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Putting The Professional Online Presences Site Live

The first version of the main site is now live, containing information about Professional Online Presences in general, as well as links to the podcasts.

As usual, this wasn’t totally plain sailing. I wanted to link to the individual podcasts in iTunes, but the only links I could find went to a summary page (and, for some reason the first podcast is missing, although it shows once you are “subscribed” to it). As a workaround, I’ve linked to the original audio files.

This is very much a first draft, so there’s some information and links to resources along with the podcasts.

One thing I’d like to add is make the teaching resources previously developed for the HEA more visible. They’re not available in a convenient format as of yet.

I’d also like to update the resources and add some other useful resources. Feel free to send me any that you think could be included. Likewise, some of my own older talks and resources aren’t up on my SlideShare account, but could be included.

There’s scope for some examples of Professional Online Presences as well (any students who I’ve taught want to volunteer for that)?

The whole site could be much more visual. This is just one of the WordPress themes out of the box. The theme has an annoying feature of adding hyphenation in some browsers (e.g. Firefox, but not Google Chrome) which I have to track down as well.

Finally, there’s potential for a blog with commentary on the latest developments of Professional Online Presences.

I don’t want to overcommit myself with this one, as I also have my main site and blog to maintain, my contract cheating site, and my contributions to the Birmingham City University blog. So, I’m more than happy with everything that is on here, as it’s in a useable state, but of course, this could always be futher developed.

Next step is some more publicity, including a post on my main blog, and looking at any other sites that are available.

Still a few finishing touches to do to finish off this project properly. This includes the paperwork for the HEA and a consideration of digital literacy. I also want to put together a few general findings from the work. I also want to look into the potential for a poster, paper or some other forms of presentations as well.

Existing Resources About Professional Online Presences

I thought that it would be useful to include links to existing resources, talks and papers relating to Professional Online Presences.

Now, although I consider myself one of the early adopters in this area, there are a lot of other people looking at tangential work on social media use. So, it’s impossible to provide a comprehensive list or look at the different interpretations of what a “Professional Online Presence” is within the confines of this short project. But, I do hope that there will prove to be of interest to people looking to discover more about this field and who are wanting to explore this area with their students.

I am always available to assist with offering talks and professional development opportunities to staff, or presenting my own research in this field.

I also want to acknowledge Sue Beckingham‘s work in this area. Sue is a really champion of Professional Online Presences, and her approach greatly complements what I am doing. There are lots of interesting resources on Sue Beckingham’s SlideShare channel.

Social Media Branding For Computing Professionals

These are the slides from a talk I delivered for the British Computer Society, looking at the work I do with students and how this can be used with professionals.

Developing Student Employability Through The Creation Of Online Professional Identitites

Slides from a Higher Education Workshop I delivered at the University of Salford.

Enhancing the Employability of Computing Students through a Professional Online Presence HEA Workshop

This was an interesting workshop, hosted at Birmingham City University, which I organised. This brought together lots of speakers with experience of different aspects of the whole Professional Online Presences movement (a useful review of the workshop from the Open University can be found here).

Professional Presences For Academics HEA Workshop

Resources from a workshop I organised looking at how academics could enhance their own Professional Online Presence (excellent for demonstrating their own interest in the area to encourage students).

Using Professional Online Presences to Enhance Computing Student Employability

Paper from the Higher Education Academy STEM Conference 2014, reviewing how teaching about Professional Online Presences to students could be seen to improve their employability prospects (copies of the slides from the talk can be viewed here).

Teaching Students about Online Professionalism: Enhancing Student Employability Through Social Media

A book chapter I contributed to the “Cutting-Edge Technologies and Social Media Use in Higher Education” textbook looking at the benefits of Professional Online Presences and how students could construct their own.

A number of posts on Professional Online Presences on my blog may also be interest. Feel free to add to the discussion on any of them.