The following video (20:55) explains our work, and the initial findings.
Abstract of the piece
As educators engage students with reading and writing digital content within social and connected learning environments, it is important to consider the creation and curation of an individual’s digital identity in social scholarship practices. The purpose of this study explored how social and connected learning environments can be used as a vehicle to engage students in digital identity creation, defined here as visually representing an aspect of their lives using any preferred medium, such as images or videos, using the #WalkMyWorld hashtag.
Analysis was conducted in a multi-step process to inductively analyze and ultimately develop themes. Data from three different sources were synthesized to allow for triangulation of findings: (a) SLIDE instrument data, (b) student submissions on Twitter and Storify, and (c) researcher notes. The results indicate that the #WalkMyWorld project provided opportunities for novice learners to explore digital tools, play with digital content, and construct a digital identity. Likewise, students were able to develop their voice as an educator in online connected learning spaces. Implications include the importance of identifying and addressing possible risky and challenging decisions about their digital identity as an educator.
The PPT for our LRA 2014 session
The draft of the paper submitted at LRA 2014
This paper was presented at LRA 2014 and re-submitted for publication in LR:TMP. You can click here to go to the submitted draft in Google Drive…or view the published version here at Academia.edu.
Image CC by Paxson Woelber
Also published on Medium.