interested in hearing your session if that becomes possible Lawrie!

  2. Images do add a new level of issues. It’s also interesting that pod an video casting is identified as the ‘scariest’ thing to do. I liked the comment about people being less worried about putting their opinions online than there image!
    p.s. I would have commented on your site but I wasn’t allowed to… I do suggest people have a read

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