uOnline Seminar

The Instructional Design team, UCC, ran a free seminar ‘uOnline’ in Devere Hall, UCC in April 2017. The event covered online reputation, security, behaviour and safety online as part of All Aboard 2017, a week of national events that were held from 3-7 April to build confidence in our digital skills for learning.

Guest speakers included,

  • Maeve Ahern O’Neill – founder of The Branding of Me,
  • Dr Maureen Griffin, Forensic Psychologist and Director of MGMS Training Limited,
  • Barry O’SullivanHead of Platform Delivery in IT Services UCC and member of the IT Services Management team,
  • Luke LyonsLeaving Cert student, Bruce College,
  • Richard Barrett co founder of Pundit Arena,
  • Kelly Doherty – Commercial & Communications Officer, UCC Student Union and Linda Coughlan from Bank of Ireland.


Video Resources


Digital Footprint

  • Conduct regular searches of your name with variant name and area or work. Do this on a monthly basis and learn from what you find.
  • Remain in control of your online identity. Think about what you allow to be seen.
  • Consider a separate professional identity and keep your personal life private. Examine your privacy settings on all platforms you use.
  • Keep your profile up-to-date and active. Do not leave it idle; be aware of imposters.
  • Behave responsibly and post only relevant information to reflect a professional persona. This all impacts your online identity from now on – unwanted posts are difficult to erase.  Stay in control


Online Safety

  • Spend time getting to know the safety features of the app/site you are using – How do you report? How do you block? What privacy options are available? Know how to deal with situations before they arise.
  • Know your online friends and followers – ask yourself would you share as much content with them in real life?
  • Employ the granny rule when sharing content online – ask yourself would granny be proud of your online actions?
  • Protect your mental health online – avoid apps/sites that are full of hate and abuse. If you are the target of online abuse: do not respond, keep a copy of the contact, report to the app/site and block the individual.
  • If there is no online audience then there is no online show. So, before you like/share/comment on content online, think about the consequences of your actions.
  • Treat others with respect – always ask permission before taking or sharing pictures or videos. Remember that there are times when it is not okay to take pictures or videos, so give technology its place within your life


Online Security

  • Don’t act illegally on the Internet. If a certain product can’t be bought because it’s illegal in Ireland, then buying it online is also illegal.
  • Don’t give out personal details to anyone you meet online.
  • Don’t open attachments in emails from people you don’t know; this is the number one way viruses infect people’s technology.
  • Don’t use the same passwords for different accounts.
  • Use strong passwords with a mixtures of letters, numbers and cases.
  • Use two-step verification where possible. This means when you log on to something like an email account, you will be sent a separate code to your phone for you to input.
  • If you’re using a portable device in public, don’t leave it lying around without password protection enabled.
  • If using public computers such as in a library or school, make sure you log out of your mail, social media accounts after you’re finished.
  • Limit use of public wifi hubs, or at least be cautious in what you do if using them.


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University College Cork is one of 16 higher education institutions partnering with the National Forum for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education for All Aboard 2017.

For further information visit All Aboard 2017 @