Online identities – when social meets professional

I’ve been using Twitter and Facebook for years (but then again, apart from the odd friend who ‘Doesn’t own a TV’ or ‘Refuses to use Facebook’ – I’m assuming that this is the norm right?).

But after partaking in a number of educational conferences over the last couple of years (mainly ASCILITE – Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) I’ve starting making more and more contacts; both colleagues who have similar roles to me in their institutions or people who share the same love of bands and music.

My social media presence was always that; social. Keeping up with the main events of relatives in the UK or just exchanging stupid remarks and organising events with friends from uni. My work life was always separate.

But now the lines are blurring. My professional life and my social life and becoming rather intertwined and I’m not really ready for it.  Not yet.

I’ve started following more and more #edtech people online and have gotten into the (good or bad?) habit of checking twitter while eating breakfast and emailing relevant/interesting links to myself at work to check later. Of course, this is usually 5-50 links a day and I don’t always get the time to look into them. But they’re always there. Waiting for me to fwd them on or add them to our collection at work.

But I digress as this post was originally about the awkwardness of merging and forming my online ‘professional’ identity.So after the #ETMOOC conversationst his week I decided to create an account. Got the app, uploaded a background and 10 minutes later (OK it was more like 30 minutes as I couldn’t decide on an appropriate background image that would effectively represent me and in the end just went with a shot from a trip to Iceland in 2008), it was live:

aboutme_JKBut now it’s all done.  I quite like it and I figured it was a nice compromise between having a LinkedIn account/online CV and having to accept friend requests from people I don’t really know.



Lip dubbin, across the universe

It’s currently 32 degrees in Western Australia today and the start of the Australia Day long weekend.

This typically means most people embark on a 3 day weekend consisting of BBQs, beer and only visiting friends who either own a pool or have air conditioning.

And if you’re between the age of 15-45 it also usually means listening to the Hottest100 countdown on TripleJ.


But the extra day does mean I’ve got a little more time to browse the #etmooc blogs and yesterday evening I sent in my 10 second lipdub clip which is a bit of a side project this week. I was thinking initially that I wanted to show more of the outdoors but only using a phone camera made it rather difficult to film. So it was short and dirty.

Still, kinda curious to find out how long it’s going to take to edit together. I was secretly hoping that maybe there was some MAGIC tool that would automatically mix it all together if you arranged the clips one after one another; kind of like a DJ mix of one track to the other. But it’s all about timing isnt it?

Still, a fun task this week and a nice way to nurture this online community.

Who? What? Why? (bother)

So …. I know for a fact that I have a tendency towards procrastination. I’ve enrolled in about 4 MOOCs so far and although I have every intention of putting aside a certain amount of time each week to engage and explore…. but without fail; I never do.

Perhaps the motivation to study Instructional Ideas and Technology Tools for Online Success just wasn’t there. Did I really want to learn about Equine Nutrition or was it just professional curiosity in seeing what the fuss about MOOCS was all about? Probably.

I find that ‘real work’ gets in the way, deadlines loom or I get distracted by the internet in general and things that my friends have tweeted about (like this excellent Dr Who ring created by @haikugirloz).


So this could be my first and only blog post. Based on previous experiences. I am expecting that I’ll drop out and become a statistic by Week 3.

But I am at least going to try and if nothing else I hope to come out of this MOOC with some useful bookmarks and hopefully some connections and experts that I can refer to later. I really need to pay someone to compile all the useful links being shared through the #etmooc blog/hub/G+ sites. And then I need someone to filter it for me based on my current knowledge. Oh, I suppose I’m the only one who can do that…. sigh.

ALSO, WHY AM I DOING THIS ON A SUNDAY? Time to go walk the dog instead.

Ps: I completely forgot the who point of this initial blog post – introductions. My name is Jacqui and I live in Perth, Western Australia. I work at Curtin University as an eLearning Advisor and provide a lot of professional development to academic staff.  I like dogs, indi music, watching comedy shows and I don’t do enough photography or travel as much as I’d like. This time last year I was attempting to see the Northern Lights in Norway. It was GREAT. I much prefer snow over sunshine.