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January 30, 2018

Managing your digital footprint – part 1

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digital-footprint 2017

Managing your digital footprint (part 1)

I recently did a Google search on my name for a ‘health check’ on my digital footprint. I’m usually fairly careful about what I post online, but even I was surprised by how much unwanted content was floating around. It prompted me to spend a valuable half hour cleaning up posts, anonymising my numerous account profiles and checking my login and access history.

One of the things that popped up was a picture I tweeted in the summer of some guys playing naked rounders at ‘The End’ of term celebrations. Something that was a bit of harmless fun at the time, now looks somewhat dubious when taken out of context. In hindsight, I wish I hadn’t posted it because even though I’ve deleted my original tweet, that picture still pops up in Google images and links back to my twitter feed (I tagged the University’s twitter account), and there’s nothing I can do about it.

Managing your digital footprint needs regular attention or ‘housekeeping’ as I like to put it. It’s very easy to lose track – not only of what you’re posting and where you’re posting it to, but also who is inadvertently linked to you by proxy. For example, the default settings in WhatsApp means that photos and videos sent to you from other people are automatically added to your phone’s photo library. If you don’t like what you see, you have to manually delete it. You can change this default setting by turning off Save to Camera Roll in the WhatsApp Chats settings.


Riley Connor on CISCO job offer

Like it or not, employers are becoming increasingly interested in potential candidates’ online presence and will often look beyond the carefully constructed resume and cover letter to find clues online about the type of person you really are, not only professionally, but also socially. Employers want to know if you have the right personality to fit in to their team and ultimately their organisation.

Don’t make the same mistake as Connor Riley, a 22 year old information management graduate who, after being offered a job, wrote a Tweet that was eventually passed on to someone in HR and her job offer was subsequently rescinded.

The bad news is that unfortunately gaffes like this happen all too often. The good news is that we can learn from this and avoid making the same mistake in future. Business Insider has some more stories of How people who were fired for using Facebook.

There’s nothing wrong with being outspoken or having strong viewpoints, but you should never insult others because they think differently to you, nor write racist, offensive or abusive comments on social media, news articles or blogs. It will almost certainly come back to haunt you.


Given the current climate, you may be tempted to wade in on a political debate, but this rarely ends well and people can be much more aggressive when it’s anonymous than when face-to-face. If things are getting heated, it’s best to take a step back and think how a current or future employer might view your remarks. If in doubt, don’t say anything at all.










Of course social media can produce some spectacular wins when done right, like the Twitter conversation between customer @RiccardoEspaa7 and mobile operator @tescomobile. The ‘conversation took a surprising turn‘ when they were joined by @YorkshireTea, @RealJaffaCakes, @CadburyUK and @PhileasFogg.










How do I start my health check? Try viewing your Facebook profile as ‘Public’ to see how much of your personal life is on display. Just follow these steps:

  • Open your Facebook page
  • Click on the ? in the top right of the menu bar
  • From the drop down menu choose Privacy shortcuts > Who can see my stuff? > What do other people see on my Timeline? > View as

January 15, 2018

Getting the best out of FASER

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On Monday 22 January 2018, there will be a new version of FASER released to all staff and students.

FASER originally started life as a project in Computer Science and Electronic Engineering (CSEE). When it was adopted by IT Services in 2005/6, FASER had roughly 5,000 submissions per academic year. With ongoing increases each year, 2015/16 saw nearly 150,000 student submissions in addition to 120,000 items of feedback, which is over 50 times the number of items FASER was initially designed for. It became clear that drastic change was needed, so a new version has been developed.

Over the last year a lot of Learning Technology Services’ blood, sweat and tears has gone into developing a new and improved version of FASER that is more scalable, more robust and paves the way for future developments.

With a bunch of coursework marking coming up, now might be a great time to look at ways FASER can make marking easier for you:

  • Annotate coursework online
    No need to scribble on paper or carry loads of coursework around with you, you can login to FASER and edit coursework wherever you are. It’s just got better too – based on feedback from users, the system now uses an alternative supplier to provide improved online annotation.
  • See outstanding tasks
    There are now calls to action in FASER to guide you towards common outstanding tasks relating to an assignment, reducing how long it takes you to get through your work.
  • Support for you to support disabled students
    FASER now has increased visibility of and guidance about students with a Specific Learning Disability (SpLD) or Asperger Syndrome Disorder (ASD).
  • Improved performance
    New technology behind the scenes has made FASER quicker and will enable even more performance improvements in the future.

If you would like a sneak peek of the new version, simply click on the blue banner when you next log in to FASER.


Book onto one of our drop-in Lunch and Learn sessions running this term in Colchester:

  • 25th January, 1 – 2pm
  • 26th January, 1 – 2pm
  • 29th January, 1 – 2pm
  • 30th January, 1 – 2pm
  • 31st January, 1 – 2pm
  • 1st February, 1 – 2pm
  • 2nd February, 1 – 2pm

Or in Southend:

  • 30th January, all day

In addition to these, you can find out more about the new FASER by:

  • Using the Take a tour of this page link on FASER pages;
  • Browsing FASER’s help and support pages;
  • Looking out for updates to the FASER Training Moodle courses.