This new awareness-raising campaign is something that we should all – as students and teachers – pay attention to. The issues that the campaign raises are no more relevant to us in the area of digital education than they are to any other citizens who have some presence in online social media. The tracks and traces that we all leave behind can be profoundly influential in determining the ways in which we are perceived by others. Although we – on the Programme – will clearly have a meta-level interest in this topic, extending beyond the purely pragmatic.
The campaign is being led by Dr Louise Connelly, the Head of Digital Education in the University’s Institute for Academic Development, in collaboration with colleagues from various other parts of the institution, such as the Careers Service, Information Services and the Edinburgh University Students’ Association. The campaign website already has links to a number of resources that will be of interest and use, and more will be added over time. We should keep watching this particular space.