This week has seen the last Networked Learning Conference Hotseat for this year – Managing your Online Learner Identity
Having followed the Hotseat discussions, the topic seems to have raised more questions than it has answered. It started with a discussion about what we mean by online learner identity, online identity, learner identity, or simply identity and is this different online to offline, and can we ever not be learning? It seems that most of the Hotseats have started off by trying to pin down meanings for the terms being used by the Hotseat presenters.
Then came questions relating to whether we have one identity or multiple identities and whether working online fragments or disembodies our identities.
There was of course the discussion about how the internet might alter our identities by making them so publicly visible; we leave indelible traces on the internet. Do we have less control over…
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