March 9, 2023: IRES Professional Development Seminar with Derek Gladwin

Who are you online? – Writing an effective digital story

Time: 12:30pm to 1:30pm

Location: Michael Smith Labs Theatre (Room 102, 2185 East Mall)

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Talk summary:

What is your current digital story? Does your digital footprint contain a cohesive story? How might it be rewritten to reflect your professional goals as a graduate student and beyond? This professional development seminar explores these questions by affording participants the time and space to reflect on their current online “digital story” and analyze their presence and behaviour on the internet as a process of professionalization. The focus will be to discuss how graduate students can craft and curate an effective digital narrative that reflects the stories they would like to tell online. Participants will also learn how to develop tools and enhance their digital story through images, titles, taglines, websites, streaming, and social media. The ultimate aim is to gain practical knowledge and acquire tools to create a digital story to enhance one’s professional identity online. 

Dr. Derek Gladwin, Assistant Professor in the Department of Language & Literacy Education, Faculty of Education


Derek Gladwin is Assistant Professor of Language and Literacy Education in the Faculty of Education and a Wall Fellow (2022-23) at UBC. His interdisciplinary research and teaching aim to promote social understanding and relational action on environmental, health and well-being, and arts-based approaches through public forms of education and literacy. He is the author and editor of several books, including Ecological exile (2018) and Rewriting our stories (2021), while also serving as Senior Editor for Environmental & Sustainability Education in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education and as a member of the Clean Energy Research Centre at UBC.