Digital Identity: Implementation of Digital Professionalism Activities

Dowell, F., Hammond, J. and Marshall, Z. (2018) Digital Identity: Implementation of Digital Professionalism Activities. MVLS Scholarship Away Day, Glasgow, UK, 04 Sep 2018. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Many students will have started their digital footprint before they have even begun their University experience but do our students know what they should or shouldn’t post on social media and the consequences that any ill-considered posts may have on their future employability? Following a needs analysis survey which identified key areas of digital identity, wellbeing and professionalism which concerned undergraduate students we went on to develop resources to support our veterinary students in recognizing the impact of their online presence and introduced these into our curriculum. The “Digital Professionalism & Your Online Presence” activity was integrated as a required activity in the Professional and Legal Responsibilities section of the Professional and Clinical experience (PaCE) programme in the third and fourth year of the BVMS programme at Glasgow University Vet School. Students were required to review online resources designed to enhance their awareness of their own online presence and to understand the privacy settings on various social media accounts. They were then tasked with viewing their own online self from the point of view of an employer and report their findings. This self-directed online task was well received by students and provoked some interesting discussions. It was simple to introduce and required relatively low staff input to run. We will present further details of the implementation of these activities, an analysis of the student experience and our planned next steps.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Unpublished
Refereed:No
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Hammond, Mrs Jennifer and Dowell, Dr Fiona and Marshall, Dr Zamantha
Authors: Dowell, F., Hammond, J., and Marshall, Z.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Veterinary Medicine

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