EDU520 – Week VII: Social Networking

Good evening,

This week we discuss the risks and benefits of social networking and learning, embracing, and utilizing social media networks which foster and establish more than just creditibility of an individual. Earlier during the course, I had the oppurtunity to conduct an online identity assessment of two renowned educator professions. Dr. Curtis Bonk and Mr. Christopher Pappas are known for the educational expertise, published works and learning domains which inspire professional, students, and anyone who acres to learn more about education.

Dr. Curtis Bonk’s LinkedIn site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/curtis-bonk-08744

Here is a video with Dr. Curtis Bonk in technology enhanced learning:

Mr. Christopher Pappas’ LinkedIn site: https://www.linkedin.com/in/christopherpappas

Here is one of Christopher Pappas’ learning websites:

https://elearningindustry.com/members/christopher-pappas

In regards to being present in professional social networks, this is a big deal and represents who the individual either inspires or aspires to be. When I conducted my online identity assessment I questioned myself why someone would want to be all over the Internet. I was thinking narrow mindedly because I am an intelligence professional and I am thinking of the ways someone could exploit my vulnerabilities. I was not thinking of i who I can inspire, teach and mentor. These are some of the same characteristics I already embrace as a Army senior noncommissioned officer (NCO).

Just as NCOs educate, inspire and mentor, social media and networks can do the same if conducted in a professional manner. I conducted an online identity assessment of two renowned individuals: Dr. Christopher Pappas and Dr. Curtis Bonk.

Both of these professionals have either published works, taught as a professor at a college or have educational sites, which educate and teach others across the world. Their published works and websites not only establish their professionalism and creditability, but also breed’s professional networks and established trust within the education arena. These two are looked up as motivators, educators, mentors, and professionals to say the least. Both of these subject matter experts provide learning tools, open source management systems and tutorials to train and develop people around the world.

These social networks also establish which organizations these professionals are apart of as well as whom they support professionally. I feel that some of these organizations will represent who these people are as a whole and what values they take pride in representing.

I was reviewing theguardian.com and I wanted to share what William Hanson had to say about social media and how it correlates to what a person represents.

“Social networking is now an everyday part of most of our lives. But the question we face is how should we best use social media tools to complement our professional relationships, not undermine them? The storm surrounding old tweets from now ex-youth police commissioner Paris Brown was a reminder that anything you post might be around forever – and it can certainly come back to haunt you.

What’s important is understanding what your online presence is for, and how it impacts on the views that colleagues, clients and customers have of you every time you post. The first thing you have to ask yourself is how you want to appear. How often do you want to engage with social media, and what do you want your message to be? Do you want people to think of you as fresh and original, or safe and consistent? Those in financial services might find jokey tweets a little unserious, whereas if you’re an up-and-coming digital entrepreneur, you may want to stand up and be noticed.” (Hanson, W. (2013, June 11). Managing your professional reputation on social media. Retrieved June 15, 2016, from http://www.theguardian.com/media-network/media-network-blog/2013/jun/11/professional-reputation-social-media-tips).

Reference: The Guardian.com

I have a LinkedIn profile which I use to network and browse for job opportunities as well as the Post University – internships.com.

The internships.com website puts my resume out within the job resume database and organizations who frequent the intership.com website for potential applicants can review my resume and determine if I meet the prerequisites their organization needs.