What is Online Identity?


Online identity is the idea that everything interacting in the digital realm has or acquires a set of data or attributes, both inherent and changeable, that uniquely identify them as a person or entity online. Relevant to issues of privacy and authentication, digital identity encompasses a wide array of contextual and technical identifiers that exist in a ontological taxonomy. Traits can be understood and accepted in mutually agreed upon contexts such as when providing data like name and address for a PayPal transaction, and in the far more technical view that describes the relationships of these entities and objects to each other in cyberspace. Another dimension of this topic is the persona one forges through their online profiles and avatars, specifically on social media.

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(1) How might this technology be relevant to the educational sector you know best?

  • Online identity is a primary factor for always-access, together with broadband, devices and content services - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 7, 2016
  • - martin.claesson martin.claesson Nov 17, 2016 I would say that this piece of the puzzle is the most overlooked right now. We are all very used to creating our identity online through different social networks but that has so far had limited application to the education sector. There are both technical and social issues that today limit what both students and teachers are able to facilitate in a digitally inclusive environment.
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(2) What themes are missing from the above description that you think are important?

  • The personas, and the need for children to play and develop their identity online (as well as off-line), is important both in social media and in games. Online games are underestimated for their importance in developing personas and providing a vehicle for social interaction. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 7, 2016
  • The schools in Norway provide their pupils with a federated online ID (Feide), that may be used for formal access to learning resources and school related information. This ID is set up to provide role based information, including study levels, as the same time as it is designed to not leak information beyond what the school is comfortable sharing. The identity of a pupil, in care of the school, is different from the social aspects of identity. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 7, 2016
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(3) What do you see as the potential impact of this technology on teaching, learning, or creative inquiry?

  • Ability to provide suitable learning resources, and to link pupils into groups is important. Without identity for personalization (and access control for limited spaces), learning is much more complex. - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 7, 2016
  • - martin.claesson martin.claesson Nov 17, 2016 It could remove many technical issues that hinder the development of digital workflows for learning as making school work and development more coherent.
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(4) Do you have or know of a project working in this area?

  • Dataporten for linking APIs for better use of learning resources. This service also facilitates linking social and formal identities where appropriate. https://www.uninett.no/en/service-platform-dataporten - ingrid.melve ingrid.melve Nov 7, 2016
  • - martin.claesson martin.claesson Nov 17, 2016 Skolfederationen are looking to create a single sign-in solution to educational resources. This could remove many of the technical and administrative barriers but there are questions about social representation, transactions, privacy and such.
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