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University of Leeds

Learning Online: Managing Your Online Identity

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Many of us now have an online identity running alongside our everyday lives. In this course you’ll consider your online presence; you’ll discover how what we say and do online can have major implications for our real lives, and those of others. You’ll also spend time looking at how to assess and enhance your online identities to ensure that you can get the most out of being yourself online.

This course is just one of a series about ‘learning online’, which introduces you to the essential skills and tools you need to study effectively online.

This course is part of the Going to University collection which has been specifically designed for students at schools and colleges. They provide a taster of undergraduate study at the University of Leeds and help students to decide which subject to study at university.

Completion of the courses will also enhance students’ university applications.

The courses can also be used as a teachers’ classroom enrichment resource.

Courses in this collection are also great for people that want an introduction in the specific subjects discussed in each course..


  • Optimising your online presence
    • Welcome
    • The importance of an online presence
    • Optimising your online presence
    • Optimising your profile
    • Summary
  • Your safety and security online
    • Your safety and security online
    • Protecting and controlling your online identity
    • Protecting your mental health online
    • The dangers of posting online
    • End of course summary

Taught by

Helen Howard and Raphael Hallett


4.5 rating, based on 28 Class Central reviews

4.6 rating at FutureLearn based on 29 ratings

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  • Anonymous
    I have just completed this course and have found it to be very interesting. As I hope to start a consultancy business in the near future it provided a useful reminder as to the advantages and benefits afforded by the use of social media. A worthwhile and enjoyable course. Thanks to all!
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    Mary Morgan
    The course is very practical and easy to understand, its beyond just learning, it carries a great presentation.
  • Anonymous
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  • Anonymous
    The presentation or teaching of course syllabus or syllabi through a computer system. Learning takes place through the explicit use of technology and computer networking systems. Learn more in: START Model in Science Teaching2.The application of onl…
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    Rahela Akter Khanum
    Hello everyone.Good morning to you all .In this lovely morning my heartiest falicitation and greetings to you all.Let me first introduce myself.I am Rahela Akter Khanum.I am from Bangladesh.In this moment I am doing "managing your online identity "course.By doing this course I have learned many things about online activity and privacy technic .I recommend everyone to do this course for their betterment of life.
  • Basic reflexion about the way other people see you online, and the private data, but it's a short course. I would have liked more cases, how to find info about someone to understand what kind of unwanted footprints we can leave behind us. It's not technical enough, it's very general. I liked the Justine Succo's case.
  • Anonymous
    This course is easy to follow and gives an insight into the world of online usage and how it affects yourself and others, as well as keeping you safe.
    I would suggest you take this course to see where you are with online regarding your identity.
  • Anonymous
    this is a very useful course especially for someone like me who is just beginning to use the different social media platforms. i learned a lot and i will use them in establishing my online presence. thank you so much.
  • Anonymous
    It is a nice course for those who are undergraduated or who are new on the Internet world.
    I found it helpful and interesting.
  • Anonymous
    Brief overview on the possibilities and pitfalls of having an online identity.

    I recommend the course to inexperienced social media users.

    The excercises along the way are very interesting but in general informations are not explored in depth.

    Helpful to assess what type of online profile would be useful to you and if you might need separate accounts
  • Anonymous
    Lots of guidance on both being aware of your online presence and how various interactions can be construed by others, as well as useful advice on optimising your presence for job seeking and building a brand. The only downside is that the short nature of the course and the variety of topics covered means that everything is necessarily rather brief.
  • Anonymous
    A very practical and useful course. It stimulates you to really think about your actions online - how they can affect you and others.

    It's helpful in avoiding pitfalls and making sure you show yourself in your best light, both socially and professionally.
  • Anonymous
    I looooooove it because it contains a lot of important advices and creative ideas it's a professional term of studies full of important exercises
  • Anonymous
    The course was informative not that much for a person in the communication and brand management industries like me but would completely be viewed differently by someone not in the field. It serves as basic eye-opener and would with my experience and active participant on social media, recommend it to many as per my observation of how people fail themselves ad their brand/reputation on social media. Many need the course but I they then aware of existence of such free courses? It would be appreciated and beneficial is more marketing of the course could be more targeted on South Africans particularly via Facebook and Twitter as most 'play' there. All in all, a good self-awareness course. Thanks for all the engagements and insights.
  • Anonymous
    This course was very informative and enjoyable. Well structures, and the quizzes in particular were very good fun, entertaining, and educational.

    This course has made me aware of the importance of thinking before writing anything online, of the importance not to unwittingly offend anyone, or to subject myself to criticism.

    This was a course I enjoyed very much, and I would recommend it to anyone thinking of creating an online presence.

    Thank You.
  • Anonymous
    This course gave a lot of valuable insight into managing your online presence , especially for a beginner in the online world . A good mix of articles , video and quizzes to keep things interesting . Nice to be able to connect with the other learners and see what they can add to the learning. I will be taking more courses !
  • Jean-Maurice Huard
    This course will be of interest to those who want to learn how to present themselves and make themselves understood, while protecting their privacy and respecting others. I found it useful, without much difficulty. It is an excellent start, hence the five stars.
  • Anonymous
    Excellent course to understand the importance of maintaining an online prence in a safe and secure way, while avoiding the harms. Thank you University of Leeds and all the people who prepared this course!
  • Sheena Mariam Swarup
    Informative ,interesting and simply put up specially for all those who are new to the online medium of communication .Well explained and informative .The quiz was the most interesting part of the course.
  • Anonymous
    It was very interesting and well organized.I reall enjoyed being part of this course.

    Perhaps in the future, i would be more useful to introduce videos which would be more illustrating the material.

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