A New Perspective

Social Media, Digital Identity, and Student Learning Outcomes

Topics: Social Media, Student Experience, Student Affairs, Student Retention and Success, Career Services, Academic Support Programs, Academic Integrity and Student Conduct, Student Health and Wellness, Academic Planning, Academic Affairs

Implementing an Online Digital Identity Module

Could AlcoholEdu Be a Model for Social Media Education?

Because orientation programs typically involve extensive logistical efforts, some Forum interviews explained that they have considered creating an online module on digital identity. This approach was inspired by EverFi’s AlcoholEdu product, an online module focusing on student alcohol use.

A digital identity module would help students think critically about their own social media use, and it would explain an institution’s community standards regarding conduct on social media and other digital communication platforms. Students would also receive some guidance on building a positive digital reputation.

While this is an interesting idea, implementation concerns include overloading students with another required module, assessing long-term program impact, identifying topics, and building IT capacity.

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Drilling Down into Digital Identity

Blending Virtual and Residential Lives