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openness and identity

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Giota Alevizou
12 August 2009

"Several themes  overlap to form the compound concept of identity (ownership, control, credentials, assertions, personas, activities, etc…). Although many of the aspects are obvious and intuitive, a discussion of the implications, including risks and benefits, of open and online exposure is essential to fully understand what we are asking our students to do. What does it mean for a student to publish their work online? How does this affect their online identity, and by extension, their identity as a whole?"

Presentation by D’arcy Norman, Educational Technology Consultant, University of Calgary


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Giota Alevizou
10:45pm 12 August 2009

Identity and self representation in participatory learning environments? tensions between the nature of trainning....Active communities and public or closed links? D'arcy discusses the tensions between openess, surveillance and privacy.

Rebecca Galley
1:11pm 20 August 2009

Yes, this is really interesting. And actually students, through learning, are by nature in the processes of revisiting aspects of their identity, and may be less sure about what they think and feel about stuff than when not engaged in learning (and this links to the discussion the 'Is learning instrinsicly hard' Cloud). I think it is sometimes much easier to see the immediete potential disadvantages of sharing newly formed ideas with a community which may contain 'experts' than the longer term benefits to be gained from collaboration and peer review.

Giota Alevizou
1:59pm 24 August 2009

Yep, that's really interesting and worth pursuing further in any evaluative or other studies we conduct. THere's a growning body of literature. I should try and track it down and link it here.

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