Why Online Identity Matters

Identity has always been a tricky thing. And with the explosion of social media and mobile technology, the boundaries that once separated people's lives at work, home, and, increasingly, online are blurring. Managing your digital identity—and deciphering that of others—requires some conscious thought. While academics and colleges may differ in the tools they use, there is a growing consensus that identity needs full attention. In this special report you'll find advice on crafting a strong and coherent identity and infusing it with your personality.

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Our Identities, On the Ground and in the Cloud

The Myth of the 'Digital Native'

A Northwestern U. course teaches students to protect their online reputations.

The Promise (and Perils) of the Virtual ScholarPremium Link

Many find they must be careful, very careful, about what they say.

It Takes a CampusPremium Link

The explosion of social-media sites has created opportunities, and challenges, for colleges shaping the way others see them.

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Why Getting Personal on Twitter Is OK

Pretending we don't have outside interests (and obsessions) is disingenuous, writes Alice E. Marwick.

30,000 Followers and Counting Premium Link

Santa J. Ono, a university president, finds that Twitter helps him in his role as chief cheerleader.

Fear of Being 'Out There'

Brian Croxall helps academics overcome their worries about going online.

The Digital Self Premium Link

Sidonie Smith and Julia Watson offer some tools for deciphering online lives.

The Virtual Classroom

Technology At Work

Behind the ScreensPremium Link

Take a tour of the many computer networks—often unseen and unappreciated—that keep Penn State's main campus going.

The Power of an E-Book

Jacob L. Wright used Apple's iBooks to publish a more-interactive version of his newest scholarly work.

Multimedia for AllPremium Link

Students' scholarly work should include digital image and sound, writes Danny Ledonne.

Shaping Medical Minds—and HeartsPremium Link

Victoria Maizes, M.D., discusses lessons learned from a growing online program in integrative medicine.

The 'Microflipped' ClassroomPremium Link

You don't have to change everything to try new teaching tools, argues Sam Buemi.