Professional Digital Identity for Student Pharmacists: Case Studies from the Digital Tattoo Project

TitleProfessional Digital Identity for Student Pharmacists: Case Studies from the Digital Tattoo Project
Faculty/College/UnitUBC Library
StatusActive
Duration3 Years
Initiation04/01/2017
Project Summary

The Digital Tattoo project is a collaboration between students and the UBC Library, UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology, the University of Toronto’s iSchool. Our goal is to provide resources to support students making informed decisions about their digital identities and data ownership. Initially developed with a TLEF grant (in 2009), the project is currently sustained with base-level funding from the I. K. Barber Learning Centre budget and in-kind support from our collaborators. Requested funds will extend the reach and impact of these resources by developing case studies for students in professional programs, where they are widely used as a learning resource. Over two years, this pilot will be leveraged to develop a collection of open case studies to support graduates in Education, Law and Health Sciences. This year, we will build on our existing relationship with the Teacher Education Program to develop and pilot while identifying collaborators in the disciplines of Law and Health Sciences for an expanded project in year two.

Funding Details
Year 1: Project TitleYour Professional Digital Identity: Case Studies from the Digital Tattoo Project
Year 1: Project YearYear 1
Year 1: Funding Year2017/2018
Year 1: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 1: Principal InvestigatorJulie Mitchell
Year 1: Funded Amount11,478
Year 1: Team Members

Julie Mitchell, Assistant Director, Student Engagement, UBC Library
John Yamamoto, Program Coordinator, Practicum and Field Experience (Secondary), Teacher Education Office, Faculty of Education
Alex Kuskowski, Learning Services Librarian / Strategic Co-lead, Digital Tattoo Project, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Cindy Underhill, Strategist, Learning Resource Design / Strategic Co-lead, Digital Tattoo Project, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Kathleen Schaeffer, Librarian, Outreach and Instructional Services Coordinator / Strategic Co-lead, Digital Tattoo Project, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Rob Kim, Student Engagement Advisor, Centre for Student Involvement and Careers
Wendy Traas, Reference Librarian, Education Library

With support from:

Sandra Wilkins, Director, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre

Year 2: Project TitleProfessional Digital Identity for Student Pharmacists: Case Studies from the Digital Tattoo Project
Year 2: Project YearYear 2
Year 2: Funding Year2019/2020
Year 2: Project TypeSmall TLEF
Year 2: Principal InvestigatorAlexandra Kuskowski
Year 2: Funded Amount8,223
Year 2: Team Members

Alexandra Kuskowski, Learning Services Librarian, Chapman Learning Commons, UBC Library
Patricia Gerber, Senior Instructor / Director, Degree Programs for Pharmacists, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
Julie Mitchell, Assistant Director, Irving K Barber Learning Centre
Lucas Wright, Educational Consultant, Learning Technology, Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology
Kathleen Scheaffer, Librarian, Outreach and Instructional Services Coordinator / Strategic Co-lead, Digital Tattoo Project, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto

Year 2: Summary

Pharmacists are held to the highest standards of professional conduct. As such, pharmacy educational programs emphasize the importance of students presenting an image of themselves, in person or online, which embodies professionalism. Curricular efforts encompass lectures, discussions, reflections, and assignments focused on professional image and conduct; however, there are limited pedagogical tools to teach entry-to-practice students about the importance of making informed decisions about their digital identities and data ownership. This project aims to address this gap.

Building upon the success of Digital Tattoo’s previous TLEF grant in 2017 with the Faculty of Education, we plan to develop open educational resources, including pharmacy practice-specific case studies, a collection of supplemental resources, and a structured workshop for 224 entry-to-practice students in the UBC Doctor of Pharmacy program. Each of these resources will address the pressing need for confident decision- making around digital identity in the health professions.