WEEK 1 STARTS June 1st
Welcome to the first week of #DigPINS – Digital Identity
Hey – Welcome to week 1 – This week we invite you to engage with ideas around digital identity. We have activities, readings, and a video call this week. Each week we encourage you to blog about your thoughts from that week’s interactions and to engage with one another in our Slack channels – you can find out more about those in our Week 0 orientation materials.
If you did not get a chance to review week 0 materials prior to our start that is okay but for this week you should be sure that at minimum you have access to Slack and this blog. More info on that is found on the digital tools page of Week 0.
Set goals for yourself
Having a clear goal is part of being successful in this kind of learning community. Yogi Berra once said, “you can observe a lot just by watching,” but we’d argue that you’ll learn more if you set some targets for tools you’d like to try out, topics you’d like to explore, or activities you’d like to do. So we encourage you, in these early weeks, to spend some time thinking about your goals for the next month of #DigPINS. You can share those goals on your blog post, in the backchannel, or privately with the facilitator or some other cohort members. A goal could be as simple as gathering in community with others in online environments to see what that’s like.
Before you can interact with others in a digital space you need an identity of some kind yourself. Digital environments allow people to express and portray themselves in a myriad of ways. Sometimes digital spaces are used to paint authentic reflections of self but they can also be used to create new identities. Identities do not have to be that of an individual and often they are not.
#DigPINS starts with an exploration / reflection on one’s own digital identity(s). Together, we will think about and discuss the digital identities that we have or would like to develop. We are not going to encourage a “right way” to form a digital identity. Rather, we will each share what spaces we occupy online and we will discuss what has worked for each person, what hasn’t, what fears we may have, and possible ideal identities for given contexts, as well as what we would like to avoid.
Some of the guiding questions include:
How do you portray yourself in different online spaces?
How does a digital environment shape the way you can portray yourself?
What social traces do you leave when you are on the web?
How would you like to start / continue curating or shaping your digital presence and identity?
THIS WEEK’S ACTIVITIES, READINGS, ETC.
This week while we are going through the major content think about how you are going to get to know the others in our networked group of five different schools. When we share physical space we don’t need to think about this as much or do as much. We send subtle cues about who we are by the way that we dress, the way we hold ourselves, the way we decorate our spaces, etc. In a digital space we have to think a little more about these things and try to send those signals in other ways. How will you introduce yourself to our group – how will they know who you are? Consider updating your Slack profile with the name of your school and your role. Add a picture to your profile – it is okay if you are not comfortable sharing a picture of your face, but those default images are pretty boring and get repetitive so choose another picture that you can identify with in some way to represent you.
Major Content for this Week:
- View this welcome video from facilitators
- Digital Identity Analysis – As a way to analyse, think, and talk about your digital identity we are asking you to make a Visitor and Resident (V&R) map and share it with the group or more broadly on Slack and Twitter if you so choose.To learn about how to make a Visitor and Resident map check out these video and reading resources – Visitor and Resident Typology and Video on VR Mapping. You can choose how you would like to make it but I recommend that you just draw it out on paper and then take a picture of it to share it with us. You may already have more than one digital identity if you maintain an identity for a business or project – feel free to map whichever identity you feel you would like to explore. At minimum share it in our Slack #1-identity channel but if you are looking to share more broadly post it on Twitter using our hashtag #DigPINS.*Optional but very cool – If you are looking to go even further with exploring your digital identity some of the originators of the V&R mapping have moved away from V&R and started a new mapping process they are calling the Digital Practice Triangle. How does the triangle compare to the 2×2 matrix?
- Sync Video Call – We have two dates Tuesday June 2nd at 10am and Wednesday June 3rd at 12 noon – (thank you everyone who filled out the Doodle poll). To keep the calls balanced in terms of numbers we have divided the group in two. You should have a calendar invite with your call time. We will be using activities from the Liberating Structures for these meetings.
- Readings – Complete the 2 readings for this week posted above
- Blogging – Write a blog post here on umd.digpins.org (by the end of the week or even into the start of next week) with the #DigPINS community as your intended audience (although you may have other audiences in mind and remember this blog is public and will be syndicated at discuss.digpins.org).What to write about?
This week’s post can be a response or reflection to the readings, the visitor / resident activity, a conversation from slack, or anything else you find related – maybe something happened in your life this week or in the news that you find is related to “digital identity”. If you are having trouble picking a topic maybe think about posting to Slack to ask for some ideas. You can reflect in many ways (writing is only one), maybe, consider a video response – there are no word limits or maximus but remember your audience probably wants something in the middle (not too long or too short). Part of “blogging” is also reading and commenting on others’ posts so don’t forget to do that and remember the posts from all of the cohorts from all five schools is at discuss.digpins.org. Once you create a new post don’t forget to promote your post in Slack or on Twitter – no one knows that you have posted unless you tell them.
- Slack – By now you should have access to our Slack team. To get started introduce yourself with a few sentences around who you are and why you are interested in #DigPINS in the #0-general channel in Slack.
Note that Slack will be our main mode of communication. To get the most out of this experience you should check it daily.
If you feel comfortable, the best way to stay in contact is to download the app and make sure the notifications are turned on.
Some things you could/should use Slack for:
– Posting quick informal thoughts on readings or concepts
– Responding to others’ quick informal thoughts
– Sharing other articles, videos, or podcasts that you come across
– Promoting your blog post each week
– Being notified that others have posted blog articles
– Asking and answering questions
- Twitter – think about a twitter handle and sign up for twitter if you don’t already have one. Not sure what you want your twitter handle to be – maybe bring that up for discussion in Slack. Remember that Twitter is a public forum.
LOOKING FOR MORE/BOOKMARK FOR LATER?
We only have so much time and #DigPINS is designed to be a quick and low-time commitment kind of experience. Digital Identity is a huge topic and if you are looking for more information this curation of articles, tools, repositories, platforms, and security and privacy resources by Lee Skallerup Bessette from a recent workshop that she led at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute is a great resource.