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Developing Professional Online Identities project at CSM Centre for Performance

Presentation information for The Centre for Performance programme team and 90 + students meeting at CSM on 7 Jan Monday morning from 10;30am to introduce the following project (

The ‘Developing Professional Online Identities’ project at CSM Centre for Performance

Aim: The project will identify and develop specific digital literacies/hard and soft skills (Presentation/Relational skills see image below) in maintaining professional online identities with the aim of enhancing student/graduate employability and industry readiness. The project will focus on developing independence and confidence in web development, online professional practice, open source use, participatory/online communities and digital citizenship.

Project Dates - January to July 2013

Objectives:  The project team will explore the challenges, limitations and benefits (students and staff) in developing 'public' web identities/profiles e.g creating and maintaining 'public' online profiles for educational and professional practice. The project team will research and evaluate sector needs for developing resources, support, training and skills in creating, developing and maintaining professional online identities

Who are we?

DIAL - Support, evaluation & research in digital literacies, development of communities of practice and resource/training development.

Learn-IT - Working with DIAL Develop face- face and flexible (online) training resources, will provide bespoke training for staff and students,

SEE Student Enterprise and employability integration with employers, online content support (design, cluster, reference and package) including curriculum integration.

CLTAD - Specialist technical Support, advice and consultancy/curriculum integration.

CC Skills - Consultant - creative & cultural skills Skills and training for the UK's creative and cultural industries.

Q-Art London - Consultant, collaboration and outreach

Are you interested in taking part in this project? If so please fill out this form (PAPER HANDOUTS please return to Chris Follows



The student representatives will support the project team with the integration, development of the project and its impact of digital literacy skills in the development of professional online identities on:

  • Course profile, design, objectives, processes and assessment.
  • Institutional objectives
  • Student competencies and practice
  • Staff competencies and practice
  • Industry perceptions and needs
  • Student needs and expectations
  • Student employability

What next?

Once we have identified interested participants we will carry out some initial workshops to form the project in line with your individual and course needs, then for specific groups we will:

Training development and workshops:

Practical training, webmaking skills, tips and tools e.g. devises, platforms, web development, open source, social media etc.

Presenting self and professional practice online, enhancing your employability etc; Create a community of practice and framework for peer to peer and/or mentor support.

Professional/industry speakers on professional identities, role within creative industries, recruitment, industry etc

The project team will support the development and use of online tools, processes and skills as the project develops and respond to real needs. We aim to explore and develop the (technical and relational) aspects for developing professional online Identities.

At the end of the project we aim to develop and design a pilot MOOC with specific pathways for bespoke training in this field. DIAL/process.arts/SEE and Learn IT (collaboration).

More project details -

Required Resources

  • A Project Manager (e.g. Chris Follows?) and/or individual college coordinators (e.g. SDO’s or participating college tutors?)
  • Trainers – internal/external industry/Associate lecturers
  • Training programme, content and materials for bespoke training sessions
  • Digital device per participant (tbc either all ipads or a variety of devices)
  • Digital and ‘professional identity’ mentors and/or platform for peer to peer support

Project Outputs

  • Tailored training and related training materials e.g. presentations, training video, worksheets, guides
  • Online professional/digital identities resources for staff, students, graduate – available  on VLE, SEE website, Learn IT etc - e.g. tool kit, guidelines, case studies, videos
  • Project impact monitoring, research and evaluation – which could inform a strategy for wider roll out – potentially a 2nd year version of ISHE focused on Professional Identities for Post Study (PIPS).
  • Information and research on digital skills/experience employers and creative industries want and need and how they value or assess these in recruitment (this is dependent on half day event and/or CCSkills/UAL employer research/survey)

Project Aims

  • More employable and industry ready students/graduates e.g. easier finding placements in final year and jobs/work post study, able to create and utilise professional identity, improved recording/presentation of creative work, enhanced skills, experience & confidence etc.
  • Enhance staff digital literacy, awareness and skills e.g. to embed digital literacy and skills within curriculum and student learning/experience.
  • Creation of a community of practice and peer to peer or mentoring structure


Summer 2012: Scope, plan and prepare.

Action: Project meeting with Directors of Learn IT, SEE and CLTAD – ensure full buy-in and support, agree project plan/schedule and resources/funding. Assign roles/responsibilities, identify project coordinator/manager. Identify and contact trainers. Contact legal team re contractual needs i.e. project agreements relating to funding/ipads.

First term: Identify and recruit students and staff.

Action:  Promote internally - Circulate project proposal/call to Course Directors/Tutors; College based meetings with interested staff/students; Select participants, agree terms and conditions, order equipment. Survey participants – aims and objectives, expectations, skills level & needs.

Second term: Run training e.g. 1) Professional/industry speakers on professional identities, role within creative industries, recruitment, industry etc 2) technical training, tips and tools e.g. devises, platforms, social media, images 3) self promotion, how to present yourself online, enhancing your employability  etc; Create a community of practice and framework for peer to peer and/or mentor support.

Action: Liaise with trainers, set dates, room bookings, participant communication, deliver training sessions

Third term: Feedback, evaluation and dissemination

Action: Feedback/evaluation meeting with Learn IT, SEE and CLTAD (and others). Review impact and value of wider role out and half day event involving industry, project team, staff, students).

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