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There is no I in Research: Scholarship lessons for undergraduates

Identity, Research and Scholarship in the Digital Age

Establishing & Managing Your Online Identity

What is a digital footprint and what does it say about you?

Digital Footprint, Common Sense Media, https://www.commonsensemedia.org/videos/digital-footprint, CC BY-NC-ND

Common Sense Media is geared towards educators and parents of younger students but offers many short, useful videos on relevant topics. 

Identity Options

Styles of Academic Personas:

The Formal Self
Also referred to as the "static self," the formal self portrays the professional through the use of CVs and or staff profiles and often highlights the person's strengths and achievements. It is a controlled and fixed presentation that is often framed through the institution.

The Networked Self
The public networked self is still located within the academic or institutional frame but also focuses on sharing ideas and networking. This self is interactive, embracing two-way communication, and exists on multiple identity platforms.

The Comprehensive Self
The comprehensive self breaks past the academic frame and also includes the person's social life. This self is also interactive and requires multiple identity platforms.

The Teaching Self
The teaching self is very oriented within the institution of the person and is professional. This self has a targeted audience of students and those who focus on digital media and often aims to create more informal relationships.

The Uncontainable Self
This type of self  is uncontrolled and unmonitored and is created when academics do not contribute to their online persona.

Barbour, Kim & Marshall, David. (3 September, 2012). The Academic Online: Constructing Persona through the World Wide Web. First Monday, 17 (9). Retrieved from http://firstmonday.org/ojs/index.php/fm/article/view/3969/3292#p3.