Do you spend much time considering your online profile? Have you googled yourself and spent some time looking at the various places and sites that your professional or private information displayed? We may not give this much thought but as professionals, particularly in field such as teaching and education, we should really be concerned about our e-professional profile.
E-professionalism – Why is it important?
An increasing number of professional organisations recognise the importance of using social media and the possible benefits, including:
Increasing audience engagement and promotion
Widening and improving communication
Providing professional development support and networking opportunities
Engaging with partners and stakeholders, including service users and consumers
It is important for you to think about how you manage your activity online in the context of your emerging professional identity (or identities) and what you need to do to manage an effective online presence and your digital footprint.
For more information about this, you could sign up for the MOOC “If I googled you, what would I find?”, a free online course designed to help you understand and control your digital footprint.