The Picture of Dorian Gray (INF506 assessment four)

Being an Early Career Teacher in the MEdTL often feels alienating to some degree, and even more so considering I’m not currently in a teaching role. In this elective I felt very much within my depth, however, being of the millennial generation and having grown up with technology in the sense that gadgets and devices have always been present in my life, but also in the sense that as I have grown, so too have technologies and the overwhelming possibilities they are capable of. While I joked in my first post for this unit (Jeffery, […]

Thoughts for The Future [Task 17]

Wehner, in his 2017 presentation at the Public Libraries Western Australia conference, centers on a quote from Nutter, the Director of North Carolina State University Libraries: “[I hope the library is] known as a place of excellence, and a place of passion, and ideas and vision. You can’t be in this building and not think that something is happening” (NCState, 2013, 7:40).  Wehner notes that Nutter does not mention books or physical resources as a fundamental need for the library, and suggests instead that the content provision and sense of community is required to take […]

Managing Digital Identity [Task 14]

Social media is having an increasingly prominent influence on all aspects of life. The impressions formed through social media are immediate and durable, meaning that anything put out into the digital ether requires management of both identity and reputation (Huang-Horowitz & Freberg, 2016). Being actively present in the internet (having accounts and profiles on social media) means that anyone can be watching your activities and behaviours, and this is likely adjusting their perceptions of you. But even being a passive consumer of content on the web leaves digital traces (also sometimes call a digital footprint, […]

Mobile Exploration [Task 8]

Strava. While I use the Strava mobile application very regularly, I had never visited the Strava mobile website until this task. It is very similar to the desktop site, comprising of a single column of chronologically organised data. The activity feed on the desktop site has two static side bars flanking each entry, the left of which appears on the mobile site at the top of the ‘dashboard’ screen, and the right of which (containing links to other functions of Strava) does not appear to be present. The information presented on the mobile site does […]

Twitter Feeds [Task 4]

The National Archives of Australia (@naagovau) primarily tweets content that can be classed as information dissemination, and information sharing (Huang, Chu, Liu, & Zheng, 2017). The information they disseminate mostly comprises their own exhibitions and events, or the inclusion of National Archives or prominent speakers or members of staff in other public events. Other information dissemination from the National Archives regards facilities in National Archive offices, mostly focusing in changes to regular hours of operation. The information shared spans a much wider range, and is frequently tagged with #onthisday or #otd. These posts share an […]

What is Web 2.0? [Task 2]

In the connected day and age of Web 2.0, organisations that do not embrace technology are setting themselves apart from the rest of the ‘ecosystem’- and at a disadvantage. The ecosystem that technology currently exists in is a very connected world. Digital in 2017: Global overview (Kemp, 2017) shows that of the global population 3.8 billion are active internet users, and of those 2.8 billion engage actively in social media. Organisations which connect with individuals through engagement with Web 2.0 are publicising their intention to be received as forerunners in the technological ecosystem, who are […]

American Behavioral Scientist Article Analysis [Task 1]

The information we receive through viewing Facebook profiles come in two forms; visual and textual (verbal).  The article by Pelled et al. (2017) Textual Primacy Online: Impression Formation Based on Textual and Visual Cues in Facebook Profiles examines the central question ‘which elements on Facebook profiles exert a stronger influence on the process of impression formation – pictures or text?’ Generally, the primary cues used in determining impressions are visual, however when visual and verbal cues contradict each other, the verbal cues are relied on more heavily for receiving information. The nature of Facebook has […]

Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine (INF506 assessment one)

Social media, or anti-social media as I like to call it in moments of ‘Dad joke’ humour, are platforms based in the digital space for the collaboration of ideas from every corner of the globe. Social networking, then, is the process of engaging with others and their ideas, through social media. My own engagement with social networking is, I fear, terribly typical of a 21st century 20-something-year-old.