Category Archives: Digital Presence

Bear Constellation

Constellation of Activities

A Constellation of Activities is an engaged digital presence. This activity allows the participant to identify those areas they are either currently or wish to be engaged with and map them to the main hub of their digital presence activity. It both serves to create a better understanding of the broader ecosystem of one’s digital presence, to help identify areas which are more or less heavily used, the connection points (both digitally and thematically), and how those connections are made.

Materials Needed

  • Paper/Markers
  • Access to computer/tablet
  • Visitor and Resident Map

How we do it

After having done the Visitor and Resident Mapping activity earlier in a workshop, we ask participants to reference their map and identify at least 3-5 of their active areas (or those areas they wish to become more active in) to map onto their Constellation of Activities.

Participants first choose a center point to orient their constellation around. This is most often their website but could be social media or other platforms depending on the person. Constellations are built out from this center point by drawing connections which represent integrations, information sharing, or other connectedness of idea or information. As lines are drawn from one node on the constellation to another they are labeled with the type of connection, ultimately forming a visual representation and map of the person’s engaged digital presence.

Sample map below:

sample constellation of activity map

This post also available as part of the handout from the #DeL2018 presentation I did with Kristen Mapes

cropped image of presentation room at DEL2018

Digital Presence and Public Scholarship: Empowering Graduate Students as Professionals

Yesterday my colleague Kristen Mapes and I presented some of our work around Digital Presence and Public Scholarship at #Del18. Our presentation, titled “Digital Presence and Public Scholarship: Empowering Graduate Students as Professionals” gave an overview of our work in general, but more specifically focused on our work to integrate digital presence work with graduate students as they move into careers as professional scholars.

You can view Kristen’s post about the presentation, check out our presentation on Google Slides, or contribute comments in our open paper draft.

As a follow-up to a question that was asked during our session about how do we work with people in our workshops who come to the workshop simply seeking to be hand-held through the technology rather than doing the active skill development and learning that we expect.

I think a partial answer to that is that we are working to build a culture of people doing this digital presence work where they can rely on each other as the expert and not have to feel that they need to rely on us as “technical experts.” Our goals are to have participants engage with us as colleagues who are, while perhaps further along, on the journey of crafting and curating digital presence ourselves. This culture change is really at the heart of making this a long-term and sustainable initiative, it’s how we recruit other collaborators and co-facilitators for the initiative, and how the work spreads through departments, units or other organizations on campus. It is a shared culture of creating, maintaining and sharing.

Methodologically, the roots of this for me are really in my background as a writing consultant where the goal of a writing consultant is not to write the paper for the client, but rather to coach them through some of the issues that are found in the paper. Or, perhaps it’s rooted in some of the background of peer coaching that often accompanies leadership training. When peer coaching, your job is not to solve the problem for your colleague but rather to provide a sounding board and opportunity for them to come to a conclusion or solution themselves. By practicing in this way we move toward the culture change we desire, allowing us to continuously innovate and move toward higher levels or more complex instances of digital presence.