The discord between social and professional digital connectedness
Within the last decade we have seen how technology has changed the way we communicate. Mobile phones are now ubiquitous and for many access to the internet. Connecting and communicating in social spaces has provided many, the opportunity to extend their social networks, overcoming temporal, spatial and geographical boundaries. Globally dispersed connections have been reunited. Multimedia sharing and user generated content flies through the air and adds a richness to the dialogues that ensue.
However, despite the advice on responsible use of social media that is readily available, for some there seems to be a naivety or unawareness of the impact of their digital identity as they transcend the 'digital airwaves'. There is a blurring of social and professional that is open for all to see. Monitoring and surveillance is something anyone can undertake. My talk will highlight some of the dangers of open digital connectedness and will also look at how taking ownership of your online presence can not only enhance the way others perceive you, but also help you highlight your professional you.
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The discord between social and professional digital connectedness
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Sue Beckingham | @suebecks | Keynote eLearning 2.0
Within the last decade we have seen how technology has
changed the way we communicate. Mobile phones are now
ubiquitous and for many access to the internet.
Connecting and communicating in social spaces has
provided many, the opportunity to extend their social
networks, overcoming temporal, spatial and geographical
boundaries. Globally dispersed connections have been
reunited. Multimedia sharing and user generated content
flies through the air and adds a richness to the
dialogues that ensue.
However, despite the advice on responsible use of social
media that is readily available, for some there seems to
be a naivety or unawareness of the impact of their
digital identity as they transcend the 'digital
airwaves'. There is a blurring of social and professional
that is open for all to see. Monitoring and surveillance
is something anyone can undertake. My talk will highlight
some of the dangers of open digital connectedness and
will also look at how taking ownership of your online
presence can not only enhance the way others perceive
you, but also help you highlight your professional you.
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60 second elevator
Turn to the person in front
or behind you
Take it in turns to introduce
yourself with who you are
and what you do
A handshake is a short ritual in which two people grasp one of each other's like
hands, in most cases accompanied by a brief up and down movement of the
grasped hands. Using the right hand is generally considered proper etiquette.
The handshake is commonly done upon: meeting, greeting, parting,
offering congratulations, expressing gratitude, or completing an agreement.
In sports or other competitive activities, it is also done as a sign of good
sportsmanship. Its purpose is to convey trust, respect, balance, and equality. If it is
done to form an agreement, the agreement is not official until the hands are parted.
Antiochus I of Commagene, shaking hands with Heracles
70-38 BC, British Museum.
Leaders welcome a boy into Scouting, March 2010, Mexico
City, Mexico. Note the left-handed handshake.
Dr Gregory Stebbins 2007
The top 10 handshake types and
what they reveal about you
1. Sweaty Palms
When a person is nervous their sympathetic nervous system often becomes overactive, sometimes
resulting in sweaty palms. Do what you can to put this individual at ease.
2. Dead Fish
Indifferent handshakes that feel like the person has no bones in their hand often indicate a passive
or reserved personality. This handshake ranks as the number two least favored. Individuals with this
type of clasp are generally not people-focused. Knowing this, you can tailor your presentation to de-
emphasize the people aspect and focus more on the mechanical or thing-focused benefits.
Exceptions to this rule might be musicians and surgeons whose livelihood depends on sensitive
hands and who are therefore reluctant to open up to a bone crusher.
3. Brush Off
This handshake type is a quick grasp and then a release that feels like your hand being shoved
aside. This handshake is a statement of “it’s my turf and my agenda that matters, yours doesn’t.”
Listen first to what the person wants before talking about your ideas for them.
You feel your hand being pulled toward the person or strongly guided in a different direction,
perhaps towards a chair. People who do this are controllers. This means they want to dominate any
inanimate or animate object in the room (and that would include you). If your goals are different than
theirs there may be challenges ahead. Do more listening than talking and see if you can find
common ground so these individuals can control the situation toward your desired objective.
Your hand is firmly grasped as in a normal handshake. However, their other hand may cover yours
or be placed on your forearm or shoulder. Unless the two of you are good friends, this is a form of
false sincerity. The person is attempting to communicate that the two of you have a deeper
relationship than you actually have. After receiving this kind of handshake, I recommend you check
your pockets or purse to see if anything is missing. Similarly, be cautious about relying on this
person’s word for anything and be attentive in your dealings with them.
6. Finger Vice
When someone grabs your fingers and not your entire hand it is meant to keep you at a distance. These
people are often insecure. If they also crush your fingers they are adding a show of personal power, which
is also designed to keep you at a distance or at least create some fear of challenging them. I wouldn’t
recommend becoming submissive, however it will serve your purpose to be somewhat deferential to them.
7. Bone Crusher
The message of squeezing your hand until you cringe is clearly designed to intimidate you. Even when the
person may not know how strong they are, there is still a message of intimidation and power behind the
grip. You don’t have to pretend to be a wimp with them, and, in fact, they may respond positively to you if
you present yourself with strength. Just don’t get into a hand-squeezing contest when you shake because
then it becomes a competition and even if you win, you’ll lose.
8. Lobster Claw
Like the claw of a lobster, the other person’s thumb and fingers touch the palm of your hand. The person
doing this fears connecting at a deep level and may have challenges building relationships. Take your
time. Allow them to open up at their own pace. As they become more comfortable with you their
handshake may actually change. Once they fully accept you, they can become a client for life.
9. Hand Wrestler
Your hand is taken normally and then twisted under the other person’s. This is usually done aggressively.
Be very careful in your own presentation as this person is absolutely committed to being on top,
regardless of what they say they want.
This handshake feels normal except that there is no palm-to-palm contact. The other person’s palm is
cupped, like a teacup. This handshake indicates that the person is hiding something from you. It might just
be a serious case of shyness or it could be something more substantial. Always check for missing
information when working with this individual.
The first, active meaning maker (speak or writer)
requires the skilled cooperation of the second,
reactive meaning maker (listener or reader).
Steve Wilshaw 2015
The shared construction of
The ability to share and receive
information, as well as to network with the
potential to construct new knowledge.
Kanuka and Anderson 1998
Are new online
New knowledge can be constructed as a synthesis of
contradictions resulting from social interchanges however
there are bridges to cross
Kanuka and Anderson 1998
Online we are experiencing
a blurring of boundaries
Boundary crossing technologies
text messages on
check personal e-
mail and social
The workplace: the
“A social establishment is any place
surrounded by fixed barriers to perception
in which a particular kind of activity
regularly takes place.”
"Individuals preserve audience segregation by
following the rules of decorum of each
social situation and by filtering the information
about themselves available to each audience"
Abril et al 2012
It's important to
understand the concept of
Self in the digital world
Beware of your Digital
but it could be
Avoid being mistaken for someone else with your name.
Ensure you add a profile photo and relevant bio.
Maximise the positive
opportunities of a professional
Some of my digital spaces
1. Follow selectively
2. Browse Engage Share Amplify
3. Consider your online ‘voice’
4. Build your online reputation and digital
Being connected isn’t just for
socialising; it’s a life skill
for the well-connected
Lifelong and Lifewide
• leaving a device logged on
• not deleting old Bebo/MySpace accounts
• uploading 'those' photos that are
regretted the morning after
• not keeping on top of security
• openly sharing 'stuff' that would
never be done face to face
Student Social Media 'slip ups'
Adapted by Sue Beckingham from Digital Visitors and Residents Mapping Process - Dave White, University of Oxford 2013
Where you 'visit' or 'reside' online
An exemplar of what this might look like completed.
A practical project
Following the Client brief the students on the module had 1 week to prepare
and in pairs pitch their ideas to the Client.
The Client gave immediate feedback.
Students developed their proposed visual artefact over 2 weeks, gave a
short presentation to the Client and once again received feedback
Students were then invited to develop this work further and give a further
presentation showing their artefact to a panel.
The Client and panel gave feedback and then shortlisted 4 winning projects
These 4 groups then polished their artefacts further and presented their
'The importance of
responsible use of social media
and the value of developing a
professional online presence'
All students attended a Client led seminar
No matter how attentive your class is
there will always be at least one not
Highlight that some employers will carry out
Google searches to uncover the digital footprint
of an individual...
Raise awareness that
online presence could
mark the end of a
career before it has
Help students consider the real
impact of a social media faux pas
Through engaging with the project, students
would develop graduate skills
"The most important thing
that I learnt throughout the
client project was the how
crucial it was to have a
detailed plan of what must be
done and when. The key was
to have perfect time
"In this client project
I have learnt how to
show my work,
confidently to a large
"I've learnt a lot from this
project including how to
work well in a team and
organise what we do best,
as well as create assets to a
professional standard under
the client is vital"
ETAG concluded that:
The use of digital technology in education is
Competence with digital technology to find
information, to create, to critique and share
knowledge, is an essential contemporary skill
It belongs at the heart of education.
Learners should receive recognition for their
level of mastery; teachers and lecturers should
Be a role model
Take the opportunity to share what YOU are doing
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