[Air-L] Student exercises to raise critical awareness of their social media profiles

Scott MacLeod helianth at gmail.com
Wed May 20 14:12:30 PDT 2015

David, and AoIR,

Good question.

I wonder if there might be something in students engaging Google itself for
web page development re this loosely related resource:

How to Force Google Chrome to Use Google.com

Good web design practices themselves, by students, may be a best form of
outreach, and certainly reflects that we can all become generators of
knowledge and content and not just generally readers, as in pre-internet

There are growing resources for some of this at wiki CC World University
and School -
http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Web_Page_Design_and_Production .

WUaS is also seeking its first high school applicants -
- this autumn to matriculate online for CC online accrediting (e.g. on CC
Yale OYC and CC MIT OCW in 7 languages) bachelor's degrees (graduating in
around 2020).



On Wed, May 20, 2015 at 1:42 PM, David Brake <davidbrake at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> Are you aware of any good, practically oriented online exercises or
> lecturer/workshop material designed to get students to look critically at
> their own social media profiles or each others’ from an employability
> perspective? For journalism students (and PR students) this is of
> particular importance because they will be expected by their employers to
> be using social media as a promotional tool for their work in their future
> careers. However, at best they may not be using social media to its best
> advantage and at worst they may be inadvertently revealing things about
> themselves using social media that can harm their job prospects (*). I plan
> to put together something for my own students but if something already
> exists that I could just tweak I’d like to hear about it. Would somebody
> like to collaborate with me on this and/or evaluate what I put together
> before I teach it? If I can I would like to make it available as some kind
> of open courseware.
> Getting students to look at another student’s public profile as if they
> were thinking of hiring that student could be a key part of the exercise
> but I am uneasy about the ethical implications of this. Obviously, it would
> be very difficult to anonymise these profiles. I would certainly look to
> have students from outside of the “target” students’ programme do the
> evaluations to keep hurt feelings to a minimum. Has anyone tried this kind
> of thing before in their classrooms and if so what happened?
> Regards,
> David
> * The ever – excellent Lois Scheidt pointed me to this intriguing survey
> by the (American)  Society for Human Resource Management
> http://www.slideshare.net/shrm/part-2-social-networking-and-online-searches-for-screening-job-candidates-final-8978561
> (and I subsequently found this
> http://www.shrm.org/hrdisciplines/technology/articles/pages/social-media-to-screen-employees.aspx)
> both of which suggest that as few as 5% of hirers use social media as a
> “background check”. In my particular area however (journalism and PR) where
> social media use may be part of the job description I would expect the
> valuation of a person’s social media profile – even informally – to be much
> more important than this suggests.
> --
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> Studies & Information Technology, Toronto, ON, Canada Office: +1 416 675
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