Monday, April 3, 2017

EDINA are delighted to announce the launch of a new Digital Footprint MOOC (Massive Open Online Course), a free online course which extends the work of the University of Edinburgh Managing Your Digital Footprint research project and associated campaign to a global audience.

The course, led by Louise Connelly (Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies) and Nicola Osborne (EDINA), provides opportunities for participants to learn about their online tracks and trails, reflect on their practice, and consider how they will manage their digital presence in the future. The course also highlights the work of researchers and social media experts from across and beyond the University of Edinburgh, who are featured as guest contributors to the MOOC, sharing their advice on managing your professional and personal presence online.

Anyone in the world can join this three week course for free (or pay a small fee for a certificate) and it will run regularly from Monday 3rd April 2017. The course is designed to stand on its own but it can also be included as part of wider digital literacy training or CPD programmes. The content is suitable for adults at all levels as well as for older teenagers and young adults, for instance those transitioning into Higher Education. If you do decide to use it in your own training, development, or teaching context then the team would love to hear from you

Participants will be encouraged to (thoughtfully) share their reflections and discussions around the course content across social media using the hashtag #DFMOOC and we encourage all to share the course with this tag, and to join this timely conversation of personal and professional online presence, privacy, and data use and reuse.

The Digital Footprint MOOC is based on the research undertaken at the University of Edinburgh looking at how students manage their own social media and digital footprints. Research on digital footprints and social media engagement is continuing in the “A Live Pulse”: Yik Yak for Teaching, Learning and Assessment at Edinburgh project, funded under the Principal’s Teaching Award Scheme. Sian Bayne, Professor of Digital Education and Assistant Principal Digital Education, leads this research, working with EDINA’s Nicola Osborne, Louise Connelly (Vet School), colleagues from the School of Informatics, and several undergraduate student research associates.

EDINA offers consultancy on digital footprint, digital tracks and traces and social media. Please get in touch to find out more.

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This is EDINA’s second MOOC, following our involvement in developing the Research Data Management and Sharing MOOC co-delivered by the University of Edinburgh and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. You can register for this course here: