What is Online Identity?


Digital identity is the idea that everything interacting in the digital realm has or acquires a set of data or attributes, both inherent and changeable, that uniquely identify them as a person or entity online. Relevant to issues of privacy and authentication, digital identity encompasses a wide array of contextual and technical identifiers that exist in a ontological taxonomy. Traits can be understood and accepted in mutually agreed upon contexts such as when providing data like name and address for a PayPal transaction, and in the far more technical view that describes the relationships of these entities and objects to each other in cyberspace. Another dimension of this topic is the persona one forges through their online profiles and avatars, specifically on social media.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?


  • Constructing a online persona mindfully takes some skill. An understanding of digital footprint; privacy; your networks; data management are all complex issues to negotiate. Being a good digital citizen and student might be quite different than your personal online identity. Is this mindful reflection on who you are online taught anywhere in the age where trolls can ruin a persons life? Or where online counselling and help you get through your degree. Should construction of online learning identity a core graduate attribute? - ktairi ktairi Mar 1, 2015

(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • The above description focuses very much on the technical and data aspect of online identity. It does not include personal practice or social aspects, or the complexities of how online/digital identity practice affects real-world practice and vice versa. - joyceseitzinger joyceseitzinger Feb 11, 2015

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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?


  • Dr Etienne Wenger has said that "the negotiation of a productive online identity" is essential in today's learning landscape and a duty of education.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qn3joQSQm4o
    With the increasing move towards online practice in our sector, we have underserved both learners and lecturers in supporting them to develop productive online identities with appropriate tools. Those who have succeeded have done so largely on their own merit, while at the same time finding great benefit in that online identity. An example would be the many academics/researchers who have blogged at the LSE Impact blog. It is time to expand this benefit, being equipped for work in our era, to all of our stakeholders. - joyceseitzinger joyceseitzinger Feb 11, 2015

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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

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