Internet users can develop the skills to better manage their online identity in a course devised by experts at Edinburgh.
The free online programme by the University of Edinburgh will enable participants to take responsibility of oversee personal data on the internet.
Participants can find out how to shape the digital footprint that they create through social media, image sharing and web browsing. They can also learn how to handle content posted online by other people.
Course organisers say a well-managed online identity can result in job opportunities and social connections, but a poor one can cause real reputational damage.
The new course – called Digital Footprint – provides advice on removing unwanted information from the web, and encourages reflection on privacy and social media use.
Learners will also find out how to transform their digital footprint into a positive online identity for professional networking.
The new Massive Open-access Online Course – or MOOC – has been developed at the University’s Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies and EDINA, the University's Centre for Digital Expertise.
In today’s world, it is important to consider our online identity. People should ask themselves what would come up if a future employer searched for them online.
Social media is embedded in most of our lives and we hope the course will enable participants to get the best out of these brilliant digital tools.