My first post on this rainy afternoon in early November is somewhat personal and reflective. It is my attempt to set a certain digital tone and establish an identity in this space linked to the college where I work. I want the site to have a professional focus and a personal flair. I want it to be authentically me for a wide audience of potential readers/viewers. I have great hopes for what I will do with this blog, incorporating video, pictues, regular postings, and links to resources and items that others might find useful as they explore the areas of personal and professional development in which I am interested.
These areas include:
- Technology and learning (and learning support )
- Learning Assistance/Academic Support program design and evaluation
- First-year College program design and evaluation
- College student retention through academic support programming
- Critical thinking and communication
- Communication and Self-Expression in the Digital Age
- Emerging technologies – social networking, multi-media sharing, and collaborative workspaces
- Mobile technologies
- Web 2.0 and social media
- Information literacy
“How to begin?” has been a question I’ve wrestled with for days as I started to think about why, what and how I was going to create this blog. The question of beginnings made me start to think more about tracing my own beginnings with technology and self-expression. I began to look back over files and presentations that I’ve done; I even Googled myself. That’s when I started thinking more deeply about my digital presence and the digital footprints I have left over the years. I realized that some of me is quite scattered across cyberspace, but there is a focus to who I am in an online world.
I am one of those people who can be considred a digital immigrant, but I like to think of myself more of a digital anthropologist who has gone native. I spend a lot of time online, and I hope that most of it is productive. As I continued to explore my digital footprint and as I teach and develop my course, Communication and Self-Expression in the Digital Age, I have become more and more aware of how people present themselves online — how they define their digital presence.
On one professional development site I co-created, I posted a picture of my avatar and describe myself as:
A 40-something member of “Generation X“, a soccer mom, and a digital immigrant who is totally addicted to my iPod Touch. Director of Academic Support at Empire State College’s, Northeast Center, delivering face-to-face, online, and blended academic support services and resources.Ph.D in Language Education (2001) from Indiana University, focusing on the narratives of first-generation female college students and their identity and college success. Member of NCLCA and CRLA. Past-President of NCLCA. A coffee and chocolate-aholic. Click for e-mail lisa.d’firstname.lastname@example.org or follow me on:
Twitter – @LisaDAW – http://twitter.com/LisaDAW
SlideShare – http://www.slideshare.net/LisaDWEmpire
WordPress – http://techeducator.wordpress.com/
Facebook – http://on.fb.me/digitalagecourse
I find it quite interesting that I describe myself in relation to technology and the places in the digital world where I can be found. It makes a lot of sense in some ways since I am describing myself to others via digital technologies that I use references to other digital technologies to build a better picture. But I also notice that my professional presence and personal interests ring though in that description. Simply put, to borrow the term from William Powers in Hamlet’s Blackberry, I am a woman on many screens.