If you have an email address already is it one that you would like employers to see, or perhaps its something like firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com ?
As a student at Oldham College you will be given access to Microsoft Live and your email address will be [studentnumber]@live.oldham.ac.uk. However, that address will not be available after you have finished your course. Therefore, in this session your tasks are to:
1. Create a new Gmail account. As you will be using Blogger in this course together with other
Google applications, for example YouTube, then Gmail is definitely the best option.
2. Change the settings in your live.oldham.ac.uk account so that all emails sent to that account are
forwarded to your new Gmail account.
You will need to complete 4 steps:
STEP 1 - Choose your email namea) Select a username which is not only easy to remember but easy to pronounce too.
b) Think of your email address as your online identity. How will your email address sound after 10-
15 years from now?
c) Your email address is all about you, so don’t link your Email address with your
d) If you are from a culture where your surname (family name) changes after marriage, try
to avoid using your surname in your email address. Instead use something which defines you.
e) Avoid putting the year of your birth in your email address.
These tips have been adapted from http://www.shoutmeloud.com/how-to-select-name-for-your-personal-email-address.html
STEP 2 Create a Gmail account by following these steps.
STEP 3 Try it out!http://learn.googleapps.com/products/gmail/get-started/#section-1-1
STEP 4 - Forward your live.oldham.ac.uk emails to your new Gmail accountSet a rule in your [studentnumber]@live.oldham.ac.uk to forward emails to your Gmail account by following these instructions http://email.about.com/od/windowslivehotmailtips/ss/wt_forward_wlhm.htm
Learning OutcomesIf you have followed all the above steps you:
- used independent learning skills by reflecting on how you want to present yourself
- used critical skills to create a professional Gmail account which you can use in any business communications.
- used digital skills to enable live.ac.uk account emails to be forwarded your Gmail account.
Make sure you test both accounts to make sure that you can send and receive emails, and that any emails sent to your live.ac.uk account will be forwarded to your new Gmail account.