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Course Overview

Many of us now have an online identity running alongside our everyday lives. In this course you’ll consider your online presence; you’ll discover how what we say and do online can have major implications for our real lives, and those of others. You’ll also spend time looking at how to assess and enhance your online identities to ensure that you can get the most out of being yourself online. 

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study effectively online. 

Week 1 
  • Optimising your online presence 
  • Welcome 
  • The importance of an online presence 
  • Optimising your online presence 
  • Optimising your profile 
  • Summary 
Week 2 
  • Your safety and security online 
  • Your safety and security online 
  • Protecting and controlling your online identity 
  • Protecting your mental health online 
  • The dangers of posting online 
  • End of course summary 

This course provides a taster of undergraduate study and helps students to decide which subject to study at university. 

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications. 

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource. 

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course.

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to… 
  • Assess your current confidence level in managing your identity online. 
  • Reflect on your current approach to managing your identity online and discuss with other learners. 
  • Explain how an individual’s actions online can have both positive and negative consequences in the real world. 
  • Produce and share your own code of practice for your online presence. 
  • Research and reflect on the power of social media and identify examples of people who are using the tool to raise awareness of projects. 
  • Explore the tools available to create your online presence. 
  • Critically assess your online identity and identify strategies to create or enhance it. Produce a digital asset to enhance a specific area of an online identity.