When I started collecting my grad school work online in 2008, I decided it would continue living online indefinitely. Right now on my website you can see my library school coursework starting from nearly 8 years ago. Certainly this can be seen as developmental work — I would produce different, more finessed, and probably higher quality products if I were to tackle them now after so many years of experience and learning under my belt.
When I started my ONID work in 2012, we were to produce drafts of our work for most classes, then post the final version of our products to our portfolios. I obliged in that last step but also linked the blog post on the final product page. I felt like the drafts and peer comments were an important part of the process and didn’t feel the need to hide them away. At some point, I stopped making the separate posts and just linked to the original blog posts.
But this is grad school. I was nearly 26 when I started posting my work in this way. How would I feel if people could also search and readily find my work from kindergarten? High school? And how would that impact me today? I’m not sure. This brings me to the question I would like to explore over the course of this semester:
What are the pros and cons of showing long term development online?
I don’t know that I am hoping the class offers me the answer but I do think this is something that I want to explore in a Choice assignment if it isn’t something we otherwise cover. I think the answer to this question (if there is an answer) is very important for us to tackle as we consider the ways we encourage young people around us to post online — or not.