Taking Control of Digital Identity

My college freshmen, all 84, are deep into a study of digital cultures and digital literacies as we head toward Week 4 of our semester. I designed this first-year comp class so we could weave the practices of academic writing — research, citation, revision, editing, etc. — while also working toward, in a nutshell, simply being more awesome at using the web. I am deeply committed to cultivating the democratic potential of an open web, still believing in the possibility that our most marginalized students can be heard and their ideas amplified in ways that traditional distribution platforms make challenging, if not impossible, to access. My hopes for my students are the same hopes I have for my colleagues and friends: more opportunities to use digital tools to create rather than consume, more opportunities to share knowledge in order to be seen and heard, and importantly, more information and control over our digital selves.

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