You should be actively managing your online reputation. A good way to do this is to ensure you are intentionally and accurately communicating who you are and what you do in a positive way.
Before you share anything (pictures, a text, video, a comment), think about what could happen if others (e.g. employer, friend, grandma) saw what you’ve shared (both now and in the future).
If you’re sharing content from someone else or about someone else, consider their digital footprint. Is the content accurate and appropriate for you to be sharing?
Whatever you share, remember it can be re-shared even when you’ve limited the privacy settings.
Ensure you are adding professional and academic information, not just personal things, or clearly separate your personal and non-personal social media.
Use the Search tips to see what information exists about you online. It is important to be aware of what you post and share about yourself as well as what others may be sharing about you too.
Savvy Communicator: How do you share your work with others?
Why does this matter?
Being a savvy communicator is about having the skills and knowledge to make good decisions about choosing your audience and mode of communication.
Scenario: You have an assignment to keep an online journal with your reflections about your Engineering internship. The instructor recommended that you use a blog for this activity. What considerations should you make before publishing each of your posts?
Tools for Communicating
Do you need assistance with specific software or technical skills? Check-out LinkedIn Learning* (formerly Lynda.com)an online training resource containing thousands of videos on the latest software tools and skills. All U Sask students, faculty and staff have free and unlimited access to this resource.
A cloud-based storage tool from Google, which allows for synchronizing and sharing files across multiple devices. Includes Google Docs (word processing), Sheets (spreadsheet), and Slides (presentation).
Can be a place to collect downloaded articles, images, or other files for later use. Folders or individual files can be shared with others as long as doing so does not violate copyright restrictions. Also a useful tool for curation and collaboration.
A blog (short for web log) is an online tools that can be used for sharing reflections, news, photographs, and other pieces of information that others may comments on. It may be public or private. It can have more than one contributor / author.
Can share everything you create either through embedding or links. Also a useful tool for curation and creation.
*Tools officially supported at the University of Saskatchewan
Writing Help Centre:
Visit the Writing Help Centre to receive feedback at any stage of your paper or project. The Writing Centre is located on the first floor of the Murray Library. You can also submit your work online and receive feedback within 24 - 48 hours.
Writing Centre tutors can help you with:
improving organization and writing style
learning how to outline, draft, and revise
practicing the conventions of writing in a discipline
noticing patterns of error in writing, which will help focus editing and proofreading
understanding the rules of grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation.
Tutors cannot edit or proofread (i.e., correct the grammar and punctuation). They will teach you about writing using your work as an example of writing areas of strength and weakness.
USURJ is an open access, peer-reviewed scholarly journal featuring original artwork and scholarly articles by University of Saskatchewan undergraduate students. All submissions are reviewed by established experts in a relevant field. The journal is supported by the Office of the VP, Research and the University Library, including the Writing Centre. It is indexed in the DOAJ.
What does it publish?
Original student work
All disciplines and professional colleges
Single or multi-authored
Artwork and photographs
Research Snapshots: provide a concise overview of students’ ongoing work, its significance, and any preliminary results, but they can also take the form of a mini-analysis.
Are you looking to present your research locally? Present your research at the annual Undergraduate Project Symposium (UPS) hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Students' Union. The UPS is an annual event highlighting the research, scholarly and artistic works of undergraduate students at the University of Saskatchewan.
Creating a Podcast
This blog post (from the University's Distance Education Unit) provides information for both instructors and students on designing a podcast for an assignment. There are tips and resources for students as well as information specific to submitting audio files via Canvas.