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Saturday, March 15, 2008

Avatars - an important building block in online identity managment?

Avatar If you saw yesterday's Appreciation post, you'll know that University of Leicester students need some tips on online identity management, and that's precisely why we intend to include this issue as an important component of our forthcoming push towards PLEs.

Clearly, plenty of students don't take representation of their online identity very seriously, so maybe we shouldn't be too serious in our treatment of this issue. If they want sock puppets, we'll give 'em sock puppets.

For this game-obsessed generation, a familiar-looking online character could be the key to getting their attention. Mii Editor is an interactive Flash application that works online, or that can be downloaded to your desktop. Very easy to use, it allows easy creation of custom avatars. I'm not into games, and my first reaction to such things tends to be to dismiss them, but I recognize that personalization is an important aspect in acceptance of PLEs, so chacun à son goût. When I gambled on the sock puppet in my statistics videos, I only had the vaguest hope that Sockie would be as successful as he has become out. Sock puppet - superstar. Who knew?

Avatar Other cartoon avatar creators are available, two of the most popular being the Laughing Squid Simpsons avatar creator, and Simpsonize Me, which works from a photographic starting point, but if you have a personal favourite, suggestions are welcome - leave a comment below. And a link where we can see your avatar ;-)


via Tony's is-it-a-blog, is-it-a-course site, Digital Worlds

2 comments:

  1. Hey Alan - your mii is photorealsitic too? ;-)

    heh heh...

    btw, wonder what you and socky would look like if you were fix8d? http://www.fix8.com/

    ps good stuff on the blogging network; i think stuart (social communication blog) may be thinking of something for the OU. I fancy "Open Voices", which could include eg flickr streams etc as well a blogs - and institutional friendfeed, maybe?

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  2. > Hey Alan - your mii is photorealsitic too? ;-) heh heh...

    Let's just say it's more accurate than the Simpsons one :-)

    > btw, wonder what you and socky would look like if you were fix8d? http://www.fix8.com/

    Dunno, cos it's Windoze only :-(

    > ps good stuff on the blogging network; i think stuart (social communication blog) may be thinking of something for the OU. I fancy "Open Voices", which could include eg flickr streams etc as well a blogs - and institutional friendfeed, maybe?

    Damn, so many brilliant ideas, so little time. Institutional aggregation services - the way forward?

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