Consumer, curator, creator, I have discovered that my digital identity entails all of these roles and more. As it turns out, the #vandr mapping activity revealed that I am a bit of a lurker in the virtual world.
It was interesting and informative to place my activities along a continuum from visitor through resident, and it also led me to conceptualize the virtual world as a physical space – a landscape – with my regular haunts and the corners and unfamiliar neighborhoods that I rarely visit. Or, to be more precise, the places where I leave little trace of my presence. I simply, stop, linger, and stealth away without engaging.
For me, participating in DigPINS means walking the talk of constantly emphasizing authentic professional practice, self-reflection, and personal development when working with faculty. While also connecting to a community of practice, and connecting with my tribe.
I have a better understanding of my digital identity now, and in spite of the risks and real world implications of living a more transparently (or apparently) in virtual space, I see who I am now, and will willing take steps to “put myself out there.”