Online Identity (and Teaching)
Today a student e-mailed me that she was confused by the university's new student portal, so she used Google to search for my senior-level writing course. Instead of locating the advanced technical writing course site, she stumbled into my personal pages and my business pages.
This is not much of a problem, since my personal pages deal with my freelance writing. Having a student read my CV isn't exactly an issue. It's not exciting reading.
But, what about when the student asks if you are on FaceBook or MySpace? Do you add the student? Does your department have a policy? Many high schools and K-12 districts have policies against chatting online with students or adding them to your social networks.
So far, I only have two former students on any social network. Former being the key, I suppose. But should I be open to using the communities to connect to students? WebVista is not something students want to use for announcements -- they just don't like the system.
I'm pretty open to the idea of adding students, as my department does not have a policy. My doctoral committee members did add me in FaceBook.