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Conference Proceeding


Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


School of Communications and Contemporary Arts / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications


This is an Author's Accepted Manuscript of: Balnaves, M. & Luca, J. (2005). The impact of digital persona on the future of learning: A case study on digital repositories and the sharing of information about children at risk in Western Australia. In 22nd Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education “Balance, Fidelity, Mobility: Maintaining the momentum?”, (pp. 49-56). Brisbane ASCILITE. Available here


Modern databases and digital depositories have the capacity to store vast amounts of information on individuals. In the case of normal everyday affairs, of course, there may be many databases and many organizations involved in collecting information on individuals. There are two types of digital persona possible in these environments —active persona and passive persona (Clarke, 2001). In this paper the authors will report on initial results from an exploratory study on attitudes towards information sharing in Western Australian education and explore the role of active and passive digital persona in information sharing. Many organizations collect information on students, ranging from health, justice, and social security through to education. Sharing information on students is, the authors will rgue, essential to our understanding of the momentum of and the future for the digital and educational technology revolution. Students, in future, may want to have their own active digital persona. How these personae are constructed has implications for privacy legislation and how we construe the provision of education.

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