For perhaps the first time in my education have I felt that a course has challenged me, but also equipped me for the future like UOSM2008.
I came into this module with some level of apprehension, as my usage of the web was little more than what I now know as being indicative of the actions of a “digital visitor”. I would simply delve into known areas of the web, take what I required and leave, usually for work purposes, but after taking part in this module, my understanding of how I can both get more out of the web, but also give back to it, has increased greatly.
The first step I have taken into increasing my profile online, and making my actions coherent, clear and visible was connecting my profiles. I now have an about.me profile, acting as a hub to all my professional and social interactions online, with even my emails now including a link to this hub.
From here one can find my newly created linkedin, which I have connected to friends and family, but have also established connections with old NHS colleagues, and have in fact through these new connections online managed to get a position to work in data analysis, starting this summer, thereby outlining the benefits of the web in a professional sense more than I could with words!
Twitter was another challenge for myself, as I had no previous experience prior to this module, yet after a little bit of tinkering, I now have a twitter feed connecting me to constant professional and social interests, whilst also allowing me to receive updates more fluidly than ever before, and to contact high profile individuals in a more direct way.
Also linking from this hub we can find my UOSM2008 blog, which I found that ingenuously both acted as a platform from which to complete fortnightly assignments, but actually in itself was a practice in our uses of the web and data collection. Writing this blog has made me realise that it can both act as a social pastime, but also a feather in the cap of my CV for potential employers to view, or even a career in its own right, as I am now considering the possibility of a future in journalism for the first time, also.
Partaking in this module has also equipped me with a plethora of additional skills, and other vital knowledge which I have picked up along the way, much during the process of writing blog posts themselves. Among these are a more critical approach to the quality and validity of articles I read, how to incorporate media to strengthen an article, and whilst I go about any work I now use a VPN to protect my right to anonymity, and to be able to use the web as it was intended, without external influence.
Taking this knowledge forward, I want to carry on keeping to a schedule of blog posts, incorporating my interests to a professional context, whilst fleshing out my linkedin profile and connections further.
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I’d also just like to say a big thank you to Lisa Harris for helping me get onto this course in the first place, given the last minute scramble, and to Olja for helping me with any queries I had, during the course of the module.
Also a big thank you to everyone who took the time to read my blog and/or make comments, it has been an excellent experience, and without the peers I have on this course, I may not have asked all the questions of myself that needed answering.